- Named a "Top Pick" of 2023 by Outdoor Gear Lab
- 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 excellent 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.
Heading to Patagonia? Spending some time in the desert? Pick up our Heavy Duty Portal pole set. This replaces the stock 8.7mm poles with extra sturdy 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.
- 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.
- Short pole package is perfect for bikepacking
- 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.
- Color coordinated stake loops for easy flysheet orientation
- 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.
- Pre-installed spare zipper sliders on every zipper double your zippers' lifespan.
- Includes 10 DAC J-Stakes and 6 additional external guylines (not including 2 pre-installed internal guylines)
|Minimum Weight||2lbs 14oz (1.3kg)|
|Packaged Weight||3lbs 5oz (1.5kg)|
|Floor Area||27.45 sq ft (2.55 sq m)|
|14" x 5" (35cm x 13cm)|
Pole Package Length
85" x 51" (head) / 42" (foot) (216cm x 129cm / 107cm)
|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 SIL/PE 1800mm|
|Fly Fabric||10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil 1200mm|
|Poles||2 DAC Featherlite NFL 8.7mm, 1 NFL 9.3mm|
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.
I took my time shopping for a tent and have owned my Portal for a few years now, it still looks brand new. I love the tent design and durability is top notch. Pockets make this little tent feel like a car camping tent. Lots of features. Easy to love. Not the lightest, but certainly best tent out there if you want a free standing backpacking tent in my humble opinion. Quiet and secure in big storms. I sometimes don't even realize it is windy until I unzip and notice the storm.
I´m based in Germany and bought this tent for my solo bike packing trips. First test was a 4-day-tour along the Rhine and Mosel in the late summer and I was completely satisfied with the performance of the Portal 2. There was a lot of condensation next to the rivers and my concern was that it would be very difficult to keep the inner dry because of its mesh. But all in all it worked really well and I didn't have much issues with a wet sleeping back or gear. Packing size is a very important factor for me since I prefer to travel with only a pair of Ortlieb Backroller Classics but the Portal is also really nice regarding this point. If you'd strap the poles to the top tube of your bike and compressed the tent it's really small. The only suggestion for making it perfect...Add some cords to the pegs!:-)
Love it!! We love the Portal for bikepacking. Have fun on your adventures!
I don't normally leave reviews but I felt compelled to write some for a few choice gear selections following a recent unforgiving Alaskan tundra backcountry caribou hunt. My Slingfin Portal 2 tent happened to be one of the notable ones. The muskeg covered terrain and extremely wet late-summer conditions, although anticipated, were a challenge. Paired with heavy winds due to lack of vegetation, I was especially concerned about leaving my tent unsupervised when afield.
To enable peace of mind, I was prepared and paired this tent with eight MSR Cyclone tent stakes. At ten oz, this was a tad heavy considering the tent is only around three lbs. After all, ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain especially hiking in and out several miles... However, I justified the added weight and was glad that I did. The tent was anchored like a rock and shed driving rain excellently. I currently live in the coastal PNW so can further attest to the tent's performance in rainy and windy conditions. I'll add that I would not consider getting anything smaller than a two-person tent for hunting purposes. The additional space is nice to keep high dollar weapon(s) and gear out of the elements while enabling some nighttime drying. Highly recommend this product and company!
-Expensive (buy once cry once)
Love it, Charles!! Glad the Portal has proven to be a dependable home away from home for you! I love those Cyclone stakes. Those things are bomber.
I just took this tent for 6 days in the High Unitas. Had some rain. Had some cold. It was a perfect tent. I’m not a super experienced backpacker but this tent was light and easy to set up. One day I set it up fly first in an absolute deluge of rain and had a great experience with it. Having a matching reflective tab that lines up the footprint, fly, and tent- so brilliant. The vestibules made it possible to cook in the rain. No condensation or wet inside the tent because of perfect guy lines. Thank you SlingFin. I’m headed back out this weekend because this tent made me feel like getting out there more.
This warmed our hearts!! So glad that the Portal is opening up your world as a backpacker. That's exactly why we got into this business. Have fun out there!
The best 2-person ultra-light backpacking tent I've every owned! Just returned from 5 days in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness during which I experienced two nights of severe winds and torrential rain from fringes of the hurrican that hit southern California. The tent performed perfectly...slept dry and secure, no problems whatsoever. The interior design is spacious (for one person) and makes it easy to sit up and prepare food while waiting out storms. I think I counted 7 interior mesh pockets to store stuff in and maybe 8 interior rings to hang things from....nice for drying stuff out. Once I figured them out, I really like the toggle design for attaching the rainfly to the tent poles. Sitting up the tent is a breeze once you get used to the toggles. The once very minor "niggle" I have is its a bit confusing and time-consuming to figure out the proper orientation of the rainfly on the tent body and I wasted some precious time in a downpour using trial and error, compounded by wind gusts blowing the slippery lightweight rainfly around. It would be very helpful if SlingFin would color-code (or flag) the two very-important rainfly toggles that guy the rainfly to the cross-pole -- finding these two toggles immediately and locking them in place are the key to setting up the tent quickly. The workmanship and quality of this tent is truly outstanding...good job SlingFin! I have maybe 8 tents on my shelf and this is certainly the best.