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MSR Snowshoe Guide: How to Choose

MSR Snowshoe Selection Guide

MSR makes great snowshoes for winter hiking and backpacking that provide excellent traction and flotation over packed snow and ice in mountainous terrain and powder in higher elevations and drier climates. With an ironclad guarantee, MSR also has a great reputation for replacing snowshoes that fail, something that will save you …

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MSR Reactor Pot – 2.5 Liter Review

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 a 1.3 liter ultralight titanium pot to a comparatively …

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MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter Review

MSR Miniworks EX water Filter Review

The MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter is a pump-style backcountry water filter that removes bacteria and protozoa from hard to reach water sources. It’s also compatible with wide mouth water bottles and hydration bladders from Nalgene and MSR. If you need additional protection from viruses, try the MSR MiniWorks EX …

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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Ultralight Tent Review

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent Review

The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is an ultralight double-walled tent that weighs just 1 lb 7 oz.  It’s actually a second-generation version of the Carbon Reflex 1, but now 11 oz lighter weight than the earlier generation tent I first tested in 2011. The weight savings come primarily from using …

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MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System Review

MSR Windburner Personal Stove System Review

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

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MSR Advance Pro 2 Tent Review

MSR Advance Pro 2 Tent Review

The MSR Advance Pro 2 Tent is a two-person, wedge-style tent designed for professional mountaineers who are willing to sacrifice on tent comfort in exchange for light weight and a small footprint. Weighing 2 lbs 14 oz ounces, the single wall Advance Pro 2 includes a pair of Easton Syclone …

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MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes Review

MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe with Televator Raised

I started using a different pair of snowshoes a few years ago, 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 mountainous winter hiking and snowshoeing, I needed a more durable more maneuverable …

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MSR Carbon Reflex Fast and Light Tent Body Review

MSR Carbon reflex tent body review

MSR has a new class of double-wall inner tents called fast and light tent “bodies” which are inner tents without any mesh, designed to reduce gear weight and provide more wind and rain-splatter protection than pitching the fly in a fast and light footprint configuration. Unlike footprints, the tent bodies have …

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Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets Review

Aquatabs Product Review

Aquatabs are chemical water purification tablets that help neutralize viruses, bacteria, and Giardia cysts in backcountry water sources. Their active ingredient is a form of chlorine that will purify clear, non-turbid water in 30-40 minutes. While you can use them on their own in certain circumstances, they’re best used in …

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MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes Review

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The MSR Revo Ascent 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, but has one less rear crampon, making it somewhat less aggressive for steep …

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