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 featured as "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 double needle lap-felled seams on the fly do not require seam sealing or tape, and the floor is fully taped.
- 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.
- No additional seam sealing necessary.
- Includes 10 DAC J-Stakes
Please note we cannot ship Portal Tents to addresses in CA, LA, and NJ. Please contact us if you have questions about CPAI-84 shipping restrictions.
|Trail Weight||2lbs 13oz|
|Packaged Weight||3lbs 4oz|
|Floor Area||27.45 sq ft|
|Packed Size||14" x 5"|
|Floor Dimensions||85" x 51" (head) x 42" (foot)|
|Vestibule Area||2 x 8.4 sq ft|
|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|
|Poles||2 DAC Featherlite NFL 8.7mm, 1 NFL 9.3mm|
Pre-ordered the Portal along with the footprint. I’ve been in the back country on several trips and this tent performed extremely well. Very light weight 2P tent. Easy to setup with the pole swivel. Love all the pockets for storage of gear, and the head room. I camped on a bald one night with the fly rolled halfway up for star gazing. By morning the wind had picked up blowing in on one side, so I used a trekking pole on that side with the outrigger attachment. I didn’t use external guy points(should have), and the center pole didn’t move. One night it rained so hard for 30 minutes I thought I was going to float away, but when it stopped the bathtub was bone dry, even with the kickstand vents open. Condensation was never an issue. I was able to setup in the steady rain by setting up the rain fly with the footprint, then getting inside, wiping off the footprint, then clipping the tent body to the poles one side at the time. This kept the bathtub dry while setting up. I think the design, the attention to detail during the manufacturing, and the materials used are excellent. The customer service is top notch. I highly recommend any product SlingFin has to offer.
i take this tent for my bikepacking and its awesome, very lightweight, fast assemble or deseemble and very comfortable.
thanks for this company from my experience this company have excellent customer service!
Without a doubt very recommend buy any product from this company!
Just took this tent out on a weeklong backpack in Rocky Mt. National Park:
- Packs down small and very light
- Rain fly is coated lightweight fabric with excellent water shedding quality - through 2 nights of thundershowers and hail at 13,000 ft
- Inside is cozy but the two side vestibules created by the rainfly add quite a bit of protected space for boots, packs....
- Lots of internal pockets, internal guy line option, all the zippers are sewn with reinforced bindings
- Although the bulk of the tent appears to be flimsy NoSeeUm mesh, the rainfly kept the tent surprisingly warm
- Great ventilation
- Would be easier to set up the tent without having to line up the striped tabs on the tent and rainfly -- difficult to do when trying to set up the tent in the wind and rain
- Should have used the same plastic hooks used to attach the tent to the poles to also attach the rainfly to the poles (instead of the more cumbersome grommets and plastic circles which require two hands to close -- also difficult to do when trying to set up the tent in the wind and rain)
- The orange fabric is very easy to cut/pierce. Our tent was strapped onto a backpack and after 1 week already has several holes
- Nice aluminum stakes were included but need to add 2 more for the number of corners and external guy lines on the tent
- Straps on the corners of the waterproof Footprint (purchased separately) are too long and non-adjustable. The ends of the tent poles insert into grommets in the straps, but the straps are too long, so if you try and move the tent the footprint falls off. The straps should be adjustable, or need to be shorter so the Footprint is tight when the tent is staked out.
- Unclear how the tent will hold up in heavy wind. There is already some stretching of the flimsy NoSeeUm fabric mesh which makes up most of the tent body. Most of the strength of the tent seems to be the poles and rainfly fabric.
So far my wife and I have been really happy with the tent. I'm a big fan of solidly-built gear, so SlingFin's rep as a builder of sturdy tents made the Portal appealing. My wife and I had been hauling a 3P tent for just the two of us for years, and we got really tired of lugging it, but we were worried about being cramped in a 2P tent. But while Portal floorspace is much smaller than our old 3P, we found the tent to be surprisingly roomy for the two of us with plenty of headroom. We also love all the pockets.
The tent feels very well built and the details are very well thought-out. That said, to achieve the light weight, the materials are very thin and more delicate than our old (heavy) 3P. Definitely use it with a footprint. We did have an issue with small holes appearing in the mesh, but we reached out to SlingFin for support and they are repairing it at no charge. As it happens, for the two trips we've used it on so far this year the weather has been perfect, so we haven't been able to test out the sturdiness in some really nasty weather, but it's only a matter of time.
All in all, we've been very pleased with both the tent and the company. Strongly recommended.
I had a chance to use this tent on several camping trips and one mountaineering trip in North Cascades. The product never let me down. During the mountaineering trip we had a few days of foul weather and the interior remained dry throughout. I added footprint to protect the tent floor fabric as it is fairly thin. Highly recommended.