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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tent for Two We have only used this tent once, but overall it exceeds our expectations. My fiancé and I are taller people 5'8" (her) and 6'2" (me), and it is just the right length for us. I am not sure it would handle anyone longer than men though. It is intuitive to set up, sturdy, and comes with a nice foot print and rainfly. The vestibules are big enough for a pack and your shoes. The fly can be tightened down for a taught vestibule area on each side. It was a damp morning and we had no condensation issues. the included stakes are pretty good quality, but I also got a second set of MSR ground hogs. This tent is a really good value for two people looking for a nice tent. We also had our two dogs with us, which made for a snug fit (not recommended for two humans two dogs).
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The backpacking tent that saved me from rain I bought this 3 person backpacking tent because I was looking for a tent with a lot more internal space. I was camping with my girlfriend in Calaveras county. The tent was easy to setup. It took me five-ten minutes to setup. I put in a queen-size air mattress. There was some room for some small items. Before I went camping I checked the weather reports and they said it was all clear. Well the weather reports were wrong and it rained during dinner time and all night when we were going to bed. The tent fly and the tent held up pretty well. No leaks. I heard some reports that the fly leaked but when I checked the fly there was just condensation underneath the fly. I was looking at fly during the rain storm and again no leaks. I guess some people thinks the fly leaks because of the condensation. Since half the tent wall is made of mesh some of the condensation might drip onto the mesh and get inside the tent. Overall good tent.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent value and comfort Decided on the Catalyst 3P for trips with two people and, occasionally, 1 big dog, after getting the chance to set it up at the Seattle REI. It's been a great choice so far and an excellent value, with only a few minor downsides. Random thoughts: I tend to prefer using non-ultralight backpacking gear for comfort and durability reasons, so I didn't mind that the Catalyst is on the heavier side, but some might. Putting it up isn't quite as easy as some of the modern REI tents, given that it uses 3 poles (rather than a single one with built in joints) but it's certainly possible solo and very easy with two people. Lots of generally expected but still nice little features, including an opaque pocket for a headlamp that diffuses light nicely at night, plenty of pockets and, of course, the included footprint. My only complaint is that the door on the 'back' wall of the tent is opaque nylon, rather than bug netting, so it's impossible to get a breeze going through the tent during the day without letting bugs have free reign. This is only a major issue if you're frequently going to be leaving it up during the day as a 'base camp' while you're in the wilderness though.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect combination of quality, weight, and price Took this tent out last weekend for a trial run. I love that it's light and compact enough for me to carry on my own, but roomy enough for two full sized adults plus gear plus wiggle room (which was my purpose in buying a 3P vs a 2P). Easy one person set-up. There was a bit more condensation than I'd have liked, but it wasn't a deal breaker. Zippers were snag free. I'm really looking forward to using this on the twelve day trek I've got coming up in June.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great roomy tent This three person tent is a roomy backpacking option for 2 people. The tent assemblies with ease. The open top lets you view the night sky. The rain fly provides a nice vestibule on both sides the the tent. The double access is great as well.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy !! I needed a new tent on my way to Northern California for a camping trip 7 hrs north of San Fran. This tent held up through 80 mph gusts and it also rained 75% of the time spent there and I was the only one with a dry tent... the only thing is it built up moisture as I expected. But the ground stayed dry with the under tarp and rain fly... if you set it up proper anybody can use this tent!!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much bang for the buck I got this tent from my family for christmas as my first adult tent so I expected that they found some budget tent at a used outdoor store. But this tent has exceeded my expectations. It vents well, when you keep the rain fly rolled up on the sides, the water proofing is excellent. One night we ended up sleeping in a puddle but the tent was bone dry on the bottom. My only complaint is that the rain fly is smaller than the footprint of the tent, but once we figured that out, it wasnt too hard to work around.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough little tent, poor ventilation Primarily a good tent. Tough. Stood up to a decent storm with no problems or leaks. Only negative thing I have to say is that one of the doors is solid nylon, rather than screen, meaning you get minimal airflow while the rainfly is on, even if the fly is open on both sides.
Date published: 2017-09-24
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Questions & Answers

Please name the significant differences between the Marmot Calalyst 3 and the Limelight 3 tents to justify the additional cost. 

Asked by: rich67
​The Limelight has a larger floor, more vestibule space, a taller peak height and more vertical sidewalls giving more livable space.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-24

Does the packed weight (6 lbs) include the weight of the footprint?

Asked by: CharliePDX
The weight does not include the footprint. The weight of the footprint is 6 oz.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-22

1. Does the rain fly have any ventilation flaps? Can they be propped open? 2. Does the tent wall have mesh on both doors for flow-through ventilation?

Asked by: Andy
​The rainfly does not include ventilation openings. Only the front door has a mesh panel, for circulation from the front vestibule and through the mesh ceiling. The back door does not have any mesh.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-01

I just bought the this tent at the garage sale and in the frenzy I did not see that when returned it did not have the foot print in the bag. What footprint should I buy to replace it?? 

Asked by: Katanderina
​We do not offer a match for this footprint. However, the manufacturer does offer the footprint separately, and we suggest contact the manufacturer to acquire this item.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-23

Just bought this tent and it came with an orange 5" tube. I have no idea what it's for. Anyone else know?

Asked by: Bubb
It is undoubtedly a splint for the tent poles. If your pole should break or bend, you can slide that tube over the break and secure it with some tape.
Answered by: JimB
Date published: 2017-12-27
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