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Turns out light and spacious aren't mutually exclusive.
If you thought packing light meant encasing yourself in a claustrophobia-inducing bivy sack at the end of the day, then you thought wrong. Lightweight and spacious by design, The North Face Mica FL 2 Two-Person Three-Season Tent will keep your pack weight at a minimum, while providing plenty of living space for you and your two- or four-legged trail partner to kick back and relax after a long day on the trail.
The hubbed pole design maximizes head space and opens up both ends of the tent for more sleeping space. Dual doors and vestibules offer plenty of dry storage space for gear and make getting in and out of the tent throughout the night super easy. The North Face even threw in an included footprint, which helps extend the life of the tent, but can also be used to trim weight for fast and light trips by using just the footprint and fly for the past-pitch set up. When biting bugs are expected, the no-see-um mesh canopy is a must, and it features an included gear loft in the main canopy, so you can keep your headlamps and trail maps easily accessible.
- 20D ripstop nylon fly (1200mm)
- No-see-um mesh canopy
- 20D nylon ripstop floor with PU coating (1200mm)
- Hubbed DAC Featherlight NSL poles
- Two doors and vestibules
- Two-person sleeping capacity
- 2lb 11oz trail weight
- Fast-pitch option (fly and footprint only)
- Footprint and gearloft included
- High-low ventilation
- Item #TNF02BH
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This tent is Awesome! One of the lightest 2 person tents around and has awesome interior space. The vertical walls leave loads of elbow room and combined with a 90 inch long floor makes it big and tall certified! I am 6'4 and sleep with my arms above my head and I have no issues feeling like my feet are going to push out of the tent. With any ultralight backpacking tent you will be cozy using it to its 2 person capacity, and you will only be able to use 20 inch sleeping pads due to the tapered design. Minus one star for sleeping pad versatility.
Poles too big for a 50lts bag pack
I have a Eureka 1 person 3 seasons tent and I deciden to go for something for 2 persons, I red a lot of reviews and the North Face Mica 2 seems to be the perfect one, once I have it I was complete frustrated because the size of the poles, those comes in a one piece disarm set and are 55 cm long in the pack position.
This tent will blow your mind
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had the opportunity to take a couple of these to the Palisades in California. At 11,500', on a ledge, and in 50+ gusts, these tents stood strong like you wouldn't believe. Guy'd out at all the points, it was a stable structure that surprised all 4 of us. We were a little skeptical since they are 3 season lightweight backpacking tents, but when the winds started and they were still unscathed in the morning, we all agreed that if we were in the market for a tent, this would be our first choice. We opted to try lighter since it is quite the hike in from the trailhead and we had a couple full racks of climbing gear and ropes. The mesh helps circulate air through and the fly helps create a bomber structure. The one pole system was quick and easy to set up and overall the tent has a fairly small footprint but is still comfortable for two people. The vestibules create protected space for your gear and weren't overly cramped as some can be. The footprint is a little confusing since it is a little large, but with some creativity it's easy to use. The added bonus is that it comes with the footprint, as most tents still don't. Don't hesitate to buy this tent. At a sub 3 pound weight for two people and the added value of a footprint included, this is not a bad purchase at all.
Pretty awesome tent for 2 people
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used this tent for a few camping trips and one backpacking trip with my girlfriend. It is very light!!! We love the 360 mesh. We haven't had the chance to use the fly because we have only used in the California summer.
My issue with it is that the one large pocket is not in the most convenient location. I think 2 additional pockets near the doors (in those little triangles that the zipper curves away from) would have been ideal. But honestly, you can live without those pockets.
As somebody else also mentioned, the tarp is a little on the large side. I guess that is so that it doesn't rip because it is too taut. The proposed workaround was to pit the poles through the tarp, then tent. It worked fine with that.
As for space, we were able to fit 2 pads side by side. See the picture.
I got it for 240 on sale. Considering that it came with a tarp for that price, I think it was a good deal.
Gear loft or pocket, you decide.
This tent is really easy to set up, comfortable and truly freestanding. At most to do a full set up with rain fly and everything, you'd have guy out two points (vestibule doors). The vestibules are so spacious, I probably could have saved myself some weight and gone with the one person version. The included footprint is kind of ill fitting, but not enough to be a hassle (I found if you put the foot print loops on the poles first, and then the tent loops, the tent loops hold everything together nicely). There's a lot headroom which I like. I'm 6', and 215lbs, I never felt crowded in this tent. Over all I like the tent, but I'm not in love with it yet.
The included gear loft is kind of wank on The North Face's part. It's a large mesh pocket at the head of the tent. Not a gear loft you clip on with hooks like other tents.
Packs Small and Feels Light
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a really light, easy to use tent that is perfect for minimalist camping. I did 4 stars, because it's still new, to me. However, I've been very happy with it and feel confident that it will be an all-star tent.
I love how small this packs down, even with the footprint and rain fly. I was able to strap it all down on the bottom, outside of my pack, which gave me tons of extra room, inside. The width is just enough for two pads, but there's plenty of room for your gear to be stored either at your head, feet, or in the vestibules.
There is an upgrade on this 2016 version, from last years. It is free standing. This is a huge plus for me, because I never know where I will be pitching the tent. In this photo, I had to stake two corners of the tent down. The dirt was rock hard and basically impossible to drive a stake in. Plus, sometimes a flat rock, is the best spot for a tent. So, this freestanding feature is a huge bonus!
Sitting up is a dream. There is plenty of head room. Also, the views this provides, without the rain fly, are gorgeous. 360 degrees, can't complain!
This is easy, easy, easy to set up. I figured it out, without reading any instructions.