The greatly prefer the Cinch over the Grigri 2. It appears to have a simpler, more intuitive construction which is important. You can feed rope to the lead climber much faster with the Cinch, so you can keep the slack low until the climber wants to pull up rope for clipping. The Cinch is maybe a bit more cumbersome than the Grigri2 for lowering, but this a very minor drawback. I wouldn't change a thing about it.
I had always wondered about these belay devices but never tried one because I had a bit of a stigma towards Trango as a whole. I have since learned that Trango actually has some pretty good stuff and a lot of it, including this belay, is made in the US. I can tell you right now, I am going to support my country when I can. It is extremely easy to use, well, if you can follow simple instructions. It took me a moment to get used to since I have been using both a grigri and grigri 2 for some time now. The grigris have not let my gear tote since I picked this thing up. It works best with mid 9s to mid 10s. We did use it with an old PMI 11mm static rope and while it did work, it was a bit slow with the stiff, heavy rope. It handled like a dream with every dynamic rope we threw at it but I have nothing over a 10.5. I would definitely recommend picking one of these up. The price is quite good too.
"Top of the Line Auto-Locking Belay Device (IF USED PROPERLY!)"
This belay device is top notch. It is constructed with quality materials and is less prone to mechanical failure than similar auto-locking devices (like the gri-gri). HOWEVER, this device does have a certain learning curve that isn't present in other devices. Since the rope is essentially passing straight through the Cinch when belaying on lead, it is necessary to always pay attention to your climber and ensure that the device is only left open when feeding out slack. The Cinch will continue to feed out slack if left open so PLEASE make sure if using this device that you understand this about the device.
I used these at my university and I Loved them. I like them a lot more then the gri. I use them with a BD ascender for rock climbing photography. It's simple and smooth and has less moving parts. Great auto self belay though I prefer a regular ATC for belaying in general
Really like this piece of gear. Trust it on everything but especially like it when working sport routes. Gives slack so fast and easy. Takes slack just as easy. I think it is more simple to work than a gri gri. My $0.02.
I've tried both grigris and like the cinch better than both. It feeds out rope much smoother, doesn't kink your rope, and is lighter and cheaper. All around better! At first there was some herky jerkiness with lowering, and I found that it was easy for the rope to lock up when someone wasweighting the rope on and off quickly (like working a project), but once I got used to using the cinch, I don't feel that way anymore - just took some getting used to, like anything else. I use it indoors, outdoors, toproping, lead-belaying, and multi-pitch.
"Good for sports climbing, not so good for other purposes"
Tried both the Cinch and Grigri2. Personally prefered Cinch over grigri2 for sports climbing purpose because of it smoother feed out (or maybe I wasn't that skilled with grigri2 to have found the G-spot to it). It is also much lighter to hang on the gear loop while cragging a project. Grigri2 feels heavy and is definitely bulkier. However, I went for the grigri2 in the end because when I help to set routes and had to self belay, I prefer the grigri2. Preferred and feel safer abseiling on the grigri2 as well. But if it is just for sports climbing, Cinch is great! Lightweight and seems to belay smoother for me!
Being new to auto belays I cant comment on other devices such as the grigri but after using the CInch a few times I can say its freaking awesome. Very smooth decents, feeds super easy too. Its very lightweight and constructed well. I ordered the blue but got the green not a big deal, green brings out my eyes better anyway. My only concern is the release leaver is made of plastic and has a bit of "give" to it which makes me worry about it cracking, time will tell. I will probably never go back to a ATC but its good for a backup.
So I love the Cinch. It's light, easy to set up, and lowering is a breeze. The only negative that I've noticed is that it's tricky when dumping slack. I know I should be able to pinch the device and pull out slack, but the slightest pull on the climber's side starts to lock the device and makes this hard. I have big(er) hands and I can easily reach the back side of the Cinch and fix this pretty quickly, but my girlfriend can't do this so it locks up on her.Besides that one little problem this thing is awesome. Oh and it's cheaper than the GriGri.
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