Project Description

When you’re out there targeting big game fish, hooking them is one thing, but landing them is another.

Black Magic’s world famous Equalizer® are specially designed gimbal and harness sets, which allows you to apply maximum pressure to your fish without applying maximum pressure to your body. 

Sometimes you can be hooked up to these fish for hours, and the Equalizer® is the ultimate system for fighting fish over a period of time thanks to its patented design which maximises leverage, and increases comfort and blood circulation during long battles. 

Key features

Each set includes:

  • Gimbal plate
  • Harness
  • Webbing belt / Drop strap belt
  • Instructions on how to use your Equalizer® or Twin Pin Pro system 
  • Carry bag

Original features

  • The pin at the rear of the gimbal recess is designed for straight butt rods. The pin recess is designed to allow a full range of motion for a straight butt rod, without interference from the gimbal plate 
  • Insert an adaptor (with a single screw to attach to the gimbal plate) for bent butt rods. 
  • The adaptor brings the pin to the front of the gimbal plate and stops the bent butt rod from hitting the gimbal plate when lifted

Twin Pin Pro features

  • Built-in pins for both straight butt and bent butt rods – no need for an adaptor 
  • Straight butt rods use the pin at the rear of the gimbal recess 
  • Bent butt rods use the pin at the front of the gimbal recess 
  • Placement of the pins is designed to give you maximum range of motion, without interference from the gimbal plate

Gimbal protrusion

  • A rear protrusion on the back of the gimbal plate anchors the plate ensuring it doesn’t slip sideways on your legs mid-battle

Gimbal manufacturing

  • The gimbal plates are manufactured from light weight yet robust moulded and contoured plastic, eliminating extra weight and bulk 

Gimbal padding

  • The rear of the gimbal plate is padded with a special material utilising sports medicine technology to give you more comfort and better blood circulation during long fights. The padding is similar in construction to that used in in the manufacture of rugby headgear


  • The stand up harness belt has 2 padded sections – one section goes around your lower back and the other under your bottom/thighs.
  • This distributes the pressure and strain of the fish over a wider section of your body, reducing pressure points and body fatigue during the fight.

Webbing Belt / Drop Strap Belt

  • The lightweight Webbing Belt / Drop Strap Belt can be worn all day, then simply slip on the gimbal plate when the fish strikes
  • Webbing Belts are available in Standard or XL size

Sizes and set ups

Below is a guide to the set sizes available. However, we highly recommend popping into your local tackle store to be fitted for your Equalizer®, to ensure it fits perfectly. 

Original sizes

Twin Pin Pro sizes

How to guides

  • The harness is split into 2 padded sections:
    1. Place the top padded section above your bottom, around your lower back
    2. Place the bottom padded section under your bottom/thighs
  • It’s important to wear the harness correctly as this distributes the pressure and strain of the fish over a wider section of your body, reducing pressure points and body fatigue during the fight


This is the correct posture to take when fish is taking line from your reel.

Note: Knees slightly bent, feet apart. Back is arched so body weight is supported correctly by the harness. Arms should have little strain, as the harness takes all the load, leaving your hands free.


This is the correct technique to lift your fish and gain line once your fish has stopped taking line.

Note: Knees are bent more than illustration 1. Back is still arched and supported by the harness but the load is increased on the harness by effectively ‘sitting’ in it. As you sit in the harness and transfer weight, your rod will lift the fish.

The Grind

Rod is at its heightened position and is loaded to its full potential. Once you have lifted the fish, wind on line while you lower your rod and then repeat. At all stages you should have the rod slightly bent, thus keeping a constant pressure on the fish.