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Cinch Belay Device popular Average Rating = 4.24/5 Average Rating : 4.24/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: chalkfree, 2005-11-18

Just got mine today, put it through it's paces and I think I like it better than the grigri

Lead belay. It doesn't get any easier than this device, pay no attention to the nay-sayers, if you can belay a lead with a grigri this thing is nicer.

Self belay, while it is at first a little stiffer to get rope through, it quickly becomes second nature. I like it better than the gri because I don't have to worry about getting smacked in the genitals with it, it just doesn't sit the same way.

Top Rope. Total ease.

Rappel, I find this to be the only area where I question this device, not because it's hard to control, but because I got shocked when I touched a bolt as I was rapping. No idea if it was the device or not, but it'd never happened to me before. (This was in a gym.)

Anyhow, I'm giving it a 5 because I prefer it to the grigri, and it's more in keeping with "keep it simple stupid" which I find to be comforting.