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Marmot Limelight 2P Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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    Because your mummy bag's tight enough.

    Give yourself a little extra headroom with the Marmot Limelight 2P Two-Person Three-Season Tent. Made with Marmot's Zone Construction, the Limelight 2P has a smart design that maximizes space, so you have plenty of room to kick back, relax, and play a quick game of cards with your tent mate after a long day spent hiking, climbing, or mountain biking.

    Marmot gave the Limelight everything it needs to withstand the elements, like a durable 68D polyester rain fly with fully taped seams, stout DAC Pressfit aluminum poles, and a footprint to protect the tent's floor from wear and water. This particular version of the Limelight sleeps two and has two vestibules, giving you and your tent mate plenty of space to store gear out of the rain, and comes with color coded clips and poles to make set up as painless as possible. Marmot also added a large double door and 1 rear D-shaped door to make getting gear in and out of the tent simple and convenient.

    • 68D polyester fly with taped seams with a PU coating
    • No-see-um mesh canopy
    • DAC Pressfit aluminum poles
    • 1 Super-sized double door
    • 1 D-shaped rear door
    • 2-person sleeping capacity
    • Marmot Zone construction
    • Color coded clips and poles
    • Footprint included
    • Item #MAR00SX

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 68D polyester taffeta, [canopy] 40D No-see-um mesh, 100% polyester mesh, [floor] 68D polyester taffeta
    Wall Type
    DAC Pressfit (9mm), Velocity aluminum (8.5mm)
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    9.6 sq ft, 6.7 sq ft
    fully taped
    Interior Height
    43 in
    Floor Dimensions
    43 x 54 x 88 in
    Floor Space
    33 sq ft
    Packed Size
    18 x 7 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint included
    Trail Weight
    5 lb 2 oz
    Packed Weight
    5 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    A product of trail and error

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

    The Marmot Limelight 2P is a great tent with a lot of thought put into it, and by that I mean there seems to be at least two versions of the tent with the same name. Buyer bewear the previous version has only one door! Does not come with a foot print (that is no longer available from Marmot), and only has one vestibule. A few dealers are selling the old model At close out prices. I found this out (shame on me) the hard way.

    All of that being said the new and improved version is great!!! Marmot has taken customer feedback from the previous models and built a really nice tent. The Limelight 2P has high walls that give extra wind protection. The usable space inside is superior for any 2 person tent. The extra door makes getting in and out super easy. Setup is really fast and easy after a couple of try's

    You cannot beat the price!

    A product of trail and error

    GREAT tent stood up to severe MTN storm

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    6 friends and I backpacked in off the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming/Montana to do a little brook trout fishing at the end of July. At 9-10,000 feet, anything can happen in terms of weather, year-round. We stayed up top for 4 days and 3 nights, during which I shared the limelight 2P with a friend as well as my labrador retriever. My tent buddy is 6'5", 275lbs. I am 5'11" 180lbs; and my yellow lab is all of 115lbs. Needless to say, with the double vestibules, we still had plenty of room to store our gear and boots out of the weather and all three of us were more than comfortable inside the tent.

    We experienced everything from 60+mph winds to snow, hail, and pouring thunderstorms, but the Limelight 2P kept my friend, my pup, and myself bone dry, as well as all of our gear. Even with the drastic temperature changes and all of the internal heat radiating from inside, the strategically placed vents within the rain fly allowed condensation to escape while keeping precipitation out at the same time.

    The gear pockets and light diffusers in the ceiling are awesome conveniences for staying organized in the tent.

    All together the tent packs in at 5lbs, but split between the two of us evenly we carried less than 3lbs a piece for an incredible shelter. The limelight 2P is also listed as a 3-season tent, but secured properly and equipped with the proper clothing and sleeping gear, it easily withstood temperatures well below freezing as well as hail and snow.

    Truthfully, I could not have asked for a better tent, and the customer service here at backcountry has been stellar. It's performance was unmatched, and though I have now only actually used it a total of two times (one other small weekend trip back home in northern Michigan), I definitely put it through the wringer in the Absaroka Wilderness Beartooth Range. I've spent months up there at a time in $1000 tents working for a guide pack service, but I am confident now that the limelight 2P would serve me just as well for a fraction of the price but every bit the quality.

    GREAT tent stood up to severe MTN storm

    Bigger than I thought

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

    Just rocked this tent last night on top of Guardsman Pass to catch the meteor shower… I did quite a bit of research before pulling the trigger on the Limelight 2P. I vacillated quite a bit with size being my biggest concern. I couldn't be happier with the 2P. There was enough room for our packs near feet, and it wasn't overly snug. Great tent at a great price, and the weight was perfect. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this for a couple of guys backpacking, but it is certainly better to have my little pal with me

    Bigger than I thought

    Great Tent for Many Uses

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this tent for trips to the Uintas in the summer and down to southern Utah in the cooler months. It has withstood the rain in the high altitude and the sand of the Moab and St. George desert. Easy setup, light carry and great for car camping or backpacking. Small mesh shelf is a nice extra on the inside and the footprint keeps you super dry. Great 3 season tent at a great price.

