User Review: Marmot Limelight 4P
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $260
As with most tents, 4p=3p, 3p=2p, and so on. Especially if you have a dog ;) We moved up from the Marmot Limelight 3P and so far this has been a great upgrade.
- Ease of setup
- Packed weight
- Packed size
As I said, we moved up to the Marmot Limelight 4P from the 3P. At the time when we got the 3p, it was just my wife and me. Eventually we got a dog and we made one attempt at fitting all three of us plus our gear into the 3p. No go for camping. We could afford to go bigger. I found a good price on the Limelight 4p on eBay and snatched the newest model year.
The differences between the 3p and the 4p are the doors. On the 4p they are D shaped and open to the side, on the 3p the door opens to the floor and constantly gets stepped on and stretched. Big improvement. There is also improved vestibule space and the rainfly also has a D shaped side opening door.
Since my 3p was the previous years model, we had never experienced this color coded pole setup that marmot uses. All poles has a color and that color has a place. So you when you assemble a blue pole for instance, you clip it in the to the clips with the blue webbing. Very convenient! The poles are of the bungie variety, but are lightweight and don't look prone to breaking. This tent has two main poles for the structure of the tent (it is freestanding), and two more short poles that support the rainfly and hold the fly out away from the doorways. Stake down the tent and then stake down the guy lines and you're done.
We do mostly car camping, and with this tent, you can't really do much else. It weighs in at 9lbs packed. This is a big jump from the 3p which was manageable if you split the weight up amongst people. Also it's fairly big too. We just toss it in a rubbermaid tub with our sleeping pads and other gear. It's a trade off but bigger packed in this case means bigger space once setup.
The tent is huge inside. My wife and I can sleep on one side of the tent and it leaves an entire half for the dog and our gear. This is the way it should be for car camping. It has small gear pockets at every corner and also includes a large gearloft overhead. We were also able to stand up, albeit bent over, and move around.
We haven't had a chance to use it in any rain yet, but our last trip it was extremely windy and cold. I made sure the guy lines were tight, and the tent held firm and wasn't really even noisy. I did opt to keep the rainfly on the wind facing side staked a little closer to help block the wind from sweeping up and into the tent. But like I said, solid as a rock. This also kept pretty warm and we didn't notice any kind of condensation building up either.
I've been very happy with my two Marmot tents so far, I think they would make a great purchase for you and your family!