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Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

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    Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

    Setting up a tent shouldn't feel like you're wrangling with an ornery and generously-sized longhorn bull, so keep it simple with the Marmot Limelight 3P Tent. Its color-coded clips and poles make for easy set ups, and the Marmot Zone construction offers more livable space so you can comfortably kick back after a day spent fishing, hiking, or mountain biking. Additionally, Marmot hooked the Limelight up with a mesh canopy for stargazing fiends, while the seam-taped fly repels those frequent summer rainstorms or unexpected dust storms. Not to mention, the added mesh fly vents ensure your little home-on-the-go stays cool during those hot and muggy nights when the bugs are out. And of course, the large D-shaped door makes it a whole lot easier to get out when you need to take a 3am bathroom break.

    • A homey, 3-person tent for 3-season camping
    • Waterproof fly and bathtub floor offer protection
    • No-see-um mesh canopy ensures ample comfort
    • Generous size accommodates friends or dogs
    • One door boasts large size for easy in-and-out
    • Vestibule protects gear from elements
    • Footprint is included
    • Item #MAR014U

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [fly] 68D polyester taffeta, [canopy] 40D No-see-um mesh, polyester mesh, [floor] 68D polyester taffeta
    Capacity
    3-person
    Season
    3-season
    Wall Type
    double
    Freestanding
    yes
    Poles
    DAC Pressfit (9mm), Velocity aluminum (8.5mm)
    Pole Attachment
    clip
    Number of Doors
    2
    Number of Vestibules
    2
    Vestibule Space
    11.3sq ft, 7.5sq ft
    Ventilation
    mesh walls
    Seams
    fully taped
    Interior Height
    48in
    Floor Dimensions
    48 x 68 x 90in
    Floor Space
    42.5sq ft
    Packed Size
    22 x 8in
    Trail Weight
    6lb
    Packed Weight
    6lb 11oz
    Recommended Use
    camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Great tent, with minor pitfalls

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

    Love this tent. Lots of head space, thanks to the slightly angled tent poles that give an extra several inches of shape to the roof of the tent. Easy to set up. Pitfalls: pockets are not placed very well— they’re in the bottom four corners of the tent, which tends to already be occupied by whatever is on the floor of the tent. Also had a little trouble making the footprint fit closely, though that may have been the uneven terrain. Overall I would recommend. Very light weight for a 3 person!

    Pleasantly surprised

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    We've used this a few times now. Very spacious. Easy to set up and break down.

    Could use a few more stakes, so order extra. Had everything it needs in the bag otherwise.

    There was no condensation, but Colorado is pretty dry. The vents were also all open. I would recommend this tent. Even if it is considered budget, it's really well laid out and works for everyday, lightweight use.

    Pleasantly surprised

    Can't go wrong

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tent is spacious, easy to set up, durable, and just about the best tent in its class. Other than backpacking, this tent meets all my needs, especially when that extra space is needed for a mid-downpour chess game.

    Perfect for backpacking with kids

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

    I've car camped with my two children (10 and 12) numerous times - we use a Kelty Trail Ridge 6p for that and love all the extra space. Purchased the Marmot Limelight 3p for their first backpacking trip to the CA coast. This is definitely on the heavier side for backpacking but I wanted something comfortable and since we were able to divide between all of us it worked well. Absolutely LOVE the vertical side walls, head room, and the need for less guy lines due to the design. If using for 3 , would recommend narrower sleeping pads as ours overlapped. We had three different ones (2 older and 1 newer thermarest) . The orange color gives off a homey glow. It rained all night into the next morning and we were perfectly dry inside except one spot on the ground where the footprint had folded over (tent in direct contact with the ground). We went in and out of the tent while it was raining and didn't have the issue with rain pouring in. I had a NF tent that poured rain right in and couldn't wait to sell that thing!

    opening fly lets rain in

      I must have read 1000 reviews before choosing this tent...the first one I've ever owned. Everyone loved this tent. The selling points were: 1) it stays dry and 2) provides lots of ventilation.
      5 stars on the first count. It rained some every day of the week I used it, including 5" one afternoon with high winds. Dry as can be...until you unzip the fly to go in or out. Then water pours into the tent. This is where the "great ventilation" feature falls apart. There is only mesh above the bathtub floor. No privacy/rain doors to zip over the mesh. Even with the fly zipped down below the top of the solid fabric rain still blew in. I am usually away from the tent all day. I'd leave the fly open for some of that advertised ventilation. But if it rained while I was away the tent got a lot of water in it through the mesh doors. An improvement would be adding weatherproof privacy doors behind the screen doors,
      Another downside is the lack of ventilation when the fly is closed, which it kinda has to be for privacy. The two small vents in the fly seem entirely inadequate. Although the rain stayed out, bedding was totally damp after a few hours in the rainproof tent.

