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Ready to head for the woods.

Marmot designed the Limelight 2-Person 3-Season Tent for quick, easy setup and built it with lightweight materials for easy traveling. A 9-square-foot vestibule keeps your boots and other items dry and safe when the rain pays an unwelcome visit, and the included gear loft and footprint mean that the package comes completely trail-ready right out of the box.

  • Polyurethane-coated floor and fly help rain bead off instead of soaking you and your gear inside
  • Lightweight, durable polyester and mesh body keep the weight down for longer weekend backpacking excursions
  • Floor and fly seams are taped to prevent water from sneaking in through fabric joints
  • Catenary Cut floor means the floor material curves a few inches up the tent walls to reduce direct seam-to-ground contact
  • Two DAC press-fit poles make the tent easy to assemble day or night and save weight without sacrificing durability or strength, and a DAC cross pole provides more interior headroom
  • Freestanding, dome-like structure withstands harsh weather and wind while maximizing space
  • Single door with 9sq ft vestibule give you and your partner room to stow your gear
  • Staked-out vestibule and zippered storm flap on the vestibule seals out nasty three-season weather
  • Tapered rectangle shape with 32sq ft (54in-88in) floor area provides enough space to fit two adults comfortably, and its 41in ceiling height allows sitting up when you get stir-crazy in a storm
  • Entire tent weighs less than five pounds for easy hauling in the backcountry, especially when you split the weight between a partner
  • Mesh panels in the door, walls, and ceiling let fresh air in and let hot air out during hot nights or muggy mornings
  • Clip design is easy to assemble while reflective points keep the tent visible in the dark
  • Noise-free zippers prevent waking up cranky trail partners and snag-free zippers enable smooth entry and exit from the tent
  • Thanks to the included footprint, the Bare Bones fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save extra weight on the trail
  • Window Weld waterproof window construction in the fly allows you to view outside of your tent without having to get out of your bag
  • Once packed into its included sack, the entire tent package is only 7in x 18in for easy lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • Included gear loft provides even more convenient gear storage and works as a drying rack for clothes
  • Interior pockets hold your headlamps, map, or other small accessories close at hand

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What's the best way to compress this tent?

5 5

Light and easy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this tent on several trips around the west now and it has delivered. Light, easy to set up, and easy to pack down.
The stuff sack is big enough so that it packs down easily unlike some tent stuff sacks where it is a struggle to get the tent in the sack. The included gear loft and footprint makes it and even better purchase.
It withstands wind with no trouble and ventilates very well.
I am overall very happy with the tent and have no complaints.

4 5

First Tent I have ever owned

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would usually borrow tents from friends and they were always too large and have trouble staying warm at nights, this tent is small enough for a single person and cozy enough for two people. it has a lot of nice features, like the separate fly if you just don't want to install it at all and the rain/windshield that is in front. also the sown in net at the apex of the tent for junk like a cell phone, tp, or just snacks. Overall i gave it a 4 out of 5 because i don't have a large experience with tents, but I do enjoy it very much for all seasons.

5 5

First real tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's worth it. This is the first 'nice' tent I've ever bought (from a company that wal-mart or sports authority doesn't carry). Totally worth it. It is so easy to set up. Used it in low 30 degree weather and was quite satisfied while I listened to other people still setting up their tents from the warm safety of mine. Does collect water over night, but nothing relevant to your sleeping space. It is also really pretty. I like to show it off. Definitely works as well as some more expensive tents I've been in, and there is plenty of space for 2 people + backpacking or climbing gear.

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what do you mean when you mentioned that the tent "Does
collect water overnight? I want to buy this, but I don't want to be 'wet' or carry a wet tent around.
thanks for any reply, also 530-412-1566

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I have a lot of experience with this, so I'll just jump right in. The moisture that he is referring to is most likely condensation from the occupants of the tent breathing all night. We lose up to a Liter of water over the course of the night and this can actually make wet spots on the floor and droplets on the ceiling. This is a common occurance and can be reduced by regulating the airflow of the tent to let more of the moisture out. To me it is accually a sign of a quality tent.

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I have a lot of experience with this, so I'll just jump right in. The moisture that he is referring to is most likely condensation from the occupants of the tent breathing all night. We lose up to a Liter of water over the course of the night and this can actually make wet spots on the floor and droplets on the ceiling. This is a common occurance and can be reduced by regulating the airflow of the tent to let more of the moisture out. To me it is accually a sign of a quality tent.

