$35.97 Regular price $59.95
With the smallest volume in its range, the Squirrel 12L remains a technical bag, very light and compact. Expect stability and comfort thanks to our innovative AeroPlus system: a back panel, an ergonomic chest strap and double-density mesh straps for better air circulation.
Its small volume is ideal for bouldering or multi-pitch climbing: it is also spacious enough to hold a hydration bladder, shoes, windbreaker, wallet and phone.
It includes a rope carry designed to carry as close as possible to the back to avoid loss of balance.
The Squirrel 12L is a climbing bag that stands out clearly for its minimalism, lightness and technical features.
• Highly breathable back panel and shoulder straps
• Removable hip belt and sternum strap
• Detachable helmet holder
• Hydration bladder compatible
• Rope holder included
• Weight: 408g
• Volume: 12L
• Dimensions: 45x22x12.5cm
• Back System: AeroPlus
The good: build quality and materials seem top notch. Water bladder is snugly contained (I specifically got an Osprey Hydraulics 2L to use in this bag after comparing dimensions of several). Side zip is nice for snack access when a rope is on top. Included helmet carrier installs easily. The bottom of the shoulder straps can act as gear loops. Zip top has great access. Overall I expect this to work well as a pack to climb multipitch, maybe even some lightweight alpine missions. I plan to report back after seeing how it handles on the wall and on the trail.
The Nitpicks: the shoulder straps are very long so I moved the elastic retainers up from the waist band. 4 of these elastics would help manage the straps better to keep them out of the way while climbing. There is no pack compression (besides the rope carry strap). With a puffy inside everything is pretty well settled and the pack is small so it's probably manageable; I think the webbing attachment points for helmet carrier could be turned into a system to do this without sacrificing the minimalist exterior. Ice tool(?) elastics must be untied to remove. Maybe I will just live with dangly bits for now. Last improvement idea is a single gear loop across the top inside the pack for easy racking of equipment and keeping it close to the body.
Overall, looking forward to getting acquainted with the squirrel 12 and spending longer days off the ground.