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Trango Cinch replacement?


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bmdhacks · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 416

I lost my Cinch somewhere in Yosemite and want to replace it.  I mostly use it for backing up jumaring on aid climbs, and to back up rope soloing on micro-traxion.  Also some belaying on multipitch.  The way it eagerly locks on the rope versus a grigri, but then has smoother downstream feeding really appeals to me.  Grigri slips too easily untensioned for my taste (although I prefer it for lead belay).

Can anyone recommend something to replace it with?  Should I hunt for somewhere that still stocks them, or are they unsafe due to that slipping problem when worn?

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275
Nathan G · · Utah · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 10

If you want a GriGri that locks easier you could try the new GriGri+. A little pricey, but you can select between lead mode (feels like a normal GriGri) and TR mode (locks up easier). 

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 931

I never sent my vergo in for the recall and have done lots of TR soloing on it. Works great. 

kevin deweese · · Oakland, Ca · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 526

Vergo is great (better than the Cinch) and only the first recall batch is actually a safety issue. Looks like REI still has some available but who knows. Campsaver has them on "shipping in 7-14 days", which is most def a lie. 

bmdhacks · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 416

Yeah I bought one from campsaver 20 days ago and they just said it's gonna be a while, so I cancelled my order.

Wes C · · Cleveland, oh · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 146

I've got two cinches that aren't getting the use I thought they would for top rope soloing that I bought from users here.  Pm me if your interested.  

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