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Yeah this guy is right. It is a good thing because the tent is trapping basically everything. It dries super fast and all you really have to do is shake the rain cover out. Took 5 minutes maybe.

4 5

Solid tent

I picked up this tent on sale when I was in need of a new one. Prior to this I had a Kelty Monarch. The limelight feels a bit smaller probably because it's not so tall, but it's comfortable for sure. It's held up in some strong winds and rain nicely as well. I'm happy with it for now, but next time may go for something a bit taller.

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how tall are you ? I want it for my just turned 9 year old son and myself, I'm 5'7''

4 5

Great buy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a solid pick up for anybody in the market for a mid-range tent. It's awesome having every accessory like a footprint and gear loft right out of the box and included in the price. It is a little bit heavier than the higher-end tents, but if you're not an ounce-counter you should still be able to take this on the trail without too much trouble, especially if you can share the load with a partner.
It is super easy to set up and can be done in about five minutes if you're working fast. It's also very roomy; it wouldn't be a good idea to try to squeeze three, but with two people you never feel like there is a shortage of space.
Finally, this is a three season tent but I did an experiment to see how tough it is in winter conditions. It set up in the snow pretty easily with some snow anchors. I left my Suunto in the gear loft. With outside temps about 12F or 13F I checked my watch midway through the night and it was reading 23F. Needless to say a little bit chilly but we survived to climb our mountain in the morning. Lesson learned, I might be a little hesitant bringing on any trip with sub-zero temps.
All in all I'm very satisfied with this product. Not the best piece of gear out there but it is well worth the price.

5 5

lightweight and easy.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know what I thought was pretty cool about this? Being able to set up my tent and everything before all the boys! Granted they make it super easy with the Limelight. Super lightweight and comes with everything you need including the fly and footprint and gear loft. It is nice that the poles actually color correspond with the hooks on the tent, so you know where each pole goes. I know I know very straight forward, but sometimes its nice to not have to worry about figuring a tent out and getting on with the adventures! It is nice when in the rain and wind, the only thing that sucked sometimes was that if is was very dry and windy there would be dust all over the tent (such with any tent though.) I had this out in some very strong rain and never got wet, it was awesome :)

Can this tent handle winter lite camping? I am a beginner so not going any where too extreme -10 to -20 cel couple of nights just to see if I like the sport. I don't feel like spending 450+ dollars for a 4 season tent.

thanks
George

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Hey bud,
I tested this out in some winter conditions. It was about -10C outside and -4C inside the tent. If you anchor it down well enough it'll stand up to some wind as well. In mild winter conditions it will be alright, but you'll definitely feel the cold.

5 5

Staying Dry with the Limelight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this tent for 4 nights in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky this fall. One of the days consisted of a steady rain all day and night. I was pleasantly surprised to find the interior of the tent dry as a bone when I crawled into it that night. The tent was dry all night and I had no condensation inside in the morning, thanks to the air vent in the fly.

Initially, I didnt really care that the fly had a window in it. After all, every tent I have ever owned didnt have one and I was okay with it. After spending 4 nights in the canyons with coyotes around at night, I must say, being able to recon the campsite without unzipping the fly was pretty awesome!

The only thing I would change about this tent would be the addition of a zipper in the mesh part of the tent that would allow me to close the air vent on the fly without leaving the comfort of my dry tent. I may just add that myself.

Staying Dry with the Limelight
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Were you able to add the zipper to close the air vent? If so, how?

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I will do a full writeup on installing a zipper when I do the modification this summer.

4 5

Staying In The Limelight with Marmot

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My buddy brought his Marmot Limelight 2 man tent to Southern Utah during a few days of car camping and hiking and gotta say it was an awesome addition. I normally just throw the pad and bag out on the ground and fall asleep watching the stars. Given the opportunity to try the tent out a couple of nights I couldn't pass it up.

The first night we set it up on the Colorado River near Negro Bill Canyon. It took my friend a total of 2 1/2 minutes to get it done. With a 3 pole system, two which are connected together it was a no brainer. Once everything was up I threw the pad and bag in and jumped in. I'm 6' and had no problem of setting up and this two man tent gave us plenty of room. I love the gear loft and roomy vestibules.

