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Descending Tools
(Updated: January 02, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
4.0
Frequency of Use 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
4.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
4.0
Portability 
 
5.0

UPDATE

UPDATE: My old static rope may have "broken in" my Trango Cinch - or I just may have developed a finer touch with the descending lever. Last night I rapped for only the 2nd time on my 3/8" HDP from New Tribe and found the Cinch worked much, much better than the first attempt last fall.



I now find the Cinch raps smoothly if I fine tune my pressure on the lever; using my left thumb as a fulcrum against the device helps modulate my descent. Fully weighted in a free rappell I still find the start/restarts a bit abrupt on the 9.5mm rope - versus smooth on the larger old rope.



NOTE: I found the same abrupt start/restart issue with the Grigri (on the new HDP rope -which amazed me with it's extremely low stretch, reportedly only 2%!). I'm willing to deal with the rough start/restart in exchange for the lighter weight of the HDP.



Beginning to love the compact Cinch,



Bill

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