Currently sold out. Expected to be back in stock September/October 2022.
- 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.
Want even more strength out of your Portal? Pick up our Heavy Duty Portal pole set. This replaces the stock 8.7mm poles with extra wide 10.65mm poles to provide additional wind and snow loading resistance.
To prolong the life of your Portal's floor, pick up a Portal footprint. For ultralight weather protection in non-buggy conditions, check out the Portal Tub Floor. Additional stakes and guylines can be purchased here.
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|
This is THE tent if you a freestanding tents this is what ypu want it's fantastic I completed my 2021 thruhike of the AT and only used this tent from springer to katahdin all 2193 miles. I'm still using ti today if ypu like staying on windy balds or in torrential rain this tent will not let you down. If you goof like me and through the rain fly into a briar patch just have a little gear aid SIL sealer (they send you a tube) and it patches just fine thank ypu slingfin keep up the great work I can't tell ypu how much I relied on this tent !
Whoo!! Love to hear this! Hiking the AT is what finally convinced me to get into the outdoor industry, so in a way the AT is responsible for the Portal's existence! It's awesome to think about your Portal out there making its way up to Katahdin.
I’ve use my Portal for several nights now, including a 60 mph thunderstorm (I might have to invest in the heavy duty poles when they become available), and would give it 4.5 stars. I immediately bought beefier stakes since I often camp on sandy riverbanks. The fly does a pretty good job of keeping things dry and I like having all the loops for guylines. My biggest knock is that the vestibules need two toggles and loops for each half, the fly material is very slick and slinky and it typically slides downward out of the loop instead of staying neatly rolled up. I’m not crazy about the kickstand ventilation system, the kickstands would be easy to lose. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the tent and Tim’s entertaining videos.
Hi Gregory! Glad you're mostly liking the Portal so far. Something of note- you only need one toggle/loop to roll back each half of the vestibule. You might notice that the toggles are actually adjustable cord locks- if you cinch those down once you roll the doors back it will hold the material tight and it won't slide anywhere! Feel free to send me an email (tim@SlingFin.com) and I can send you some pictures if you want.
My wife and I sectioned hiked the 800 mile Arizona Trail with this tent as well as other miscellaneous hikes within a year. We use a tyvek ground sheet. I’ve sprayed the Sawyer product parentharin a few times and it kills the bugs. The tent remains in almost new condition. Customer service has been amazing. Over New Years 2021 we began section section hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail. To my own neglect I did not secure the rain fly to the poles. I screwed up and did not do this over two extreme wind nights. One was rainy, one was freezing. I snuggled in and let the tent bend to our face and toes. It was a mess. We have been in more severe winds in AZ with the fly secured and the tent was like a house with minimal movement. Needless to say. The tent stood up but we bent some poles. The tent still remained strong as we used it the following weekend. Get this. Slingfin sent new tent pole sections. X3 despite my own neglect.
I typically carry the sub 3# tent and occasionally talk my wife into carrying’her part’ but this tent has held up to the Arizona desert and guarantees a shelter that’s stable in the high wind and rain conditions AZ throws at you. (FYI for those of your not from AZ the winds can be extreme and rains torrential. The northern part of the state also offers snow and freezing temperatures., well the sky islands of the southern portion do as well. ) Thank you SlingFiin. You build quality gear.
What can I say! This tent is as advertised. The silicone treated fly did not absorb water from rain .. therefore the tent did not stretch when wet and did not gain weight due to holding/ absorbing water. It was the main reason for choosing this tent over other high end tents. Bathtub floor is waterproof as well. Have not tested snow load capability yet but the tent is overbuilt for a 3 season tent. I have no complaints.
Took my Portal out shortly after I got it, late November. Got some wind early next morning. I may not have had the fly secured correctly, not sure. But a pole got bent. First time out! I was bummed. Contacted them, they asked that I ship it back. Perfect amount of response, they found a couple other issues that may or may not have been related, already on its way back. I love the tent and I'm very happy with the company. Looking forward to heading out again as soon as I can.