MSR® Mutha Hubba™ Wins Backpacker 2006 Editors' Choice Award

The Mutha Hubba from MSR® (Mountain Safety Research) has been honored as a recipient of a 2006 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT, March 15 – The Mutha Hubba from MSR® (Mountain Safety Research) has been honored as a recipient of a 2006 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.

Backpacker Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented the MSR team with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 28th.

The 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 award categories.

The Mutha Hubba from MSR was one of only 15 innovative products that have been honored with a 2006 Backpacker Editors' Choice Award.

The Mutha Hubba is a three-person tent that weighs just under seven pounds, making it the lightest, most livable three-person tent in the MSR Fast & Light® series. The addition of two extra poles to the award-winning pole configuration found on the previous Hubba models allows the Mutha Hubba to provide an impressive 40 square feet of floor area, 14 square feet of vestibule area and 46 inches of interior height. Although it is a new design, the Mutha Hubba shares many of the same technical features as the very successful Hubba Hubba™; two stay-dry entrances and two large vestibules on each end, a polyester mesh body, a hub system for easy setup and reflective guy cord and Needle™ stakes are just a few of the features that truly make this tent the mother of all Hubbas!

“This year's Editors' Choice Award winners have emerged out of the most rigorous testing process in our space,” said Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Dorn. “Our test team looked at more than 50 new products this year, and spent hundreds of days evaluating the gear on trails from Alaska to the Alps. What sets the award winners apart are great innovation, value, and dependability.”

“We go to great lengths in testing for one simple reason: We want our readers to enjoy their time outdoors. When they pick up the magazine, they know they can count on our awards and product reviews—we're out there suffering so they don't have to.”

“After the Hubba Hubba won an Editors' Choice Award in 2005, several Backpacker editors challenged us to create an equally impressive three-person tent that weighed less than seven pounds,” said Jon Almquist, MSR Brand Manager at Cascade Designs. “Our talented team of experts stepped up to this challenge by designing a three-person tent that was not only lightweight, but livable, and the entire MSR team is thrilled to receive this prestigious award.”

The 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.

Since their inception, 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 products selected.

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.

The complete list of Backpacker 2006 Editors' Choice Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine's April issue, on newsstands March 14.


About Cascade Designs, Inc.
For over thirty years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs Inc.® (CDI) has led the outdoor industry in designing and manufacturing equipment for the most challenging environments. From the first self-inflating camping mattress to the first multi-fuel stove and a revolutionary pen-sized water purifier, CDI has developed products that serious adventurers, soldiers, outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers can rely on to deliver optimum performance through exceptional engineering and quality.
CDI's premium brands include: MSR®, the ultimate in high performance outdoor gear; Therm-a-Rest®, the global leader in outdoor comfort; SealLine®, the outdoor leader in all-purpose, portable gear protection; Platypus®, specialists in flexible bottles and hydration systems; Tracks®, lightweight walking staffs and trekking poles; and VARILITE®, the creators of seating and positioning products for people who use wheelchairs for mobility. Please visit www.cascadedesigns.com or call us at 1-800-531-9531 for more information.

About Backpacker:
Backpacker brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine, and it's the only magazine whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's six regional editions offer accessible, close-to-home getaways with detailed, tear-out maps to dozens of nearby hikes, as well as practical tips on day hikes, camping and the best gear information available. This combination provides outdoors enthusiasts with the tools they need to make active outdoor travel and backcountry experiences an everyday reality. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured. Published by Rodale Inc., Backpacker has a circulation of 325,000 and is published 9 times a year. Backpacker's companion web site, www.backpacker.com, is updated daily and features more than 30,000 hikes, a searchable and comprehensive database of outdoor gear with reviews (www.gearfinder.com), a special section for female hikers, and an all-new map and GPS center.

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