WhisperLite Stove Maintenance

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Getting ready to take your WhisperLite out backpacking? Don’t forget regular maintenance. It will help keep your stove clean and running efficiently. Here’s what you need to know in order to get the most out of your WhisperLite stove year after year.

For more information on your MSR stove, check out our Frequently Asked Questions on our website, here.

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Perfecting Your Snowshoe Binding Fit

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Photo by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo by Scott Rinckenberger

A great day of snowshoeing can hinge on a good set of comfortable, well-fitting bindings. Last month, we discussed how to pick the right snowshoe. Now we’ll look closer at MSR binding designs and how you can ensure the best fit possible for your choice of winter footwear.

First, it’s important to seek out snowshoes with bindings that suit your needs. Do you prioritize comfort or security in a binding? If your snowshoe trips tend to be all-day adventures through less aggressive terrain, you’ll probably prefer maximum comfort. Conversely, if you pursue mountaineering objectives, you’ll want bindings with ultimate foot security. The best bindings deliver on both, are easy to use and are durable. Read More →

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The Ins and Outs of Canister Fuels

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By Steve Grind, category director for MSR Cook & Shelter

What is in those fuel canisters, anyway? Is Brand X’s fuel really any different from Brand Y’s?

In this article, I’ll discuss what makes up MSR’s IsoPro™ fuel and why it’s some of the best canister fuel on the market. I’ll also share candidly where fuel canisters can sometimes be equivalent.

Let’s start with the fuel itself. Backpacking canister fuels, such as MSR’s IsoPro, typically use a blend of propane, isobutane and/or butane. Each of these fuels falls into the general class of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), but there are some important differences between them that can have a real impact on the quality of your stove experience—particularly if you camp in cold weather, or go for long trips and use your stove for more than a few minutes at a time. Read More →

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Making Better Snow Tools: the MSR Snow Saw Legacy

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Photo by: Eric Larsen

Photo by: Eric Larsen

For some, winter adventures in the backcountry mean snow camping, for others, backcountry skiing. Whether you see yourself building a snow shelter or checking snow conditions this season, you’ll need snow tools you can rely on to deliver unmatched performance in the field. Developing gear that’s safer and easier to use is something MSR has been doing for more than four decades, and it’s a focus that has led to innovations in snow tools, including our new snow saws. But first, a little history… Read More →

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Backcountry Pole FAQs: Your Questions Answered

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Photo by Peter Mathis

Photo by Peter Mathis

As many winter hikers, snowshoers, skiers and splitboarders will attest, backcountry poles help you maintain stability and safety as you cross snowfields, navigate icy switchbacks, and traverse frozen hillsides. Plus, they help you reduce joint impact and minimize fatigue, so you can save strength and better endure the elements. Adjustable winter poles are especially useful for navigating steep inclines and descents, letting you shorten or lengthen poles to match the terrain for improved efficiency. Adjustable poles also pack up and stow away easily while in technical terrain, or when splitboarders are ready to ride down.

Here are five frequently asked questions (FAQs) of our customer service department along with information to help you select and use MSR® backcountry poles that are right for you, for your environment, and for the activities you like to do. Read More →

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Choosing the Right Snowshoes for Every Adventure

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Photo by: Scott Rinckenberger

Photo by: Scott Rinckenberger

More than 4,000 years in the making, modern snowshoes have migrated from their roots in Central Asia to become a popular form of recreation worldwide for all types of adventurers. Annually, millions of cold weather enthusiasts explore city parks to national parks on plastic and metal-framed footwear designed for snow flotation. And selecting the perfect snowshoes for the intended terrain and snow conditions will only heighten the experience for everyone. Read More →

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Gear Archives: Making Traction—MSR Snowshoe Innovations

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Photo by Peter Mathis

Photo by Peter Mathis

Snowshoe technology reaches back thousands of years and across the globe, but in recent years it’s made history right here in the Pacific Northwest—and MSR has a lot to do with it. Take a look and see how our MSR Denali™ and Lightning™ snowshoe models helped usher in a new era of snowshoe design.

The design revolution

The modern snowshoe looks very different from the traditional hardwood and rawhide designs of old. The shift to new materials—aluminum and plastic—in the 1970s allowed for smaller, lighter and more durable frames. Other innovations soon followed: suspension binding systems increased the snowshoe’s efficiency, making it possible to traverse long distances in rough and mountainous terrain, while integrated cleats helped cut through ice and crusty snow. Just as revolutionary, however, were innovations introduced by MSR, including injection-molded plastic decks, modular flotation and 360-degree traction. Read More →

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MSR Snowshoes: Bred in the Mountains, Made in Seattle

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With the right snowshoes—MSR snowshoes—you can venture out into most anything winter has to offer, from snow-covered hills and forested trails, to glacier fields and steep, icy slopes. MSR designs have led the industry in innovation for twenty years, and one of the ways we continue that forward progress is by manufacturing our snowshoes right here in Seattle, Washington. Take a look and see how we create the unrivaled traction, modular flotation and ergonomic efficiency that go into MSR Snowshoes. 

Manufactured in Seattle

All MSR snowshoes have been made on site in Seattle since the 1995 launch of the Denali Classic snowshoe. Working from a concept by renowned inventor and big wall climber Bill Forrest, and developed using MSR technology and engineering, the Denali featured traction bars and crampons made of strong martensitic steel in a design that revolutionized the snowshoe industry.

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Bill Forrest from the MSR photo archives (left) and MSR Denali Classic Snowshoes, 1995 (right)

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MSR Backcountry Pole Technology: Rethinking Traditional Design

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Photo by: Peter Mathis

Photo by: Peter Mathis

For winter backcountry travelers, poles are simply essential pieces of gear. Whether your route contains snow-laden log bridges, endless switchbacks or a rocky alpine approach, poles help increase your safety and efficiency while traveling through demanding terrain. But not all poles are engineered equally. Here we take a look at the unique technology behind MSR’s backcountry poles, and explain how our engineers employed fresh ideas to solve many frustrations plaguing traditional pole designs. Read More →

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Radiant Burner Stoves: The Ultimate in All-Weather Performance and Efficiency

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Originally Published on 8/21/2013

MSR engineered the Reactor and WindBoiler stove systems to be the fastest, most fuel-efficient stove systems in the real-world conditions of the alpine. Achieving such a high performance standard required a stove that goes beyond the conventions of camp stove burner technology. Based on decades of research and more than five years of development, the MSR engineering team built the Reactor, and then the WindBoiler, around a unique radiant burner head. The Reactor was the first climbing and backpacking stove to truly harness the benefits of a radiant burner. Radiant burners allow canister fuel stoves to achieve high-performance, excellent efficiency and great weather resistance. Read More →

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