      Sneaky Spacious Tent

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

      I used this tent for car camping in the Moab desert and it was perfect! Taking it out of the bag and setting it up was a breeze and took less than 5 minutes. Once set up it offers way more room than I could have imagined when it's all packed away. With two people and a dog we still have plenty of extra room to move around and store our gear. Unlike some other tents, it also included a footprint which is a nice touch. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a new tent.

      OMG it's BIG

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

      Getting (or at least trying to get) a good night's sleep is just about the most important thing for me when backpacking. I had been using the excellent Kelty TN3 for shared tenting, but like all standard X tents, it suffers from sloping ends. At 6'2" I'm not freakishly tall, but on a pad and a pillow and in my bag, I still bump up against the ends, and that really messes with my ability to sleep.

      The Limelight seemed like the perfect solution, and OMG is it. It's unbelievable how spacious this tent is once set up. The floor dimensions you see are the usable dimensions you get. You and a friend could *easily* spend a stormy day inside this tent playing cards, or Twister or whatever, waiting for the rain to pass. It's the Elks Lodge of tent designs.
      Of course, all that space comes with a price. It's not the weight penalty so much; it's less than a pound heavier than the Kelty (according to my kitchen scale), and that's a very small price to pay. No, it's the bulk. This thing eats up a *lot* of space in a backpack. I can put the entire Kelty -- poles and all -- in the bottom compartment of my Atmos 65, with room to spare for my inflatable sleeping pad, pillow, and an energy bar or two. Forget about that with this one, unless...
      I have a pair of Osprey lightweight roll-top bags on order. The plan/hope/prayer is that I can stuff the tent into one, the fly into another, and compress the bejeezus out of them to make them more compact. Then I might be able to get the whole thing into my backpack without having to leave out other things. Like clothes, a sleeping bag, food, you know... the nice-to-haves when you're backpacking.
      Also, the poles are volume hogs because of the bend, and they're on the long side, so they have to go into an external pocket. (Again, the Kelty rules them all here; its poles are straight, and less than 14" long; they fit in to the packing "cube" with the rest of the tent).
      The included groundcloth is a nice touch if you're car camping, but it, too, is bulky and hefty. If you're backpacking leave it at home, and take a wadded up PolyCryo.
      Bottom line: if a ridiculously spacious, reasonably lightweight and very well made tent is what you crave, look no further. If space is at a premium in your backpack or on the trail, or if you're 6'0" or less, take a serious look at the Kelty.

      Spacious & Easy Setup!

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

      This tent sets up and breaks down like a breeze. The interior is spacious enough for my husband, myself and our two dogs with room to spare! A doublewide air mattress fits perfectly in the space. I have yet to try it in cold or rainy conditions, but its holds up well in desert winds. Admittedly, the only complaint I have with the tent is that it doesn't have enough interior pockets which I tend to find EXTREMELY useful. Overall, though, would recommend for car campers!

      Solid Car Camping Tent for Two People

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

      This is a really great tent for car camping for two people, or two people and a dog. It would be a pretty tight squeeze to fit 3 adults in this tent. My favorite thing about this tent is that set up is a breeze!! We set this tent up (footprint + tent + rain fly) for the first time ever in the dark with just headlamps, and it took less than 5 minutes.

      My biggest issue with this tent is that only 6 stakes were included. The tent itself takes 4, and then you need two more to stake out the rain fly. Which means there are no tent stakes left to stake out guylines. It was extremely windy our first night camping, so we had to get creative with tying the guylines to trees and rocks. Also, the guylines are not already set up, so if you are planning on going camping where the weather could turn to gusty winds\rain, then I would 1) make sure you set up your guy lines ahead of time and 2) bring at least 4 extra stakes.

      Pros
      Two doors - (1 doors on each side, however, one door is larger than the other)
      Easy to set up
      Comes with footprint

      Cons
      Only 6 stakes included, which is not enough if you need to stake out guylines


      Solid Car Camping Tent for Two People

      Perfect for My Needs!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The Limelight 3P is a great tent and is meeting all of my expectations! I couldn't be more pleased. I've used it for one trip, 4 nights, two campgrounds. Upon my first use last fall, I had three very raining nights and I couldn't have felt more secure in staying dry and sleeping well. The rain hammered down at times as if I were set up under a waterfall. To the point of standing groundwater water outside of my tent during the storms. Easy to set up, take down, stow and travel! All pluses in my opinion. My primary use so far is solo car camping, so plenty of room for me using a twin size, low profile air mattress. The queen size air mattress of that same brand will probably work as well, but would def eat into indoor floor space. The vestibule is roomy enough to store my lightweight camp chair during stormy weather, without having to break it down. The Limelight would probably also be good in a backpacking format and splitting the contents amongst fellow hikers, if so desired. Note...the blue tarp visible in the pictures was only necessary due to the sketchy, pebbly ground in the tenting area. The Limelight comes with a great footprint, but I wasn't taking any chances on the tent's inaugural use. Looking forward to getting back out this spring!

