Latest Reviews

Guardian Purifier

rated 5 of 5 stars The MSR Guardian water purifier is an amazing piece of kit. It pumps water in both directions which makes it fast and efficient. I really loved the new approach to getting the hose into the water, so that the intake of water comes from the top of the water source and not from the bottom of the lake like previous water filters. I used this filter during a multi-day canoe and hiking trip in the Yukon. The double pumping ability of this pump put the MSR Miniworks to shame and it became the go-to filter… Full review

Alpine StowAway Pots

rated 4 of 5 stars It is compact, long-lasting, and folds and locks down just small enough to fit your MSR WhisperLite inside. I'm on my second one, and I've been using them for 20 years. They are small enough to cook safely with on top of the MSR WhisperLite, which has a 9" pan width maximum. Putting your stove inside this pot before you go packing will ensure that the stove survives unscathed, and you will always know where it is. This 1 qt pot wastes almost no space in your pack. There is a metal slider on the… Full review

MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Simple, light and effective. It might not deliver the richness of a press but at just one ounce it more than delivers the goods for coffee-loving backpackers. As a sunrise coffee freak I've tried a couple of different coffee methods, including a lightweight press and collapsible filter, but the MSR Mugmate is the one that finds its way into my pack. It fits perfectly in my Snow Peak mug and at only an ounce, it's the one that makes the most sense. I've found that a grind that is too fine takes a… Full review

Hubba NX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, quick and easy to set up. Small footprint and fairly low profile. Great for weekend to extended hiking. Withstood wind gusts to 60 Kph. and heavy rain with no leaks while pitched in an exposed location. I am a moderately experienced hiker/ camper but this is my first lightweight tent as well as a solo tent. I purchased the Hubba NX used from a person on the Mountain Equipment Co-Op Gear Swap site. I set the tent up once in the back yard to make sure I had the procedure down before taking… Full review

XGK II Shaker

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome rocket-like snow melting/water boiling capability, fantastic reliability combined with a multi-fuel option—what's not to like?                                           MSR XGK II Shaker Jet Stove (1994 model)                                                             I've been using the MSR XGK II since 1998 and it's still going strong. In 2013-14 I used it while deployed in Africa using petrol and diesel, and since getting back to… Full review

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MSR Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

A Brief History of Outdoor Insulation: Essential #3
To celebrate extra clothing (#3 of the 10 Essentials), we looked at the origins of some classic outdoor insulation: wool and polypro baselayers, down and synthetic jackets, and ever-popular fleece. Read more
June 19, 2016

MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack
A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
August 8, 2014

Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1
An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
January 23, 2014

Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear
Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR. Read more
January 22, 2014

Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear
For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink. Read more
December 5, 2012

Lah wins Sierra Designs tent and MSR stakes!
Congratulations, Lah! You've won a Sierra Designs tent and MSR carbon stakes for your review of your VauDe Snow Cloud sleeping bag. Read more
July 30, 2012


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