OutDoor Fair, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY - Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2009 release of new full-featured, lightweight backcountry shelters under the MSR brand. With the latest ultralight materials and designs, the new Fast & Light shelters offer the most impressive space-to-weight ratios available. The line expansion also includes emergency and minimalist shelters for light, compact, easy-to-carry back-up protection for day hikes and trips away from base camp.
The new MSR Carbon Reflex
2TM tent challenges the convention that ultralight shelters require
compromise. Boasting full-featured, three-season livability for two at
just under three pounds, the Carbon Reflex 2 tent is the lightest
two-person double-wall tent ever released under the MSR brand. The
roomy, hyper-light tent combines carbon fiber poles, efficient design
and an easy two-pole set up to match the impressive interior volume of
the renowned MSR Hubba HubbaTM tent at a fraction of the weight. Two
vestibules and a large Stay-DryTM entrance provide ample gear storage,
while the ultralight fly offers solid protection and mesh tent body
provides excellent ventilation. The Carbon Reflex tent is also
available in a solo version, offering full-featured, double-wall
livability for one at only 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Both tents can be set up
with just fly and footprint for the ultimate compact, lightweight
"The ideal tent is lightweight with lots of interior
room, something we call ‘livable volume'," said Chris Parkhurst, MSR
Brand Manager. "At the end of a long day in the backcountry, you want a
tent that sets up quick and provides a roomy space that can shelter you
from the elements. We continue to push the bar higher to achieve just
that, while maintaining the lightest weight possible."
to the line for 2009 are ultralight and ultra-roomy MSR Skinny OneTM and
MSR Skinny TooTM tents and the MSR ZingTM tarp. The affordable Skinny One
and Skinny Too tents are perfect for extended trips and feature a
single-wall design that provides dependable weatherproof protection, a
spacious interior with large front vestibule and an end-to-end overhead
mesh vent and mesh window at the foot to provide outstanding
flow-through ventilation. The impressively lightweight Zing tarp offers
200 square feet of spacious coverage at only 5 pounds, 10
ounces-providing shelter for 6-12 people. The inverted wing design of
the Zing tarp pitches taut in high winds, increasing stability and
Rounding out the new MSR Fast & Light
offerings for 2009 is the addition of the new MSR Mutha Hubba HPTM tent,
the 3-person premier version of the popular MSR Mutha Hubba tent. The
Mutha Hubba HP tent offers added protection and more features than the
Mutha Hubba tent at even less weight. The new MSR E-HouseTM shelter and
MSR E-BivyTM shelter are lightweight emergency shelters that provide
affordable, back-up protection in an ultra-compact package. The E-House
shelter offers full-coverage, single-wall protection with a skirted
base and a zippered entrance that pitches with trekking poles,
providing complete protection for two, or emergency shelter for up to
four people. The ultra-light, 7-ounce E-Bivy shelter is a simple,
extremely functional emergency bivy that is more durable and reliable
than space blankets at slowing heat loss and staying dry.
The new MSR Fast & Light shelters are:
Carbon Reflex 1 - The lightest MSR double-wall tent, with carbon fiber
poles and an efficient two-pole non-freestanding design that provides
ample room for living with exceptional features and a quick, easy setup
for only 2 pounds, 4 ounces.
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 - The
lightest MSR two-person double-wall tent, with full-featured room for
two at the weight of many one-person tents. The sub 3-pound
non-freestanding tent features ultralight carbon fiber poles in an
efficient two-pole design that offers maximum interior space, a
spacious front vestibule, zippered rear window access to a rear
vestibule, and quick, easy setup.
MSR Mutha Hubba HP - The
lightest MSR 3-person backpacking tent, the streamlined HP version of
the original Mutha Hubba provides added protection and warmth with even
MSR Skinny One - An affordable, ultralight and
ultra-roomy single-wall shelter with superior ventilation that's
perfect for extended solo trips. Hooped ends with Fast Clip set-up
allow fast, easy set up and create a spacious front vestibule for gear
MSR Skinny Too - The affordable, lightweight
single-wall shelter offers copious amounts of space for two and a front
vestibule for gear storage. The overhead mesh vent travels the length
of the tent and the mesh window at the foot provides optimal
flow-through ventilation-even in bad weather.
MSR Zing -
Engineered with the latest, ultralight silicone-treated nylon, the
roomy tarp shelter is light and small enough to be carried anywhere.
Provides 200 square feet of coverage for 6-12 people.
E-House - The full-coverage, single-wall shelter features fully-taped
seams, a skirted base and zippered entrance to keep out the elements
and provide complete coverage for two or emergency shelter for up to
four people. Includes zippered vent and pitches with trekking poles,
making it functional enough for planned or emergency use.
E-Bivy - The ultralight, compact bivy offers easy-to-carry, backup
protection in a 7-ounce package. Made with coated and taped Sil Nylon,
the bivy is more durable and more reliable than space blankets at
slowing heat loss and keeping dry. The shelter comes factory-packed in
a soda-can-sized stuff sack that, once used, converts to a larger sack
for easy repacking.
The new Fast & Light shelters will be available in January 2009.
About the MSR® (Mountain Safety Research) Brand
a brand of Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc., has been engineering
standard-setting, high-performance outdoor equipment for over 35 years.
A commitment to quality manufacturing and innovation ensures customers
are outfitted with the finest, most reliable gear available for outdoor
adventures. MSR brand product lines include stoves, fuel, cookware,
water treatment, hydration, shelter, snowshoes and camp towels - the
majority of which are made in the Seattle, U.S.A. and Midleton, Ireland
manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit www.msrgear.com.
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New MSR® Fast & Light® Shelters IntroducedFriday, 18 July 2008
Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2009 release of new full-featured, lightweight backcountry shelters under the MSR brand. With the latest ultralight materials and designs, the new Fast & Light shelters offer the most impressive space-to-weight ratios available. The line expansion also includes emergency and minimalist shelters for light, compact, easy-to-carry back-up protection for day hikes and trips away from base camp.
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