    Performed in High Country

      Just went through 9 days of 3 states in varying temps from 90s in North Tx to 30s in Colorado and this tent performed great in all conditions. Zip back the fly in hot conditions to capture the breezes, but buckle it down and the tent is very warm in 30s temps. One day was very windy and setup is always tricky in the wind with one person but was very manageable. The two doors make the tent seem huge. Fellow hikers were impressed.

      Hey Blane! Thanks for the awesome review. I hope the tent is still treating you well and you are enjoying summer time and the adventures it has to over!

      Let me know when I can help you with your next order!

      Your gearhead,

      Awesome Tent for the Money!

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

      Easy setup, even though the current setup instructions lack 1 important detail (Marmot is revising/changing their instructions to be more clear): the footprint should be layed on the ground sticky side up (label side up). One of the 2 long sides of the footprint has a red semi-circular nylon tab next to the orange grommet webbing. These tabs are to face up. If you do not see the red tabs on your footprint when layed out, it is upside down.
      Otherwise, the tent is easy to set up. I wish the brow pole had a way to connect to the intersecting poles at the top center of the tent to make the entire pole structure more solid/rigid. I also wish the brow pole be redisigned to include more sections so that it does not end up being longer in length than the folded orange poles. It would take up less room in my backpack.
      The extra square footage provided by this tent is second to none due to the prebent pole "knees". I do not know of any other tent design or manufacturer that gives you so much extra room in a 2 man tent.
      Tech support and customer service are very good. The individuals you speak to actually camp and have direct experience with my Limelight 2-person tent (unlike North Face which sucked!).
      This tent has one of the largest oval doors I have seen in this price category. Relatively snag-free zippers too.
      I also love the Orange and Grey color scheme of this tent.


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

      I love this tent. It is super easy to set up. Once you set it up once or twice, you're pretty much a pro at setting this thing up. It takes little effort/skill and it sets up quickly. I just used this on a trip to the Ozette Triangle in the Olympic National Park in the PNW. We had some rain one of the nights and it held up great. We kept the vents open on both sides up top, and we were fine. Stays warm and solid in wind with the guy lines tied down. Solid buy. I have yet to use it on snow. Enjoy. It's well worth the purchase!

      Not so great for the PNW

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

      I was really excited to get this tent after what seemed like months of research. I wanted a good tent that was versatile enough to both camp and backpack with for two, and not [totally] break the bank. This tent has excellent interior space, and the setup was smooth after a long trek on a 4 day backpacking trip at the Olympic Peninsula. My partner and I awoke after the first night with some dampness and condensation in our tent along the bottom edges, despite the footprint being correctly placed. It had cooled enough overnight for dew to form. This was the only precipitation, as it was actually a beautiful week and was pretty dry and sunny. The following nights, the vents were opened and while that seemed to help somewhat with the condensation, we seemed to still have some moisture bleeding through.

      If we only planned to use this for camping/backpacking in dry areas, I totally would've insisted on keeping this. The vestibules are roomy, the two doors with the large double door is awesome, and the two headlamp sleeves that diffuse light are a nice touch. Returned this and went with a tent that was a little more weatherproof and appropriate for the PNW.

      curious to know what tent you went with?

      Excellent Tent, Best in class

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have this tent for 4 years, it's tough, easy to pitch, relatively light, sufficient space, and in this price with gear loft and footprint it's the best deal you can get.
      Recently I've noticed that water are penetrating through the floor, but there was no apparent tear or wear, I contacted Marmot Warranty and they replaced my 4 years old tent with a brand new one! with no questions asked, no shipping for examination, and no delays, just went to the local dealer and got a new tent! Marmot Warranty is the best there is!

      A Great All-rounder

        I recently purchased this tent because I have a 2-person 4-season ultralight tent that just wasnt quite what I wanted for traditional camping/carcamping/campsite camping. I picked this up and am super happy.

        Marmot did a great job paying attention to the details. You can unzip the doors of the rainfly and there is a little hook and loop in the perfect spot to hold them open. The rainfly material seems sturdy and can be thrown on pretty quick. This thing is also SUPER roomy for a 2-person. you could probably get a large dog in there with you and your partner and be plenty comfortable.

        Even with the rainfly on I found this tent to have great ventilation and was a welcome change from the condensation of my single walled backpacking tent.

        My favorite features are the big giant doors on both sides. No more squeezing through awkwardly. Zip it all the way open and you have a tremendous door to huck your gear into and jump in and out of.

        I just used it on a 5 day canoe trip and it was great. It doesnt pack down very far but unless you really need to cram a lot of gear into a backpack this does the trick. Here is a picture camping along the green river in Moab. PC: Keith Fearnow

        A Great All-rounder

        Great in the rain!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        We are huge marmot fans and only looked into upgrading our marmot tent for another marmot tent! This tent is light and easy to put together. The super size door is my favorite part and has two zipper sets that enables you to get in either by the top or foot of your sleeping bag without unzipping the entire door. The inside mesh layer has pockets on the top of the tent to place a head lamp in for when it gets dark. On our first camping trip with this tent, it rained for 3 hours but there was no sign of puddles or anything remaining wet.

