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BG Gear Sqwurel V4 descender


The unique tail of this canyon-specific descender provides a range of quick, easy and secure friction adjustments while abseiling. The Sqwurel produces significantly less rope twist compared to other horned figure-8 style descenders and the latest version improves performance when abseiling on double ropes.

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The Sqwurel is the result of years of design work and extensive input from a large group of very experienced American canyoneers, with version 4 improving things further.

The unique tail allows friction to be quickly and easily adjusted while abseiling. Even fully weighted, the rope is easily moved in and out of the three tail holes to allow subtle friction changes. This is particularly helpful on long drops, when carrying a heavy pack, or when an abseil requires you to shift between vertical, overhung, and flatter ledge sections.

Version 4 has a modified throat shape to allow smoother abseiling on double ropes; the carabiner hole has been enlarged slightly to allow use with larger carabiners; and the O-ring now grabs the carabiner a little tighter.

The behemoth tab has been extended, providing more secure pre-set friction options while also adding a progress capture feature that can be used to tighten guided rappel lines.

The design also features slots that turn the descender into a wrench for tightening or loosening stubborn quicklinks. Different areas of the Sqwurel will fit 11, 12, 13 and 14mm gates.

The Sqwurel is ideally suited for double ropes between 8 and 9mm, or single ropes from 8 to 11mm.

Key advantages:

  • add and remove friction easily while on rope
  • significantly reduces rope twist when abseiling
  • additional friction settings for heavier canyoners or when carrying full packs
  • get on and off rope without removing the descender from your harness

Product information:

  • Weight: 109.4 grams
  • Material: anodised 7075 T6 aluminium
  • Dimensions: 156mm long, 79mm wide, 10mm thick
  • Made in: United States

Using the SQWUREL descender: 

Click here for detailed PDF instructions outlining safe use of the Sqwurel V4 descender, including setting friction modes, variable friction settings, locking off, etc. Further information about the device can be found on the BG Gear website.