The North Face Mica FL 2

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
The North Face Mica FL 2

The North Face Mica FL 2    Photo: Courtesy of The North Face

Livable, freestanding three-season tents don’t get much lighter than this. To hit the sub-three-pound mark, North Face cut what it could, opting for ultralight fly material (20 and 50 denier), svelte zippers, and a mesh tent body. But the designers maintained weather protection and livability with reinforced tension points, a full-length fly, interior pockets, two roomy vestibules, and near vertical sidewalls so you can sit up straight. We were especially fond of the triangular entryways. “The easiest doors to climb in and out of that I’ve ever used,” said one tester. Ventilation is excellent, and setup is a snap, thanks to the hubbed pole design. Just don’t try to extend the season too much: the Mica buckled under a heavy snow load during testing. 2.9 lbs


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