The North Face Mica 12 2009

The North Face Mica 12 tent weighs 1520g; great-looking with asymmetric lines; compression stuffsack for easy packing; colour-coded poles for easy assembly; internal pocket; inner door is mesh for ventilation. But pitching is inner-first; asymmetric design means less available space; fiddly clips are used to attach poles; small porch.

The North Face – tel. (01539) 738882;

Verdict: The North Face Mica 12 tent is a case of style over function; more conventional design yields more usable space.

First published in Trail magazine March 2009