When we set out to design the trekking pole tent, we wanted to make something truly ultralight, & definitely much more lightweight than freestanding tents - which require tent poles. However, many ultralight trekking pole tents already available just don’t hold up in some of the environments that we often find ourselves in, such as on the Uinta Highline Trail in the middle of a violent wind, snow, & lightning storm.
So we made a more versatile trekking pole tent that is actually ‘storm worthy’, giving you more options for pitching when it comes to direction, site selection, and reinforcement against the elements. With multiple “storm points” around the tent and extra-long detachable stake lines, you can customize the set up of your tent to really handle any of your adventures.
We chose Nylon due to it's extra strength over polyester. To reach our target weight and performance goals we chose this vs a 20D or heavier polyester with similar strength. In our own field testing, simply setting up your tent and then retensioning it 20-30 minutes later has solved any potential sagging issues that Nylon is commonly known for. We recommend using the head and foot guy out points for added livable space. This also helps with any kind of sagging.
This tent is meant for the wild & intense adventures, not just the mild sunny meadows (although it will work GREAT there too!)
Not only that, but we made sure the Fortius had plenty of usable space, with large protective vestibules by the doors to keep your pack & other gear sheltered and safe WITHOUT leaving you feeling claustrophobic inside your tent. You can sit up fully and feel totally comfortable while laying down. No fabric right in your face!
Fortius - the meanings we take are refuge, stronghold, & last stand from bad weather. This tent was meant for the rugged backcountry “full experience” - without weighing you down & filling up your pack! With it, you can have complete confidence that you’ll stay sheltered no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Total Weight (w/ cords, 8 stakes, & stuff sack): 1 lb 9.4 oz (720.1 g)
Seam taped floor and fly
6 storm points, 2 end panel guylines, 2.5 mm cord.
2 quick-detach guylines with LineLoc tensioners, 2.5 mm cord.
1 interior mesh pocket
2 interior hanging loops
Corner stake-out lines use Lineloc 3 tensioners, 2.5 mm cord. Additional lower lines included.
Catenary cut fly
- Floor Length: 224 cm / 88 in.
- Floor Width: 71 cm / 28 in.
- Front Door Vestibule Width: 90 cm / 35 in.
- Rear Overhang Width: 40 cm / 16 in.
- Front Peak Height: 125 cm / 49 in.
- Rear Peak Height: 102 cm / 40 in.
- Max Exterior Width: 201 cm / 79 in.
- Total Exterior Length: 272 cm / 107 in.
- Fabric: floor & fly - 15 D sil / PU micro-ripstop nylon, 1,500 mm HH
- Fabric: front and rear wall - mesh - 10D no-see-um nylon mesh
- YKK # 3 zipper - interior door
- YKK # 5 zipper - exterior door
Stuff Sack Size (Uncompressed): 13 in. x 7 in.
- Compressed Size: 5.5 in. x 7 in.
- Warranty: Outdoor Vitals Performance Promise
Watch video instructions on how to set up your Fortius Trekking Pole Tent below:
Designing The Fortius
Sadly, this tent isn’t going to work for me. It just isn’t designed for a humid climate. The fabric saturates and therefore doesn’t breathe. It also has some poor workmanship- a section of the screen has too much fabric and sags- looks like a cheap Walmart tent or something. The stakes I bought are also not good for eastern soil- they pull out of the ground.
I want to begin by saying that I love this tent. It is perfectly suited for what it is. The concept for ventilation is good if there is any breeze to create said ventilation. If the air is still, cool, and humid, there will be condensation. That would be the case for any tent. It set up easily. It was roomy enough for me. (I am 5'8") The tent took quite a bit of rain, and I remained dry throughout, with the exception of the interior condensation which is manageable. The vestibule is roomy enough to accommodate all of my needs. All in all, a solid product.
I like this tent because of the weight and size but during a moderate rain it did leak through the fabric
That's not characteristic of our tents. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org & we'll see if we can find out what the issue is!
Used the Fortius for the first time in the Shenandoah mountains this weekend. Setup is pretty straight forward and it’s plenty of room. Nice work!
So me and my brother and cousin went on 3 day backpacking trip. Before that when I received the tent it was going to rain that day so I set it up to practice and see if it had any leaks that I needed to fix. It was all good, it held up like a fortress lol. Absolutely love the storm point tie outs and I like how they added a backup door latch just in case your zipper fails also you can put a ridge line in the tent to hang up stuff. Very well thought out tent and it's super lightweight. Honestly to tell you the truth I don't have anything really bad to say about it. Before I bought this tent I was worried about it would sag a lot in the rain but to be honest it's not bad at all. I'm glad I just went ahead and bought it if you're on the fence about it just get it. It's a fortress!