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Trango Cinch

Weight170 g
Max Diameter (mm)9.4

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Trango Cinch
4.6 out of 5 based on 19 user reviews.

Cred: 240
Review by deathbybowtie on Feb. 05, 2008
Having learned on a Cinch before a Grigri, I greatly prefer the Cinch. All types of belaying are a snap, and the autoblocking feature is a godsend (I work at a climbing wall that gets lots of little kids who love to hangdog). The rope runs through the device in a very straight line, so on TR roped solo it's incredibly easy to use.
No dual-rope rappelling. Unlike the Grigri, if it's set up backwards, you can't use it as a regular belay device - make sure you check it every time you set it up. Release handle could be a bit bigger, but with the 2nd Gen model, it's extremely manageable.

Cred: 426
Review by eddiemack on Sep. 23, 2008
handles small to large rope easily, small footprint on the rack. lite weight. cool green color! I use it when I'm top roping a lot.
A tad small for the hands and lowering handle on the wrong side if you're right handed.
Gri-gri.. if you have the space for it.

Cred: 430
Review by sleepytom on Jan. 19, 2008
smooth feeding for top roping, belaying the leader and belaying the 2nd; easily catches falls
small lever, single rope rappel

Cred: 316
Review by diebetes on May. 07, 2008
IF you know what you're doing, you can feed rope like a sea cucumber poops.
Takes some getting used to. Once it locks, you cannot unlock it immediately, it takes some tending. This is a problem if you short rope somebody, as it's not as momentary as with other devices.

Cred: 303
Review by EmoryRC on Jul. 15, 2008
Lighter than a grigri, smoother feeding of slack for lead climbing. Safer than a grigri when used properly (no need to take your hand off the brake strand to feed slack fast).
Can be a pain in the butt to lower climbers - takes a lot more effort to pull the release lever. This also makes it somewhat safer to lower too, though - a lot of beginners get dropped when someone yanks on the release lever of a grigri too fast.

Cred: 215
Review by scubasteve on Dec. 29, 2008
excellent device. i've used all different types of auto locking belays and i myself carry an edelrid eddy but i bought my brother a cinch and he and i love it. light weight and easy to use. i've taken many hard falls on it and had no problems.
the lowering lever is plastic. i haven't had any problems with it but i'm a little scepticle.
if you're worried about weight then there is no alternative. if weight isn't an issue i recommend the eddy.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
Great for sport climbers.
No dual rope rappels. Smaller handle than the gri-gri making it a little akward.

Cred: 45
Review by Tortrix on Sep. 03, 2008
Locks up quickly, doesn't slip, cheap, small, and simple
using the lever to release the rope can be tricky. I usually put my thumb trough a biner and pull the lever to regulate the consistancy. Otherwise it will feed rope very fast. Other than that I can't think of any other complaints.
I've used gri gris before, and they offer a smoother release, but they have also let rope slip through when I didn't want it too.

Cred: 18
Review by fb_570033841 on Feb. 17, 2008
Simple design. Works with a wide range of rope diameters.
Handle not super comfortable when lowering a climber. Not a deal killer, but a little extra thought into its design would've given it 5 stars in my book.

Cred: 345
Review by Benzesp on Mar. 14, 2012
Speedy lead belay feed. locks off well with smaller ropes.
Price to weight ratio is right. My favorite belay device. Lowers well.
Thick or stiffer ropes beware.

Cred: 2643
Review by ndonaldj on Apr. 03, 2012
Shnazzy little guy. Great to belay and rappel with. Super smooth feeding. Just dandy.
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Cred: 5
Review by jamnjoshua on Nov. 22, 2011
When it comes to Auto locking devices the cinch is ahead of its competitors. Some great features are its Solid construction, its lightweight, it takes a wide range of rope sizes (it seems to work great with thinner and thicker ropes) and you Gotta dig the color options. The anodized finish is holding up pretty well! I have used mine for about a year now and I am still pulling it out of my bag because its so, so, smooth! I use it most for single pitch climbing, gym or outdoors.
Below is a link on how to use this device that is helpful.
It took me a while to get used to lead belaying with the device, because when I needed to pull extra rope out quick, it often would lock up. After a bit of practice I am now able to hold the device by the pivot hole and rope feed is not an issue.

Cred: 99
Review by protohyp designs on May. 30, 2009
the best...easy feed easy lock...cant beat it. way better than gri gri

Cred: 11
Review by fb_637910379 on Feb. 20, 2008
Safe, lightweight
Really fast rappel.
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Cred: 5
Review by kinobi on Aug. 04, 2009
Nothing so quick in paying out rope.
Interesting videos in
Does not work with over 10,2 mm ropes.

Cred: 19
Review by fb_7302999 on Jan. 29, 2008
simplicity, reliability

Cred: 52
Review by chadtchris on Mar. 18, 2011
easy to use and light
gri gri

Cred: 405
Review by mgkerr on Apr. 26, 2008
works for me

Cred: 5
Review by Antonio De Luca on Jun. 30, 2008
easy to use
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