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Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season


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    57 Reviews


    No need to bring the lasso.

    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

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

    Tech Specs

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    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.
    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.
    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.

    Stoked in Every Respect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't get out camping much, but when I do, I really like to have an easy-to-use, waterproof tent to sleep in after a long day or fun outside. The Marmot LImelight was recommended to me, and I'm glad that I listened to this friend's advice - it's an awesome tent! I really like the geometry of the tent and the deeper 'bathtub' floor, plus the vestibule is perfect for dirty shoes and pots and pans etc. that I don't want to bring into the tent. I've had a few good trips already, and am looking forward to a great many more. Stoked!

    easy and convenient

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

    A pretty cool tent! Definitely not a backpacking tent, but I agree with a review further down, if the weight was split amongst two backpackers it wouldn't be very heavy, but might take up a little bit more space than you'd like. It is super easy to set up, take down and pack up. Plenty of room inside for two adults and gear or a dog. Definitely found that it would be a bit tight for three adults. Overall, I like the tent!

    Rain Magnet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had the tent over a year, so have gained some good insight on it. Primarily have base-camped so far. I usually take a hammock on backpacking trips. As others have said, though, splitting the weight with 2 people would be no problem with this tent.

    Plusses: the included footprint makes this a great bargain. Set up and take down is a snap (once you figure out the poles) - great when setting up in the rain quickly (more on that later). Vertical sides make it seem bigger than my old 3-person that was technically bigger but less useful. Vestibules are huge to keep packs outside and dry with 3 in the tent. Pockets well placed on each corner. Zippers work well (a pet peeve). VERY dry in the rain.

    Minuses: they should add 2 more stakes and some line - others have mentioned this - just would make it a complete package. The tent does not fold up into a very small size - the bag is huge - so not real conducive to one person taking on the trail.

    So, I think the orange color attracts rain. I have camped seven times with the tent and it has rained each time, even when the forecast was for 0% chance of rain for the weekend. Several other times in the hammock - no rain. Hmmm - seems like a conspiracy. Good for the land, soggy for me (outside the tent). As stated earlier though, there hasn't been one lick of leakage in the tent. Have really enjoyed the Limelight after hand-wringing on a decision for a while before purchasing. Tents today are in general so nice and light compared to 20 years ago. This tent is considered "heavy" today. Now back when I was . . . .

    2 Doors!

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

    Love that this tent has 2 doors so you don't disturb your tent mates in the middle of the night. Super easy to setup and plenty of room for 2 people + gear. It would definitely be a tight fit for 3 adults.

    Awesome Tent!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    You can fit three in this tent but I prefer sleeping with two. It is pretty evenly distributed if you divide up the poles, stakes, tent, and rainfly between two people. We recently carried it in to King's Peak and slept like babies through a pretty nasty storm that rolled in. The included footprint is nice, my only complaint is that it doesn't come with buckles to make a fast pitch option. The two doors and two vestibules are great for storing shoes and large packs, while the inside has enough room for all your other gear. The pre-bent poles give you some nice headspace and the 4 included storage pockets provide areas to organize phones, headlamps and snacks. The included lamp hook makes it nice for hanging a lantern so you aren't blinding your buddy inside the tent. And it makes for great night photos like this one!

    Awesome Tent!

    Great for two (plus a pup!)

    This tent perfect for our needs. We generally have our two sleeping bags, two pads or a duo air mattress, and our two packs. We have a small 20lb dog that sleeps in the space at our feet, next to our bags. There is just enough room for that, no more. The straight sides make a huge difference in terms of making it feel roomy on the inside. Only qualms are that the rain fly takes up a very large amount of room in the pack and that the stakes bend pretty easily. We'll have to replace a few after just 1 use.

    Great for two (plus a pup!)

    Very roomy!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Simply love this tent. My boyfriend, dog (80lb Samoyed), and myself fit comfortably. We use this tent for car camping and a lighter, smaller one for backpacking. That being said, you could hike with this split between two people.
    The vertical sidewalls add a ton of room and make tent activities (other than sleeping) easier and more enjoyable. We camp in Colorado from March - November and haven't had any condensation issues like others have written about. In fact, I've never had LESS of a condensation issue while camping. The only thing "tricky" about this tent can be the poles when you're tearing down. That word is a stretch but you do need to fold the poles a certain way to make them fit nicely. Easy to figure out quickly though (fold from the middle). I 100% recommend this tent.

    Great tent

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

    First time using this tent was a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in May (50s in the day, low 30s at night). Very easy to set up and tons of room inside. This came in handy when a hail storm came through Yellowstone that dropped about an inch of hail, no problems sitting up in the tent. Luckily none of the hail was larger than 1cm, most smaller ~7mm, and didn't rip the tent (though I was wishing the whole time Marmot provided a patch kit with the tent, I will definitely be buying one just in case, c'mon!).

