About Mountain Hardwear

The Gnarwhal 25L

Foremost, I wondered what Gnarwhal could mean: It is a word formed from gnarly (meaning difficult, impressive or extreme) and narwhal (whale with a long tusk). Gnarwhal can be used as an adjective or a noun to describe something or someone remarkable, courageous or passionate. For Mountain Hardwear, the Gnarwhal 25 backpack is designed for skiers who like to take on challenges and explore unfamiliar terrain.

  • First of all, the Gnarwhal is very comfortable. I loved the fit as soon as I tried it on my back. Even with weights in it!
  • This bag is produced with the 500D CORDURA® Nylon. Therefore, the material is lightweight and very durable. You can note it as soon as you handle it.
  • I think the storage spaces are really well designed. It can hold all the essentials I need in my day, without being too massive in my back.
  • There are two large and deep main pockets and two side expendable zip pockets. On each side, there are compression straps with glove friendly buckles. They are easy to manipulate!
  • There is a top fleece-lined goggle pocket, which I like to put in my ski goggles, they are easy to pick up. 
  • You can place your helmet in a hammock in the front of the bag or bottom, which can accommodate your ski carry (a-frame or diagonal).
  • There is a stowable and removable hip belt. The sternum strap is also removable. I like wearing both, but I know some people, like my boyfriend, who doesn’t like wearing them, so he can remove them if he wants. 
  • In the rear pocket, you can put a hydration reservoir. In addition, there is an expandable laptop sleeve.
  • The front pocket got a large zip access, to easily put some avalanche tools (there are two sleeves for your tools). And finally the front panel of this pocket is foam-reinforced to preserve you and your stuff against diagonal ski and board edges. 

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Sophie-Gabrielle was born and raise in Quebec City. She is a special educator since 2013 and she is now working with children in a primary school. She has a passion for her job but looks forward to every weekend! She started traveling and practicing various outdoor sports when she met her boyfriend Maxime Bolduc. Mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, ski touring, hiking, she developed a true love for the great outdoors. In 2020, she started an unexpected project with her boyfriend. The construction of an expedition camper, that will be taking her off the beaten track!