Marmot Limelight 3P Tent Review

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This past weekend Kathleen and I got a chance to go camping in the Marmot Limelight 3P Tent.  We had just attended a friends wedding and I wanted to go camping instead of staying at a hotel. Kathleen did a quick look around at camping sites and found one called Mountain Breeze Campground on the Guadalupe River here in Texas.

We arrived at the campsite around 11pm and after paying the camp fee of $15 per person, we drove over to a nice spot between some trees.  Our camping spot was just a short distance away from the river, so we didn’t get the river view, but it was still a rather nice setting.  The ground was flat and perfect for pitching a tent.  Since this was a brand new tent, we didn’t have any idea of how easy or hard it would be to setup.

The Marmot Limelight 3P Tent is rated as a 3 person tent, but we both feel it’s more of a 2 person tent with plenty of room for packs and other gear.  Setting up the tent is a snap.  Since we drove to the campsite, I positioned the car lights so that we could see what we were doing.  The Limelight comes with 3 tent poles.  2 long sections that are attached and a shorter cross beam section.

Marmot Tent Setup Limelight 3P

To setup the tent you simply position the tent on the ground in the position you want, assemble the 2 longer tent poles.  Each end of the tent poles will go into 1 of the 4 tent holes positioned at each corner of the tent.  With the Limelight you can actually assemble the tent frame prior to attaching the tent to them.  This can be a really big advantage if it’s windy out.  It also means that just one person is needed to setup the tent.  The poles form an X once setup.  Next you attach the tent pole clips, which when finished will have the tent almost completely setup.  The last part is to attach the tent cross bar, which supports the 2 entry ways.

Marmot without rain fly Limelight 3P

During our adventure we initially setup the tent without the rain fly, but around 4am it started to rain and we woke to a few drops of water hitting our faces.  Pulling out the rain fly and throwing it over the tent eliminated the rain issue.  The fly attaches to the 4 clips positioned at each corner.  You simply position the rain fly so that the door sections face the door sections of the tent.  In our case, since it wasn’t windy, I didn’t even need to attach the rain fly to the clips, I simply draped it over the tent and went back to sleep.  In the morning or rather later that morning we woke up completely dry.

Marmot Limelight 3P Tent

Taking down the tent was just as easy as setting it up.  We really liked how simple the design was, making it a snap to do.

Marmot Limelight 3P Tent Feature List

  • Bare Bones Setup
  • Color Coded ‘Easy Pitch’ Clips
  • Poles
  • DAC Press-Fit Poles
  • Free-Standing Design
  • Gear Loft and Footprint Included
  • Interior Pockets for Small Gear Organization
  • Jingle-Free Nylon Zipper Pulls
  • Light-Reflective Points
  • Multiple Pockets
  • Seam Taped Catenary Cut Floor
  • Seam Taped Full Coverage Fly
  • Snag-Free Zipper Flap
  • Two D Shaped Doors/Two Vestibules
  • Window Weld

Marmot Limelight 3P Dimensions

Tent Dimensions and Technical Overview

  • Tent Floor Fabric – 70d 100% Nylon PU 3000mm W/R, F/R
  • Tent Canopy Fabric -68d 100% Polyester Ripstop,F/R | 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R
  • Tent Fly Fabric -68d 100% Polyester Ripstop 1800mm, W/R, F/R
  • Tent Dimensions – 46 x 66 x 93in, 117 x 168 x 236cm
  • Tent Pole Data -3 / DAC Press-Fit 9.0mm
  • Tent Min Weight (Poles, Body, Fly) – 5lbs 15oz (2692g)
  • Tent Max Weight – 6lbs 11oz (3032g)
  • Tent Floor Fabric – 70d 100% Nylon PU 3000mm W/R, F/R
  • Tent Canopy Fabric -68d 100% Polyester Ripstop,F/R | 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R
  • Tent Fly Fabric -68d 100% Polyester Ripstop 1800mm, W/R, F/R
  • Tent Dimensions – 46 x 66 x 93in, 117 x 168 x 236cm
  • Tent Pole Data -3 / DAC Press-Fit 9.0mm
  • Tent Min Weight (Poles, Body, Fly) – 5lbs 15oz (2692g)
  • Tent Max Weight – 6lbs 11oz (3032g)

Advantages

This tent is so easy to setup, it’s almost laughable. It only requires 3 poles, yet the design seems extremely sturdy.  The tent has 2 sides of lower venting, which is great to cool the head and feet if positioned towards the windy side.

We also really like the color scheme (Orange, yellow and grey).  It was very cheerful as light entered the tent through the various colored panels.

The tent retails for $279, which puts it at the lower range of high end tents.  For most people, the Marmot Limelight 3P Tent is all the tent you could possibly ask for.

Disadvantages

The only real disadvantage to this tent IMO is it could have slightly more venting. The doors are only about 1/3 vented and it would be nice to have the option to fully vent.  When the rain fly is set, there is only one porthole type window to view your surroundings.  An additional porthole would be nice.

For those weight weenies looking for a super light tent, the total weight is almost 7lbs, which may not be light enough.  You can shave weight down under 6lbs by not bringing the rain fly and ground tarp, although I would advise bringing the rain fly.

To find out more about the Marmot Limelight 3P Tent, check out their website.

 

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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