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Marmot Limelight 3P 3-Season Backpacking Tent

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Item # MARC6202A
Boasting lightweight, durable construction, a roomy floor plan, and a breathable mesh canopy, the Marmot Limelight 3P tent effectively balances performance, livability, and price. Marmot even throws in a footprint at no additional cost! The versatile tent is ideal for 3-season backpacking or camping.
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Boasting lightweight, durable construction, a roomy floor plan, and a breathable mesh canopy, the Marmot Limelight 3P tent effectively balances performance, livability, and price. Marmot even throws in a footprint at no additional cost! The versatile tent is ideal for 3-season backpacking or camping.

Intended to house up to three inhabitants, the Limelight 3P offers 42.5 square feet of interior space and dual doors provide easy access options. The rainfly's integrated vestibules provide weather-protected entryways and nearly 19 total square feet of covered storage space (11.3 square feet and 7.5 square feet, respectively). Interior mesh pockets provide out-of-the-way storage options.

Three DAC Press-Fit aluminum poles provide the Limelight 3P with support and freestanding structure. Pre-bent poles at each corner of the tent increase the verticality of the sidewalls, resulting in a ton of elbow room and a greater feeling of livability than tents with poles that taper directly from the ground to the top of the tent. Integrated clips allow the body of the tent to attach quickly, easily and securely to the poles. The freestanding design enables you to set up the tent and then move it around your chosen campsite to find the optimal rock-and-root-free position.

Mesh panels in the walls and ceiling of the Limelight 3P allow air to circulate and combat condensation. The weatherproof floor and full coverage rainfly combine to protect the interior of the tent from the elements.

A custom-fit footprint is included to further protect the floor of the Marmot Limelight 3P from sharp objects, mud and ground water. The Limelight 3P's design offers a bare bones set-up option. If you really want to travel light, leave the tent body at home and use the rainfly alone with the provided footprint for an even lighter tarp-style set-up.

  • Marmot Zone construction provides more livable space
  • Footprint included
  • One Super-sized double door and rear D-shaped door with two vestibules
  • Sleep Zone pre-bends create vertical walls and a more roomy sleeping area
  • Strategic clip placement provides larger interior volume
  • Seam taped full coverage fly with vents
  • Free-standing design
  • Seam taped catenary cut floor
  • Color coded “easy pitch” clips and poles



Best Use Backpacking, Camping
Other Stuff Sack and Footprint Included
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Packed Size 22" x 8"
Average Min Weight 6 lbs 0.5 oz
Average Packed Weight 6 lbs 11 oz
Interior Height 48"
Floor Area 42.5 sq ft
Floor Dimension 90" x 68"
Vestibule Area 11.3 sq ft
Doors 2
Pole Type DAC Press-Fit/Velocity
Number of Poles 3
Freestanding Yes
Clips or Sleeves Clips
Material Canopy: 40D No-See-Um-Mesh
Sidewalls: 68D 100% Polyester Taffeta
Floor: 68D 100% Polyester Taffeta 190T 2000mm
Fly: 68D 100% Polyester Taffeta 190T 1500mm
Seam Sealed Taped Seams


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 19 real customer reviews)

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Great performance no issues
Reviewed by Chris E. - November 5, 2018

Likes: I've had the opportunity to use th he tent on two occasions. The first outing went smoothly with no issues. The second outing involved wind gusts 20 - 30 mph and an hour of heavy winds and rain. The tent came through with no issues.

Elevated sides were great. I upgraded the stakes to 10 inch aluminum stakes designed for sand and guidelines to a reflective cord and aluminum holders.

Dislikes: None so far.

Awesome 3 Person Tent
Reviewed by Robert G. - October 28, 2018

Likes: We finally had a chance to use our Marmot Limelight 3P tent. It was easy to setup, although better instruction would help with first time use of the footprint. Our first 2 nights had 40-50+ mph winds for several hours the first night and for nearly the whole second night and the tent and fly held up with absolutely no problems. That was a testament to the structural aspects of the frame and the design and workmanship of the tent materials and fly. We were impressed needless to say. We highly recommend the 3P tent for 2 people comfortably. Our two Klymit Insulated Static V Luxe sleeping pads side by side took up nearly all of the 3 person footprint. Entry doors are quite nice although we had to pitch the tent side by side with another tent and could only use one door making it a challenge to crawl over one another leaving and entering the tent at night. Absent that specific camp site issue, entry would be easy as pie using both doors.

