August 26, 2010 MSR Carbon Reflex Tent Gear

MSR Carbon Reflex Tent

At a published weight of two pounds, thirteen ounces, MSR’s ‘hyperlight’ Carbon Reflex 2-man tent sounds perhaps a little too good to be true. The Carbon Reflex employs a mostly traditional, tent-plus-fly double wall design at a weight typically reserved for single wall or solo shelters. If three pounds sounds too heavy, pitch the Carbon (more...)...

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April 8, 2010 MSR Reactor Gear

MSR Reactor

Probably the most critical comment I can make about MSR’s Reactor backpacking stove is that it sat unused and unopened inside my closet for nearly two years. Winner of a 2007 Backpacking Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, the patented Reactor is an integrated canister stove that employs both a heat exchanger and a pressure regulator to (more...)...

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September 15, 2008 MSR Hyperflow Gear

MSR Hyperflow

With its various parts and configurations, MSR’s Hyperflow Microfilter weighs between roughly 7.6 and 9.9 ounces total. Go with the higher number—leaving parts at home (such as the Nalgene bottle adapter or even the carrying sack) is not recommended. That makes the Hyperflow roughly two and a half ounces lighter than my current pump/filter darling (more...)...

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