Light doesn't have to mean cramped.
Normally, tents are either lightweight or spacious. The North Face Mica FL 2 Tent is the exception to the rule–it's both. The trick is its full mesh main body and lightweight nylon ripstop fly. The mesh main body lets you sleep under the stars without being eaten alive by insects and allows cooling breezes to flow through the tent all night. Amazingly, the just-over-three-pound Mica also boasts a full 38.5 inches of headroom–great for sitting up to read or play cards when the weather isn't cooperating.
- Full mesh body is lightweight and airy
- Ultralight nylon ripstop fly keeps the weight down and the rain off
- DAC Featherlite NSL poles are lightweight and rigid
- Two main poles for lightweight rigidity
- Crossing ridge pole maximizes interior space and provides a dry entrance
- Two doors make it easy to sneak out without disturbing your partner
- Two vestibules for plenty of wet storage space
- 2-person capacity allows you to split carrying
- Unique pole design provides tons of headroom without adding a ton of weight
- Trail weight of just over 3 pounds for ultralight hiking
- High-low ventilation provides increased airflow with fly in place
- Fast pitch option weighs just 2.5 pounds
- Hubbed poles and color-coded webbing for fast, easy setup
- Multiple stake types included for different types of soil
Share your thoughts
Any thoughts on how the lightweight materials...
Any thoughts on how the lightweight materials hold up to heavy sustained rain and wet muddy ground? I've had mixed luck with lightweight tents standing up to New England weather. Am I better off with a heavier but burlier option? If so what would you recommend?
I have a similarly lightweight tent from Mountain Hardware that I used fairly extensively around Maine and New Hampshire for a few years. Now I haven't personally used this tent at all so if it's poorly constructed then what i say doesn't matter, but in general I found the lightweight materials hold up fine. Weather isn't generally that extreme in New England, especially if you pick a good camping spot (usually easy with all the hills and trees around). Good luck!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This tent will be awesome for backpacking. Very excited to use it and I love the all mesh top so it will feel like we are sleeping under the stars.
what is "packed weight" and what is Trail...
what is "packed weight" and what is Trail Weight?
Packed weight refers to everything that comes with the tent--accessory bags, poles, stakes, fly, body, etc. Trail weight only refers to the absolute minimum needed to pitch the tent--typically, the body, fly, and poles are all that is included in the trail weight.
Anyone know how it does with condensation?...
Anyone know how it does with condensation?
The Mica FL is a full mesh body so it breathes extremely well and the double-wall style allows moisture to exit easily. This tent is designed to be a lightweight and breathable 3-season tent, so condensation won't be a major issue in most weather conditions. The lightweight PU coated nylon fly will condense in heavy rain, but your breathability won't be compromised and it won't drip or rub off on your sleeping bag due to the double wall design w/ No-see-um mesh.
Hey Adam, i have had some condensation on this tent when sleeping in the higher alpine areas, but honestly it probably could have been avoided if i had properly staked the fly. It was easy enough to give a quick shake and dried in the sun in the time it took us to eat some breakfast before heading on.
Best 2 man backpacking tent ever?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you are looking for a tent that has a bit more room than the typical 2 man backpacking tent but dont want all the extra weight this is the tent to get. with the 2 door 2 vestibule design it allows you and your partner to have their own space for gear and allows easy entrance and exit to the tent. It's a "freestanding" tent it has one pole making it very light weight as well as offering a fast pitch option allowing you to remove the body of the tent and set it up with just fly and footprint making it around a 2lb tent. which is ideal. The only downfall is that the two bottom corners of the tent will need to be staked out but i have yet to run into the problem of not being able to do this, rocks seem to work and i have also heard of people just using a trekking pole
Kings Peak Trip
So i have had this tent the whole summer and it has been hands down on of the best tents i've owned/used to date. I ended up purchasing the footprint to have the ability to use the fast pitch option. I have always wondered how this fast pitch option would work in storms and i got to experience that first hand with hail, rain and winds of 45-50 mph and was quite pleased with how it handled it all below is a small video of our trip, the double vestibule really adds the extra space to make things a bit more comfortable. Unfortunately we were not able to summit, but the experience was well worth it and it made for some good storm watching
It says the tent is freestanding, but it...
It says the tent is freestanding, but it appears at one end there is only a single pole in the middle (right side of picture above). Is this truly a freestanding tent?
So-so. It will stand on its own because of the three points of contact (tripods are stable), but you'll definitely have to fix the brow pole and stake the corners to make it what you would expect a "freestanding" tent to do in the way of taking its final form.
Is a matched groundsheet available?
Is a matched groundsheet available?
Yeah, if you didn't find it already, it's item #TNF8133. Type it into the search box above and it should come up.
How much lighter is the Big Agnes FlyCreek...
How much lighter is the Big Agnes FlyCreek UL vs. this for approximately the same internal space?
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 has 0.3sqft less space, but is the closest in size that you will get and it weighs an entire pound less. 2lb 2oz trail weight and 2lb 10oz packed.