The North Face Mica 1 2011

The The North Face Mica 1 pitches inner-first, but the poles are colour-coded and use a simple but effective clipping system, so the inner goes up easily and the flysheet attaches at the end points of the hubbed pole assembly for a quick pitch. There are enough pegging points to make a secure pitch and there are guy points on the flysheet to attach the optional supplied guy lines for extra security. The shape is unusual: it’s quite tall and narrow, and tapers sharply away to one end, which reminds me of a hooped bivvy. It has the same benefits of a small footprint, which can be useful when looking for a pitch on rough terrain. There’s some usable space in the porch for storage, where a rucksack will fit in standing up, and there’s plenty of room for cooking. The flysheet door has multiple zips that allow the top corner of the door to be opened for ventilation and to allow steam out. The TNF Mica 1 comes in a compression stuffsack to reduce packed size.
But it’s is on the small side – great for a night or two, but maybe not so good for longer trips where you start missing being able stretch out. The tall, flat-sided shape will take some buffeting from the wind, so it’s better suited to less exposed pitches.

Design hub-framed dome
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner nylon ripstop and polyester
Flysheet 40D 238T nylon ripstop 70g/m2, PU coating, 1500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet 70D 210T nylon taffeta, 87g/m2, PU coating, 10000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 215cm; width 90cm; height 100cm
Packed size 50x15cm
Weight 1575g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 78

The The North Face Mica 1 is a one-person tent with a quirky design and some great features plus good detailing at a reasonable weight.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011