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on November 13, 2013
This review is for the Marmot Limelight 3P 3-Season Backpacking Tent.

I wanted to get a few trips out with this tent before giving a review.

. 1) Pinchot Trail Lackawanna State Forest - (2 adults) 2 days 35° to 17° heavy wind gusts, light snow. (image posted below)
. 2) Musser Scout Reservation - (Solo) 2 days 45° - 60°
. 3) Palmyra cove Nature park - (My son 11 yr old and myself) 1 day 45° Heavy Rain.
. 4) Camp Delmont - (solo) 2 days 45° - 60°
. 5) Hickory Run State Park - (solo) 2 days 45° - 50°
. 6) Camp Grice Solo 2 days 25° - 40° used a Coleman Black Cat type heater and was toasty warm all weekend.
. 7) Ockanickon Scout Reservation solo 2 days 45° - 65° setup on wood platform.
. 8) Brendan T Byrne State Forest my son and another scout used the tent, 40°- 55° rained the entire weekend.

My build - 5' 9" 215 lbs.

I have no negative comments about this tent it has worked flawlessly and it is extremely easy to setup.
The tent is comfortable for two adults and there's a bit of room that you can place some clothes, boots and such.
The vestibule is OK for a 65 litre pack, and is nice to cook in, I store my pack in one side and cook in the other side.
I love this for solo (not for backpacking) camping as I can easily dress in the tent. I looked into the 2 person version but was afraid to take a chance because of the reviews on it being a leaker! UPDATE I have recently purchased two of the two person Limelight's one for my Brother and one for my son, after reading the reviews a little more thoroughly I felt that the two person was worth the chance at $160.00 a piece.

The 3p is bit heavy for Solo Backpacking at 6.5 lbs. but with 2 guys sharing the weight, it is a breeze. I don't mind the weight and have adjusted my pack accordingly for short hikes. I roll up my sleeping bag with the tent and stuff it in the lower compartment of my pack, the poles are attached to the side of the backpack.
The Marmot Limelight 3p tent comes with a footprint and everything is color coded to insure a fast and easy setup. The tent stakes are aluminum and do the job. However a good upgrade is the MSR Groundhog stakes, and if weight isn't an issue and you plan on camping in below freezing temps, I would suggest at least 2 heavy spike type stakes for the vestibule (I learned this the hard way on our canoe trip).

Doors are functional, zippers work well, a nice touch is the reflective areas of the tent (no stealth camping here).

I read every review on this tent before purchasing before I made my final decision
REI 's website has 85 reviews and here are the cons out of those 85 reviews

Heavy (13)
Condensation (7)
Too cramped (3)

My thoughts on the cons,

Heavy, hmmm. well let me say this: This is not for someone that is into ultralight backpacking, this tent is even a bit heavy for the light backpacker but the price reflects that. Plus the fact that it's a three person tent makes it a bad choice for a light backpacker. I don't mind the weight for short backpacking trips or my annual canoe trips as I like having a freestanding tent with room for 2 adults.
I like the added room because if you have some bad weather where you are stuck in the tent for any length of time, you can at least sit around and play cards or something to keep busy. It's also nice as this is fairly comfortable for two adults even with getting dressed in the morning, if you buddy up, you ca split the tent between the two of you and I'm sure you could get the weight fairly even so that would be about 3.5 lbs each!

Condensation, all of my trips I had 0 Condensation on the inside of the tent, only on the inside of the fly and that was only on the Pinchot Trip, I just wanted to make that clear as others just say they have condensation.

Too cramped, lets address that issue as well, pretty much anytime you buy a tent you always subtract a person from what the manufacturer states for example, a 3 man = 2 man, 4 man = 3 man, etc... This tent has more than enough room for two adults.

It's really a shame that folks give a lesser rating when the product is functioning as it should.

**UPDATE, just wanted to update this review,
. 9) Used this again late March 2014 on a canoe trip, Canoe Camping The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Tent was shared with my brother 6' 175 lbs
Tent perform flawlessly again. Temp averaged 25° - 35° wind gusts up to 25 MPH

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on March 8, 2016
Just finished my maiden voyage in the tent, 5 nights in the chihuahua desert. Camped in 5 different locations so got plenty of practice setting it up and taking it down. Easiest and fastest tent ever for setup/take-down. The tent ventilates well even with the rain fly on. Had some very windy nights which did not phase the tent at all, no flapping what soever. Cargo loft is smaller than I had hoped, but useable. Pockets are well placed. 3 person size is perfect for 2 people, like I would expect. Did not have an opportunity to rain test it, but I see no reason that it would not perform perfectly.
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on May 1, 2013
I love this tent. This tent is perfect tent for 2 adults, maybe 3 but it would be a little snug. The set up is very easy. I had my 9 year old and 10 year old set it up and they did it in less than 5 minutes.

Great design. It was really windy and the tent held up great. Kept me warm at night with the full coverage rain fly while others were freezing. I would definitely recommend this product.
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on February 17, 2014
Tent supplied with footprint and gear loft. Simple set up, this tent took no more than 5 minutes to set up right out of the carton it was shipped in. Sturdy design and stays dry in wet conditions.
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on September 7, 2017
Made in China but look really good
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on February 25, 2015
Great tent. Smaller than a 3 person for sure. 2 people and your all good. Light and durable.
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on January 25, 2016
practically perfect in every way. the mary poppins of tents.
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on December 26, 2012
Previously seduced by the ultra low prices of decent dome tents, I splurged for this lightweight but sturdy tent for its room and overall quality. Ditto to superlatives already stated by other buyers
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on June 9, 2014
I needed a slightly larger tent to replace my NorthFace 2 person tent for car camping and decided to go with Marmot for the first time. For the price you get a very good tent that is well made and easy to assemble. It only rained one night during my recent camping trip but everything stayed nice and dry and the double door really is a nice feature to have if you are going to sleep two as each has their own door and vestibule to keep shoes etc dry but yet still outside of the tent. I like the choice of colors and went with the cool looking green one. Very happy with my choice so far of going with a Marmot.
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on April 18, 2014
I purchased this tent to use when my wife wants to go camping with me and I'm glad I did. It is light, comes with its own ground cloth, and setup is easy. I set this up in my backyard a few times, before going camping, and I can set this three person tent up in just minutes by myself. It has two vestibules so entering and exiting is easy for both of of us. There is no climbing over the other person to get in or out. The vestibules have plenty of space for gear, keeping the gear nice an dry from morning dew or rain. The interior is large enough that we can sleep comfortable and still place needed items inside the tent for easy access. The tent does have guide rope loops but if you wish to use them the rope must be purchased separately. This tent was a great investment for outdoor activities and I am looking forward to using for years to come.
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