The Green/Brown Portal 2 is expected to be back in stock in May 2023. Click here to get on the wait list.
- 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 14oz. 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.
The Portal is now available in a muted green/brown colorway without reflective trim for those who like to keep a lower profile.
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 Vietnam.
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.
- 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 and 2 perimeter pull-outs 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 and 6 additional external guylines (not including 2 pre-installed internal guylines)
|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|
|Guy out loops||10|
|Perimeter pull out loops||2|
|Guylines||6 (+2 pre-installed internal guylines)|
|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|
After arriving in record time (US to NZ) I'm blown away with the quality and craftmanship that has gone into producing this tent. I'll refrain from commenting on it's performance as yet but my initial impressions are that of a high quality tent that will withstand the elements here in NZ - exactly what I was looking for after being disappointed by numerous other tents that are generally regarded highly.
My only initial concerns are:
1) Around how the fly attaches to the cross pole via the toogle/O-rings. The toogle on the underside of the fly seems slightly small and easily popped free of the O-ring while test pitching, albeit the tent was not under tension when the toogle popped free on various occasions.
2) And; the central swivel at the junction of the two main poles impedes the pole sections snapping together completely (the swivel sits at a join). This might not be an issue, but if the poles are not completely snapped together I feel this could impact upon the structural integrity of the tent. I could be wrong!
Still 5 stars! Incredible tent, will be outdoor testing over the coming weeks.
After posting an earlier review Tim reached out and his post-sale support and service was amazing - especially considering I'm in Australia. Looking forward to putting a few more nights in my tent - highly recommend this product and company.
I just came off a few days in the Sierras with my Portal 2 and I'm still delighted by it.
The kickstands, together with staking out the head and foot of the rainfly, make for great ventilation. And I'm really liking the silnylon fly -- I had frost on it most mornings, and that dried much faster than the rain fly on a friend's tent. Thanks for including plenty of stakes and lines, and for great videos on how to get the most out of the tent. Now if I can just paint the stakes so they're harder to leave behind accidentally... :-)
I love this tent. I've used it on hiking the AT and on a 1,100 bike tour across 1/3 of the USA.
1> Very well put together and a very tight pitch
2> Easy entry on either side
3> spacious side vestibules
4> lots o' pockets for stuff
5> I'm only 5'10" but there is plenty of room at head and feet for me to not wake with my head in the walls. I've only used this solo, it is very wide
6> Fits in a backpack very well and in bike panniers
7> still under 3lbs, so weight is good
What I don't like and why I'm selling
1> I always thought the bright orange trim and off-white would make it tough for stealth camping while bicycle touring and I was right. It wasn't enough for me to hate the tent, still my all time favorite backpacking tent. So when I saw the new low impact color scheme was available, I sold it on eBay and then ordered the new one.
I have been using the Portal 2 for over 2 years now. And the tent has performed excellently. I have used the Portal 2 many times with my last trip being a 7 night backpack through the Enchantments (Core) in Washington a few weeks ago. My comments are below:
1 - I have been hailed on, hard rained on and the weather gods have tried to blow me off the mountain. I was worried about the rain fly keeping me dry. But I have not got wet. The tent can be a little noisy in stronger winds. But I have learned to guy it better and that takes care of the flapping noise in all but the strongest winds. Guying the tab on the top of the tent is important. It separates the rain fly from the tent and prevents that cold feeling from touching the dry side of a wet cloth.
2 - The tent is a tight fit for my wife and I. Mummy shaped sleeping pads are recommended.
3 - The tent storage compartments are fantastic. Lots of them. It is easy to keep my stuff organized. I have added a cord between the "circle loops" at the peak of the tent. This allows me hang clothing (mostly socks) to dry overnight.
4 - The tent can get warm inside. I have found the kickstand openers for the rain fly to be a little inadequate. I would suggest buying an additional set of 2 to get a bigger opening and more airflow.
5 - Having two doors makes my wife happy. I no longer crawl across her to get into the tent.
6 - Setup can be confusing at first. But with a little practice the tent can be setup very quickly.
7 - Service and support are excellent. I have asked questions, purchased repair parts. I broke a pole on the Enchantment trip. The temporary repair sleeve kept the trip happy.
As an aside, I was a little bit of a tent junkie. I have owned many tents of over the years. I find this tent to be my favorite for 2 people. I use a different tent for solo trips.
Awesome, John! Thanks for the review and feedback. Glad the tent is serving you well!