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Guardian Purifier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It's a very high quality portable hand purifier, with a high level of filtration (small enough for viruses) and has fast flow rate, as it pumps very quickly. It also has a long lasting filter and is the only portable hand purifier that is truly freeze resistant. Best for backcountry camping in remote areas, especially if the water is very unsanitary. Would definitely recommend and is well worth the price. MSR has made some bold claims on what this product is capable of and as far as I can see the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Workhorse Before reviewing this we need to address the elephant in the room, something I refer to as gear Stockholm Syndrome. We tend to have overly fond feelings about equipment when it is used to bail us out of uncomfortable situations. For example, you are caught in a driving rain, you retreat to your tent and are warm and dry. Because the tent kept you from a cold and wet night your opinion of that particular tent is higher than it would be if you never got caught in the rain. I bring this up… Full review

WhisperLite Universal

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove with a lot of adaptability, especially if hiking or camping with a small group of people. I grew up on a Svea 123 using gasoline, not white gas, for fuel. This stove is (I still have it) a blowtorch and never let me down when I needed it. Forty years later, the seals are dried out, it doesn't pressurize the same, and I thought it time to move into the 21st century. The MSR Universal Multi-fuel is the best of both worlds. I really like being able to use gasoline for my stove, it's available… Full review

Hubba Hubba NX 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, great for backpacking. While it can accommodate two people snugly, I see it as my solo tent. This is sharp looking, easy to set up, and totally element proof. I went through a two-day extreme storm at Lows Lake in NY, without wind or rain getting me. Great buy! What else to say? It really is the perfect solo tent even though MSR makes smaller. This two-person shelter gives me that bit of fun space a big guy needs. Well worth every penny.   Full review

Lightning Explore

rated 4 of 5 stars I'm a 200lb man. These snowshoes give terrific, secure grip on steep forested pitches. I love them, save for the caveat mentioned in the cons. Whether along the fall line or perpendicular to it they float beautifully in deep snow above lurking forest floor debris. Nice to enter, adjust, and exit them. I've used them in deep open field and deep snowed in open forest. Really nice. As far as durability, terrific overall except the lateral adjustment on one of the snowshoes. It doesn't really throw… Full review

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MSR Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

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

Final Days: Review Your Gear Today to Win $450 MSR Prize
On Monday, December 31, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel. Write a review of your outdoor gear today and this $450 prize could be all yours. Read more
December 26, 2018

Enter to Win $450 Worth of MSR Winter Outdoor Gear
We're giving one of you an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Tell us about your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear in a review to be entered to win. Read more
December 18, 2018

Review Your Gear to Win $450 MSR Winter Gear Package
Write a review on Trailspace and you're automatically entered to win an Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. We'll draw one lucky winner on December 31. Read more
December 10, 2018

Win MSR Snowshoes, Stove, and Shovel in Gear Giveaway
We're giving away an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Review your outdoor gear and you're entered to win this winter prize package ($450 value). Read more
December 1, 2018

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


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