MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes Review

The Revo Ascent has one horizontal crampon located near the front of the snowshoe

The MSR Revo Ascent (MSRP $239) is a mountaineering-style snowshoe that has lightweight plastic decking, a saw-toothed crampon-style frame, televators, and MSR’s ski-strap style lay-flat binding. It shares many of the same features as the pricier MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (MSRP $299), but has one less rear crampon, making it somewhat …

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MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove Review

MSR Pocket Rocket 2

MSR has a new and improved model of the original and iconic Pocket Rocket Canister Stove ($39.95) this year, called the Pocket Rocket 2 ($44.95), even though it doesn’t look much like its namesake. The biggest visible difference between the two stoves are the pot supports, which fold down and away more compactly along …

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MSR Reactor Stove System Review

MSR Reactor Stove Head

I just got from a 2 week backpacking trip where I field tested an MSR Reactor Stove System. While the MSR Reactor is not the lightest weight backpacking stove available or the most flexible (because it can’t truly simmer), it is: Completely windproof Lights without a big gas flame up …

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MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR Freelite 2 Tent hangs from an external exoskeleton frame with a crossbar that helps keep the side walls nearly vertical.

The MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent is a lightweight, two-person, double walled tent that weighs 2 pounds 11 ounces (minus stuff sacks and tent stakes on the SectionHiker scale) While that is 4 ounces more than the MSR’s published specs for this tent, the FreeLite 2 is still a viable …

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MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes

MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe with Televator Raised

I started using a different pair of snowshoes this year, switching from a pair of MSR Lightning Ascents to a pair of Evo Ascent Snowshoes, also from MSR. While the Lightning Ascents are great snowshoes for New England winter hiking and snowshoeing (click for my review), I needed a shorter, …

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MSR WindBurner Stove System Review

MSR WindBoiler Stove System

The MSR WindBurner is a canister stove system built around the wind-proof and super fuel-efficient radiant burner that the company originally developed for The Reactor Stove. Unlike conventional backpacking stoves, radiant burners don’t have flame jets, which makes them impervious to windy weather so that they burn hotter and longer on the …

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MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe Review

MSR Revo Explore Snowshoes The new hyperlink binding only has two straps which close with a snowboard-style ratchet binding-1

The MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe is a recreational snowshoe that features the new Hyperlink ratchet binding system (also available on the MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoe) which is much easier and faster to put on than the four plastic strap binding used on MSR’s backcountry snowshoes, like the MSR Lightning Ascent. Like many of MSR’s other …

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MSR Reactor Pot – 2.5 Liter

MSR Reactor 2.5 liter pot

I became enamored with cook pots that include heat exchange fins this year after watching a friend melting snow with one last winter with far less fuel than me. This led to my changing my cook pot for this winter from an 1.3 liter ultralight titanium pot to a comparatively giant …

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