Pre-orders will ship in the first week of August 2020.
- CleverHiker Tent Guide Top Pick 2020 (Portal Review Here)
- Top pick for "Best Bomber Tent" in Adventure Alan's Best Backpacking Tents of 2020! (Full 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 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.
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- 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
|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 1200mm|
|Poles||2 DAC Featherlite NFL 8.7mm, 1 NFL 9.3mm|
Greatly exceeded my expectations in all aspects. Good quality, well made, nice details, easy, big for its size, etc.
Love the design of this tent. It's an overachiever, and feels really sturdy and well put together when it's all set up. Bought the footprint to go along with it, and I expect the bathtub to last a while despite being relatively thin. The eyelet system for the rain fly isn't too bad once you do it once or twice.
The big design flaw of this tent IMO is that the mosquito mesh is really delicate. When i first unpacked it, the mesh was already scuffed (i think from the velcro trekking poles attachments) and it's gotten a bit worse since then; rubbing these areas with my fingers hasn't fixed them, and in at least one area the actual fibers are fraying a bit. This is after only using it for 2 nights 😢
I hate feeling like I have to be delicate with a piece of equipment every time I use/pack it but that's where I'm currently at with my Portal. I wish Slingfin had opted for a burlier mesh even if it added a bit of weight, just for peace of mind. I have since removed and isolated the velcro trekking pole attachments, so let's hope that stops further damage.
My boyfriend and I took a gamble on the Portal before our 4 weeks in Patagonia and it is now our favorite piece of gear! Neither of us had experience in Patagonia and tent recommendations online ranged between full 10lb mountaineering tents and TigerWalls. We opted for the Portal as a lightweight backpacking tent that had the features and capacity to withstand serious weather, was light enough to carry several hundred miles, and was reasonably priced. After spending over 30 nights in it and lugging it across Patagonia, we are thoroughly impressed and completely converted to Slingfin. This tent is not as easy or quick to set up as other backpacking tents but it also performs to standards other backpacking tents would never be able to meet.
Every detail on the Portal is meticulous and thoughtfully designed. We were most intrigued by the wind and rain proofing features of the tent as we were going up against legendary weather. The Portal incorporates three essential features- a multitude of fly toggles, the internal guy lines, and the outriggers- into the standard backpacking tent design that makes it bombproof. I wasn't sure if these features would actually add the support Slingfin advertised they would but I was amazed at how much support each additional layer added. If you want your tent to really shine, learn to use the features as Slingfin designed them to be used.
We put the tent through its paces including several nights with winds up to 70 mph but the Portal stood to all but the fiercest winds without even a tremor. Even then, we just added our trekking poles to the outriggers, tightened down the internal guys, and went right back to sleep. Although we did not use the outrigger feature every night we did add all the external guy lines and used them regularly since they are essential to maintaining the tent's structure. We also used all the fly toggles every night which align directly with the guy line contacts. The guy lines have small brackets for users to easily tension the lines and subsequently add tension to the poles. Despite the heavy winds, we never had a problem with the fabric flapping or making noise.
We also never had a problem with internal condensation or the fly wetting-out despite up to 18 hours of heavy rain and heavy winds during the storms. Tensioning and guying the tent kept out splashback except under the vestibules. Our packs showed a little mud but considering the torrents that were pouring through the campground we were pleased. After rainy nights we would just give the fly a good shake to remove any beaded moisture and pack it away without a second thought.
The Portal comfortably fits two slender people (5'4" and 6'3) if we kept our bags in the vestibules and saves weight with a thoughtful tapered design. We made the mistake of sleeping the "wrong" orientation one night and quickly learned our lesson. The fly color is subtle which was nice for the nights we slept behind hostels or in urban campgrounds. We used the multitude of internal pockets every night to keep our space organized and added an internal clothesline.
Our only issue with the tent was the mesh of body which snags easily, especially if the velcro on the outrigger isn't perfectly closed and gets caught as you pack the tent away. However, the mesh never tore and the snags weren't large enough to let insects in. Slingfin has also posted a video of how to fix them.
The Portal performs beautifully in harsh weather conditions while being breathable and lightweight. All that said, however, this is a sophisticated tent compared to most freestanding backpacking tents. To fully experience the benefits of the tent watch Slingfin's videos of how to set it up (and pay attention to the small details, they matter) and practices setting it up several times in good weather conditions. The fly must be oriented in the appropriate direction, the toggles must be clipped, and the guy lines staked and tensioned in order to truly see the benefits under heavy winds and rain. No other freestanding tent we own would have survived our time in Patagonia let alone made us complete and total converts to the brand. Thanks for an amazing tent Slingfin! We are highly highly satisfied customers.
It is tough to review a product that you have only had two week and your experience with it is limited to setting it up in the yard. Great design, light weight, high quality material and attention paid to the assembly. A couple of notes. There is not a guyline provided for each guy point on the tent. Not the end of the world but typically higher end equipment (which I would consider this to be in that category) has that. There is also 2 stakes too few based on stake points. Once again I have a ton of extra stakes, but that is not the point. On the center of the head side of the tent rain fly it should have a tie down point. It only has a triangular tab that visually matches to the tent for orientation. I suspect in a windy night not being able to stake that down could result in a flapping noise. All these things are fairly minor, but the most significant thing I am anxious to see how it works out is I believe the rain fly should come down lower. I don't know if that is done to keep the weight down, but I sure hope it is low enough to keep the rain out of the tent in a gully washing downpour event like we often get in the middle of the country.
Presales and post-sales support has been great. They did offer to send additional guy-line, but I had some handy. The size and weight to feature ratio is top shelf.
I didn't give it a five star rating because of the few tweaks I mentioned and more importantly I would reserve that perfect rating for something that I know stands the test of time. Too early to earn that, but I am hopeful.