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Even with big whippers or long hang-dog sessions, belaying with this Trango device is a Cinch.

Giant whippers and never-ending hang-dogging sessions aren't an issue thanks to the Trango Cinch Belay Device's assisted-locking mechanism. If your partner goes for a really big ride, then the Cinch acts dynamically instead of locking down solid, which provides a softer catch and lowers the impact force on gear and on your partner. After the ride, your climber will get a nice, smooth lower thanks to the precisely designed cam. Perhaps most importantly, this belay device works on ropes down to 9.4mm so you don't have to change devices just because you're using a lightweight line to send your project.

  • Assisted-locking mechanism helps you catch big falls and hold projecting climbers
  • Falls above factor 1 cause a dynamic catch for reduced loads
  • Works on ropes from 9.4mm to 11mm
  • For use on single ropes only

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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally bought this because it was cheaper than the gri gri and I've used both of them. I think the gri gri is smooth when letting your climber down but it's less comfortable in my hand than the cinch is. I'm very pleased with it but it does take some adjusting to make sure you don't jerk your climber around when lowering them.

5 5

Perfect if used properly

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The system is very simple to use, its less bulk then a Grigri, and feeds very well on 9.8 to 10.2 ropes. The rope can "twist" after a day spent using a cinch, nothing dangerous or annoying, just mentioning it. I don't see why someone wouldn't use such a tool unless he trads or wants to save weight.

5 5

Belayer's Best Friend

Feeds way easier than a grigri, is lighter, and is cheaper. Initially found that lowering was herky jerky, but once I got used to using it, I now find it works much smoother. there's just a learning curve to it. Works great for gym, outdoors, toproping, lead-belaying, multi-pitch, etc.

5 5

Great for Belaying and Ascending

Truly an innovative design! I love this device. It is smooth the belay with and easy to lower. Also, I am both a photographer and a route developer. I love this device because it is easy to ascend with; Other auto-locking devices often gets the rope caught in it and does not work well. For ascending this is the hands-down choice auto-locking device!

5 5

Feeds rope like butter

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.

5 5

Love it!

The Cinch is my favorite belay device. You can effortlessly belay both top rope and lead climbing. It is so lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand perfectly.

Trango Cinch Instructional Video

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5 5

Best belay device I've ever used!

I started using my buddy's Cinch a few months ago and am completely sold on it. I can literally throw rope out of the device while lead belaying a partner. You can also belay off the anchor with it. I've used the ATC Guide for years now and it takes too much effort when belaying off the anchor in guide mode or when lead belaying, especially with fat ropes. I also own a GriGri2 and it pales in comparison to the Cinch. I was taught how to properly operate it and have had no problems.

Watch this video from the Trango website to operate it properly. http://youtu.be/lkOVssfihn0

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Just making sure... No anchor/device is designed to belay a leader directly off the anchor

Can anybody tell me how this compares to...

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Can anybody tell me how this compares to the GriGri2?

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this is pretty much the same...same weight, same size and same technique

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In my opinion each has their pros and cons. I only use this, not the grigri 2. I've had both the grigri 1 and 2, then bought this baby. Grigris are okay, very popular and safe. In reality they are probably "better" in the sense of having more pros than the cinch. However, the cinch doesn't have a camming unit in it which enables the user to feed out slack and take it in with NO effort at all. It gives the most flawless lead belay of your life! Only downside is after long use the cinch will start to slip, meaning when your climber falls and the cinch locks, the rope slowly (very very slowly) slips through. I've gone through 2 with this problem, Trango always gives me new ones and the climber is never in danger. The grigri lowers much better, especially with thin rope. Overall, try them and see for yourself. Most people swear by the grigri, I would say that most of those people haven't used the cinch or at least have had a bias opinion.

1 5

I hate it

I weight 175 lbs and if I have a 110 lbs girl belaying me this thing locks up like hell. then she pries open that lever and the rope comes shooting out - it is dangerous and for my poor belayer hard on her hands.

This is a lighter weight and far less functional gri-gri 2. Just buy the new grigri!

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make sure you're belayer knows how to use the device properly and don't keep so much tension on the rope as the climber. problem solved

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My advice is to quite blaming the gear and get a better belayer. Problem solved, I used the cinch with a experienced and trusted belayer and it out performed the gri gri in my eyes. It feed slack clean, caught me on a few nasty wippers, it is a good choice for a small clean assisted locking belay device.

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I agree - get a better belyaer. I weigh 110 lbs and my usual climbers are like 200 lbs, no problems w/ either an ATC or a Gri-gri. But once i had an inexperienced 200 lb belayer belay me on a gri-gri and he pried the lever down and i was jerking down, and shooting fast. It was awful and scary.

Once I gave ropeburn to a 200lb belayer, he was using an ATC.

I pull a lever all the way down with one hand and slow the rope down with my other had. Used to give me rope burn, but now I have callouses.

5 5

Love the Cinch!

