I've been using the Cinch for almost a year now and it is easily the best climbing purchase I've ever made. It's so easy to feed out rope to a leader that you will never want to go back to anything else. Lowering can be a little tricky, but after a little practice I've gotten pretty smooth with that too. I've used the Grigri 2 a good amount and I prefer the Cinch just because feeding rope is so much easier. Most people say the Grigri lowers smoother, but I don't think it's a huge difference. Both devices are great, so I recommend trying a friend's first to see what works better for you.
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