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Evo Ascent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Indestructible white plastic snowshoes that have good gripping and are easy to put on with mittens and are great for off-trail use. Easy to put on and take off without taking off your mittens. These are the best snowshoes for off trail use — map and compass stuff — work well in the forest. These MSR EVO ASCENT snowshoes have three binding straps and televators. The trail EVO models have two binding straps and no televators. Great for beginning but not good for large steep hills and mountains. Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars MSR's PocketRocket is a back-country blowtorch. It is great for heating water quickly for dehydrated meals or water purification. It is also fantastically loud, hence the name. I've used the MSR PocketRocket for backpacking and car camping for the better part of two years. It is a fantastic little stove, easy to set up and ignite (no priming or pumping), packs down very small, and heats water rapidly. The PocketRocket is not built for cooking elaborate back-country meals, since the flame control… Full review

Autoflow Gravity Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Great piece of kit... well worth the money. STOP PUMPING!!! I purchased this in the spring of 2016 for a 35-mile group hike (12 people) into the South San Juan Wilderness in Colorado. I was unsure if this would be able to keep up with that many people's needs, but after the second day I knew it was well worth the cost. The Autoflow easily filters water fast and in large amounts. I actually watched some other hikers from not in the group stop pumping their own water and ask to use it! It is so simple. Full review

Elixir 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Two-person tent tested out on the GR20 (Corsica). Resistant, light, and easy to stock! 2.6 kg with the removable ground sheet. Not that heavy if separated into two backpacks, but I would be happy to see it coming down to 2kg. The Hubba NX  is lighter but too fragile, this why I see the Elixir losing just a bit of an edge, but keeping waterproofness and resistance against wind-shocks, rain and snow. By the way, about wind-shocks. I added extra cord loops to each part where you can use tent pegs. Full review

WhisperLite Internationale

rated 5 of 5 stars Complete reliability and built to last a few lifetimes. A true bombproof stove built to last, and so reliable, you just simply are never expecting it to fail you. The ability to use multiple kinds of fuel makes it a true world traveler. Take into careful consideration this is not a stove thought to be used at high altitude camps, where priming the stove would be inconvenient in high winds or extreme temperatures. The stove is so powerful, you'll find you'll only need to turn the valve a few degrees… 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

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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