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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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Hi. I want to know if this tent resist a lot of wind and rain. I want to camping between 10k and 14k ft. What do u think?

Best Answer Responded on

Juan,

The Marmot Limelight tent series are a pretty sturdy tent and from my experience hold up to wind and rain pretty well.

But realistically it depends on how strong the winds / rain are and how well the tent is guyed out.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

5 5

Cozy and dry!

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

I enjoy this tent immensely! I was looking for something rather light that I could potentially backpack with (whether you're sharing the weight with a partner or not) but wasn't too expensive. Cheap or not, this bad boy does the job well! I've used this tent back home in Michigan and on the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina recently, and my girlfriend and I stayed warm and dry (coupled with the Big Agnes sleeping pad and Marmot Atom sleeping bag, I slept soundly). Highly recommended!

In all honesty, at first glance it looks a bit small for two people, and that can be discouraging (especially if you don't ever plan to go on the trail alone; if you're alone, you'll have plenty of room). But give it a go, and though it's cozy, it's plenty long enough for a 6' guy like myself, and there's still room if you need to adjust your sleeping position a bit. It can be tight since there's only one door, and the person sleeping away from the door might at some point have to climb over the other person, but for the durability, portability, and money, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better tent.

Cozy and dry!

This tent has a gear loft. Does that infringe on the 41" interior height listed?

Best Answer Responded on

It does but slightly. Not a very big gear loft but perfect for what it is. We had 3 people in there sitting up with room to play cards.

Trying to decide between this tent and the marmot tungsten 2p. Anyone have any advice or experience with both of these?

Responded on

Liam,

I shot you an email about the tents! Let me know what you think.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

What's the blue thing?

What's the blue thing?

I received my tent but I'm a bit confused as to what this blue thing is that came in the stake bag.

Responded on

That is in case one of the poles snap, its a splint.

Are the red stakes and the cords necessary to use with this tent?

Responded on

Hi Lynn,

The red stakes and cords are not necessary to set the tent up, they are just upgrade options. The stakes that come with the tent are pictured in the question above, nothing wrong with them per say, in comparison to the red ones suggested they are flimsy. As for the chord, those are guy lines for the rain fly. The tent should come with some, the nice thing about the Sterling cord is that they are of higher quality and they are reflective so you won't trip on them at night.

Please hit me up directly if you need anything else.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

Does this tent let water in when it rains? thanks

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I thought it performed admirably in the rain. Just take the time to guy it out so the rain rolls down the rain cover and away from the mesh on the head/foot sides. Having some extra parachute cord is always a good idea to supplement the materials that come with the tent. But when I was on the AT last year, I never had any leakage, even in some pretty hard rain storms.

There were people on the trail that had to use waterproofing spray on their tents - you don't ant to have to mess around with that.

I thought it performed admirably in the rain.  Just take the time to guy it out so the rain rolls down the rain cover and away from the mesh on the head/foot sides.  Having some extra parachute cord is always a good idea to supplement the materials that come with the tent.  But when I was on the AT last year, I never had any leakage, even in some pretty hard rain storms.   <br/>  <br/> There were people on the trail that had to use waterproofing spray on their tents - you don't ant to have to mess around with that.
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Nope... is is a very solid design with good weather resistance. DO make sure you guy out the fly though... that's a requirement of all tents!

5 5

Great Tent

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

great 2 person tent.<br ></article><br />I am 6'2 and if i stretch i can touch both ends but I dont sleep like a plank of wood so no touching the ends of the tent at night.<br /><br />two inside side pockets can a fit wallet and a phone in each. Gear loft is nice addition as well.<br /><br />From Lake Powell to Jackson hole this tent has been great. <br />You can sleep you and your significant other or some one you don't mind being close to at night but if it is one person room for your bag and a large dog and additional gear. Make sure you take care of business before you go to sleep due to one door. Vestibule can fit two large packs.<br /><br />rain fly is solid with enough tie downs to make it through the worst storms.<br /><br />Only con is one vestibule.<br /><br />

Great Tent

Interested in knowing how this tent fairs in mid to high wind. In any of the picture it doesn't appear that the rain cover ever meets the ground, which leaves me with fears of drafts or a shaky shelter. Planning a trip to Patagonia in a couple months and it is a notorious place for terrifying winds, looking for a safe & reliable tent without breaking the bank.

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I just used mine on a mountain top in Maine on Friday night. It was very windy! The tent offered relief from the wind, but it would have been better if the tarp went to the ground. It offered relief from the heavy winds (about 25mph gust), but allowed a breeze to blow under the tarp all night. It made the night colder than it needed to be. If it was stifling heat I was camping in, it would be a welcome feature, but in the windy cold it was a little annoying. Also the tarp doesn't touch the ground in the vestibule either. That's really a place I would have expected better coverage. Other than that it performed well. It was easy to set up, the side opening made it easy to get in and out of, and I love the gear loft feature.

Unanswered Question

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.

Responded on

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

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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

Responded on

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
Responded on

Were you able to add the zipper to close the air vent? If so, how?

Responded on

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