In launching the PINCH, EDELRID is presenting a new belay device with a locking function for sport climbing, multi-pitch routes, and rope access. What makes this innovation so special is that the EDELRID PINCH can be directly clipped to the central ring on a harness without a carabiner. This is of major benefit with regard to ease of use, brake rope control, and safety. Furthermore, the design features additional steel brake grooves to enable linear rope run-through and enhanced control for thin and soft ropes when lowering and rappelling. The PINCH is a versatile and easy-to-use belay device with an anti-panic function.
“We wanted to expand our collection to include a mechanical belay device, i.e. a device that works regardless of the angle of the braking hand. In terms of improvement, we made it our aim to position the device as close to the body as possible—and succeeded in doing this through the direct attachment to the harness. Positioning the PINCH close to the body ensures that the belayer receives more direct feedback and can easily pay out 20–30 cm more rope in one go. In addition, the device doesn’t wobble around or have to be secured with one hand when paying out the rope, plus the risk of the carabiner being cross loaded is eliminated.”—Philippe Westenberger, Head of Product at EDELRID.