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wcap545373 wrote a review of on June 16, 2013

5 5

I purchased both the Marmot Pulsar and North Face Mica FL1 because I couldn't decide without actually looking at them. The Mica is clearly lighter and packs smaller, but I liked everything else about the Pulsar. The Marmot tent is much larger, as big as 1 backpacker would want or need.

What I liked most was the extra cross pole at the foot end of the tent. The Mica doesn't have this, so it looked like you need to run guy lines and stake the tent in order to get the full footprint. With the Pulsar, unless you legitimately have weather to worry about, once the poles are in you can forget about anything else... just crawl in and go to bed.

I'm not a purist ultra light backpacker, so I overlooked the extra weight. Anyone worried about those extra ounces probably won't look beyond the specs. I shipped back the Mica and will be taking the Pulsar with me on the PCT.

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wcap545373 wrote a review of on June 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

If you're looking for an ultra light tent, the Mica is a good choice. I couldn't make up my mind, so I ordered this one and the Marmot Pulsar. The Micah is noticeably lighter, but I settled on the Marmot. I preferred the larger size, despite the added weight. Primarily, I didn't like that the Mica looks like it needs to be staked at the narrow end of the tent in order to get the max footprint. With the Pulsar having the extra cross pole, you can throw it up and be done with it. I went back and forth with the two, but ended up sending this one back. Again, if weight is your main concern, you probably won't be disappointed with the Mica.

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