MSR Reactor Stove Wins Alpinist Mountain Standards Award

Cascade Designs announced that the company’s MSR Reactor Stove System has received a top five-star rating and award from Alpinist Magazine. Through extensive in-the-field testing, the stove system was recognized for its efficiency, performance, compactness and durability.

The Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews provide unbiased, candid feedback and anecdotal commentary to equipment tested in the field. The review panel is comprised of climbers who use the gear every day as part of their work and play. Only the gear that they would actually buy themselves, deemed as “nearly perfect”, qualifies for the Alpinist Mountain Standards Award.

The MSR Reactor Stove System was reviewed by John Race, member of the Mountain Standards panel and co-owner of the Northwest Mountain School. Race used the stove for private and commercial trips for several years, in addition to a dedicated three-month test through Alpinist. In the online review, Race notes “for many years, stove inefficiency was a problem that was largely unaddressed by manufacturers. Finally, a new generation of hyper-efficient stoves hit the market, and MSR’s Reactor is by far the best. In my experience, the Reactor reduces my fuel needs by 50 percent.”

“We’re especially honored to receive this award because John performed such an extensive, real-world test,” said Drew Keegan, Division Director for Stoves, Cookware and Fuel at Cascade Designs. “The Reactor stove’s exceptional fuel efficiency and windy-conditions performance are benefits that are best proved in the field, in a variety of conditions.”

The MSR Reactor Stove System provides maximum efficiency and achieves an unrivaled boil time, allowing for superior performance in all conditions. A patent-pending burner features two modes of heat transfer, convective and radiant, to generate maximum heat output; while an integrated heat exchanger completely encloses the radiant burner. The integrated heat exchanger is fused to the pot, increasing surface area and dwell time of the flame and providing total wind protection. The MSR Reactor Stove also features an internal regulator, which equalizes fuel pressure for consistent flame output in all temperatures. As a result of these breakthrough technologies, the stove provides superior performance and efficiency throughout the life of the canister, in even the most demanding real world situations.

The MSR Reactor Stove System is available in stores now.  For more information on MSR, visit


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