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An ultra-lightweight, one-person tent with comfortable space and headroom.

The North Face Mica FL 1-Person 3-Season Tent provides comfortable shelter from the elements without unnecessary weight, which is key when you're thru-hiking or getting ready for an ultralight backpacking trip. This one-person tent features durable, lightweight components, solid construction, and plenty of space for you and your gear to sprawl out after a ten-hour hike along the Appalachian trail.

  • Fly consists of super-lightweight, high-tenacity nylon ripstop with a polyurethane coating and a silicone finish for durability and weather resistance
  • Floor features lightweight nylon ripstop and also has a polyurethane coating and silicone finish that offer superb protection from the wet elements
  • Tent body has nylon no-see-um mesh throughout which supplies superb ventilation in warm weather and prevents annoying skitters from biting you while you sleep
  • Seams are hot sealed with polyurethane tape to keep water out
  • Lightweight, durable, strong DAC Featherlite NSL poles feature an aluminum-anodizing process that eliminates the need for toxic chemicals
  • Large door supplies an easy in-and-out while a large vestibule offers storage space for your pack and hiking boots
  • One-person tent features crossing ridge poles that maximize the interior space and provide a dry entrance
  • Light weight works well for thru-hiking, ultralight backpacking, or camping
  • High-low venting utilizes a vestibule door configuration that allows the user to affix the door in a partially open position to maximize airflow while maintaining good vestibule coverage
  • Cut even more weight when you backpack in warm, non-muggy climates with the Mica FL 1's fast-pitch option: use just the fly, poles, and footprint (footprint sold separately)
  • Hubbed poles, tent-pole clips, and color-coded webbing make for quick, easy setup
  • Included guy-lines for increased stability in windy conditions

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Backpacker Review

Backpacker magazine review of the North Face Mica FL 1. Girl knows her stuff and picks up a couple interesting details .Apparently the rainfly doesn't fully extend over the tent body which could make for wet corners in heavy rains. Good to know before making a purchase.


Nice Ultra light

  • 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.

Is there really enough room inside for...

Is there really enough room inside for gear and a guy 6'2" @235?

Best Answer

You're going to be pretty tight in there. You'll probably need to go for a two person tent. You have 90" of total length which is about 7.5' Here is a photo of the layout from the Northface website.

You're going to be pretty tight in there. You'll probably need to go for a two person tent. You have 90" of total length which is about 7.5' Here is a photo of the layout from the Northface website.

check out the video I posted about this tent. It should be helpful for you.

Yeah, Alexander is absolutely right. Solo tents are horribly claustrophobic for bigger guys and their gear. I would look into either something like the North Face Mica FL2 or the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2. You'll add a little weight, and a bit of cost, but you'll make up for it quickly in function and maintaining your sanity.

Are the walls of the tent vertical?

Are the walls of the tent vertical?

Best Answer

The walls should be pretty close to if not totally vertical. A lot of tents share this design MSR Hubba, EMS Velocity 1, etc. With a narrow floor like 24" and a height almost 39" the walls are going to be very steep.

Is the tent freestanding?

Is the tent freestanding?

Yes it is. Normally, if you have a singular pole/hubs that spans the entire tent and forces out the 4 corners, the tent is freestanding.

I just received the Mica FL1 and it does not seem to be truly freestanding. At the narrower end of the tent the pole goes into a single grommet. The 2 corners must be staked in order to create a taut pitch. Also the door seems difficult to zip and unzip. The 2 zippers meet at lower left hand corner but do not seem to circle the entire door zipper. You have to unzip 2 zippers in opposite directions to open the door. When zipping the door shut it's seems difficult to get the 2 zippers close enough for a tight, mosquito-free closure. This is my initial assessment on setting the tent up for the first time.

So it IS or ISN'T freestanding? And has that double zipper thing been addressed or experienced by other users?

It's not freestanding,the narrow end needs to be staked in order to lay completely flat and maximize square footage.

Best Answer

Just because you had to stake out the ends to maximize the square footage, and make it lay completely flat, does not mean that the tent is not freestanding. The tent is indeed a freestanding tent. Being it does not have to be staked out to remain standing upright. If it were not freestanding, you would have to stake out the tent completely before inserting the poles to keep it upright. Like with a tarp style tent.