Marmot Limelight 3P Tent – Review after 4 years, 24 nights

Once in a while, you come across camping gear that is so good, you can’t imagine tripping without it. This has been my experience with the Marmot Limelight 3 person tent. I bought this tent at REI for a trip out to the Grayson Highlands (southwest virginia) in the spring of 2013. Over the past 4 years, it has been with me on several canoe and backcountry trips; from torrential downpour in the boreal forests of Ontario, to the frosty snows of West Virginia, this tent has held up to the elements and more.

Design: For the amount of space and durability that this tent provides, the limelight is fairly light, weighing in at a packed weight of 6lbs, 11 oz.  There are certainly lighter tents out there for backpacking, but the ruggedness of this tent makes it ideal for canoe tripping. It is designed as a three person tent, although I would say it comfortable fits two adults. It provides 42.6 square feet of space with dual doors for easy access. The vestibules on the rainfly add another 10 square feet of covered space at both entrance points. Mesh panels, allow for good air circulation to prevent condensation. A footprint is included to protect the tent against, rocks, sticks, etc.  The aluminum poles are light and durable and snap together with no fuss. Over the years, they have taken on a slightly different shape, but this does not hinder its performance.

Setup: One of my main draws to this tent was the set up. It can be set up in less than 5 minutes. Enough said.

Maintenance: As with any piece of camp gear, taking care of your equipment will allow it to last for much longer and serve you when you need it most. As with most synthetics, your main enemies are moisture and UV light. Airing out your tent to completely dry before storing it back into its bag will add years to its life by preventing mold which can rapidly break down the tent’s fibers. Many campers will actually keep their tents and sleeping bags outside of their storage bags when they are not using it in order to prevent moisture accumulation.


Best Use Backpacking, Camping
Average Min Weight 5 lbs 15 oz; 2692 g
Average Packed Weight 6 lbs 11 oz; 3032 g
Warranty Lifetime
Vestibule Area 10 sq ft
Sleeping Capacity 3
Seasons 3
Seam Sealed Taped Seams
Pole Type DAC Press-Fit
Packed Size 22″ x 8″
Number of Poles 3
Other Stuff Sack, Gear Loft and Footprint Included
Material Walls: 68D 100% Polyester Ripstop
Floor:70D 100% Nylon PU 3000mm
Fly:68D 100% Polyester Ripstop 1800mm
Interior Storage Gear Loft and Interior Pockets
Interior Height 46″ (at highest point)
Freestanding Yes
Floor Dimension 93″ x 66″
Floor Area 42.6 sq ft
Doors 2
Clips or Sleeves Clips

Excursions with the limelight.

Algonquin Park (2014) – 6 nights

The limelight on an island in Big Trout Lake, Algonquin Park 2014


Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. (2015) – 2 nights

Setting up camp, on an island in O.S.A Lake, in Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario (2015)


Temagami, Ontario 2015 (2015) – 3 nights

We encountered lots of rain on our trip to the Temagami wilderness area in Ontario. The limelight kept us dry during 3 days of rain.


La Verendrye – Quebec, Canada (2016) – 4 nights

Our camp, atop La Verendrye wilderness area in Quebec, Canada (2016)


Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, West Virginia –  (2015) – 2 nights

The unpredictable weather at high altitudes brought us snow in the Spring time in Dolly Sods, West Virginia.


Lake Moomaw – George Washington National Forest, Virginia (2014, 2015, 2016) – 3 nights

Morning autumn mist at lake moomaw


Grayson Highlands, Virginia (2013) – 1 night

The maiden voyage with the limelight in 2013

Dan River, North Carolina (2014) – 1 night

Beach camping on the Dan River in North Carolina


Switzer Lake, George Washington National Forest – Virginia (2017) – 1 night

The morning after the rain on switzer lake, george washington national forest


St. Mary’s Wilderness Area, George Washington National Forest – Virginia (2016) – 1 night

Drying the dishes after dinner in St. Mary’s Wilderness Area, George Washington National Forest.

CONCLUSION: Overall, this tent simply works. It has survived rough, canoe trips in Ontario, the scorching heat of Virginia summers and snow in West Virginia. It does what a tent is suppose to do – allow you to spend as much time outdoors without worrying about your gear. It provides me with reliable shelter and a place to sleep so that I can focus my energy elsewhere.  It is light, sturdy, rainproof, and easy to assemble. Over the past four years, the limelight 3p has undergone some updates but until this one fails me, I’ll be tripping with it for years to come.

4 thoughts on “Marmot Limelight 3P Tent – Review after 4 years, 24 nights

  1. I own this tent as well, and even though it may be a bit heavy for backpacking, the ease and quality of it makes it worth it, especially when I am splitting gear with my wife. We’ve used it all over Texas and in Sequoia National Park and I love it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. A couple of years ago I was in dilemma to buy this tent or the Sierra Designs Flash 3 tent. At the end I chose the SD flash 3 and I m very satisfied. Having said that I always kept a close look to this tent by Marmot.

    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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