Press Room

Below are the latest press releases from Cascade Designs in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format). You can download a free copy, available on the Adobe web site.

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10/19/2011, Therm-a-Rest® NeoAir™ All Season Mattress Wins Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Award

Therm-a-Rest, the Seattle-based industry leader in premium outdoor comfort, has been honored as a recipient of the 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Snow Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry. The NeoAir All Season mattress received the award for its outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance. Read More ...


10/17/2011, Therm-a-Rest Celebrates 40th Anniversary with the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Therm-a-Rest, the Seattle-based industry leader in premium outdoor comfort, is kicking off its 40th Anniversary in 2012 by signing on as a major sponsor of the 2011-12 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and North American Film Tour. Read More ...


10/13/2011, MSR Gears Up for the 2011-12 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

MSR (Mountain Safety Research), the Seattle-based manufacturer of standard-setting, high-performance outdoor equipment, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and North American Film Tour for the ninth year running. Read More ...


9/19/2011, Therm-a-Rest Wins 2011 American Alpine Institute Guides’ Choice Award

Therm-a-Rest, the Seattle-based industry leader in premium outdoor comfort solutions, is proud to announce the selection of two mattresses by the American Alpine Institute for their 2011 Guides’ Choice Award. The Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest® SOLite™ mattress and the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest® Solar™ mattress were chosen for the award by the professional mountain guides of the American Alpine Institute based on excellence in design, top performance and outstanding durability. Read More ...


8/24/2011, Therm-a-Rest® NeoAir™ All Season™ Mattress Wins Top Innovation Award

Therm-a-Rest, the Seattle-based industry leader in premium portable outdoor sleeping and seating solutions for nearly forty years, is proud to announce that the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season air mattress has been honored with a top award for sleeping innovation by Spain’s premier mountain adventure magazine, Desnivel. The mattress has been chosen for the four-season warmth, stability and comfort provided by the patent-pending technologies while maintaining durability, light weight, and a small transport volume. Read More ...


7/15/2011, MSR® SureLock™ TR-3 All-Season Pole Receives Top Design Award at European OutDoor Trade Fair

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, has won an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for its MSR SureLock TR-3 all-season pole at the 2011 European OutDoor Trade Fair. The only pole to win an award, the SureLock TR-3 pole has been chosen for its degree of innovation, design quality, functionality and trendsetting character. Read More ...


7/15/2011, Therm-a-Rest® NeoAir™ XTherm Mattress Wins GOLD OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, has won a GOLD OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD for its Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm four-season mattress at the 2011 European OutDoor Trade Fair. The only mattress to receive a GOLD award, the NeoAir XTherm mattress has been recognized for its warmth, light weight, degree of innovation, design quality, choice of materials, functionality and trendsetting character. Read More ...


7/14/2011, New MSR® Shelter Accessory Line Introduced

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2012 launch of a new MSR Shelter Accessories program. The new program provides outdoor adventurers with a complete set of solutions to maintain, enhance and secure any tent and offers retailers a well-merchandised, easy-to-shop assortment that makes a profitable addition to any retail environment. Read More ...


7/14/2011, New MSR® Stove Designs Improve Performance and Versatility

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2012 release of two new and two updated MSR stoves. Updates to the WindPro™ and WhisperLite™ International stoves and the brandnew MicroRocket™ stove and WhisperLite™ Universal stove all feature performance-enhancing innovations. Read More ...


7/14/2011, New SealLine® iSeries™ Protective Cases Designed for Apple® Devices

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is announcing the early release of a new line of protective cases under the SealLine brand, designed specifically for Apple brand products. The new iSeries case is based on the design of the SealLine E-Case™, providing submersible, waterproof protection for personal electronics, while allowing full touchscreen, talking and listening functionality. Read More ...


7/14/2011, Cascade Designs Breathes New Life into PackTowl® Brand

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is moving the PackTowl line out from under MSR® (Mountain Safety Research) brand in 2012 to stand on its own. The renewal of the PackTowl brand includes a new logo, new packaging and updated product colors and sizes to appeal to a wider market. Read More ...


