I like a lot of space and head room in a tent. I also like to bring a good bit of my gear in the tent. So for me, this is a ONE person tent. I used it for camping off a small dirtbike style motorcycle for seven days. Compared to some of the other tents folks had, this one was BIG and slightly heavier, but it was worth it for me. I don't want to leave my riding gear outside in the vestibule and I like being able to bring the back pack in so I can reach it without getting out of my sleeping bag when it is cold!
The first thing I did was remove the bag with the poles. Then I used a cylindrical dry bag for the tent. This let me squish it down lengthwise AND in diameter. The dry bag has an air vent and circumferential straps. That REALLY got the size of the tent down, probably around 16" long and maybe 6" in diameter. This was with the foot print and fly included. Then I put the tent and the bag with the poles into a larger bag that had other stuff in it. Having a dry bag for the tent is a big deal so that if it gets wet, it does not get everything else wet.
The tent is incredibly easy to setup. It rarely took me more than five minutes. However, I was not doing it in rain or strong winds, just a pleasant but constant good breeze. Even so, I don't think it would be much harder in other conditions. Just stake out the corners, pop the poles in place and clip the tent to the poles. Take down was just as easy and quick.
All the zippers worked well. Tie down points are all VERY reflective, which is nice at night. It keeps me from tripping over them.
It got in the upper 20s at night. The tent really does nothing in terms of insulating and holding heat. But I did not buy it for that.
I did not test the rain proofness of it. We just has some easy drizzles and nothing serious. However, with the fly staked out properly, it looks like it would do pretty well in the rain unless it was just a full blown Gulf Coast frog strangler... I did not get to test it in high winds either. In fact, I never staked it down at all. The only thing I staked out were the vestibule openings.
I REALLY like that the foot print and base of the tent have clips for the fly to snap into. Because of this, you don't have to stake out the fly unless you are worried about nasty weather. Also, clipping the fly to the footprint does a good job of keeping everything secure to the poles because it pulls the tabs up against the base of the poles so they cannot slip out.
Overall, I am quite happy with this tent, especially for the price. There are smaller and lighter tents, that I might consider for backpacking, but this worked well packed on my motorcycle.
great deal, fabulous tent
This tent was well worth the money that was spent for it. it not only was the cheapest tent we could buy that comfortably fits two people but it is also one of the easiest to set up tents i've ever used. If you want economic and space efficiency this is the tent to buy. The rain fly works nicely as an extra storage spot, being that you tac it to the ground at an angle. The double zip between the rain fly and the tent make for a very rain proof setting as well as good air flow options. There is a 100%satisfaction guarentee, meaning that if the zipper breaks in 10 years, they will either repair or replace teh tent, which is the most valuable thing about this tent. the only cons i have to say for it, which are hardly really cons, are that there is a cute plastic window on the rain fly, which is great for when its raining because you see the raindrops as if you were looking out the window of your porch, but being that there is the window it allows outsiders to be able to peak in, unless you keep the tent zipper shut. The reason you would want to keep the zipper open though is for better air circulation throughout the tent, which is priceless on hot days or nights. the otehr con is that it is slightly more heavy than other 3-4 person tents. The weight is incramental though, the lighter ones weigh about 2-4 pounds less, making them about 3-5 Lb tents rather than the marmot which is about 7 Lbs. But the pro to that is that the marmot is about 200-400 dolalrs cheaper than these lighter tents, and possibly more spaciouse. so all in all it gets 5 stars, i owuld reccomend this tent to any couple with a dog or two, I wouldn't reccomend it to someone who wants to fit more than two people comfortably with other gear or dogs. if you want a 3-4 person tent that comfortably fits everyone and there gear, i owuld go for a larger tent than this one, but for 2 people and some dogs it is amazingly perfect for the intention behind its use.
This is the best tent I have ever used. I have taken it into the local Anchorage mountains multiple times, when I probably should have brought a 4 season tent. Hellish winds, driving rain and snow, sub freezing temperatures. Each time I have been baffled that I didn't suffer through the night, and that the tent was still standing.
I have the older version, the bright orange one, which is a great color for a tent, at least if you're using it in the mountains. It is a tight fit for 3 adult men, but do able. 2 is just about right, as it leaves some room for gear. The vestibules are quite large, so it isn't a big deal. It has little windows, they don't do much when raining/snowing. It goes up quite quick, even faster with a friend. Learn how to crank down the fly, and it'll survive quite a lot.
The cons would include a little annoyance with the doors, but really not a huge deal breaker. I usually set up camp, get in my tent, and then go to sleep. I'm not coming in and out all day. It's a heavier tent, but if you share the load, it is manageable and only when ultralighting my face off does it become an issue. The only condensation issue I've had was underneath my foam pad one night, but I'd assume it'd happen to any tent in 10 hours of rain while sitting in a hole. The stakes provided are pretty flimsy, but they work in soft ground.
Marmot has won me with this tent, I would definitely purchase it or any of the other Limelight tents again.
Picture provided show the rain fly not tightened and the vestibules not staked properly. The tent survived in 40 mph winds and 30 degree weather like a champion. Colder than any 4 season, but surprising did well in the Chugach mountains.
Great value and roomy design...
I picked up a Limelight 3P tent on sale a couple years ago and have since gotten a great deal of use out of it - it still looks new, though! My boyfriend is tall (6'2'') and loves the long length, which gives plenty of room for him to stretch out. With just the two of us in the tent, there is plenty of space to bring gear in the tent with us, and the dual vestibules provide lots of shelter for boots/packs. I like that the tent came with a footprint and a handy gear loft, rather than selling those separately. We use it quite a bit for car camping but have also packed it up for overnight backpacking trips; it isn't particularly light, but with two people we can spread the weight out and it's not too bad. Set-up is quick and easy.
Here in the rainy NW, a full rain fly is a requirement, and the Limelight fly has done the job so far in several showers. I am a little concerned that there are several inches of the tent exposed below the point the rain fly ends, but it hasn't caused any problems for us yet. Unless the rain was blowing sideways, I don't think the side of the tent would get wet (and you can stake out the sides of the fly if you're worried about it). We have camped on damp group several times and never had any moisture on the floor or inside walls in the morning (we always use the footprint). I love the window in the rain fly, and on a clear, warm night the mesh across the roof provides great views of the sky. And the orange color is awesome - easy to find in the woods!
Very happy with my Limelight tent!
Great all-around tent
I bought this for a road trip and to camp at Burning Man in the desert for a week. I first set it up in my apartment to get the hang of it, but it was so easy, I really didn't need to. It set up fast in the desert (used for 2 people), and worked great. My buddy left the fly open one day and it filled with sand, but I was able to empty it out, lift the whole thing off the ground, and flip it over and empty all the sand through the mesh pretty easily. It held up in the wind out there pretty well, too.
A couple weeks later I went backpacking into the woods of Southern Illinois with my girlfriend and we used this tent. I carried it all (not split up between us), and it wasn't too bad and fit in my 70L hiking bag quite well. It set up super easy, and folds up well. The light weight is important for backpacking, as well as working well for car camping.
I've only used it with one other person, and it was a good amount of room on the inside. Can't speak for three people, like it's intended, but I could imagine it might be a little tight, as most are. The mesh walls are nice and allow for good airflow. I've spent a total of 9 nights in this tent and it's been a great investment. It's nice that it included both a footprint and rainfly.
simple, elegant, nice featured 3-season
Got this tent on a whim when it was on sale. I have owned about 15 camping tents, preferring to stick with sierra designs tents; but I like this marmot. I was nicely surprised by how simple this tent went together. The main two supporting cross-poles are already linked with a nice plastic swivel connector. The square floor plan is nicely proportioned. I'm 6'3 and can fit in it lengthwise with no problems. Some tents are actually too short in the long side. The 66" width makes it perfect for 3 narrow inflatable sleeping pads. So three people could nicely fit in there. Never used a tent with multiple exits before, but realized the extreme usefulness of this just last weekend when I tried it out for the first time. the 2 vestibule design came in quite handy as well. To top it off, each tent corner had a nice deep mesh pocket; and the tent came with its own footprint and mesh gear loft. No need to buy this extra. And you will buy this anyway, so why not just get it with the tent. The only thing that might be bad is the tent does feel a little less sturdy than some of my prior tents. Only time will tell on that. Got it at REI though so hopefully that won't be an issue! never exercised Marmot's warranty, but that seems pretty good too.
