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 with that name 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/ all cords, 8 stakes, stuff sack): 2 lbs 2.5 oz (978.1 g)
Seam taped floor and fly
6 storm points, 2 end panel guylines, 2.5 mm cord.
2 quick-detach guylines, 2.5 mm cord.
2 interior hanging loops
Corners 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: 122 cm / 48 in. (DOES fit two 25 in. wide pads)
- Vestibule / Door Width: 90 cm / 35 in.
- Peak Height: 118 cm / 46 in.
- Max Exterior Width (door to door): 302 cm / 119 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 zippers - interior door
- YKK # 5 zippers - 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
Fortius 2P. The P stands for Purdy good tent. I have set this tent up 3 times and slept in it in the back yard. So far I love it. It rained the last night all night, and all day the next day, and no water in the tent. I am taking it to the Guadalupe Mountains this weekend to the peak. If it can hold up to the wind up there then it is a keeper.
Got the Fortius 2P last week, but didn't have time on the week to try it before hitting a trail this weekend.
Got to camp and it started raining. So my first pitch was on the trail and under rain. Had it pitched under 5mins.
Then water started to run under/over the footprint (I picked a really bad spot), but the tent kept dry inside and handled the wind like a champ. No condensation at all, even after hours of rain during the night. Not bad for a tropical-caribbean weather.
Plenty of space to keep my gear inside. Kept my chair open in one vestibule and my shoes hanging on the other side (used the trekking pole strap to to tie hang them with some paracord).
I'm in love with this tent!
I was pleased that I finally got to set up my new Fortius 2P and sleep in it in the rain. So I set it up while visiting a friend and just set it up in the side yard. I like to try it out in a controlled environment before depending on it in the field. I was pleased with the roominess and ease of set up. Tweaking the tension at all points was easy and I wager I had it up in 5-10 minutes tops. It also packs down very, very well. I was amazed at how small I could smash it down in the backpack.
Once the rain came in, I was happy to see I could keep doors open on the leeward side in the windy rain, and both doors open when just a gentle rain fell, and got no water inside. Roomy vestibules too. When the real thunderstorm hit, I had to batten down all the hatches and hold on. I noticed that once the rain was pounding good and hard, the material stretched some and the peak sagged a little. I unzipped and reached through the bug netting and simply tightened up the cord a little, and it was easy to keep the tent taught at the peak without leaving the tent. The cooler rain caused some condensation, but nothing out of the ordinary for a single wall tent.
In the morning, it rained gently for several hours, and the tent remained dry after about 8 hours of rain. Once the Sun came out and the light breeze kicked in the tent dried rapidly and well. I am very pleased with this tent.
I took my 2p version for first trip, 3 day 2 night. Art Loeb trail in NC. 95 to 100% humidity all weekend plus rain the first night and most of second day. Needless to say condensation occurred, but very little moisture made it to my gear, mainly just the toes of my bag where I rolled over and rubbed the tent. First night was blowing rain storm, the tent performed great despite my pitiful pitching of the tent(this if my first trekking pole tent) there is definitely a slight learning curve. Plenty of space, great storm/rain protection.
This one is special, So roomy for the weight, Great job O.V.