This Marmot Limelight 3P tent review is about a 3-season, 3-people, 3-pole structure, free standing back-country travel tent, with 2 doors and 2 vestibules.
It comes with a footprint and a gear loft, both together adding a value of around $60.
Best place and price to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
The body of this tent is made of mesh and nylon panels mixed at various parts of the tent body, so ventilation is not supposed to be a problem.
Three poles make a sturdy construction, 2 of them are loops crossing each other in an x-shaped structure, and the third brow pole crosses the other two, which adds to the stability and pulls the sides of the tent out from the interior. This adds a lot of space at the shoulder and head height, and the side walls are nearly vertical.
The fly is fully waterproof and with all seams taped. It is large and provides cover for the vestibules at both sides in front of the doors. The fly and the tent body are color coded so you will not have a problem to find out which corner of the fly goes where.
There are UV resistant welded and waterproof windows on the fly. The doors roll up to the side and can be attached to the wall. There are mesh pockets in the corners of the tent.
The package allows for the fast fly variant which includes poles, the fly, and the footprint.
Marmot Limelight 3P is a free-standing tent. This is an important feature because you may be on a ground where using stakes is not possible, like on a rocky terrain or a frozen surface. I have a bad experience of that kind with my own non-freestanding tent.
Here is a video from Marmot about this Limelight 3P series:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Minimal weight: 5 lbs 15 oz (2692 gr). This includes poles, body, fly.
- Full weight: 6 lbs 11 oz (3032 gr).
- Packed size: 22 x 8 in (56 x 20.3 cm).
- Dimensions (H x W x L): 46 x 66 x 93 in (117 x 168 x 236 cm).
- Floor surface: 42.6 sq ft (4 sq m).
- Vestibule surface: 10 sq ft (0.93 sq m) + 10 sq ft (0.93 sq m).
- Floor: 70D 100% nylon PU 3000mm W/R, F/R.
- Canopy: 68D 100% polyester ripstop, F/R; 40D 100% polyester no-see-um mesh F/R.
- Fly: 68D 100% polyester ripstop 1800mm, W/R, F/R.
- Poles: 3, DAC Press-Fit 9 mm.
- 2 doors, 2 vestibules.
- Free standing.
- Fast fly variant possible.
- Gear loft included.
- Footprint included.
- Seam taped fly with vents; seam taped floor.
- Color coded “easy pitch” clips and poles.
- Interior pockets.
- Light reflective points.
- Jingle-free nylon zipper pulls.
Comparison with competitors
In the following comparison table you may see some features side by side, for the Marmot Limelight 3P tent and a few other 3-person tents presented within this site, so please have a look:
|Big Agnes Copper
Spur UL3 mtnGLO
Copper Spur UL3
|Surface (sq m)||4||4.1||4.1|
It is rather difficult to put a proper rate here. Marmot Limelight 3P tent is quite heavy but it is made of very durable material. For example, the floor, fly, canopy and mesh of the Marmot tent are 70, 68, 68, 40 deniers.
Something like this you will not find in the other 2 models presented here; in fact with these tents people usually use some footprints, which increases their weight and the price of course. But with Marmot Limelight 3P tent the footprint is included in the already excellent price.
So the weight of the Marmot tent should not be understood as something completely negative here, it is just the opposite. This is a truly value-priced tent.
- Frankly speaking, it is hard to find any. The obvious one, the weight, is not as bad as you may think on the first look.
I hope this Marmot Limelight 3P tent review has been useful to you. This is a great tent and a great design. Used with 2 or 3 people, the weight should not make any problem as its elements can be shared between them. My final opinion:
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This video from Marmot shows how to set up Marmot Limelight 3P tent: