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In 1969, Seattle engineer and lifelong mountaineer Larry Penberthy formed Mountain Safety Research as a one-man crusade dedicated to improving the safety of climbing equipment. The fuel behind Larry's passionate fire was a simple belief that still drives our team today:  The idea that better, safer, more reliable equipment is the key to unlocking greater adventures.

From that notion evolved a pioneering outdoor company whose innovations have revolutionized the way people experience the outdoors worldwide. Today, we are a close-knit team still obsessed with designing the most reliable, high-performance gear possible, using our knowledge of engineering and science to find better solutions to the challenges of the mountains.

At MSR, we are engineers, tinkerers and passionate outdoor users–each with strong perspectives on how a product should work based on our own experiences in the wild places we love. Collectively, we believe that innovative solutions are bred by challenging convention, and that functionality, simplicity and reliability are the governing elements of enduring design.

Today, many MSR products are still hand-built on manufacturing lines just a floor below where we concept them.

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REVIEW: MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

Toby Archer looks at this versatile water filtering system. Does he overcome his initial scepticism of the price?

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REVIEW: MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon Poles

MSR DynaLock Ascent Carbon Poles

Tough, compact and light, this new model from MSR is an excellent pole for the money, says Alan James - and you don't have to be skiing the backcountry to appreciate it!

MSR Elixir 1 Tent

"It might not be light but I think the Elixir 1 is bloody great" says Toby Archer, "a clever, tough and spacious solo tent that doesn't cost silly money"

2-Person 3-Season Tents

The balance of space, weather performance and packability makes this a versatile size of tent. We've been using seven different models; each has its pros and cons.

MSR WindBurner Group Stove System

The WindBurner range has been extended for 2018 to include a new remote canister stove and various pots and pans to go with it....

Our Top 10 Products of 2017

Over a year our reviewers get through a mountain of gear. Here, members of our review team pick their personal highlights from the...

MSR Pocket Rocket 2

Light, compact, and as lively as a jet engine, the Pocket Rocket 2 brings MSR's classic backpacking stove bang up to date, reckons Dan Bailey

MSR TrailShot Microfilter

This ultralight water filter is about the size of a small bag of crisps, says Richard Prideaux, but it delivers a lot for such a compact...

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PRODUCT NEWS: MSR® Introduces New Backcountry Pole Line with DynaLock™ Technology

MSR® Introduces New Backcountry Pole Line with DynaLock™ Technology

MSR® (Mountain Safety Research), the high-performance outdoor equipment brand, has introduced three new backcountry pole designs for Winter 2018. The Ascent, Explore, and Trail series are designed for snowshoeing, winter travel, and backcountry ad...

MSR® Trail Base™ Water Filter Kit Offers Incomparable Hydration Versatility

Move from instant water on the trail to the high-volume filtration at base camp quickly and painlessly

New MSR® WindBurner Stove Systems & Cookware Options Bring Versatility to

The expanded WindBurner line brings the WindBurner's superior windproof performance to group and multipurpose cooking, with solutions for solo travelers, group campers and a variety of cooking...

Introducing MSR Access Winter Backcountry Tents

When it comes to winter backcountry camping, MSR's new Access Tents are carving fresh tracks. Lighter than a...

OutDoor 2017 - Final Roundup

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some video interviews with...

OutDoor 2017 - Our Top 10 Products

We are just back from the OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We'll be releasing full show reports soon, but to kick things...

MSR® TrailShot™ Microfilter Delivers Hydration on the Run

Need a quick hydration hit on the trail? The new award winning MSR® TrailShot™...


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WINNERSWin 1 of 3 MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Mini Stove Kits

Competition WINNERSWin 1 of 3 MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Mini Stove Kits

Since MSR® (Mountain Safety Research) introduced its first mountaineering stove in 1973, the creator of backcountry gear has offered quality and reliable products for cooking while outdoors. For 2018, MSR introduces the PocketRocket® 2 Mini Stove ...

Competition WINNERWin a MSR Elixir 1 Backpacking Tent

The MSR Elixir series of tents are arguably MSR's most livable tents, offering a spacious floor plan and an excellent balance of ventilation, warmth and privacy. For 2018, MSR have enhanced all Elixir models with larger vestibules, glow-in-the-dark...

Competition WINNERWin an MSR Access Series Tent

When it comes to winter backcountry camping, MSR's new Access Tents are carving fresh tracks. Lighter than a classic mountaineering tent, but warmer than backpacking tents, they're the first tents to strike a balance between high-quality winter protection and true...

Competition WINNERSWin a TrailShot Microfilter

The new award winning MSR® TrailShot™ Microfilter effortlessly delivers filtered water direct from the source into your mouth or...

Competition WINNERSWin 1 of 3 MSR Windburner Stoves

Combining award-winning Reactor technology with the features solo travellers need most, the WindBurner Stove System is ideal for...

Winner Win 1 of 3 MSR Windboiler Stove Systems

To celebrate the recent market launch of the Windboiler Personal Stove System, MSR (Mountain Safety Research®), are offering you...

Winner Win an MSR Reactor Stove

Not only is the Reactor Stove System the fastest and most fuel efficient stove ever made, it's the only one that delivers that level of...

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