- Top pick two years running for "Best Bomber Tent" in Adventure Alan's Best Backpacking Tents list! (Full review here).
- CleverHiker Tent Guide Top Pick 2020 (Portal Review Here)
- Named one of the "Best four-season tents of 2019-2020" by Section Hiker!
- Outside Magazine named the Portal one of the 3 Best Tents of 2019: "the only tent we’d want on a stormy trek." The Portal was also declared "strongest tent" in Backpacker Magazine's Summer 2019 Gear Guide.
The Portal is our lightest freestanding tent at 2lbs 13oz. It's our statement piece saying you don't need to sacrifice strength, features, or durability to make an ultralight freestanding tent.
If there's a stronger sub three-pound tent out there, we have yet to find it. By incorporating several technologies from our Expedition Series tents, we were able to give the Portal a degree of stability and weather resistance previously reserved for dedicated "four-season", or more accurately, "one season" tents.
We designed the Portal with an eye for long-term durability. This means using premium fabrics with good UV and mildew resistance, eliminating PU coatings that break down over time, and adding extra zipper sliders to double the zippers' lifespan.
The Portal can be set up fly-first to keep the inner tent dry in rainy conditions. Instructions are found in the bottom video below.
Seam Sealing Note: The seams on your Portal's flysheet are highly water-resistant and will handle light rain just fine without being seam sealed. However, the three seams directly beneath the tent poles should be seam sealed for maximum waterproofness in extended, heavy rains.
Sewn in China.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Customer is responsible for all import duties and taxes. We strongly suggest looking up duty rates in your region before ordering, especially if you live in Canada. We recommend against "UPS STANDARD" shipping because they charge very high brokerage fees. To avoid brokerage fees, select either USPS shipping or UPS Worldwide Express/Expedited service. Note that UPS brokerage fees and import tax & duty are separate. Canadian customers can estimate duty here. Please note this is just an estimate and actual rates may vary.
- Two doors and two vestibules increase livability for two.
- Pre-installed internal guylines give the Portal great lateral stability for almost no weight increase. Click here for step-by-step instructions to install a second set of internal guylines. Click here to learn how internal guylines work.
- Our new KickStand vents make ventilation a breeze. Opposing struts on the vestibule doors provide unrestricted cross-tent airflow for excellent condensation management without sacrificing weather protection.
- High-volume pole structure with a swivel provides well-distributed headroom without the weakness of hubs.
- Pole swivel connects long poles for easy setup
- All the pockets you could ever want (two ceiling, two head, two side, one foot).
- Offset vestibule design eases entry and exit.
- 10 external guy points provide ample reinforcement. External guy points are matched to toggles to attach the fly directly to the poles, increasing stability.
- Matching reflective tabs on fly and tent body simplify setup.
- Can be pitched with footprint (not included) and fly for a minimalist weather shelter.
- 2-Side silicone impregnated flysheet and PE floor fabric are mildew-resistant and have excellent hydrolytic stability, and will last significantly longer than traditional PU-coated fabrics.
- Includes 10 DAC J-Stakes
|Trail Weight||2lbs 14oz (1.3kg)|
|Packaged Weight||3lbs 5oz (1.5kg)|
|Floor Area||27.45 sq ft (2.55 sq m)|
|Interior Height||44" (1.11m)|
|Packed Size||14" x 5" (35cm x 13cm)|
|Floor Dimensions||85" x 51" (head) x 42" (foot)|
|Vestibule Area||2 x 8.4 sq ft (2 x 0.78 sq m)|
|Number of poles||3|
|Number of doors||2|
|Tent Body Fabric||15D Nylon no-see-um mesh|
|Floor Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop PE 1800mm|
|Fly Fabric||10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil 1200mm|
|Poles||2 DAC Featherlite NFL 8.7mm, 1 NFL 9.3mm|
Just got the tent and set it up. Dimensions are great, set up easy, and material phenomenal. Haven't taken it on a trip yet and I'll update my review when I do, but so far I'm a very happy camper.
I’ve had my Portal out for about 10 nights now, and I love it. Best thought out tent I’ve owned. Superior to similarly designed tents from other manufacturers. Absolutely taut pitch every time. The abundant interior mesh storage pockets are extremely useful and are evident proof that full featured doesn’t mean increased weight, it just means having the creativity and taking the time needed to design a really good product. The large loop and toggle attachment systems are a delightful convenience. I have a few suggestions. While large, the toggles are smooth plastic and are different to manipulate with cold hands. I suggest manufacturing them with a texture. Attaching and removing the rainfly loops at the tent corners is tedious with the very small black hooks. Some type of design that is easier to engage would be useful. If not that, change to a brighter color would help some. Finally, the tent doesn’t really fit a 6’2” individual (head pressed against internal tensioning cords). I knew this from reviews when I purchased the tent and my use is one person diagonal, thus no big deal - but - another few inches in length would go a long way. More weight I know, but a worthwhile trade off. Thanks for designing and manufacturing a marvelous tent.
Used this tent for over 1000 miles of the PCT (the Oregon and Washington sections). I used a trekking pole tent for the California section, but if you’re expecting bad weather this tent is worth it’s weight. In Washington winter came early and this tent did what it was supposed to do. With day after day of freezing rain and snow at high elevation, this tent stood up to the wind like a champ and kept me dry. It can be difficult to get the vestibules taught so I added some extra line to it. Besides that the tent performed amazingly. I wouldn’t take any other tent in shoulder season.
I have used this tent multiple times now since I finally got it. I am loving it so far. Many options on how much you want to set up to increase sturdiness for worse weather. Easy to set up in 90 seconds for just a bare bones great weather camp.
Only question unless I'm missing something obvious, is that it includes a silver cylinder bar which I have no clue what it's for and haven't seen it mentioned in any video either.
Wish a few more stakes were included and guy lines. Otherwise, flawless so far!
Coming up on a year with the portal, I'm extremely happy with it. It splits into 2 almost even bundles if you are dividing the weight between two people, which I always am (26 oz for tent, crossbar, and stakes, 25 oz for fly and poles). Extra weight comes from included stakes I think, so you could go lighter. I bought the tent after getting caught in a few windstorms with an REI tent, (which didnt break, but did flatten on top of me causing me to have to move in the middle of the night both times). The portal is bombproof and the cross-cords inside as well as the hiking pole outriggers really make the tent solid in wind. I havent had to use the extra guylines yet. Really, what you see is what you get with this tent. I shamelessly plug this tent to all my friends. No signs of wear after 20+ nights, I hope it lasts for many more years. I do use a piece of polycro for a groundsheet: I definitely recommend using a groundsheet to keep your floor intact and waterproof.