Cinch vs Gri Gri
Review by: sylvanrocks, 2007-11-20
The Cinch is similar to a Gri-Gri in several ways. Number one is that it must be properly threaded to work correctly. Read the directions, look at the pictures on the device and test it every time you thread it. Beyond that, I feel slightly more secure with a slick small diameter rope when being belayed with the Cinch. The rope grabbing action is great, and the belays are super secure, while the ease of feeding is top notch. The release handle seems a little on the weak side and the overall design makes me a little uneasy when Iím belaying off the upper anchor, but you canít argue with how great it works. Itís the device I whip out if Iím faced with guiding a young guest who might not catch me if a rock breaks on a guide route. It gives me piece of mind, and lets face it, thatís what all this climbing gear is for. Rock climbing is a very mental game you know.