I’m sitting in the Marmot Limelight 3P. This is a 3-season tent, it has a 3-pole structure with two large D-shaped doors which make it a great tent for backcountry travel and we’re going to take a look at some of those awesome features. The Limelight 3P weighs in at 6 pounds and 11 ounces, which may seem a little on the heavy side for backpacking but split between three people it makes a good base weight and offers a lot of comfort and space once you get into the backcountry. There are two doors, as I said, two roll-back doors with a nice double closure that holds the door out of the way well. Some bonus items that are included with this tent are a footprint as well as a gear loft. You’ll find tabs inside here at the ceiling which you can attach that gear loft to and stow some small items up there. There are also mesh pockets in the corners that would allow you to keep a headlamp or other items you want quick access to. You can sleep three people in here on 20 inch wide sleeping pads. There is plenty of room in here as well as head room. The Marmot Limelight 3P has a tent body made up of mesh and nylon paneling. You can see here you’ve got a lot of mesh up neat the top of the tent as well as at the very bottom. This is going to increase ventilation and air movement. If it is damp or humid it will help keep the tent a little bit drier and if it is cold weather and you’ve got condensation building up inside, it can help eliminate that. You do have a 3-pole structure on the Limelight 3P. This is one of the reasons this tent is so sturdy and durable. It can certainly hold up to some winds as well as a bit of snow fall on the top. You can see the classic 2-pole wedge design in the yellow/green colored poles and your third pole, your brow pole, here in blue is one of the things that increases the structure but what it also does is pulls the tent out and away from the interior. This opens up the inside of the tent and gives you a lot of livability, a lot of space, which allows for three people to all sit up and play cards or change clothing without touching the side of the tent or each other. Marmot has built some good structure into the way the tent body attaches to the poles. You can see the double clip that is easy and quick to get on and off while anchoring into the tent well. The Marmot Limelight 3P comes with a full coverage fly that is weather worthy and ready to go with sealed seams. It completely covers both the front and the back doors which creates a drip free design off of the brow pole and it nice to have on a rainy day. There is tons of storage under here as well. This side folds down and there is more than enough room for two packs and two pairs of boots on both sides so you’ve got plenty of space there to store items outside of the tent but under weather protection. When putting the rainfly on you can see the red tab that will match up with a red tab on the rainfly so you know exactly which corner goes where. You’ve got a sturdy buckle here that the fly will clip into and your pole comes down and fits into a grommet. The Limelight 3P, like all of the Marmot Limelight tents, can be set up via “bare bones” style, which means you can use just the fly, the poles and the footprint to set up a weather proof structure and leave the tent at home if you don’t need it with you. There are a lot of great features in this tent and if you are looking for a sturdy, durable tent to take into the backcountry you’ll want to check out the Marmot Limelight 3P.
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