I bought this tent back when I was building up my gear arsenal. Overall it is a great tent and I love it. It sets up very easily; two or three clips on each pole as it goes towards the apex.
The poles, stakes, tent material, and bags are all of high quality.
I opted for the 3 person tent, knowing that I cold have 3 people in there if I had to, but that I would most likely only have two, or just myself. With that being said, if you are getting this solely as a 2P, you will probably be a little cramped.
I really like the fly, you get a vestibule on each side, as well as a access from both sides, no crawling over anyone. Also without the fly, the screening is quite nice and comfortable for summer nights.
This tent is a little bulky when packed up. I haven't taken mine backpacking, in which case, I would distribute it among my companion. I mainly use it for car camping, canoeing, etc.
Overall very happy with it. I've had mine for going on 4 years and it is in great shape. The fact that it came with a foot print and a gear loft was also a deciding factor in my purchasing it.
Great for Camping with a Really BIG Dog
Bought this because I like to go camping with my dog, but my backpacking tent is too small to accommodate a six-foot-tall adult and a wolfhound. This tent fits us both with room -- quite a bit of room -- to spare! I'd looked carefully at floor sizes online, so I knew there would be plenty of "lie-down" space, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how tall this is when I set it up. The dog walked right in without having to "squinch" when he gets up or turns around. (The tent height is also nice for getting dressed without having to be supine.) The high/low mesh screening meant great views of the stars and a nice mix of fresh air and overnight comfort. When the wee-hours temperatures dropped enough to meet a frosty dewpoint (ahh -- crisp Octobers in Wisconsin!), the fly was effortless to set up even in the dark. No condensation problems, either. All the conveniences that other reviewers have mentioned (lots of pockets, included footprint and gearloft, double entry and vestibules) make this a terrific value, especially during a sale. It's a bit heavy for backpacking (unless you split it with someone else), but its comfort, spaciousness, and ease of use mean it will get a lot of use in our household. REI purchased and Borzoi approved!
With predicted record amounts of rainfall fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk from the western Pacific Ocean I set out for Prairie Mountain in the Oregon coastal range this last weekend. As the other reviews I read before selecting the tent stated, the Limelight 3P's press-fit clip design made it absurdly simply to assemble. The only modification I did make was to add a little length of line to the stake tabs at the head and foot of the rain fly so that I could move it out a couple inches from the main tent body. Over the course of the night and the following day the rain and wind hammered the site but the tent held impressively well, stayed 100% dry and there was zero draft. Having 2 vestibules is ideal. I set up one end for cooking/meal preperation and the other side for tent ingress/egress. No condensation noted and the brilliant design allows for plenty of space to sit up or stretch out. The generously included footprint gave the floor of the tent extra protection and the gear loft is plenty big enough to hold lots of pocket items. I bought this tent specifically for hunting/camping and I'm thoroughly impressed. I can't wait to take it out again in mid-November.
My buddy and I used this tent for hunting this year at 12000 feet here in Colorado this year, 2012. We encountered rain and snow which left us tent bound for almost 40 hours. It rained for 20 hours and snowed for just about the same. We stayed completely dry and warm. The winds really picked up at night and the tent held strong without any of the guy lines. The fly is so tight to the poles it does not tough the tent. The poles never bent in like some tents I have used in the past in strong winds. We were concerned when it started snowing about it being a 3 season tent but it really kept us warm. The temps got down into the upper teens and with the wind who knows what the wind chill was.
I would recommend this to anyone. I would like it more if it was a little lighter and the vestibules were a little larger, however I feel that is nit picky for such a great price and quality product. If we had three people it would have been miserable however for the two of us it provided plenty of room.