      Perfect for My Needs!

      Demoed one but didn't keep

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

      I know this tent is reviewed well, but for my purposes it wasn't what I was looking for. I'm pretty picky about certain things, here's what I saw: I really appreciate pockets around the tent and this one didn't have anything above me. It's HUGE. It's really tall and wide feeling, which is great for a group! For me as a 2+ purpose, it was far too large. The poles were awkward to put back but I'd happily deal with that for the benefit of a more roomy inside. I also wasn't a fan of the doors - why would you want the zipper to open from the bottom and not the top? Just seems like you'll get the doors dirty fast.

      Marmot wins again!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Marmot makes the very best tents around for car-camping, and this one is no exception. The vertical walls near the bottom are game-changers, and really expand the liveable space of this tent. As many have already said, it works as a 3 person tent, but it's better as a comfortable and spacious 2-person. Plenty of room for two people's pads and sleeping bags, plus a backpack or duffel bag full of gear/clothes. Holds up well in the rain too, I stayed in this guy in a desert monsoon storm overnight, dumping rain, and not a drop of water got through!

      Marmot wins again!

      Perfect tent in every way!!

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

      I took this tent to Colorado last week. It was light enough to pack, yet roomy enough for me and my gear. It snowed, It sleeted, It rained, and rained some more. Everything in the tent stayed completely dry. I had a portable heater inside with me, and was I concerned that it would sweat. With the 2 vents open, it didnt sweat at all. I was in temps from 15 to 40 degrees, and I stayed very warm.

      The tent was quick and easy to set up, and to take down. Absolutely love it.

      Perfect tent in every way!!

      Dope tent

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

      This tent is SWEET! Vertical walls makes it feel HUGE. I bought it for myself and a plus one. It can for sure fit 3, but I like having the extra room. The tarp has clips as well. Someone says that it cannot connect to anything, but it can clip to the fly or the tent. That same someone said that the instructions were vague. They're plenty sufficient. Tent goes together in all of 2 minutes. love it!

      Decent tent

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

      This is a solid tent. Great for 2 people, but no more than that.
      Cons:
      The instructions it comes with are attached on the inside of the bag (we didn't see them at first), but they are not very clear. The tarp it comes with didn't appear to connect to anything, since the tent and cover connect to each other. Left with a tarp that couldn't connect to anything (and it doesn't say in the instructions), so we just laid it under the tent.
      Pros:
      Stores into a small size. Waterproof. Easy to setup.
      Besides the unclear instructions and tarp that appears to have nothing to attach to, it is a great tent.

      Why does the footprint have 2 clips on each corner, when the fly only has 1 clip? What is the second clip for?

      The footprint has 2 clips for the rain fly and the tent both connected to the footprint. It should be the clip and one should be a washer connect for the tent poles. If you have any other questions or concerns go ahead and chat in or give us a call at 1-800-409-4502.

      When set up properly, is this tent fully waterproof? I've come across a couple of reviews stating that this tent leaked while other reviewers said that it held up great in the rain. Are there known issues with the taped seams? I need to be sure this will hold up against the elements while backpacking in the high country. I see the specs say waterproof but figured it couldn't hurt to get a second opinion.

      I found the test pretty waterproof. My main complaints are: 1) It is hard to ventilate if it is raining - if you open the door, it exposes the tent. The tiny vent is .... tiny. 2) The doors should both be of the bigger variety - the tent is symmetrical...why have a small door? 3) Same with the gear pockets - not symmetrical - one person gets a nice gear pocket at their head and the other doesn't. Why? Small design improvements I guess.

      Otherwise, it is easy to setup and has worked pretty well for me. ( used as a 2 person tent only )

      The length of the sleeping area is really 90", as it is stated in the characteristics? Or less? (The dimensions of many tents are in reality less than those declared by the manufacturer).

      How does this tent manage in high winds?

      Best Answer

      Hey Mary,

      The Limelight does great in high winds. With the fly having full coverage all the way to the ground it give all the protect you will need. As long as you have the tent staked down well and the guy lines staked out for additional support the limelight will do great. Email headed your way Mary. Hit me up directly with other questions.