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- 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 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.
- 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|
I managed to snag a Portal 2 when they were last available. I've used it for 4 nights now and I'm impressed. I've had and have a lot of tents. I'm a bit of a tent collector (I have 6 backpacking tents and probably have used a dozen others over the years). I would call the portal, a double wall interior first pitch tent, like the majority of tents sold are. In other words you pitch the inner, then fly over it (I know it can be pitched fly first but as with any tent like this that is not the easiest). This is to contrast something like a Hilleberg or Tarptent double wall tent where the fly and inner tent are connected and go up in one piece. For the category the Portal is in, it is the best tent in that class I have used and I've used a lot. In fact I have mostly used tents where the inner and fly go up at the same time because I could not find an interior first pitch tent I really like until now. What do I like about it:
It is light. Under 3 pounds which is my target weight for solo use.
It packs down small. I put the fly and inner tent in separate sacks and they pack down to about the size of a 1L nalgene each.
I like the fact that the fly is pure silnylon, no need to worry about PU coating to break down.
The tent pitches very taught. It drives me crazy when you can't get a taught pitch but the line adjusters on each corner and the fly doors make it easy. I contrast this to a big brand with initials BA that doesn't even put tensions on the doors or other key places in their tents which is just stupid and makes pitching a pain if you want a tight pitch or heaven forbid hit a rock and have to move the stake.
Just little details: the build quality is excellent, the pockets, guying system, the clips to relieve tension on the fly zipper, etc is just super well thought out.
I like the kickstand idea although I will be using this solo so I can use the kickstand in one door and not have to worry about it to get out.
It is nicely sized, I'm very tall, the length is adequate and the headroom is great as is the vestibule space.
The only niggles I have are two.
First it could use a 2nd door tie on the fly door further up.
Second, although they do give you extra zipper sliders build in, I would have used a beefier zipper at least on the fly, but that is just me.
I am very happy with my decision to purchase the Portal 2. It's a great design and well made. Only been out once, but so far, all is good.
Only had it out once so far, for 2 days in the Colorado high country. The weather was good, no rain but a little windy. It’s easy to set up and much lighter than my old tent. Seems very well made, no issues with zippers or screen or seems. Nice pockets for small items, ventilation seemed really good but it was very dry and breezy. Overall I really like it so far, good looking tent also.
Decades of 'tenting' research come together in a product that takes everything into consideration when you're hiking in whatever-weather and need a space to allow you to for the night pause. I'm super happy with this product.
Bought two Portals so whole family can backpack. Haven’t used them yet but set up in the yard. Will be putting through paces this fall.