7/8/2011, SealLine® Products Voted the Best by Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce that two SealLine brand gear protection products have been honored with the 2011-2013 Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. Readers submitted votes for their favorite products in a variety of categories, selecting the SealLine Baja Deck Bag as the Best Deck Bag and the SealLine Kodiak Window Dry Bag as the Best Dry Bag. Read More ...


7/8/2011, Cascade Designs Celebrates 40th Anniversary with a Limited Edition Therm-a-Rest® Mattress

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2012 release of a limited edition Therm-a-Rest mattress in celebration of the company’s upcoming 40th anniversary. Read More ...


6/27/2011, New Multi-Season MSR® SureLock™ Poles Announced

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the 2012 launch of a new MSR SureLock pole line featuring a patent-pending, positive-locking adjustment system that eliminates pole slippage. Read More ...


6/6/2011, Platypus® Origin™ 9 Hydration Pack Wins Outdoor Enthusiast Editor’s Choice

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce the company's Platypus® Origin™ 9 hydration pack has been honored with an Editor’s Choice award from the UK magazine Outdoor Enthusiast. The hydration pack was recognized for its comfort, utility and weatherproof-ness in wet climates. Read More ...


5/9/2011, MSR® Backcountry Barn™ Tent Wins Camping Life Editors’ Choice

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce the receipt of the 2011 Camping Life Editors’ Choice Award for the MSR Backcountry Barn tent. The Camping Life Editors’ Choice Awards, instituted in 2002, are intended to introduce the readership to new products that are fresh, different, better or just incredibly useful for family camping. Read More ...


4/21/2011, MSR® Reactor® Stove Wins Alpinist Mountain Standards Award

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce 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. Read More ...


3/23/2011, Cascade Designs Sends Relief Supplies to Japan Through Operation USA

Cascade Designs, the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, has donated mattresses, water reservoirs and dry storage bags to Operation USA, assisting to meet the basic needs of up to 4000 citizens in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Read More ...


3/9/2011, Therm-a-Rest® Alpine Down Blanket Wins Outdoor Enthusiast Editor’s Choice

Seattle, U.S.A. - Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce the company’s Therm-a-Rest Alpine Down Blanket has been honored with an Editor’s Choice award from the UK magazine Outdoor Enthusiast. The sleep system was recognized for its comfort, versatility, and ability to provide a good night’s sleep in the outdoors. Read More ...


1/27/2011, MSR® Gear Shed™ Tent Vestibule Wins 2011 Golden Op Pad Outdoor Award

Seattle, U.S.A. - Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, has won a 2011 Golden Outdoor Award for its MSR Gear Shed tent vestibule from the Netherlands’ premier outdoor adventure magazine, Op Pad. The MSR Gear Shed vestibule was selected for its innovative concept, light weight and functionality. Read More ...


1/18/2011, All-Season Therm-a-Rest® NeoAir™ Mattress Announced

Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, today announced the July 2011 release of the first all-season version of the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress. The ultra-light and compact all-season Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress is designed with patent-pending technologies that provide exceptional air mattress stability, comfort and increased warmth for sleeping outside in colder temperatures. Read More ...


1/13/2011, New Line of Adventure Luggage and Gear for Traveling Lite

Seattle, U.S.A. - Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce the release of Hummingbird Adventure Luggage and Gear, a new collection of adventure travel products inspired by the travel philosophies of company co-founder and Chief Product Tester, John Burroughs. The collection includes travel bags, comfort essentials and protective cases. Read More ...


12/10/2010, Platypus® SoftBottle™ Wins Gear Junkie’s 2010 Top Ten Gear of the Year Award

Seattle, U.S.A. - Cascade Designs, the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce that the company’s Platypus SoftBottle has been selected by the Gear Junkie as one of the Top Ten Gear Picks of the Year. The lightweight, BPA-free bottle is easy to bring anywhere due to its flexible construction and ability to fold flat for convenient packing. Read More ...