MSR | Mountain Safety Research

About MSR

Mountain Safety Research products are brought to you by the same clever people as Therm-a-rest, Platypus, PackTowl and a bunch of other quality outdoor essentials. It’s unsurprising then that they’re steeped in history and have been at the forefront of design and innovation for over 45 years

Today they’ve crafted a comprehensive range of some of the highest quality camping and mountaineering equipment in the world. It features tents, stoves, cookware, water filters, snow shoes, mountaineering and winter mountaineering kit – each one a considered piece of design that’s been tested to the limit.

Whether you’re a family looking for a compact four-person cook set, or a winter mountaineer looking for a reliable snow anchor to keep your team safe on a steep exposed face, MSR is a name that you can trust.

Their history

MSR started life in 1969 as an organisation that tested outdoor equipment to breaking point with the aim of creating better designs to keep mountaineers safe. They only really started selling products to fund their thirst for testing and innovation, but down the years they’ve given the world some of the most inventive outdoor equipment ever seen.

It all started with their ingenious snow fluke anchors which were an easy to use and lightweight but effective aluminium snow anchor that you can still buy today. They followed that up with an ice screw that would support up to 3,000lbs of load. Next, they identified that the climbing cord of the day wasn’t as safe as it could be, so the MSR double-braid 10.5mm rope was born.

Ice axes, rappelling devices, snow melting stoves, parka jackets, climbing helmets, cycling helmets, headtorches, backpacks – over the years they’ve all had the MSR treatment. Many of the innovations made by MSR over that time have become the industry standard, and for good reason. Serious mountaineers respect the thought and research that goes into a MSR product, and it’s not long before their ingenious, tried-and-tested designs filter down to the mass market.

They are, by their own admission, a team of tinkerers, who believe that you need to challenge convention to achieve enduring designs that are simple, functional and reliable. 

By buying an MSR product today, you’ll be benefitting from over 45 years of destructive testing, insight and innovation, and there aren’t a lot of brands out there that you can say that about.

Need any help?

If you need any advice to help make sense of the huge range of MSR products available, we’d be happy to talk you through it. You can ping us an email or give us a call and we’ll be glad to help – just get in touch.