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MSR® Offers New Backcountry Poles to Winter Travelers

MSR® today announced the launch of a new backcountry pole collection for the 2013-14 winter season.

MSR® today announced the launch of a new backcountry pole collection for the 2013-14 winter season. Built to meet the demands of the winter traveler, the new MSR Deployâ„¢ TR and Flightâ„¢ series poles are built around MSR’s zero-slip SureLockâ„¢ Adjustment System and offer unrivaled reliability and ease of use that can be trusted miles beyond the gates or trailhead.

The collapsible backcountry poles are available in two- and three-section models and feature MSR’s innovative SureLock technology, a push-button positive-locking system that delivers no-slip reliability in an intuitive, fast, and absolutely secure design. Ultralight, winter-proof materials and upgraded safety elements deliver added dependability and confidence in the mountains, even in harsh conditions.

The new Deploy TR series poles combine the SureLock technology with MSR’s patent-pending Trigger Release that allows one-handed, glove-friendly pole adjustment from the grip—revolutionizing the way users interact with their poles and the terrain. This Trigger Release offers optimal adjustment efficiency in the field and is ideal for those who travel through frequently changing terrain.

For those who are looking to move as fast and light as possible through the backcountry, MSR offers the streamlined, ultralight Flight Series poles. The Flight Series sheds weight, not performance, by utilizing a glove-friendly, manual push-button mode of adjustment and ultralight materials.

Both the Deploy TR and Flight series poles are designed with bright graphics and feature exceptionally strong, lightweight 7000-series aluminum, ergonomic grips with catch for raising heel lifts, and breakaway straps that are designed to force-release from the grip if the pole is lodged on a fall; the breakaway strap is easily resettable in the field. All poles come equipped with flexible snow baskets for better terrain alignment. New Powder Baskets (sold separately) are designed with a flexible core that adjusts to terrain to keep the tip engaged in the snow and offer maximum flotation in light powder.

The new MSR Deploy TR and Flight series winter backcountry poles will debut in North America at the January 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, and in Europe at the January 2013 ISPO. The collection will be available in stores July 2013 for the 2013-14 winter season.

About MSR® (Mountain Safety Research®)
Seattle-based MSR has been engineering standard-setting, high-performance outdoor equipment since 1969. A commitment to quality manufacturing and innovation ensures customers are outfitted with the finest, most reliable gear available for outdoor adventures. MSR product lines include: stoves, fuel, cookware, water treatment and hydration systems, shelters, snowshoes, trekking and backcountry poles. The majority of MSR products are made in the company’s Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit