Larry Penberthy, founder of Mountain Safety Research (MSR), began the journey which has carried MSR through today as an outdoor equipment industry leader.
Despite the massive success, MSR remains a small company focused on its original goal- designing the highest reliable, long-lasting gear possible.
Simply making gear that was OK or that generally works isn’t in the design intent of MSR products. They are intended to work well over a long timeline of operation (possibly spanning decades) with proper care. MSR gear is made to be repaired if need be. This is a rare luxury in today’s ocean of disposable, consumerist and excessive market.
The responsibility held by MSR is far from taken lightly by those on every level. As a groundbreaking company, MSR is heavily involved in some of the most forward-thinking organizations of the outdoor industry. One such organization, which they also co-founded as original members of, is the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group.
As an industry giant, they release a public report known as the Manufacturing and Social Responsibility Report. This information details how MSR has chosen to be sustainable and their related goals as they grow and develop.
From snowshoes to stoves, tents to water filters- MSR has you covered with an outstanding product. They even offer a line of snow safety tools for avalanches or other snow-related disasters.
MSR has been a company that makes products we have enjoyed for years. Check out some of our experience with their latest goods and detailed photos of what we saw while field testing their latest and greatest Lighting Ascent Snowshoes and Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person tent.
Lightning Ascent Snowshoes
– Available in black and cobalt blue color options
– Sizes include 22”, 25” and 30”
– 360-degree Traction frames for edge-to-edge grip
– Durable steel DTX crampons
– Two-piece, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings
– Add-on Modular Floatation tails
– Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and improve traction
– Ultra-lightweight design with all-condition adaptability
– 4.5 M – 15 M footwear size
– 120 – 280 lbs. load (varies per size)
– 4 lbs. to 4 lbs. 12 oz. (varies per size)
– 8-inch width
– Made in the USA (Seattle since 1995) of US and imported parts
– Powdercoated 7000 series aluminum construction
– Polyurethane bindings (cold-resistant and flexible plastic)
Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Backpacking Tent
– New for 2019 with optimized floorplan
– Incredibly durable Easton Syclone poles (aerospace composite)
– MSR’s Xtreme Shield waterproof coating (resists stickiness)
– Easy-to-assemble construction with unified hub-and-pole system
– Ultra-compact compression stuff sack
– Accommodates for three adults for 3-season conditions
– Ultralight 4 lb. 5 oz. Weight. (3 lb. 10 oz. Fast & Light body setup)
– Two generously sized vestibules for gear storage
– Two large D-shaped StayDry doors with built-in rain gutters
– Cross-ventilating rainfly
– Side entry zipper orientation
– Light grey rainfly color (neutral light)
– Adjustable integrated stake-out loops
– Super light reflective guy-outs
– 39 sq. Ft. floor area
– 14 aq. Ft. vestibule area (16 Cu. Ft volume)
– 81 cu. Ft. tent volume
– 44” interior peak height
– 21” x 7” packed size
– 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Xtreme Shield rain fly construction
– 15D nylon micromesh mesh material
– 20D ripstop nylon & DWR canopy fabric
– 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Xtreme Shield floor fabric
MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes Review
If you are planning to embark on a journey that involves some serious trekking and climbing, then the Lightning Ascent Snowshoes are the perfect choice for you.
This pair of ultralight, yet incredibly efficient all terrain snowshoes provides remarkable grip, traction, and security, as well as maneuverability. Your first trip in these will definitely make you thankful you chose them. You can rest assured that they won’t let you down.
The Lightning Ascent Snowshoes provide famously fantastic all terrain and all condition adaptability with a number of unbeatable features. This pair includes Advanced 360 Degree Traction frames that provide edge-to-edge grip for maximum security and confidence. Dual component, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings provide a reliably secure attachment, and are freeze resistant as well, so you’ll never need to worry about your feet coming loose, even in the coldest of temperatures! These shoes offer an impressively solid foundation with extraordinary usability, the perfect combination for maneuvering through snow.
When trekking through rough terrain, you can count on these to offer you a level of security like no others. Steel cross members and Ergo Televators reinforce every step you take. Quickly and easily engage the ergonomically designed Ergo Televators to increase uphill efficiency by enhancing your traction on steep inclines and reducing exertion and fatigue. This model even includes an update to the shoes, new resilient steel DTX crampons for additional and incredible bite.
Add on Modular Flotation tails increase ease and maneuverability, making the Lightning Ascent Snowshoes the ideal pair all around. Covering every base, these amazing snowshoes feature rugged decking, providing long lasting wear and durability as well.
No matter what type of challenging excursion or climb you face, with the Lightning Ascent Snowshoes, you’ll know they have your back. From steep mountainsides to arduous paths and technical terrain, these have everything you need to conquer any challenge, efficiently, confidently, and safely.
MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Backpacking Tent Review
The freestanding Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Backpacking Tent is the perfect tent for three people embarking on virtually any camping adventure. It offers superior protection, comfort, and longevity, and is ready for any three season weather.
Famous for its impressive amount of space, it features an enormous interior area with 39 square feet of floor room and 81 cubic feet of tent volume. Its interior height peak reaches 44 inches, offering plenty of head and shoulder room. Not only will you enjoy a great deal of space inside, but entering and exiting the tent is extremely easy as well. The tent features two very large, easy entry D-shaped StayDry doors, with handy built in rain gutters. Another easy design feature is its easy hub and pole design for exceptionally quick and easy set up and take down.
The Mutha Hubba NX provides a surprisingly extraordinary level of protection against the elements. The canopy fabric is comprised of 20 denier ripstop nylon and DWR, and the impressively durable floor is made of 30 denier ripstop nylon with 3,000 mm Xtreme Shield. The Xtreme Shield System involves precision stitched reinforced seams and extra long lasting waterproof coating material that lasts three times longer than the average waterproof coatings. The rainfly is comprised of 20 denier ripstop nylon and features 1,200 mm Xtreme Shield, for an added layer of protection.
All inclusive, it comes with an adjustable rainfly for full coverage or star-gazing, sturdy reflective guyouts, adjustable integrated stake-out loops, stakes, guyout cords, and ultra durable, practically indestructible Easton Syclone poles. These innovative poles are comprised of cutting edge aerospace composite materials designed to withstand even the harshest of windy and rainy conditions without bending or breaking. Inside this tent, you’ll be surrounded by a cocoon of confidence, no matter the weather outside.
The Mutha Hubba has an incredible weight for a three person tent, at just four pounds, 13 ounces. Packed neatly into its included storage and carry bag, it measures only 21 inches by seven inches. The ultra compact compression stuff sack features an easy carry handle for easy and lightweight carrying as well.