The Marmot Limelight 2P is an inner-pitched-first dome with a third transverse pole across the top to give extra headroom and to create more vertical side walls. Pitching is very easy, thanks to colour-coded poles and neat plastic mouldings that allow you to clip the inner to the poles. Once the inner is pitched the fly goes over the top extremely easily too, again due to clever design that includes ladder-lock adjusters and colour coding. Once up, the Limelight is extremely spacious and stable. There is plenty of headroom for two or more campers to sit up inside. The porch has plenty of room for a couple of packs, and the outer door has two zip pulls so you can vent the top of the doorway. The inner has a lot of mesh and there are vents close to the floor too, and when this is combined with the large gap between the base of the fly and the ground it’s clear that this is a very well-vented tent so condensation shouldn’t be a problem. However when camping in the Marmot Limelight 2P in really wet weather, I’d prefer the fly to extend closer to the ground to prevent horizontally driven rain from getting under that fly and onto the inner or inside the porch, but this is only a factor if you camp in the quaggiest weather.
Flysheet material 68D polyester ripstop
Inner material polyester ripstop and mesh
Groundsheet material 70D PU-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 223x137x104cm
Packed size 46x18cm
The Marmot Limelight 2P is a perfect backpacking tent for most people as it is fairly light, yet wonderfully spacious and stable; but for regular use in extremely wet weather an inner-pitched-first design that hugs the ground has advantages. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012