Cascade Designs

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rated 5 of 5 stars This tragically discontinued "kid'tainer" is one of the most ingenious sleep systems ever invented for lightweight tent camping. Manufactured in 1993, this 1 lb. 9 oz. sleep system by the makers of Therm-a-Rest is a great option for parents who want to backpack with their little ones. The upper portion is basically a sleeping bag. The sheet-like lower portion forms a pocket for your 3/4 Therm-a-Rest mattress (not included). It is 34"x60" which fits a child up to 54" (about 10 yrs. old, 70 lbs.). Full review

Synergy 40

rated 3 of 5 stars The sleeping bag is small and light. It's a real advantage when you're on the trail. But when you get off the trail is not as good. In warm weather it works great, but once you get to cold weather you have to sleep with all your clothes on. Its comfortable, but kind of stuffy. It's main problem is it rips easily. Mine ripped twice, but I used the life-time warranty and got a new one. But still when you're on the trail you can't get a new one. 1-10 I would rate it a 5 Full review


rated 3 of 5 stars When my SO began backpacking last year, we elected not to purchase a sleeping bag for her. Instead we went with the Cascade Designs Therm-A-Nest system. Basically, the system consists of a big pouch that holds two Therm-A Rest mattresses side-by-side onto which zips an opened up Cascade Designs sleeping bag. The system is compatible with a number of Therm-A-Rest pads (we use a full-length and 3/4 length pad) and a number of different sleeping bags. We purchased a semi-rectangular bag that is rated… Full review

Quantum -20

rated 2 of 5 stars The bag work great at first, but then it died quickly. By the end of only one winter (about 8 trips), it was dead! I was chilly on a rare warm +20 F night in the White Mts of New Hampshire. (BTW, in case you're wondering - No, I didn't store it compressed.) Full review

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Cascade Designs is the parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLine, E-Case, PackTowl, Tracks, and Hummingbird outdoor brands.


Cascade Designs Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

MSR SureLock poles offer light weight in aluminum
When retailers saw MSR's new SureLock UL two-section poles, they immediately asked, "can't you do that in a three-section?" MSR did. It's the SureLock UL-3 for fall 2012. Read more
January 21, 2012

Day One: Alpine Gear, Water Purification, an Adult Carrier, and Artisanal Jerky
Highlights from Day One of Outdoor Retailer, including alpine climbing and ski touring gear from Mammut, new water purification from MSR, a PiggyBackPack carrier for kids and adults (!), and seriously artisanal Krave Jerky. Read more
January 20, 2012

Demo Day: Snow and Ice Packs, Tools, Traction, and More
The latest snow and ice gear we saw at All Mountain Demo day included snowsport and mountaineering packs, classic snow tools revisited, traction for winter runs, decadent energy bars, U.S.-made ski socks, and a backcountry pooch. Read more
January 18, 2012

Outdoor Retailer Gear Preview: On Snow
Here's our first OR product preview to whet your appetite. Since it's a winter show, we'll start with some backcountry snow gear. Stay tuned for full show coverage starting January 18. Read more
January 12, 2012

Therm-a-Rest Sleep System Review
Combine Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir All Season pad, Alpine Down Blanket, and Fitted Sheet and you get a full sleep system. Find out how comfortable and versatile the pieces were for our tester. Read more
September 12, 2011

Not-so-new-and-shiny backcountry stoves
While MSR was debuting three new stoves at Outdoor Retailer this month, the company, which has been building camping stoves for nearly 40 years, had a few other interesting models on exhibit. Read more
August 17, 2011


Cascade Designs, Inc.
4000 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

phone: (206) 505-9500
toll-free: (800) 531-9531
fax: (206) 682-4184