    There was plenty of space in the tent for my wife and I and room for cards/camp games while staying away from the weather. Should be room for the dogs too when we get a chance to bring them with us.

    In addition to no patch kit supplied with the tent, the only other issue was a massive build-up of condensation even with both vents open and the flaps partially opened. There is ~4 inch gap between the rain fly and ground and I would have expected a little better ventilation through that gap, the fly doors, and the vent flaps. My older tent with no vents typically had less condensation than this so I was expecting better. That being said none of the condensation ever dripped on us and I would just take a quick dry camp towel and wipe down the inside of the fly and poles in the morning.

    Overall though the tent worked really well and we were really impressed with the amount of livable space on the inside of the tent. Will be taking it out to the Rockies for July 4th for another camping trip.

    EDIT: I also bought additional stakes in order to use the guy lines. So far I have only used two at the head and foot of the tent to bring the fly away from the tent wall in the rain. With that the drip line from the fly never touched the groundcloth or tent walls.

    Great tent

    Best tent I've ever used!!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am absolutely enamored with this tent. I have a slightly different version than what is for sale now (the doors and shape look a bit different, mine looks similar in shape to the current Tungsten but is a Limelight) but the Limelight 3-p is a fantastic tent. Mine has withstood many a rainstorm, wind, cold, and sometimes all 3 at once and awakening to frost the next morning. I have had ZERO leaks with this tent, even under the vestibules tends to stay dry, and it is lightweight, packable, and can be set up by one person.

    I've used this backpacking as well as car camping, and the easy set up is one of my favorite aspects. If I ever need to replace this tent (which won't be for a long while based on how it's held up with moderately heavy use over these past two years) I am most definitely going to get the Limelight. For comfort using sleeping pads it's more of a roomy 2 person, but I've also slept 3 in it no problem, it just depends on how snuggly you're willing to get with others :)

    The only "problem" with my tent is that it's dark green and very dark inside which is great for trying to sleep but not so great if you're stuck inside due to inclement weather. Though this doesn't seem to be a problem anymore because they have bright orange as the option for color -- just want to be honest about all aspects of this tent. It is phenomenal and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tent! Have I mentioned I love it yet?

    Overall, if you're looking for a backpacking tent with just a bit more room for 2 people than a regular 2-p, the extra weight is worth it for me (though it's not that much extra) and you will stay dry and cozy in this tent! Highly recommend!

    Great tent!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Loved this tent!! Lots of room for two people plus gear. The only flaw was it did not come with the gear net as the description said. REI would not replace it, even though the description clearly said it was included along with the footprint. Footprint was there, but not the cargo net. Other than that, it's a great tent! Super handy to have the two doors. We used it in the national parks and loved it!

    Great tent for the price

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

    After years of car camping, our family has transitioned into back country/backpack camping now that our youngest can comfortably hike and carry his own gear. I spent a great deal of time researching the best product for the least amount of $ that would suit our needs and chose this tent for myself and my husband. We were looking for the lightest tent that would fit the two of us as well as our gear. While we could have squeezed into a 2 person tent, we felt a 3 person would be more comfortable for us (we had used a 2 person tent before and felt it was too small - but that is just our opinion, coming off years of "car camping" in larger tents). This tent felt very spacious for the two of us. My husband it 6'1" and about 200lbs and he felt there was plenty of space for the two of us and our gear at our feet. We were very comfortable in it for several nights. We loved that there are two doors, so each of us can access a door without crawling over each other. The rainfly can be set up (pulled away from the tent) to store gear if that is how you would prefer to store it. This tent includes a "footprint" which saves you ~$30. Coming off car camping, this was new to us as our other tents have a thick, water-proof ("bathtub") floor. In "lightweight" tents, the floor is much thinner (to minimize weight), so a footprint is recommended to extend the life of your tent and make it more water resistant. It also gives you more options (such as to not use the "tent" but use the footprint and rainfly for shelter. At over 6lb, my husband and I divided the tent between the two of us, so we were each only carrying 3+lbs. I didn't mind the extra weight for the added space, but the added space in the tent is translated to a larger tent to carry when it is folded up. It is larger than I hoped when it is folded up but the trade-off was that we had more room and could comfortably sit in the tent (some are really low). Another point of interest is that the corner poles have a slight bend to them, which makes them take up more space in your pack than if they were made straight. I don't care for that design, but it doesn't bother me enough to return the tent. We have not tested it in the rain as we had great weather for our trip.

    Luxury in the wilderness

      Excellent tent. A palace for two people and bags, comfortable for 3. Have taken it on six ventures but never had heavy rain, but light rain has never caused any problems. Completely dry on the inside and you can leave your boots under the extensions on both sides.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      have been primarily a car camper using a 8 person tent for a while but was looking for something more packable and this works perfectly. large enough for myself and wife and dog. Setup is very easy and tent seems to be very stable in mild winds.

      Unanswered Question

      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.

      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.