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
I used my new Fortius 1P for the first time this January for a week-long trip in the Grand Canyon. On my first night I had some trouble setting it up. It turns out that there just was not enough space for me to stretch out the side guylines enough. One of them had to stretch over a stone wall and I guess the angle was just wrong. We were camped right next to a creek, and the moisture in the air caused a great deal of condensation. I used my sock to wipe off the condensation but eventually I fell asleep, and I did notice that the condensation dripped down mostly to the head and foot of the tent so on the next night, I placed my gear on the two sides. I noticed that my friends with their double walled tents had the same problem so that made me feel better.
On the second night we camped at Cottonwood Campground and I did not have any problems with condensation. It did, however, rain very hard and our site flooded. The bathtub of the tent held up very well, and I didn’t get any water inside despite having a 2 inch puddle all around me. 20 mph winds did not bother this tent at all!
By the third night, I was well practiced at setting up my tent, and finished in half the time of my friends. I love the way I can open up the entire side of the tent as I tend to get a little claustrophobic. It is also roomier than the typical ultralight tent.
Roomy, sturdy, lightweight, fast to set up, economical
Condensation, requires more space
I’m new to the ultra light community; getting older so need to lighten my load. Can’t say enough about these folks and just set up my first trekking pole tent, Fortius 1P. It wasn’t hard at all to set up; great directions and videos. Can’t wait to use it and grateful for this company. It is better than described.
this tent is very similar to “the one”, but with some nice improvements. build quality and weight are about the same. It’s a few niches longer which helps me at 6’2”. The lower rear pole allows for a more narrow width between the main guy lines. this actually helps the tent fit into more spots. It’s a single wall tent so you have to deal with condensation, but just bring a lite load towel or shami. it’s worth the big weight savings over a free standing tent.
I really want to love this tent. It's lightweight, reasonable cost and sturdy with so many really thoughtful features.
I've used it on two separate trips, a 2 nighter during hot/ dry weather and a 3 nighter in shoulder season Olympics.
Great set up, easier over time. I did need to get a separate lightweight pole since my women's trekking poles were not long enough for the second pole-- I'm 5'6" so average female height.
Second trip this wknd in Olympic NP. First rainy drizzling night in 40s. Completely dry overnight with minimal sagging. Few drops of what I assumed was condensation on inside, I used my towel to wipe and suddenly 100s of drops appeared, the more I touched the tent, the more they appeared, I couldn't wipe them. I had the distinct impression it was leaking given the volume of drops. With this many drops, it started dripping actively, I avoided touching the tent wall, packed up quickly.
The next night at higher altitude with greater temp variation and heavy dew, temp down to upper 30s. I avoided touching the tent wall and not more than a few drops present. But it's a little tricky to not touch a tent wall in a 1 P tent, glad I'm not taller. Final night in the woods, not as cold, no condensation/ drops.
So far so good. I have not had a chance to use it backpacking yet, only backyard setup. It was very easy to setup with minimal learning curve. Spacious inside, fitting my 25” wide pad with room to spare. Plenty of headroom and seems very stable. The extra guylines and storm points are a nice touch. You can definitely tell the attention to detail that when into the tent. I am looking forward to getting it out in the backcountry.