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    12 Reviews


    Instead of taping biners to flimsy sticks and working up a pump trying to lasso the first draw, simply attach the Trango Squid to a standard paint pole before heading to the crag. The patented Squid has the ability to hang draws, clip the rope, and even unclip the draws at the end of the day—now let's see if your tree branch and tape can handle that.

    • Easily attaches to any standard paint pole
    • Patented design allows you to hang draws, unclip draws, and clip the rope
    • Although any standard paint pole will do, Trango recommends the Mr LongArm ProPole
    • Item #TRG0053

    Tech Specs

    Recommended Use
    clipping and unclipping draws
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Gone are the days of freeclimbing up 12 ft to get that first draw in. With the squid. Anything is possible. Need help getting a draw in? Missed your chance with that babe at the coffee shop? Being attacked by the undead? The squid has a learning curve. But once you get it. Nothing will ever trouble you again.

    Pretty Rad

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Squid is pretty sweet overall. Although you can unclip draws in multiple ways with different stick clip types (superclip or clamp), the Squid is certainly my favorite and generally the easiest to use (once you get it down). I can see how folks have has durability issues with all of the plastic, it does feel rather breakable, but so far so good with mine. Hopefully by just being mindful of the fact that it may be a tad bit more fragile than other stick clips will keep it in nice shape.

    Works, had to modified for my quickdraws

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraws wouldn't stay put in the squid. I added some athletic tape to it and that seems to help keep them in place. There are other stick clips (super clip) that seem to work better for placing the first draw, but that's all they do. Overall a good stick clip though.

    Fragile - other stick clips are burlier

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Before the lasso clip arm broke, it functioned well - once you got used to the way you're supposed to position/move the stick once the draw is initially hooked onto the bolt hanger. I had the benefit of watching a video and reading the instructions, but I can see the frustration in others when they ask to borrow it without wanting any instruction.

    If this was more durable, it would have gotten three or four stars instead of two - when trying to lasso clip a particularly tall first clip, the rope snagged on something and the squid arm actually sheared off rather energetically, rendering that function semi-unavailable. However, the original intent of clipping/unclipping draws is still there, so I still bring it.

    TL/DR: Fragile. Look for a simpler, more robust design.

    As Loved As A Crag Dog

      This is not a tool that's intuitive to use. Like most things with climbing, it takes practice. Unclipping will likely be the most difficult to learn; an old school climber taught me that once you hook the gate with the arm, push horizontally in the direction of the gate and up. This will cause the carabiner to turn sideways and you just slide it out from the hanger. Some of the crags I climb are require stick clips and this is the one is the gold standard.

      There's a Learning Curve

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've used the squid a few times, and had trouble getting the biner to stay put in the Squid when lifting it to clip. I also had trouble clipping the rope once the draw was set. I actually found a nice long tree branch and used it to stick clip instead of the Squid after too many failed attempts with the clips.
      It seems like a cool tool and a lot of people seem to like it, so it's time to practice more!

      Unclipping and Projecting

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Love this thing, anytime I go sport climbing you can bet I have this thing in my arsenal. Especially when I am projecting a harder route it comes in handy with clipping above you through a hard section where you cannot reach the next bolt and dont want to loose your draws. Yes it might take you a little time clipping the next draw while you are on a project but it for sure helps. Oh and as far as I am still aware this is the only stick clip on the market that you can actually unclip draws with. Yes you can do it with others but this is the only one designed to do it. also they are some what fragile I have recently found out where one of the rope clips snapped off while transporting it, but I can still clip the rope with it snapped off

      Unclipping and Projecting

      Yelling and cursing in nature

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I got into sport climbing for sport, not risk and adrenaline so I have no shame in stick clipping anything and everything. This thing is pretty awesome and allows you to work projects with anchors inaccessible from other easier routes. You can aid up a wall or back track (depending on your high point), never losing gear again.

      I am giving it 3 stars just because it seems there is not enough space between the rubber pad and the pivoting arm that holds the gate open. With my BD Positrons (pretty standard draw) it takes a lot of force to get the spine of the biner to wedge in. While this isn't a big deal when clipping (since you do it with your hands), it becomes a hassle to unclip because you cannot apply the same force.

      Feeding rope through hanging draw: A+
      Hanging draw: B+
      Removing draw: C

      Best stick clipping tool

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Trust me, there is a learning curve on this thing, but once you get good at it, you'll never want to use a clamp or those coat hanger contraptions ever again!

      If you're not man enough to rodeo clip

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This tool is perfect for those times when you are just to sketched out to climb up and clip that first bolt. With a little practice you will have no problem placing or receiving draws, or placing ropes in draws already at that first bolt. Any painter pole or most broom sticks will work with this.

      Nice Tool

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used this stick clip on a recent trip to Penitente Colorado. No problems clipping quickdraws and ropes. While there are homemade versions of stick clips, this device is quick and efficient. If you don't mind "highballing", you probably don't need this, but I found this to be helpful.