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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 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.

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.

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.


  • 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
Capacity 2
Floor Area 27.45 sq ft 
Interior Height
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

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Great Tent!!!

After a lot of research my wife and I discovered this lightweight self standing (min. 2 stakes for fly) tent to use when we backpack. We enjoy looking at the stars while keeping the bugs and desert critters away as well as having a sturdy tent with a good bathtub floor to hold up to Arizona monsoon storms. Self supporting was a big selling point as we have found, even when car camping with a hammer, that getting stakes in the ground or holding well during a storm is almost always challenging. This tent is easy to set up, lightweight and checks all our boxes. Thanks for developing an awesome, very functional, sturdy and good looking product.
Matt Moore, Portal 2

What a pleasant surprise

I cycle tour in farily remote, windy, cold, and awful places. By myself. And I am old. My previous tent did a yoeman's job of dealing with it all including a two day Force 10 storm. After five years it was showing signs of wear. I researched for months and ordered the Portal. Admittedly, I have not used it yet in the wild but the "dining room setup" has all the indications of this being a magnificent replacement. Roomy. Tub floor (no seams to leak). Well thought out simple pole and clip installation. The tent goes up quickly. Well reinforced points. And lightweight. I can't believe how light it is even with all the features, including two entrances and vestibules. My only concern is the little toggle attachments for the cross bar and fly. In the freezing cold and wind I am thinking these are going to be a bit of a challenge and would prefer something a little easier (like hooks). But, of course, toggles are not going to come unstuck so perhaps the reason. Also, the little hooks for the corners of the fly attachment are awfully small to see in their blackness, even in daylight...especially since they need to be oriented away from the tent. At night it is going to be a braille exercise to figure out which direction is away. But all small potatoes at the moment. I can't wait for the wind and rain to give the tent a go. My observation at this point is that I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Great tent

Easy to set up and take down. Light weight and sturdy

10/10 Great Tent!

As far as I’ve been able to observe, this tent is an amazing quality tent and worth every penny spent.
I bought this tent specifically for my 4 month long backpacking trip in Australia, to give myself another option, besides expensive hostels; and to allow us to go on several day hikes. When this tent came in I couldn’t be more excited to try it out. So, with my cousin that I’d be travelling with, I set up this tent and already then it did not disappoint. Although at first the tent was a little confusing to figure out, we got the hang of the use of each piece on the tent quite quickly. I definitely would recommend putting it up the first time within the limits of your home to understand the use of everything the tent has to offer before you go out; however I would recommend that with just about everything you buy. We also decided to sit in it in the snow outside because why not. We sat in just a t-shirt and shorts in that tent for a solid half hour without getting cold; with blankets layed our below us. The snow that fell on top of the tent did not melt through the fabric at all. Overall it was a great, even though short experience. When I’m back in Canada I do plan to try some winter camping in this tent.
So far in Australia I’ve only used this tent once; but it has been great! The set up and take down was so simple, it packs in my back so well and the weight is easily split between my cousin and it, seperating the body and the poles. Sleeping in it was comfortable, with room at our head and feet (I’m 5’10” and my cousin is 5’9”)our backpacks could easily fit in the space covered by the fly, and we just put the raincovers on the bottom of our packs in the event that it rained. Overall I would highly recommend this tent, and it’s likely that I will give another review in the future once I’ve been able to wear it out a little more and experience its quality some more.

Great Tent

We used this tent on a week long backpacking trip to Isle Royale. We had a huge storm the first night out with heavy rain and strong winds. The tent was bomber. We stayed dry and the poles never moved. Love the roomy feel of the tent and the many internal stash pockets. Highly recommended.