The North Face Mica 1 (2012)

We asked for tents that weighed under 1.5kg, and the stated weight of the The North Face Mica 1 is 1440g... however this does not include all the stuffsacks. We found it weighed 1490g with tent, poles, pegs, main stuffsack and pole bag, but not the peg bag or the guy lines (which there were not enough pegs to utilise anyway!). This confusion illustrates the difficulty of comparing tent weights from manufacturers’ information. Despite this, the tent itself is great. It pitches inner-first with the preassembled pole set flicking into place easily to allow the inner to be hung from its skeletal form. The fly then goes over the top and the five pegs hold it down. This is a very stable design and boasts a good porch on the side. However the inner is very narrow, tapering from 94cm at the head to 52cm at the foot, and this does feel very tight when you are trying to get your clothes on or off for example. For a night or two the The North Face Mica 1 is great, but the lack of elbow room does restrict how comfortable it is for multiple nights sheltering from the rain.

Flysheet material silicone and PU-coated nylon ripstom
Inner material nylon ripstop
Groundsheet material PU-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 214x94x91cm
Packed size 50x15cm
Weight 1495g (without peg bag)
Website www.thenorthface.com/eu

 

Verdict

The North Face’s Mica 1 n easy-to-pitch tent that is very stable, but the inner-pitched-first design coupled with the narrow living space inside mean this is not the most comfortable option for long periods of wet weather.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2012