SEATTLE, WA, March 13, 2007 – The MSR (Mountain Safety Research) Reactor has been honored as a recipient of a 2007 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers
presented the MSR Reactor with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer
Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 27h.
Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor
the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the
year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced
hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set
number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the
The MSR Reactor was one of only 16 innovative products that have been honored with a 2007 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award.
was an early industry pioneer in camping stoves and has maintained a
level of excellence in outdoor gear performance for over 35 years. MSR
stoves have become household terms to high-altitude mountaineers and
Fast & Light backpackers alike, while the Reactor is making waves
as what many consider to the be “the fastest stove on the planet.”
year’s winners withstood the most rigorous testing process yet,” said
Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn. “Our test team started off with 49 new
products, narrowing them down to a final 20 after months of
trail-testing. The finalists were then taken on extreme outdoor
adventures from Oregon in a streak of epic weather to a wind-whipped
day at Mt. Hood. Those that survived have earned the distinction of
becoming the 2007 Editors’ Choice Award Winners.”
worked for several years to develop and refine this truly
groundbreaking product,” said Jon Almquist, MSR Brand Manager. “While
stove systems and heat exchangers are not new to camp stove design, the
Reactor uses these and other innovative technologies to deliver
unrivaled boil times and fuel efficiency in even the most challenging
conditions, when performance matters the most. This all-condition
performance translates to a greater degree of safety and comfort in the
backcountry, as well as less fuel carried and, most important of all,
the guarantee of a hot meal when you want it - fast.”
Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which
all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can
help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year
at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards
announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers
will be asking for these products in the spring.
inception 17 years ago, the Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards have come
to be regarded as the most sought-after award for outdoor equipment and
apparel found in the industry. The impeccable outdoor credentials and
rigorous field-testing standards of the Backpacker staff guarantee that
these awards are an undisputed mark of quality for the companies and
All winners must excel under extensive
field-testing conducted by Backpacker’s team of editors, who take
hundreds of new products every year into the backcountry to put them to
the test. This rigorous process ensures that the performance of the
winners is truly worthy of distinction and meets the guiding principle
behind the program: gear that is of real value to the readers of
Backpacker magazine, who are very active, long-term outdoor enthusiasts.
complete list of Backpacker 2007 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be
officially announced to the general public in the magazine’s April
issue, on newsstands March 13th.
MSR Reactor Named Backpacker 2007 Editors' Choice Award WinnerTuesday, 13 March 2007
The MSR (Mountain Safety Research) Reactor has been honored as a recipient of a 2007 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
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