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Revo Explore

rated 4 of 5 stars This snowshoe seems to be a budget-minded option compared to MSR's more technical offerings, which are more complicated to use and also pricier. It's a modern snowshoe designed for trail use due to the size offered (22 and 25 inches, which is small), although flotation tails are offered (more on that later). I bought these because they were on clearance and I needed a trail snowshoe that could handle packed conditions (i.e. narrow trenches left by previous hikers), ice and crust. I have multiple… Full review


rated 1 of 5 stars Beware of 'Unplanned Obsolescence'. Consider alternatives to PU-coated mountain tents. Flysheet horror show. We loved our Stormking tent when we used it for a week on the Isle of Arran. When we took it out of storage this week, for a winter camp in the Cuillin, we were shocked to find that the flysheet had deteriorated: the seam-tape was crumbling off and the PU coating was sticking to our hands. We contacted MSR, who told us to go away and chemically remove the PU and reseal the seams ourselves! Full review

PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This small stove kit, designed for minimalist solo backpacking includes the new MSR PocketRocket 2 stove, a pot grabber, a plastic cup/bowl, a cup lid, and an aluminum pot (.75L capacity). A small 4 oz. fuel canister (not included) will fit within component system. The entire system (not including fuel) weighs only 10 oz. Its small size, versatility, and efficient stove action make this an ideal stove kit for camping or backpacking. This stove kit arrived in a solid cardboard box, protecting the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars A burn-anything blow torch of a stove! The stove is easy to set up and I like the fact that it burns just about anything, even automotive gas. It's easy to clean and maintain—lighting it requires a match, but I've had great luck with UCO Stormproof matches. No problems getting this stove roaring in 25+ mph winds and frigid cold. There isn't much in the way of flame control—pretty much all or nothing—but if you just need to boil snow, it's a great stove. It does run on the heavy side if you're… Full review


rated 2.5 of 5 stars This has been a really good tent for me so far. Mainly using it in Australia with just the inner pitched more as a mozzie dome than anything else. The build quality is good with good quality pegs and poles. I have never used this tent in heavy rain and wind so can't vouch for its suitability for NZ. I have had mine for around four years but took it out of its bag today to check on it and unfortunately the outer has gone all tacky and the seam sealing is peeling off. Pretty disappointing considering… 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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