SlingFin was founded in 2012 to develop the best gear for use in the outdoors. Period.
Project one was tents that performed better under high mountain conditions of extreme cold and wind. Based on years of design experience and a core innovation, the now patented Webtruss, the results proved an unqualified success.
From the top of the mountain, SlingFin has subsequently worked on challenges central to backpackers and thru-hikers: weight, strength, comfort and durability. The result have been as witnessed by the reviews below.
Our founder, Martin Zemitis has 30+ years of experience first as lead tent designer at Sierra Designs and then as one of the founders and the tent designer at Mountain Hardwear. He has created and continues to create iconic designs beloved by outdoor enthusiasts.
We view our stellar reviews as a natural outgrowth of our dedicated focus on the needs of our customers undiluted by the demands of marketing niches or corporate quarterly reports. We don’t add gimmicks and claim innovation. We are focused on the deep problems of outdoor equipment design...the ones that may take months or years to solve. We go to market only when we have something worth presenting.
Our primary loyalty is to our customers: outdoor enthusiasts like you pursuing our common passion for this wonderful world of ours.
We've been using the BFD and LFD on our Everest Expeditions since 2010, and they are still holding strong and look nearly new. The tents are set up at high altitude for months at a time getting a massive amount of UV, but aren't falling apart like other tents we've used. The quality of material and construction is well above any other tents we've used and we are definitely getting our money's worth out of these tents.
Our designs are produced in dialog with outdoor enthusiasts that attend our regular Design Reviews. Much of our business comes as a result of folks who have used our gear and tell others how great it is. If you'd like to participate, drop us a line via our website or sign up for our mailing list.