Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 93 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 252

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Withstands high winds, high temps, low temps, heavy rain, and heavy snow.
  • Ample guy-line attachment points to secure the tent.
  • Poles extend straight up, maximizing the usable/comfortable space inside.
  • Unlike multiple poles, one pre-connected unit makes set-up easy.
  • The entire inner ceiling is a net, which opens up the feeling of the tent.
  • Fits a low height twin-size cot and mattress.
  • Reflectors on the rain cover for safety.
  • Front & back vestibules, each with possible storage.
  • Two headlamp pockets high up in the corners.

Expert Reviews

  • The construction creates vertical walls, which provides a spacious interior.
  • Super-sized double door at the front and a D-door in the back with vestibule storage.
  • No-See-Um Mesh on the upper walls and ceiling, and airflow vents aid in breathability.
  • Seams are fully taped and sealed to protect from the rain.
  • Easy to set up with color-coded clips and poles.
  • Durable and noiseless zippers are snag-free.
  • Light enough for one person to pack on short backpacking trips.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Fly had to be staked on all sides for no rain to enter.
  • Breathability is good, but you get condensation on the inside of vestibules in cooler weather.
  • Only 6 provided stakes.
  • New version doesn’t come with a gear loft.
  • The larger backdoor lies on the ground when opened completely.

Expert Reviews

  • Not for ultralight backpacking or extended trips in the backcountry.
  • 42.5 sq ft of space would be a tight fit for 3 adults.
  • Stakes are flimsy for very tough ground.


The Marmot Limelight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season is a durable tent that is easy to setup. While it has good headroom, the tent can be a little tight for three people. While it is not ultralight, the Limelight is a good mid-range tent for backpackers.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.