North Face’s Mica FL 1 pitches inner-first with a single interconnected pole forming a frame from which the inner is suspended. The fly then goes over the top and the pitching is all completed very easily thanks to ladder-lock adjusters and colour coding on the webbing. It’s instantly noticeable how stable this tent is compared with other one-person tents, making it well suited to windier conditions. There’s a large entrance on the flysheet that has double zip pulls and a canopy over the top of the zip to protect it from rain when using it for ventilation. The porch is huge – 80cm at its widest point – and almost offers more space than one person could use! The inner tent is all mesh, so it could be a bit draughty and cold in wind or cold weather, making this best for summer use. But the headroom of height 97cm which doesn’t slope away is outstanding and while the inner is quite narrow at just 76cm it did allow me to sit up comfortably. I’m not a fan of inner -pitched-first tents for typically wet British weather, but if you head to the hills when rain is less of a concern and want a tent for milder temperatures then the The North Face Mica FL 1 is excellent – if you can live with its weight of 1254g.
Flysheet fabric silicone and PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 20d mesh
Groundsheet fabric 30d silicone and PU-coated ripstop nylon
Poles DAC Featherlite shock-corded alloy
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 228x76x97cm
Packed size 12x53cm
Superbly spacious headroom and porch, and well-designed for milder conditions, but the The North Face Mica FL 1 is not the best option for saving weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine July 2014