This Marmot Limelight 4P tent review is about one of 3 sizes in the Limelight series. In one sentence: this is a 4-person, free-standing, 3-season, waterproof, durable, and sturdy tent. Each of these features is discussed below.
This tent has been on the market for almost a decade already, they have improved it in the past, and the dimensions have changed a bit but the changes are mot substantial. So this is a tried and tested outdoor item. The tent offers space for 4 people, with around 1.22 square meters per person in the tent and 2 large vestibules for gear.
The pole structure is a really stable free-standing one, see the picture below. Two long loop poles are crossed making an x-shaped structure, and across them, there are 2 brow poles that run parallel to each other from the top points of one door to the door on the other side of the tent, you can see them in the picture above.
Free-standing is a great feature, so you can pitch the tent in any environment regardless of the surface. You would be in a trouble on a rocky or frozen terrain with a non-freestanding tent.
The tent body is a combination of mesh and nylon panels. Ventilation is great and reports from users confirm this, almost no issues of condensation. The same mesh-nylon combination is on the doors as well.
There are mesh pockets in the corners, and a gear loft which is included in the package. Note that there is a footprint included as well.
Marmot Limelight 4P tent is made of strong materials, just have a look into technical specifications to see how durable the fabric of the tent is. You may compare this with some other light tents presented here in the site. But this comes at a price; the tent is not the lightest on the market.
Technical specifications and summary of features
- Minimum weight: 8 lbs 4.88 oz (3766 g). This includes poles, body and fly.
- Maximum weight: 9 lbs 0.45 oz (4094 g).
- Tent packed size: 27 x 9 in (68.6 x 22.9 cm).
- Dimensions (H x W x L): 50 x 82 x 93 in (127 x 208 x 236 cm).
- Floor size: 53 sq ft (4.9 sq m); so around 1.22 sq m per person.
- Vestibules size: 16.05 sq ft (1.5 sq m) + 16.05 sq ft (1.5 sq m).
- Floor material: 70D 100% nylon PU 3000mm W/R, F/R.
- Canopy material: 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: 4, DAC press-fit 9.5 mm.
- Free-standing type.
- Footprint and gear loft included.
- 2 doors, 2 vestibules.
- Seam taped fly with vents.
- Seam taped floor.
- Color coded “easy pitch” clips and poles.
- 4 interior mesh pockets.
- Light-reflective points.
- Waterproof windows
- Jingle-free nylon zipper pulls.
- Fast fly variant for using the tent (only poles, footprint, and fly). But think about bugs and snakes!
- Weight perhaps, but frankly speaking I would not consider the weight as a bad feature. The tent is made of great and durable materials. You will not have this with ultralight models.
- True bad feature: it is too small for 4 people. I have read reports of quite a number of users claiming the same. It offers 1.22 sq m/person, as compared with 1.33/person in the case of Big Agnes model in the table above (which is in my view also too small for 4 people).
- There are complaints that mesh pockets are really small.
- Do not expect to put a lot of heavy stuff in the gear loft.
Summary & where to buy
Thank you for reading this Marmot Limelight 4P tent review. This is a good tent built with quality materials. If you really plan to use it for several people then the weight is not an issue, you can always split it into parts and carry separately. Ideal for 3 people, you will be cramped in the case of 4.
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