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MSR/Cascade Designs Customer Service

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4.75 / 5 (8 reviews)

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Scott Toraason
( kimot2 )
MSR/Cascade Designs Customer Service on 02/22/2007 18:52:05 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I recently busted a hole in one of my MSR Denali Ascent snowshoe binding straps and after contacting MSR/Cascade Designs (who are here locally) received a free replacement strap in the mail within one day. Pretty good customer service!

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Elliott Wolin
( ewolin )

Hampton Roads, Virginia
Fantastic, even after 25 years! on 01/30/2008 11:19:19 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Around 1980 I heard about Thermarest pads. Air mats had a bad reputation then, but after testimonials from the American K2 expedition I purchased two "seconds", supposedly cosmetic blemishes.

After a year or so of frequent use one of them leaked. I brought it to the Cascade Designs factory in Seattle and they fixed it within about 10 minutes (they resealed an imperfectly sealed edge).

A few years later plastic valves replaced the brass ones, and they sent me two free replacement kits.

About 20 years after purchase, having mainly been used for car camping with kids, one leaked. The internal coating near the valve wore out. I shipped it back and received a brand new one a short time later...mine was not repairable.

About 25 years after purchase the other one started leaking in the same way. We were in Seattle a few days before our two-week Wonderland Trail hike, so I brought it to the factory. They said it would take a few days to look at it and repair/replace it. I said we had no time.

They then just gave me, FREE, a pad they had just repaired to use on our trip! And a few weeks later a brand new pad arrived at my home, replacement for the now 25-year old pad that was not repairable.

Folks, customer service doesn't get much better than that!

Edited by ewolin on 01/30/2008 14:36:40 MST.

Laurie Ann March
( Laurie_Ann )

Ontario, Canada
Excellent Service on 07/10/2008 08:46:12 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

When MSR/Cascade Designs bought out Moss I was a little concerned about the lifetime warranty on our winter tent, a Moss Little Dipper.

Well, one of the poles got a hairline crack in it and we were leaving in 2 weeks. Not only did MSR honor the warranty but they overnighted the replacement pole section instead of making us wait for the pole to be returned to them for repair/replacement.

They also did a follow-up to ensure that we got the pole and that everything was to our satisfaction.

It was above and beyond what I had expected.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 07/10/2008 08:46:49 MDT.

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Elleyne Beals
( tahomus - M )

Not usually at home.
Sent inferior replacement- had to complain & request correct replacement on 10/12/2008 10:29:10 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

My older "Pro" 3/4 length pad delamed. It was not heavily used, tho it was about 10 years old. I had previously repaired the seam area, where the seam failed. The delamination was not near the old repair area. The pad was an early model of the current "Pro-Lite 3" pad; made with a slightly heavier fabric, and square on the corners. Cascade Designs said they'd warranty the pad, just send it in.

I received a new, "cosmetic blemish" pad as a replacement, but it was not of like-kind- it was a heavy pad from their "Trail" series. I was very disappointed. I assumed their replacement policy was to give you whatever was the cheapest pad. I spent several weeks agonizing over the replacement pad- kicking myself for not accepting the fate of my pad and buying a new pad from another manufacturer I am interested in trying.

I called Cascade Designs customer service to see if I could return the pad and pay the difference for a Pro-Lite 3 pad- the true replacement pad for the one I sent in. Customer service stated the pad I sent in was an in-between type of pad (it was not) and they chose to replace it with the "Trail" series. They would exchange it. I had to return the pad with a note asking for a Pro-Lite 3 pad. I returned to "Trail" pad and received a new "cosmetic blemish" Pro-Lite 3 pad.

Customer service would have gotten a "5" if they sent the correct replacement pad the first time. They had good turn-around time- I estimate they had a replacement shipped 3-4 days after receiving my pad.

I give them a "3"- Due to the cost of shipping twice, the anguish of deciding what to do with the inferior pad, the guilt of "looking a gift horse in the mouth" - calling to complain about a warranty replacement.

In the end, I could have spent a little more and bought the pad I was interested in and had fun cutting up the old pad and modifying it into a small sit-rest/foot pad like the Mont-Bell system.

Make sure you specify the replacement pad you want when sending in your warranty.

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Thomas Knight
( ThomasK702 )

Sothern Nevada
Great Service on 04/02/2012 19:06:46 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I had been having a problem with my MSR Hyperflow for the past two months of owning it. i have had the pump for 2 years. the red one way valve went out twice. i emailed them and they mailed me out a few extras! great company to deal with.

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Joe Lynch
( rushfan )

Northern California
Great customer service on 01/22/2014 20:44:22 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've dealt with Cascade customer service on two occasions. The first time I called them about a car camping French press bought three or four years previously. The filter had cracked and so I wanted to buy a replacement filter. Cascade sent out a replacement that I received two days later (I'm in Northern California).

The second time I was having problems with a fuel pump for my Whisperlite stove. It was leaking fuel from the plunger. Customer service told me to send it in, with either repairs covered under warranty or for a $10 fee, reasonable given the use I had on it. Instead, I received a brand new pump. When I still had problems, the rep on the phone talked me through possible solutions and pointed to online videos so I could service the stove myself. It turned out that the fuel line was dirty and creating back pressure, so the pump was likely not the problem.

On both occasions, Cascade exceeded my expectations.

Edited by rushfan on 01/22/2014 20:45:47 MST.

Jeffrey Wong
( kayak4water )

Pacific NW
batting 1000 on 03/01/2014 16:37:28 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

1 they replaced a leaking thermarest, no questions asked

2. they replaced a Missing Link tent (gooey coating) with its successor, the Fast Stash, even offering to send its replacement before they'd received the Link.

good company.

Edited by kayak4water on 03/01/2014 16:38:38 MST.

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David Olsen
( - M )

Channeled Scablands
Replaced 25 year old stove free on 04/15/2014 05:47:26 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Old whisperlight had kink in the fuel line. I sent it back and they replaced it. The new stove has a shaker pin to clear clogs, so I no longer have to dissassemble the stove and use a toothbrush bristle to clear it!

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