The next night we went further into the backcountry and I ask my buddy if he had ever done a quick pitch. He stated, no, so I showed him how to do it with the poles, rainfly and footprint. I had it pitched within 1 1/2 minutes. He was amazed and had never thought of it before.

This is a bit heavier tent then I'd like to carry into the backcountry but I felt it was great for car camping. The quick pitch option was awesome and the roominess great. I'm sure I'll see this tent a few more times while living in Utah.

Staying In The Limelight with Marmot

any reason this would not make a reasonable 4th season tent. what would be its limitations in that regard. late season camping and overnight ski tours.

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Nope 4 season tents are a little burlier to wind and snow weight but, I would definitely use my Lime Light to go ski touring with or late season camping. If it did end up snowing a lot I would have to put more work into clearing the tent so it didnt collapse but, thats pretty normal anyway if it snows a lot. If its windy I wouldnt set it up on a ridge like you could get away with a 4-season but, thats usually not a huge issue and you can seek refuge somewhere else other than an exposed ridge.

won't hold up a bear but it bears wind

won't hold up a bear but it bears wind

trying to sleep while you tent is blowing in the wind can make for a rough night. no need to worry with this tent. After having this be home base for 6 months, I can say i've put it through the ringer. It sets up, takes down, and packs very easy. It even holds up to a bear but it won't hold the bear up, it will collapse under this load. After patching 10 claw marks it kept me dry for the remainder of the 3 month trip

5 5

Hassle free tent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What's not to love about the quick setup and breakdown of this tent. Having used this tent in everything from blowing snow this spring and torrential rain this summer it has been a great performer. I use this tent for bikepacking and backcountry hiking here in Yellowstone.
Sure it's not a ultralight tent, but when shared with your partner it is just fine. When I use bike packing I separate the poles, ground cloth, fly, and tent so it will fit in my panniers or BOB trailer.
My only niggle with this tent is the fly does not breath and it will collect condensation, which you have to dry before you pack it up.
But on the flip side, it does not leak. I know that in time and after a lot more uses it will start to breath.

Hassle free tent
5 5

Awesome Tent For A Great Price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to car camping tent. I usually use a tarp on back packing trips so this is comfy to say the least. Make sure you use the guy lines provided, thats what actually keeps the water on the outside, is the tent being taught. Its easy to set up 3 poles, 2 of them are connected together. Lots of room for a 2 person, can easily sit up in it. Definitely not your light weight option but thats not its intended use. With the foot print and the gear loft this thing is a steal!

Awesome Tent For A Great Price
5 5

Great for backpacking

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent is easily assembled and stowed away. It is medium weight and packs well in a 50L or larger bag. I am sure you could pack this in a slightly smaller bag, however I used a 65L.

This tent also held my wife and I with two sleeping pads.

A really nice tent to feel the moment

A really nice tent to feel the moment

These are my first moments with my new Limelight and i really enjoy them! The weather was nice, so there are not many technical details to share with you. There was high humidity at night but inside everything was dry in the morning. Enough space for two people. Due to Full Canopy there is heat inside if the morning sun goes straight in the tent but i was really surprised with the ventilation when i open the side airholes. You feel the stability just from a touch. The only thing that i didn't like was that 2 of my pegs warp from the first pitch, even the ground was soft and... even i thrust them with my hands and not with a hammer. I will return with some more words after a rainy night to share with you. Untill then... just a photo.

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Awesome picture Giannis !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of Backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

5 5

Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome tent! I bought mine in 2007 and have 100+ nights in it. To date I have done 0 repairs, everything is still waterproof, and I have never used a ground sheet. Want to know why there are so many pics of the retired color scheme? It's because they're all still out there going strong. I’ve bought a newer lighter tent since purchasing this, but my Limelight still makes it out on the regular.

Bomber
Marmot in Michaux

Marmot in Michaux

My Marmot Limelight 2P set up along the Appalachian Trail in Michaux State Forest, Pennsylvania.

Great Two-Person Backpacking Tent

Great Two-Person Backpacking Tent

This tent is not the lightest around, but for ease-of-use and great weather performance, and still only weighing 2lb and some odd ounces each, sharing between two people-- it is well worth the money. I can set this tent up alone, rain fly and all, in about 5 minutes or less. With two people, the forest shelter is up in the air before the rain hardly even wets it.