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The Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Now even more reliable thanks to new tougher decking, MSR's ultralight snowshoes are built on a solid foundation of its advanced 360° Traction™ frames and deliver a level of security that tubular frames simply can’t—especially on traverses. Dual-component PosiLock™ AT bindings offer MSR's most secure attachment, while aggressive steel cross members and easily engaged Ergo™ Televators back you up with every step. And like all of its snowshoes, Lightning Ascents offer the all-condition adaptability of MSR's Modular Flotation tails.

MSR Snowshoes: The HyperLink™ Binding

Designed to deliver exceptional comfort and ease of use, the HyperLink binding is built for long days hiking through the backcountry’s variable terrain and conditions. It features an easy-entry cradle and minimal straps that eliminate pressure points. A set-it-and-forget heel strap makes getting in and out a breeze. Featured on MSR Lightning™ Explore and Revo™ Explore snowshoe models. Learn about the HyperLink binding with MSR Vice President Chris Parkhurst.

The MSR Reactor Stove

Randy the MSR Stove Czar explains the technology behind the Reactor stove system. What makes the Reactor practically windproof? Why is it so fuel efficient? What allows the Reactor to perform so much better at altitude and in cold weather? Randy explains it all right here. You'll see.

The Elixir 2 Tent

Ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities, the new MSR Elixir 2 backpacking tent offers more livability features than other leading tents while being as lightweight or lighter at 2.10 kg (4 lb 10 oz). Unlike many tents in its class, the freestanding Elixir 2 tent has two large doors, two large vestibules for storing gear and true-to-size capacity for two. The 3-season tent balances breathable mesh with solid fabric, and an included footprint allows for multiple setup options.
About MSR

Larry Penberthy didn’t set out to create a highly successful outdoor equipment company, one that would revolutionize the way we experience the outdoors. An engineer, professional inventor, and lifelong mountaineer, he just wanted to make the backcountry safer. To that end he created in 1969 a newsletter committed to improving mountaineering safety by reporting on testing he did on mountaineering equipment. He called it Mountain Safety Research, or MSR.

Penberthy's goal was to make the best information and gear available to climbers, and if no one was making an item that was up to his standards, he'd come up with it himself. Many of the products were developed by Penberthy himself, usually as a response to real-world challenges he experienced as a climber. For example, his first product, the Thunderbird Ice Axe, was the first ice axe with an aluminum shaft, because Larry needed an ice axe that didn’t break the way wooden-shafted models did. Dehydration was a big problem for high-altitude mountaineers, so he created the Model 9 Stove, the world’s first remote-burner stove. It was designed to deal with dehydration by efficiently melting snow at high altitude.

As time went on, the MSR newsletter relied more and more on the sale of new, innovative mountaineering equipment, and it eventually evolved into the company we know today. Some notable early products were the MSR Climbing Helmet (which was adapted by MSR in 1974 to make one of the very first cycling helmets), the first jackets and parkas to incorporate “pit zips,” the first headlamps to run on lithium batteries, and the Coyote Snow Picket, a radically more effective snow anchor. The Denali snowshoe, introduced in 1995, was the first to feature injection-molded plastic decks, steel traction blades, and modular tails. 2004’s Hubba tents utilized an innovative design offering the ideal combination of light weight and liveability, making them the best-selling ultralight tents in the world.

Today, MSR offers a range of products for the serious backpacker and mountaineer, from tents and bivies to lightweight, portable stoves, camp cookwear, and water filtration and storage devices. MSR snowshoes are available for every kind of terrain and snow conditions, while its snow anchors enhance mountaineers’ safety. And while the company has changed hands, it is still carrying on Larry Penberthy’s crusade. It’s staffed by engineers, tinkers and passionate outdoor users who are driven by his dedication to designing high-quality products that offer greater performance, reliability and, therefore, safety in the backcountry.

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