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MSR began in the spring of 1969 as the Mountain Safety Research newsletter written by founder Larry Penberthy, an engineer, inventor, and mountaineer. While independently testing safety gear for The Mountaineers nonprofit, Penberthy found that some climbing equipment failed at lower loads than their advertised specs.

Penberthy began independently evaluating climbing equipment and innovating ways to make it safer and easier to use, publishing his findings in his Mountain Safety Research newsletter and using the proceeds to support his fieldwork.

Soon after the company began designing and building its own climbing equipment, and in 1969 introduced MSR’s first-generation Snow Fluke anchors, a pair of Edmont cold-weather gloves, an Auto Belay Device that added shock absorption into a belay system, an ice screw that could hold 3,000 pounds, and a 10.5-millimeter double-braid climbing rope.

Today, MSR offers shelters, stoves and cookware, snow tools, water treatment, snowshoes and poles. It is owned by Cascade Designs, the parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLine, and PackTowl outdoor brands.

Top Reviewed MSR Products

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
WhisperLite Universal Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Titan Kettle Kettle
$60 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Guardian Purifier Water Purifier
$350 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$238 - $339
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Evo Trail Recreational Snowshoe
$112 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
WhisperLite Liquid Fuel Stove
$90 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (44)
DragonFly Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Dromedary Bags Hydration Reservoir
$40 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hubba Hubba NX 2P Three-Season Tent
$480
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$4 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
XGK-EX Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$160 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Reactor Stove System Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$220 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lightning Trail Hiking Snowshoe
$200 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Carbon Reflex 2 Three-Season Tent
$630
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Elixir 2 Three-Season Tent
$203 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
MugMate Coffee/Tea Filter Coffee Press/Filter
$17 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
DromLite Bags Hydration Reservoir
$27 - $36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Folding Spoon Utensil
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
PanHandler Pot Lifter Kitchen Accessory
$10 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hubba NX Solo Three-Season Tent
$285 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Quick Skillet Pot/Pan
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
WindBurner Duo Stove System Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$180 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Titan Cup Cup/Mug
$40 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PocketRocket 2 Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LowDown Remote Stove Adapter Stove Accessory
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Fluke Snow Anchor
$40 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Remote 2 Four-Season Tent
$750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Titan 2 Pot Set Pot/Pan
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine 2 Pot Set Pot/Pan
$42 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Picket Snow Anchor
$40 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DynaLock Explore Backcountry Poles Rigid Trekking Pole
$100 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Fry Pan Pot/Pan
$35 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (42)
WhisperLite International Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (30)
Hubba Hubba 1P Three-Season Tent
$410
user rating: 4 of 5 (25)
Lightning Ascent Backcountry Snowshoe
$320 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
WindBurner Personal Stove System Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$150 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Evo Ascent Hiking Snowshoe
$200 - $209
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Alpine StowAway Pots Pot/Pan
$16 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
WindPro II Compressed Fuel Canister Stove
$110 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Revo Ascent Hiking Snowshoe
$260 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Alpine Classic Cookset Pot/Pan
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Cord Guy Line
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Access 1 Four-Season Tent
$500 - $559
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Guardian Gravity Purifier Water Purifier
$250 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Kitchen Knife Utensil
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Habitude 6P Three-Season Tent
$462 - $659
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Universal Canister Stand Stove Accessory
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cyclone Tent Stakes Stake
$25 - $26

Contact

Mountain Safety Research
Cascade Designs Inc.
4000 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
USA

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

msrgear.com
consumer@cascadedesigns.com

blog: The Summit Register

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MSR In the News

Congratulations, Zalman, Our MSR Winter Gear Winner
Congratulations to Zalman from Portland, Ore., winner of an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR ($450 value). Read more
January 1, 2019

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