Darwin HiHat

The DARWIN HiHat Series

Since the Darwin pedals have been available I got requests for a matching HiHat stand from time to time. 

I always replied that there will be a solution at one point for sure but I could not say when. 


The reason behind that was, to be honest, that I did not want to just build a random HiHat, something that looks and does the same thing every other product offers. Like with the Darwins I want to offer something unique and very useful.


I always had the curiosity for a HiHat back in my mind and was slowly developing a general concept. 

The basic idea was to have a very compact, universal and easy to use travel HiHat that fits people's different needs.



I was not able to write that much about the HiHat due to the lag of time during the last week and also because I was finishing some patent forms at that time.

Finally everything's clear and I'm happy to show and explain some more details to you!

The Concept

In general I started with the base plate, heel and footboard layout of the Darwin, placed a shorter version of the main pillar in the middle and figured out a way to get most of the mechanism working inside of it. This was the first step for a matching geometry and design to the Darwin pedals.

After a few months I finally started the construction on the computer and built the first prototype concepts. During this process the whole idea developed on its own since so many little details almost happened "by accident" but really added value to the design. 

Next up I wanted to have some sort of folding mechanism that offers stability up to the top and the option to have a solid base plate. I ended up with a thread design that allows the main tube to be twisted towards the base plate when loosened. This solution offers a stable folding mechanism in the simplest way possible.

Pulling Rod & Carbon Tube


For a compact transport it's usually necessary to take the top part, extension tube and upper part of the pulling rod, apart and to carry them separately.


I figured out a way to disconnect the upper part of the pulling rod and to let it sink inside the lower part.


That allows the extension tube to be lowered to the minimum with the pulling rod not any higher. Everything stays in one compact unit.


The HiHat clutch is based on a simple design that does not damage the rod in the long run.


The cause of a few sleepless nights was truly the leg layout. 

Since the connection of the main pillar and the carbon tube was so stable and durable, I did not want to have any sort of legs clamped onto the main tube. The idea was to be able to have a leg layout that looks nice and just folds out easily when you need it.

If it's necessary to mount the HiHat stand to a rack or cymbal stand due to missing space for legs next to a bass drum for example, it should be possible to let them be hidden unfolded somewhere. 


The final result is a leg layout that is placed on the base plate, underneath the footboard for transportation. During the unfolding of the HiHat, the legs can be pulled out and locked in place wherever it's necessary. 

Underneath the legs is enough room for cables. If the ground is very uneven or if a thick carpet is used, there's the option to lift the front legs by using screws placed at the very front. This allows the stand to be balanced on just 3 spots (like any tripod) and avoids any wobbling problems. 

Spring & Footboard

The spring tension can be adjusted in very small steps just by twisting the large mechanism on the bottom end of the carbon tube. Like the Darwin's spring mechanism it's easy to reference the tension and it always stays locked.


The footboard height can be adjusted independently by using a drum key (on the pictured prototype it was necessary to use an allen key) and offers a wide range to get it matched to your drum pedal.

The Darwin Remote HiHat

The foundation of the remote HiHat is very similar to the regular Darwin. The base plate, footboard, footboard adjustment and main pillar are the same. 

Pedal Part

The difference starts with the connection from the main unit to the cable. Unlike the regular version there are no threads, just a simple "hook & play" solution to connect the moving HiHat with the footboard. The remote version of the Darwin HiHat also does not need any additional legs for a solid performance due to a very simple design with a low centre of gravity.


The end of the cable has a fixed connection with some sort of hook that allows to attach and remove the HiHat and cable from the pedal unit easily for a quick and compact packing.

HiHat Part

The top part is also based on the regular Darwin HiHat, broken down to the most compact setup possible. It offers the same features, including a retractable pulling rod. The result is a travel friendly Cable Hat at about 1800 grams that almost fits in a pocket.


One of the toughest details on any cable HiHat is, you guessed it, the cable itself. The biggest problem is just friction.

I experimented with lots of different options, literally everything I could find and finally met a partner in the mountain bike industry who's developing high performance braking and shifting cables.


The special design protects the cable and housing from dirt or anything else that can cause friction. But because the liner runs the full length of the cable, a specially developed cable coating and lube are used to keep friction to a minimum.



Like the Darwin pedals, the HiHat stand will be available with a Short- or Longboard.


Also, it's possible to choose between the standard (black & silver), or an all-black color option.


A remote HiHat based on the solid version is also available!


Like all my products the pedals are produced in small batch series and assembled by hand.


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