Review by: sixleggedinsect, 2006-06-02
Disclaimer: I *do not* use the cinch for lead belaying. i know that most people do. i use the cinch for toproping, work positioning, solo top roping, jugging, hauling systems, etc. that said: i think the cinch is incredible. the rope path is so straight that the cinch feeds rope like no other. it self feeds on solo toprope, locks off securely, and is small enough to consider bringing on multipitch to belay a high-maintenance second. i love this device. it replaces may different devices in my toolbox. rumor has it the Ti version will hit the market sometime soon. if you could afford it, it would become a solid multipitch/alpine do-everything device. man, i love this thing. about the rappelling/lowering issues: i dont like rappelling or lowering with it, but then i dont enjoy the grigri either. trango recommends redirecting the brake rope through a leg loop biner, which helps. however, now accustomed to the feed and the lower lever, i feel comfortable with it. but.. remember what i use it for. not too much rapping with this device. one note: the rolled pin featured in the picture on this site was pre-production, i believe. all cinches sold have a solid pin (ie: will wear out in years, not weeks)
one further note: after reading the reviews below, i notice that a number of the so-called 'cons' cited by cinch owners are actually symptoms of not knowing how to use it well.