        Marmot Limelight 2P Tent

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Love the design of this tent with the curved poles near the base as it gives extra room for gear and for head/body. The included footprint is a plus also. I have owned tents previously that required separate purchase of a footprint. This tent is very easy to set up and take down and performed well in wet and dry conditions. I have used it both backpacking and car camping.

        Saved my life

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

        The day is April 23rd, 2016. The place - 38 degrees north, 109 West. The wind began to pick up as we packed up for the day and ventured out to explore Arches NP near Moab. I thought it might be prudent to put the cooler in the tent, just in case the wind were to pick up and decimate my guy lines, but decided it should be ok. By noon wind gusts had exceeded 50mph and every campsite we drove by had tents uprooted and rolling around. I thought surely my new Limelight would be another victim and perhaps damaged upon my return to camp, if it was even still there. To my infinite and delighted surprise, the tent was right where I left it. Upright, even. Now I'd like to think it was my expert midshipman's hitch that kept everything in order but, more likely, it was the 2 inches of sand that had managed to blow in under the fly and over the bathtub-style polyester floor. In any case, this thing held up and despite all the sand kept our sleeping bags, pads, and various overnight gear safe for the day. Thanks, Marmot.

        Saved my life

        Why 2 when you can have 3?

        If you bought this tent for you and your wife/girlfriend, etc. Don't worry, there's room for your third wheel to tag along too.

        Why 2 when you can have 3?

        Love it

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

        As I'm sure we all do, I set this bad boy up the night I got it. The two year old has been telling me he wants to go camping ever since. Sets up quick and easy, light enough for short backpacking trips, spacious enough for me and the kid. Can't wait to really put it to use this coming spring/summer

        Limelight 2p good buy

          Roomy light and compact. Excellent for backpacking. Quick setup and breakdown and even fits back in sack provided. Footprint included ensures dry nights.

          Love this tent!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          This tent is ideal. It's lightweight and easy to set up. It's just the perfect size for my wife, our dog and me. We really enjoy it. It looks great and we use it year round.


          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Easy to set up and perfect size for the wife and I!!

          Limelight 2p Gets Better.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I have been using the original Limelight for the past 2 years. It was affordable, durable, and never let rain or snow in when I properly guyed it out (have to admit sometimes I got lazy and didnt use the guy lines, it rained, we got a little wet). My only wish was that it had 2 doors so each of us in the tent could get out without bothering the other one. The major change to the new one is, IT DOES!

          The 2 doors was only scratching the surface of some of the improvements this year. The tent has slightly increased the interior height so a taller person can sit up inside of it. I am 5'8" and I easily had another 6" of space above my head when sitting inside. There is also more space inside the periphery of the tent. So all around the walls now have more vertical space. If you can see the way the poles pull the body of the tent out more near the ends where the last one just arced down.

          The new version also has mesh in better spots on the body of the tent. Before there was a big piece of nylon in the way from looking at the stars and now its more open. Breathability will be about the same, did notice that the new one has 2 small windows to aid in breathability where the last one only had one.

          I set this tent up alone in 15 minutes, with ski gloves on. You could easily cut that in half with another person and in a warmer climate where you dont need gloves! The tent does not come with the guy lines set up on the fly, I recommend setting the tent up at your house, tying all the guy lines on before you are in the field. It does come with self tension plates and again, all this is easier to set up in the comfort of your back yard. I will say that to really keep the wind/rain/snow out you need to have this guyed out at least on the 4 sides. Both doors and then the other 2 ends.

          I feel like people always comment about using a 3-season tent in the winter. With a tent like this you can get away with it. Its light enough to carry on shorter winter backpacking trips and as long as its not going to see really high winds will work just fine. For me this means I always grab this tent before the big expedition tent as long as I can ensure I will have some tree cover and the weather is not calling for snow at 2'/hour.

          Final word is that this tent does weigh a bit more than the Tungsten which is $50 less than the Lime Light (strictly talking 2 person). The 3 person Lime Light is lighter and has more room than the Tungsten 3 person where the 2 person Limelight is heavier but, slightly bigger. The Limelight regardless of how many people will always have a little more height around the periphery so more head space when your laying down. I am really excited for the new Limelight as I fell in love with my older one which did not have 2 doors or as much interior room as this one.

          If you have any more questions or want to see more pictures of this tent set up feel free to send me an email or call my direct line! I am also willing to get into the nitty gritty details of any other tent we have on the site, just let me know which tents you would like to compare.

          Bill Porreca


          Limelight 2p Gets Better.

          Does this tent have a gear loft and/or storage pockets inside?

          Hansen, the Lime Light 2 does come with the gear loft and there are pockets in the corners to put some small items like a headlamp.