The Cinch is great for everything--belaying leader, lowering, rappelling, and especially bringing up the second. I find the operation very smooth, much smoother lowering than the grigri's I've used in the gym. I'm so glad I finally got one of these!

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Ohhh this rapels too? Can't do that with the gri-gri.

4 5

Belaying was Never This Smooth...

...or this much fun. Belaying with the Cinch is easy, and feeding the rope, as some reviews have it on the nose, is "as smooth as butter".. really! It's almost effortless with absolutely no resistance whatsoever (assuming you have the Cinch angled the correct way). In fact, it has so little resistance that if I wanted to, I can literally "throw" rope out of the Cinch to feed to the climber if I needed to.

When the Cinch is locked off, it stays locked. So much so in fact sometimes it's a bit hard to get it to release the rope (you have to rotate the Cinch back into its belay position, with your thumb and index finger grasping the pivot hole), but that could be a nice back-up on its own - to not release the rope until the climber is climbing and the rope becomes slack enough again for you to resume belaying.

Releasing the rope IS a bit counter-intuitive, but it's very easy to get used to. The only flaw to the Cinch that I can think of is pulling on the release lever to lower the climber takes a bit of effort, and yet, it's pretty sensitive once it gets going, especially if you're belaying a heavy climber. A solution to this is to use a redirect to give your brake hand a bit of extra leverage in feeding the rope through.

The Cinch overall is a great belay device. Very light, small size, and cost less than a GriGri. However, the Cinch is one of those devices where you really need to read the instructions to use it properly, so make sure you don't just toss the box away when you open the package (instructional video can be found here: http://youtu.be/R9TO5ikqXwo).

There is no price. How much does this...

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There is no price. How much does this generally cost?

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trango's website has MSRP at 85.95, but you can find it other places on the web for cheaper.

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Unfortunately Backcountry.com haven't had this in stock for a while now, so I opted to get it elsewhere despite my disappointment. It cost about $85 from Amazon.com, but Outdoorpros.com is selling them for $66 at the moment.

5 5

Simply the Best

Wow. Just a few days after the gri gri 2 was recalled, we went 2 the crag, and some chick had this. My friend and I asked her what it was, and she showed us the cinch, and let us mess around with it on the ground. Picked 1 up.
Pros: Lighter and smoother than the gri gri or gri gri 2, been out for a while, and it hasn't been recalled yet!

Can you use this like the grigri for...

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Can you use this like the grigri for jumaring? Or will it lock up every time you sit on it? From what people are saying its a bit tricky to free the rope when it locks, unlike the grigri that has a cam?

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You can but it does have the tendency to lock up. Unlocking it's not as bad as people say though.

5 5


Was I sceptical? YES! Am I happy with my decision? YES! My climbing partner and I have been using the Grigri and were pretty happy with that until now. This has a simple design that just works. I do suggest you watch the video of how to use it and practice, but after you've done that you'll never go back to the Grigri. When a climber is leading you just hold it in your hand at the right angle and watch it feed super smooth. If a fall takes place it will lock up quick and perfect and your hand naturally grabs hold of the brake end of the rope. I don't recomend using it as a ascender, but I had to at one point first trying the grigri only to find it impossible for how I needed it to work. The cinch did it like it was designed exactly for that! I'm telling you it's like magic. Small, light, WORKS!

5 5

Love it!

I used the Petzl grigri before, lost it, and bought the Cinch, because it is cheaper. I got used to it after some minutes of playing, and now, after two years of use, i won't touch a grigri again! It simply feeds so easy, is light and small, and feels very good in the hand. This is the climbing gear i am most satisfied with!

I haven't tried the new grigri 2, but it's basically just smaller and works with thinner rope than its former model.

Watch the technique video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9TO5ikqXwo

5 5

Smaller, faster, lighter, better

I really like this little device. It's smaller and lighter than both versions of grigris, and feeds out rope easier and faster in my opinion. Feeding out rope also feels safer on the cinch than feeding on a grigri as you aren't pinching the cam down in order to feed rope fast.
While lead belaying with the cinch isn't intuitive at first, after a couple uses you'll get the hang of it and belaying with it will be second nature. Top roping or belaying a second is the same action as an ATC, so no learning curve. Watch Trango's video on how to use this and you'll be comfortable with it in no time.
The lowering seems touchy but again, it just takes a few uses to get used to it. You can also redirect the rope through a biner clipped to a leg loop to give even more control in the lower.
The device catches falls quickly but provides a measure of dynamic belay as well, which is always nice on a lead fall.
In all this is the best brake-assisting belay device on the market in my opinion. Take a little extra time to learn it and break the habit of a grigri and you won't want to pick up that grigri again!

5 5

The Cinch is great

Awesome belay device for anything! I've used it belaying arm burning sport climbs, and have also used it as a backup for jugging fixed lines. The Cinch glides up the rope as a superb big wall backup, and also locks up mighty quick if your buddy doesn't let you know he's going to whip. Great piece of gear.

5 5

Bomb Proof

I love my cinch. Simple and easy to use. A little harder to use with fatter ropes (10.5mm).

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