WINNER Win a MSR Reactor Stove and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mattress

© Therma_a_rest and msr
The winner was Jonathan Fuller. In September Jonathan is off to attempt Himlung Himal (7126m), which is near the Nepal-Tibet border in the central region of Nepal. It has been climbed before, but never by a British team.

Jonathan wins a a MSR Reactor Stove System, a Reactor 2.5L pot, a MSR Universal Canister Stand, and a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite mattress which he will be taking with him to Nepal, then reporting back to us on how the gear performed.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Therma_a_rest and msr In this competition the prizes are a MSR Reactor Stove System, a Reactor 2.5L pot, a MSR Universal Canister Stand, and a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite mattress (total value: £337.98).

The winner will get both the MSR stove and the Therm-a-Rest mattress but must provide UKC/UKH with an informed review of both products by 20th October. The winner will have to buy a MSR IsoPro fuel canister as we can't send one through the mail.

For the review you must use the gear in a mountain/alpine setting and take photographs (and/or video) of the gear in use. Each review must be a minimum of 750 words long and must feature:

  • A brief description of the equipment.
  • Its intended use.
  • The equipment's features and technology.

Then answer the following questions.

  • Does this equipment perform as it is supposed to? Is it fit for purpose?
  • How does this equipment compare to similar products that you have used?
  • Does this gear offer value for money?
  • Would you recommend the MSR Reactor Stove System and the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite mattress to others?

To enter, watch the videos and read the product descriptions below then answer the questions below.

You have until 1st August to get your entries in.

This competition has now closed.

- This competition is only open to registered users at and
- Competition closes on Wednesday 1st August at 09.00 GMT.
- The winner will be notified by email.
- Prizes will only be posted to a UK or Ireland address.
- The winner's name will be announced on UKC/UKH and

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite  © Cascade Designs

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite mattress

New for 2012: NeoAir™ technology changed what people expect from a backcountry mattress. Warm, comfortable and extremely lightweight, our next-generation NeoAir™ mattress delivers even greater performance than the original. The streamlined shape makes the XLite™ mattress ultra light and highly packable, while continuing to provide the comfort you need in the backcountry. Stuff sack and repair kit included.

Lightweight: Advanced fabrics and a tapered design make this the lightest mattress in the NeoAir™ collection – almost 15% lighter than the original.

Warm: Improved reflective barrier reflects body heat and creates dual air pockets that conserve warmth.

Comfortable: Patent-pending Triangular Core Matrix™ construction provides unrivaled stability and support.

Ultra-Packable: Low-bulk materials make the XLite mattress the most compact NeoAir mattress ever – as packable as a water bottle.

More information at:

UK stockists at:

SRP: £120.00

MSR Reactor Stove System

MSR Reactor Stove System

We've combined state of the art cookware with revolutionary stove design to make the Reactor stove the fastest, most fuel efficient stove system ever. The Reactor stove's radiant burner is enclosed by a unique heat exchanger for unmatched performance in windy conditions while an advanced pressure regulator provides optimal heat output over the life of a fuel canister. Stove and fuel stow inside of the high-efficiency 1.7-liter pot that's great for everything from solo trips to cooking for groups of up to three people. A collapsible handle locks the unique see-thru lid in place for safe and easy transport.

Unmatched Wind Protection: Radiant burner head is enclosed by heat exchanger for maximum protection in even the windiest conditions.

Unrivaled Boil Time: Out-performs the competition in lab tests—boiling a liter of water in just 3 minutes—with a far greater advantage in windy conditions.

Maximum Efficiency: Patent-pending radiant burner and heat exchanger make the Reactor the most efficient all-condition stove system, so you carry less fuel.

Integrated System: State-of-the-art stove and high-efficiency pot are combined into one compact, easy-to-use system.

More information at:

UK stockists at:

SRP: Reactor Stove : £140, Universal Canister Stand: £12.99, Reactor 2.5L Pot £64.99

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29 Jun, 2012
What's the score if you've never owned or used any comparable equipment. I'd happily review it by all of the other criteria mentioned but I wouldn't lie about it in comparison. Can I still enter? Regards EZ
29 Jun, 2012
Awesome, great kit!!!
2 Jul, 2012
I'd hope by the nature of the comp, more a technical competition than just a giveaway, that those who enter would feel that they are qualified to review this equipment. Hence that they would have some experience using this kind of kit, a lightweight mattress and a high powered stove, in a mountain setting. Hence the third question and the criteria for the review we are expecting off the winner. M
2 Jul, 2012
That's fair enough. I am just part way through purchasing similar items to make a full kit list, so maybe next time I'll be in a position to join the hopefuls. Good luck to those who enter.
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