The Outdoor Vitals Fortius Trekking Pole Tent: Ultralight and More Versatile Than You'd Think

Does the word “ultralight” makes your pulse quicken? Then strap in, fellow lover of lightness — the Outdoor Vitals Fortius Trekking Pole Tent is going to tickle you pink.

All ultralight backpackers want one thing; a super lightweight tent that does its job no matter the terrain or weather. We are talking light on the LBs and heavy on the durability, plus mega bonus points if we can sit up in it, have space to store our gear, and it isn’t dripping like a sauna in the dewy morning. Is that too much to ask?

Fortius Trekking Pole Tent

Meet the Fortius Trekking Pole Tent!

The answer is no! The Outdoor Vitals Fortius Trekking Pole Tent ticks all the boxes on our ultralight-tent-want checklist and then some. The Fortius 1 Trekking Pole Tent weighs in at a feathery 1.6 pounds, and the Fortius 2 hits the scale at 2.25 pounds. The ultralight ripstop fabric and lack of cumbersome tent poles certainly keep the weight down.

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Outdoor Vitals Fortius Trekking Pole Tent: A Lighter Tent That’s Actually Storm Worthy

We know what you’re thinking — can a 1.6-pound pole-less tent really hold up in severe weather? Ultralight trekking pole tents have a reputation for toppling at the most inopportune times, such as when some strong winds or heavy snow comes along.

Outdoor Vitals Trekking Pole Tent

Every good adventure involves a bit of dirt.

Outdoor Vitals set out to create a tent that was both supremely lightweight and storm-worthy. Tested on the Uintah Highline in gnarly conditions, this tent held strong where other ultralight tents would falter. It may not be the lightest tent on the market, but it strikes an ideal balance between ultralight weight and durability.

Outdoor Vitals Fortius

Tested by the elements.

The key lies in the versatility of design, which provides the possibility for multiple pitching options and directions, thus allowing for a variety of site selections and reinforcements to protect from the elements. Multiple storm points are positioned around the tent that you can tie the extra long detachable stake lines to, giving you the ability to customize the setup of your tent for any situation.

The Fortius Trekking Pole Tent was made to hold strong in wild weather. In fact, the name Fortius was specifically chosen for its meanings of refuge, stronghold, and last stand from bad weather. The Fortius Trekking Pole Tent will thrive in the rugged backcountry without weighing you down or filling up your pack.

Ultralight, Spacious, and Well-Ventilated

If the above details weren’t enough to get your gears churning, just wait until you hear about the space. The Fortius Trekking Pole Tent comes in 1 and 2-person sizes, both of which are plenty roomy. Each has large protective vestibules at the doors to keep your pack sheltered and safe (the Fortius 1 has a single door and vestibule, while the Fortius 2 has dual doors and vestibules). Plus, you won’t feel claustrophobic inside this tent — you can sit up fully! The Fortius 1 peak height is 49 inches, and the Fortius 2 reaches to 46 inches.

Furthermore, the days of tent condensation and soaking wet down sleeping bags are over. Even more so than many other trekking pole tents, ventilation is on point in the Fortius Trekking Pole Tent’s design. The vestibule to the rear of the tent is raised higher off the ground to allow for more airflow through the mesh sections without sacrificing coverage from rain or other elements. The increased breathability cuts down on the morning drip and keeps the tent feeling comfortable and dry.

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Who is Outdoor Vitals?

Outdoor Vitals was founded to make high-quality lightweight gear that performs exceptionally well above all else. The company’s purpose is to improve lives through better outdoor experiences by providing adventurers with top-quality gear. Outdoor Vitals creates innovative gear designs and operates under the guidance of its core company values.

The Fortius Trekking Pole Tent Presale begins today, May 23. Live Ultralight Members can preorder at lower presale prices. The estimated ship date is September.

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Fi Luray

Fi is a writer, composer, songwriter, and outdoor enthusiast living in Scotland.

5 responses to “The Outdoor Vitals Fortius Trekking Pole Tent: Ultralight and More Versatile Than You’d Think

    1. Davesays:

      Excellent advertising!

  1. Davidsays:

    The dimensions would be helpful

    1. Here are some specs of the Fortius Trekking Pole Tent for you David:

      Fortius 1

      Weight: 1.6 lbs
      Total Weight (w/ all cords, 8 stakes, stuff sack): 1 lb 12 oz
      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
      Seam taped floor and fly
      1 door
      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

      Fortius 2

      Weight: 2.25 lbs
      Total Weight: (w/ all cords, 8 stakes, stuff sack): 2.25 lbs
      Floor Length: 224 cm / 88 in.
      Floor Width: 122 cm / 48 in.
      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
      Seam taped floor and fly
      2 door
      6 storm points, 2 end panel guylines, 2.5 mm cord.
      2 quick-detach guylines, 2.5 mm cord.
      2 interior mesh pocket
      2 interior hanging loops
      Corners stake out lines use Lineloc 3 tensioners, 2.5 mm cord. Additional lower lines included.
      Catenary cut fly

  2. What camping hiker height is feasible in both beautiful sizes?

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