Our take This sub-3-pound shelter withstands high winds and nasty weather better than tents twice its weight. Credit the three-pole structure, which minimizes the rotation and flex that plagues hub systems (it’s heavier, though). “We experienced 40-mph winds, but the tent never pancaked on us,” said one tester after a rough night at California’s Thousand Island Lake. Bonus: Bolster the tent even more in extreme weather using the eight guylines, as well as the two hook-and-loop attachments on the top crosspole that accommodate trekking poles for additional stability.
The details The Portal 2’s 27.5-square-foot floor is average and complemented by double doors and two small, 7-square-foot vestibules. Thanks to the mesh interior walls, condensation was nonexistent, even on a snowy 30°F evening at California’s Ediza Lake. The 10-denier nylon fly shaves weight, and we didn’t see any durability issues.
Trail cred “I appreciated the seven interior pockets,” one tester says. “They fit almost everything I had in my pack.”