2017 is shaping up to be a big year for MSR as they’re debuting a new line of alpine grade tents, a successor to the longstanding classic stove, the Pocket Rocket, and even new tent stakes, filters and cookware. Here is a preview of some of what you can expect.
The Pocket Rocket 2
Riding on the success of the hugely popular MSR Pocket Rocket, The Pocket Rocket 2 improves on the older design in every way possible. It’s lighter, packs down smaller, and accommodates a wider range of pot sizes thanks to a more robust support system. The new model will weigh just 2.6 oz and is 20% smaller than the previous model. It will retail in 2017 for $44.95
The MSR Access Series Tents
Created to provide warmth and protection from the winter elements without being heavy or bulky, the new 2017 Access Series tents make for a robust shelter at a minimum pack weight. They utilize Easton Syclone poles, high quality composite poles that are tougher and more flexible than aluminum, to reduce weight while improving strength. They’re articulated into a unique shape that enhances headroom while improving wind stability from every direction thanks to the full width side/brow pole. The body is constructed of full panel 20d nylon/10d polyester micromesh, while the rainfly is 20D ripstop nylon with a 1200mm DuraShield polyurethane/silicone treatment. They will come in 1, 2 and 3 man variants, weighing in at 3 lbs, 3 lb 10 oz, and 4 lb 5 oz respectively. Retail is $499, $599, and $699.
MSR Advance Pro 2
Made for the alpinist who needs the lightest possible shelter, the Advance Pro 2 also features Easton Syclone poles and is constructed around a breathable single wall design. It will weight just 2 lb 14 oz and retail for $549.95 and is made specifically for going fast and light.
MSR Remote Series
The Remote Series provides a more livable experience for those who plan to spend multiple days in the harshest winter conditions. Expedition quality construction and extra interior space make the Remote series extra livable, and extra survivable. They pack in Easton Syclone Poles, and use a more traditional (proven) pole design with an extra central pole for added stability. The large 39 cubic foot side vestibule packs in extra space for gear or cooking and is paired with the already livable 77 cubic feet of internal space (two person model). The tent comes in 2 and 3 man varieties, retails for $799.95 and $899.95, and weighs 6 lbs 8 oz and 7 lbs 10 oz respectively.
MSR H.U.B and Gear Shed
The High Altitude Utility Basecamp tent is made for spending long periods of time in tough conditions. Packing in a massive 74 inch peak height with ample room for 8 people plus their gear, the HUB weighs in at 49 lbs, provides two entrances, includes numerous panels and vents that can be opened and closed to regulate air flow, and docks with the Gear Shed ( 9 lbs 9 oz) for even more space. They’re both constructed with 7000 series aluminium poles, with 150D ripstop polyester flys with breathable taffeta polyester bodies. MSRP is $5,000 for the H.U.B and $1,250 for the Shed.
MSR Core Stakes, Dart Stakes, and Stake Hammer
The new Core Stakes promise an ultralight build of just .35 oz (6 inch) yet is designed for hard ground. The stakes use a solid aluminum head and is paired with a light weight aluminum tube body. The will retail for $29.95 for a kit of 4. The Dark Stakes are light weight ABS plastic stakes with aluminum tips designed for general use and weigh .28 oz for the 6 inch version and retail for $9.95 for a kit of 6. Finally, the Stake Hammer is exactly what it sounds like. Hardened steel head with a built in bottle opener, it’s sure to get the job done at $29.95 and 11 oz.
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