In an interesting diversification move, Cascade Designs announces the upcoming release of a new line of hydration packs, called Platypus Origin, and a new collection of adventure travel gear, called Traveling Light, that includes travel bags, backpacks, waist packs, pillows, fast-dry towels and other products.
The American company has decided to break up its MSR line of tents into three groups. The Essential series includes the 1.3kg Fast Stash tent, several lightweight tarps, the Twin Brothers and Twin Sisters shelters and the E-Bivy and AC-Bivy sacks. The Experience line of products includes lightweight, double-walled shelters such as the new Hoop and Backcountry Barn, and the popular Hubba collection. The Explore series is more durable, designed for harsh weather conditions. Its tents include the DragonTail, the Fury and the Asgard.
Separately, Cascade has announced that it is expanding its Therm-a-Rest Sleep Systems line with the addition of the Alpine Down Blanket, for temperatures as low as 2 degrees Celsius or 35 Fahrenheit. It weighs just 624 grams and has snaps around the edges to allow various integration with the Therm-a-Rest mattress.