Pre-orders open now! Estimated ship date is early October. ($30 charge for seam sealing after Aug 5).
- 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.
- 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|
If you want to have one shelter that will work in almost every scenario, this is it. It’s light enough to hike big miles and strong enough to handle inclement weather. 7 pockets that actually work and fit your gear, it’s fully freestanding and you can pitch just about anywhere. I’ve had some great tents over the years but this one tops them all. I am seriously impressed with this shelter and will forever be a fan of Slingfin
So we took the portal up to a 2800 meter (9,200') plateau in clear sight of the Columbia Icefields -- and the wind blasted us straight from the Pacific all night long. The Crossbow we brought stood up fine (amazingly), as did the Portal until a monstrous blast of wind in the morning took it down. Bent two poles, broke two, punched a rip in the fly---time to go home! (That was too much to ask of a 3 pound tent.) Once we let the excellent Tim at Slingfin know, he volunteered to repair the fly & provide replacement poles -- all done quickly and free of charge. Realizing the poles' limitation, we ordered a heavier set and look forward to more testing at altitude. A great product from a great company with superb support -- too bad they're not available right now, this tent is a Beast for its weight.
Used this for the first time in dry central Australia. After 4 nights use I noticed one of the toggles had detached and was missing. Hadn't even been windy so that was disappointing. A few nights later I had to set up when it was a little windy - 25km/hr so not too bad. One of the poles is bent - still usable but concerning regarding durability. I know it's a lightweight tent, I treat all of my gear very carefully, but concerned this one isn't going to last too long.
Hi Marianne, shoot me an email at tim@SlingFin.com and we'll figure out how to get that toggle sewn back on! As for the pole, it's normal for lightweight aluminum poles to take a bit of a set after a few uses- especially in wind. It won't affect the performance of the tent so you'll be good to go on that front. Don't forget to use those guylines! Those are necessary for getting the best wind performance out of your tent.
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.