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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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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
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.

5 5

Stellar Adventure Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go-to road trip, bike trip, car-camping tent. It's not the most compact (you'll have to wrestle it into a pack) but it's a cinch to set up, thanks to the one-piece pole. Full of nice features, like the window on the fly, a roomy vestibule and a cute gear loft inside. Stayed inside it during a high-wind thunderstorm in Canyonlands NP. Everything was secure, but I hadn't pulled the guylines tight enough and a lot of water got in. So really, really crank on the guylines and guy out all the fly points. Best bang for your buck.

Set-up was a breeze!

Set-up was a breeze!

It took me all of 5 minutes to set this tent up for the first time during a backyard dry-run.

5 5

awesome

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

love this tent! I'm 6ft 3in.. and use the tent for myself and my dog.

5 5

Awesome 2-person backpacking tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent is great for two people, not the lightest out there if you're traveling alone but it is not bad at all. The vestibule is a great feature and the whole thing goes up and down quick and easy. On cold nights, the wind and the cold rip right through it though. All in all a great tent that fits two people great.

Have used this tent for years, it rocks

Have used this tent for years, it rocks

Backpacking trip on San Gorgonio Mountain, CA

CB-13 Indian Himalaya, at 5400m

CB-13 Indian Himalaya, at 5400m

CB-13 Indian Himalaya, at 5400m camp.
Summit attempt.

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Awesome picture Fedor !!!

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