Cinch Belay Device
Review by: drclimber, 2006-11-16
I placed the review bellow a time ago, in response Mr. Malcom Daly replaced my device with the new version. Its been more than 1 year since I received the new device and no signs of rust has appeared. Congratulations Trango, is my opinion that this is the best autolock Belay device, considering weight, smoothness and price.
I know some guys considers the Gri-Gri better because when rappeling is really a more smooth device, but we are talking about belaying, and I think this is the main purpose Trango had in mind when designing the Cinch. Guive rope to the climber is much more fluid with the Cinch, and for me thats what it counts. Who descends learns how to handle the device to it convenience when rappeling, but the climber does not has that possibility.
Another important thing is that mounting the rope in the device can be done when rope is strained, and also (and I know this final aspect can cause some controversy) it needs no modification for auto-belaying a lead climb.
I have used this device for 2 years. Besides the fact that works great and smooth, it has a serious weaknes compared to the GriGri, IT GETS RUSTED. About one year since I bought it, the plated part has been gainig rust in the rope canal and the axis. Althought the fine layer of rust doesn´t compromise the security of the device (whenever you clean it) I dont think its helpfull for the rope, so anyway makes cleanig and constant revision inminent. One of the posible reasons for this could be that, as designed in colorado´s dry weather, the metal is not suitable for humid climate like where I live in (Dominican Republic), but GriGri´s have never get rusted here, signifying better quality controls by Petzl. I hope Trango have considered this for it new version, I´ll send them a photo.
Pros: Weight, Smooth, Easy to Use (lead and top rope).
Cons: Plated metal gets rusted.