Plate retainers – Retainer-Pin & Spring-Ball-Retainer (SBR)
The plate retainer secures the loose clamping plate from inadvertently unlatching, which would send the lineGrip falling off the line. This can happen without a retainer, when the lineGrip is attached to shaking webbing, but no load is attached to the load eye yet.
To date, there are two available plate retainer mechanisms:
#1 The Retainer-Pin
This is the first generation plate retainer, that was introduced in early 2015, with the highlineGrip G1.
The retainer pin has to be installed manually after attaching the lineGrip to the webbing, and it has to be uninstalled manually, before removing the lineGrip from the webbing.
It is “self evasive”, which means, it will stay clear of the clamping surface when unclipped, due to the steel attachment-cable, which acts like a spring. This reduces the risk of mistakenly getting caught between the clamping surfaces when inserting the plate.
Older lineGrips, starting from production year 2015 (G4 Mk1), can be upgraded with a retainer pin. Please contact us if required (its not a standard online shop item).
#2 The Spring-Ball-Retainer
The SBR is the second generation plate retainer, that was introduced in August 2017.
It is fully auto-engaging and auto-releasing, meaning that no user interaction is necessary anymore.
Just clip in the plate, lock it into place and its secured – this is confirmed with a noticeable click sound.
To remove, flip open the levers, push the plate cleart of the hooks, and retrieve it.
Currently we do not offer an upgrade option for older lineGrips to SBR. This retainer mechanism uses a different clamping plate system.