9/29/21 Update: The Portal shipment has arrived in the port of Long Beach and is waiting to be unloaded. We're waiting from a final delivery date from our freight company and ETA will be updated when we have more information. We expect the tents in the next week or two.
- 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. All pre-ordered Portals will come pre-sealed by yours truly. Portals ordered after the tents are in stock will ship with a tube of silicone seam sealer and instructions. It's a straightforward process that takes about 20 minutes and only needs to be done once. We wish we could seal all of them here, but due to the cure time of the silicone, we just can't keep up!
Made 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 broker fees and import tax & duty are separate issues. Broker fees can be avoided with the proper shipping level. Import tax & duty are not avoidable if the importing country charges for it. 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|
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.
By far the best. It sets up quick. It sets up solid. You have room to sit up. You have plenty of room for 2P or 1P and gear. I also own the SplitWing. When I want to go light, I'll go SplitWing. If I'm just going for a week, the Portal is palatial. The only things I'd change, and these are very minor: 1> Pole sections don't need to be so small. I know why they are and it's a trade-off, but it just seems like the pole bundle is too big. 2> I'd love a "not so bright color." I'm of the "don't be so visible in camp" variety and a green or more natural color would have been preferred to the Orange and Cream. At least the Cream is the primary color when the fly is on. Seriously though, this is an incredible piece of craftsmanship and will last a very long time. Kudos to the design team. I've found my perfect backpacking tent!!!!
The Portal is a spacious two-person tent with incredible storage and provides exceptional weather protection. Large living quarters for a lightweight tent - I feel like a diva on the trail. At the same time, I feel protected from the elements. The architecture and style are altogether amazing. I love this tent so much!