Dislikes: The footprint instructions are missing from the tent instruction leaving it to your own means to figure out how to attach it to the tent or to the fly. We did not use it first camping and look forward to figuring it out on the next camp trip.

Top of the line tent
Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - October 13, 2018

Likes: Bought this tent years ago and is still holding out well. Reordered 3 more because of previous experience with this model and the excellent reviews it has received. I fully expect these tents to perform just as well for use in our Boy Scout troops activities.

Dislikes: None

Reviewed by Dorraine S. - October 9, 2018

Likes: I bought this tent for an upcoming kayak camping expedition down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. For the occasions when it's storming for days on end, I want enough elbow room and livable space to be comfortable. I set it up in the living room and found there was plenty of room for my sleeping pad as well as a chair for reading and a table for coffee. And there's plenty of head room while sitting in the chair.

The set-up is easy. The pole clips are an ease to put on and take off.

I like the two-way zipper on the vestibule so I can peek outside to see if the raccoons are raiding the camp.

There is also a Velcro strap at the center pole to hold the fly in place. This allows me to roll back half of the fly on hot nights yet still have privacy.

I'm overly happy with the spacious front door and the ease of the zippers, which is especially nice for quick escapes for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. And getting in and out of the tent is not as hard on my back as other tents.

Dislikes: As someone else mentioned, the footprint straps are too long. The next morning, I found the footprint had slid out of place. But the straps may be extra long to accommodate the tent being pulled when staking out the corners. Not sure though.

I wish the bag that holds the poles was a bit larger. I found that if I don't get the poles folded just the right way, I struggle with getting them to fit back in the bag.

The center hook at the top of the tent, the one with a slide, is a bit challenging for me and my old self, especially with unhooking/sliding it.

I also wish that both doors were as big as the largest one. After I had the tent set up I realized I had the larger door facing the wrong way.

Best and most roomy backpacking tent I ever used
Reviewed by Steve L. - September 28, 2018

Likes: Got this tent go on a Boy Scouts trip to Mt Rainier. Forecast was not favorable but went anyways. After hiking for several miles in light drizzle to reach our campground, we started to set up camp. Just as we were starting to pitch the tent, the sky opened up and it started to downpour. We got the tent set up in record time and jumped in. throughout the deluge, the tent stayed dry and the 2 large vestibules kept our gear and boots dry. There was plenty of room for myself and 2 other scouts and it was nice not having my head rub against the walls of the tent. Later that night, I was woken up by the sound of a wind storm. The tent shook for hours but withstood the storm without a hitch. This is the best and the roomiest 3 person tent I ever owned.

Dislikes: Only downside is that included footprint grommet holes and the tent grommet holes don't line up. When pulled tight, the footprint holes are 1 inch further out than the tent. So when you put the tent poles through both the tent and the footprint holes, the footprint is a little loose and floppy.

A good deal for the right campers
Reviewed by HotCanary - September 17, 2018

Likes: I like Marmots tents. They're easy to set up, the price is decent and the materials seem good. The Limelight does have a more vertical wall design...

Dislikes: ...However, I've not actually camped in one because each Marmot tent that I've ordered is very inaccurate in their interior measurements and my gear won't fit. I had higher hopes for this one due to the vertical walls, but no luck. We need 60" and the advertised 68" of width measured to a very tight fit with our pads pushing out against the side walls. Not an uncommon for any tent manufacturer, but very frustrating for consumers.

Love this tent
Reviewed by Scott E. - July 26, 2018

Likes: This is my ideal tent for a couple of people who are car camping. Its high quality and very pretty looking.

Dislikes: None.

Fantastic tent for campsite camping
Reviewed by John-Michael S. - July 9, 2018

Likes: The bathtub design is great for tall people, and the tent is the optimal size for two people to sleep comfortably. Having doors on both sides is the only way to go.

Dislikes: As long as you're not using it for backpacking, there's really nothing to complain about at this price point.

Really happy with this purchase
Reviewed by Daniel B. - April 20, 2018

Likes: Really REALLY well made. Easy to assemble. Stows away in minutes. Extremely well designed. Just overall an excellent camping experience.

Dislikes: Not very many. Would have liked to have it come with more stakes. That's about it.

Perfect size for short outings
Reviewed by William H. - March 31, 2018

Likes: - Will fit an inflatable queen mattress inside - but nothing else
- very lightweight
- easy to set up once you've done it and know what to look for.

Dislikes: - very first set up was confusing even with instructions and videos, (I had some things reversed and had to redo) but now I understand how to do it.

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