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Descending Tools
(Updated: November 06, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Type of Use 
 
5.0
Frequency of Use 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
2.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
2.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Rappeling with the Trango Cinch

I hoped the small Trango Cinch would do it all - belay, position, rappel. I understand most climbers are using this device as a positioner; Gear Rater may want to move the Cinch to Positioning Devices instead of Rappeling. I have found a few issues with using it as a rappel device:



1) The store salesperson had me try it out in rappel mode on a 9mm. rope; I think the device requires the rope be 9.4 - 11mil. In order to descend, I pulled (too) hard on the hi-tech plastic lever - and pulled it right past the stop. I still couldn't descend - evidently the cams grab the 9mil a little too well.



2) Also, after several test rappels in my garage with one end of my new 11mil Fly rope, the sheath bunched enough to somehow jam the Cinch - leaving me stuck. No amount of bouncing could force the jam through the device.



3) Finally, I tried rappeling with my new Sterling HDP 3/8" (9.5mil) rope. The Cinch wanted to drop me scarily fast instead of the controlled rate I was looking for. I don't know if this will change when the new rope breaks in. The Cinch has rapped smoothly with older ropes.



I'd love to hear of other's experiences with this sexy little number.



Bill

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