The PINCH – FAQ

      Answering to the most frequent PINCH questions

      • Application

        Can you go hands free on it?
        The braking hand must always hold the braking rope. 

        How does the device behave if both hands are not on the PINCH or at least, for whatever reason, the braking hand is not on the rope? Is there still a blocking?
        The assisted braking mechanism is designed to activate independently of the braking hand. However, a braking hand on the rope is required at all times. Refer to our user manual for further details.

        Can it be used for the lead belay?
        Yes, that is one of the main primary applications of the PINCH. 

        If yes, then the teeth given in the front for more friction are harmful to the rope due to dynamic belay shock?
        There are no teeth in the frontal groove. The braking ribs add friction when using softer ropes or smaller diameter ropes, and are designed to guide the rope smoothly through the device. 

        Can you belay from above with it, also directly from the anchor without a locking carabiner?
        Yes. Check out our Multipitch Tutorial for the PINCH here.

        Is rope soloing possible?
        We are currently in the process of evaluating the PINCH for rope soloing. For the current status, please refer to our user manual.

        Is this rated for lead rope soloing?
        We are currently in the process of evaluating the PINCH for rope soloing. For the current status, please refer to our user manual.

        How do you fix the rope to a strand when abseiling?
        The rope can be locked at the anchor as shown in this video at 03:00 minutes. We are currently preparing a separate video tutorial covering various techniques. Abseiling on single ropes is not a new technique and advice can also be found in alpine climbing courses or educational books.

        Will the rope rub on the belay loop?
        No, the cam has a stopper that keeps loop and rope separate.

        Is there a risk of non-locking (e.g., cam pushing against a rock) as with similar products?
        The PINCH offers 4 attachment points in 90°-increments of orientation when fixing it to the anchor point. A preferable orientation would be where both the lever is accessible and the cam works freely (as in minute 02:18 of our PINCH Multipitch Tutorial here).

      • Availability

        When will it be available?
        The PINCH is planned to be available in stores by end of the first quarter of 2024.

      • Certifications

        Could you provide information about the various certifications and how they are directly applicable?
        Check out our website for detailed descriptions of the certifications: 
        EN 15151-1
        EN 12841-C

      • Comparison with EDELRID EDDY

        EDELRID already developed EDDY. Why design a new one?
        At EDELRID, we strive to improve our climbing gear to correspond to the latest technologies materials, and developments in the markets. For example, one innovative technology of the PINCH is the option for direct attachment to the harness which the Eddy does not feature, among other major differences between the belay devices.

        Can the centrally located cam in the PINCH be moved, like that of the EDDY?
        Yes, it does. The mechanism utilizes an eccentric cam that's mounted to rotate freely.

      • Direct harness connection

        Can the opening mechanism open accidentally?
        The opening mechanism involves a multi-step action: you need to swing open the side plate while simultaneously pressing the button. Furthermore, the geometry of the side plates prevents any accidental opening of the device under load even if you manage to press the button. You can optionally use a carabiner as a backup using the direct attachment method, or choose the conventional method using a locking carabiner. Of course, the device is field- and lab-tested for both attachment methods. Each of the methods can have its advantage, and since the PINCH offers both, it is up to the user to decide whether direct attachment or the conventional method suits best. Check out our tutorial video on the basic functions of the PINCH.

        Is it safe to attach the PINCH directly to the central ring of the harness?
        The PINCH is certified for this belt connection, which requires that the mandatory risk analysis has also been approved by the certifying institute. Furthermore, the device can be attached in the conventional way using a connecting carabiner.

        How do you remove the PINCH from your harness?
        Removing the PINCH is done in the reverse order of installing it to the harness.