Expected to be available from May 2024

      The PINCH – FAQ

      Answering to the most frequent PINCH questions

      • Application

        Can you go hands free on it?
        The braking hand shall 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 breaking mechanism is designed to activate independently of the braking hand. However, a braking hand on the rope is required at all times. Check out our user manual for further details.

        Can it be used for the lead belay?
        Yes, that is one of the main 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 ropes with smaller diameter, and are designed to guide the rope linearly 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 solo 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 like shown in this video at 03:00 minutes. A separate video tutorial for different techniques is in preparation. 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 an 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°-steps 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 Multipitch Tutorial for the PINCH here).

      • Availability

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

      • Certifications

        Could you cover the different certifications and their direct use?
        Check out our website for a detailed description of the certifications: 
        EN 15151-1
        EN 12841-C

      • Comparison with EDELRID EDDY

        EDELRID already developed EDDY why design 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, amongst other major differences between the belay devices.

        Does it have a pivoting center like the EDDY?
        Yes. The mechanism is based on an excentrical cam, which is mounted rotatably.

      • Direct harness connection

        Can the opening mechanism open accidentally?
        The opening mechanism requires a multiway action: swing open the side plate whilst pushing the button at the same time. Furthermore, the geometry of the side plates prevents from accidently opening the device under load even if you manage to press the button. You can optionally use a carabiner as a backup using direct attachment method, or chose the conventional method using a locking carabiner. Of course, the device is field- and lab 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 the direct attachment or the conventional method suits best.  Check out our tutorial video on basic functions of the PINCH.

        Is it safe to use the PINCH directly attached to the central ring of the harness?
        The PINCH is certified with 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. 

      • Work Safety

        Is it certified to descend with two persons at the same time? For rescue scenarios?
        The PINCH is certified and tested for a total user weight of 120kg. A use with higher weights is only acceptable in rescue situations and has to be performed by a trained person, rappelling speed and/or distance have to be decreased.

        Would you need to tie off the PINCH in a rope access scenario?
        No. In rope access the PINCH is certified for ropes 10.0 - 10.5mm. A very small amount of rope weight is already enough to activate the camming function.