According to a pre-METS release, the new XTX Clutch is designed for mid-load rope holding using a braided “softgrip” technology to engage and hold a loaded rope. Similar in concept to a Chinese Finger Trap, when loaded, an internal fiber sleeve grips the length of rope inside the clutch, rather than pinching it like a traditional clutch, resulting in less wear and tear on the rope cover and a more reliable release. An internal spring controls the sleeve tension with push button lever activation “ensuring finger-tip on/off control.” Units will be available in early 2020, with black as the standard body color. Other colors are available direct from Spinlock in the UK. $240. For more: