MSR® Introduces New Backcountry Pole Line with DynaLockTM Technology at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

January 18, 2018

SEATTLE, Wash. (January 18, 2018) – MSR® (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based high-performance outdoor equipment brand, will be introducing three new backcountry pole designs at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Denver, Colo. The Ascent, Explore, and Trail series are designed for snowshoeing, winter travel, and backcountry adventures, and all feature MSR’s patented DynaLock™ secure adjustment for rock-solid performance and tool-free tensioning.

“MSR’s new poles have been engineered to deliver highly-functional, lightweight, and reliable confidence.” said Sarah Courtney, MSR’s Snowshoe and Alpine Tool Division Category Manager. “We’ve developed these poles to serve all ability levels, from first-time explorers on established trails to mountaineers moving through remote and rugged terrain.”

Each pole is specifically designed with the adventure-type in mind and features specific components to best serve the user’s needs. Whether it’s the lightest-weight pole for fast mountaineering in high-alpine conditions, or a simple and durable pole for someone using it at a park who is new to snowshoeing, the MSR backcountry pole line now has something for every activity and level of adventure. All three poles feature a comfortable EVA foam grip, snow and summer baskets with catch for raising MSR Televators, and adjustable strap. All three pole offerings will be available starting September, 2018.

DynaLock Ascent Pole

This carbon pole is designed for the active outdoor enthusiast looking for a fast, ultralight snowshoeing, mountaineering, splitboarding, and ski pole option. MSRP: $149.95 USD


  • One Dynalock adjustable closure
  • Constructed with Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber
  • Quick deploy folding design
  • Lower sidehilling grip option
  • Adjustable neoprene straps
  • Weight: Small, 1 lb 1 oz (471 g) / Large, 1 lb 2 oz (496 g) per pair
  • Size: Small, 100 to 120cm / Large, 120 to 140cm

DynaLock Explore Pole

This best-of-both worlds option is designed for the adventurer who does it all – someone who might find themselves in rugged backcountry terrain, but also enjoys snowshoeing on rolling hills. MSRP: $99.95 USD


  • Two adjustable DynaLock closures
  • Constructed with light, high-strength 7075 aluminum lowers
  • Lower sidehilling grip option
  • Adjustable neoprene straps
  • Weight: 1 Ib 3 oz (552 g)per pair
  • Size: 63 to 140cm

DynaLock Trail Pole

The two-piece aluminum DynaLock Trail pole is designed with versatility in mind with a simple, yet durable construction. MSRP: $59.95 USD


  • One adjustable DynaLock closure
  • Weight: 1 Ib 5 oz (592 g) per pair
  • Size: 80 to 140cm

For more information on MSR’s new backcountry pole line or other snow category products, stop by the Cascade Designs booth #44031-UL at Outdoor Retailer.

For more about MSR, please check: msrgear.com.

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, snow tools, 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 www.msrgear.com.