*photo shows a FIDLOCK prototype
WINCH fastener - unique twist-lock with innovative ratchet functionality
Here at FIDLOCK, our focus lies on creating a special moment when opening and closing a fastener with great ease of use. Some of our magnetic fasteners are developed for specific application areas. Well-known examples are our pinch-free SNAP helmet buckles . However, most of our magnetic fasteners can be used for diverse application areas. This category includes the WINCH fasteners – featuring one of our newest technologies. They combine the perks of a ratchet with our unique FIDLOCK concept, creating a new functionality with a variety of special features:
The handle can be detached from the base
It unwinds when opened
Pretension can be applied before winding up
Laces of different types and sizes can be used
Ratchet functionality: no reaching around the handle when tightening
Customization is possible
Fastening, tightening, winding – WINCH
The innovative WINCH fastener is a unique combination of magnetic fastening and the qualities of a ratchet. In the handle, laces are wound up around a spool. Thanks to the ratchet functionality, you don't need to change your grip. Additionally, the handle can be pulled off completely. This doesn’t only allow quick and automatic unwinding. It can also be used to apply pretension to the laces. As known from the FIDLOCK concept, magnetic force guides the handle into the right position when reattaching it.
Moreover, multiple laces can be used on a single WINCH, the number depends on the thickness of the laces. This creates countless possibilities for the use of WINCH fasteners on products, ranging from footwear to outdoor, or even medical applications! Of course, our WINCH is available in right-turning and left-turning versions, suiting the special requirements of some products – for example, a pair of shoes.
WINCH elegance & momentum
Since the WINCH can be used for such a large variety of products, our designers developed two different handles to suit the look and conditions of different application areas:
The WINCH momentum is the “classic” version, featuring a clear design with a great grip that especially suits applications for sports and outdoors.
The WINCH elegance, as the name already indicates, features a fashionable design with a smooth-edged and soft-touch surface. Additionally, a pull tab facilitates quick removal of the handle. t.
WINCH application areas – countless possibilities
Due to the combination of tightening and fastening, the WINCH fasteners can be used on a great variety of products from many industries. Additionally, we combined the FIDLOCK concept with the highest adjustability for great ease of use in many situations, such as fastening tieless sneakers! The following examples are only a few, but should give you a nice insight into the many possible WINCH applications:
In orthopaedics, WINCH fasteners can be applied to different aids, greatly facilitating the adjustment of vests, corsets or ankle supports.
Outdoor gear and apparel also offer many possibilities. How about trousers that can be attached and tightened to shoes, preventing the trouser legs from sliding up? Another possibility would be attaching gear for transport, such as a bicycle helmet to a backpack.
Customizing your WINCH
Both handles, the WINCH momentum and the WINCH elegance, can be adapted to the design of your product. Custom colours and individual logos are possible. Additionally, the WINCH product range includes a left-turning and right-turning version to meet your application’s requirements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information.
We are keeping things as simple as possible for your production! The WINCH handles are delivered pre-assembled and ready for the insert of laces. These are quickly attached to the spool, thanks to predestined loops. Of course, instructions are available for the assembly according to the turning direction of the handle. Additionally, the WINCH features a sew-in base for easy fitting onto the product.
Find the Assembly Guide here.