Trango Cinch

 
3.7 (3)

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.7
Type of Use 
 
3.3  (3)
Frequency of Use 
 
3.7  (3)
Durability 
 
3.7  (3)
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0  (3)
Ease of Use 
 
3.3  (3)
Safety 
 
3.7  (3)
Strength 
 
3.7  (3)
Portability 
 
5.0  (3)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
1.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
3.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Neat piece of kit!!

I recently switched from a prusik/micro pulley combo on my lanyard to this little beauty. As a lanyard positioner, the Trango takes some beating. Unlike the prusik/micro pulley this thing grabs rope every time,no more setting of temperamental hitches.
Shortening is a breeze, lengthening takes a bit of finesse and practice. You can ( if you hold your mouth right ) lengthen it one handed, unloaded of course.
I have mine on a short ( 2.1m ) length of 10mm ocean polly with a ISC triple action rope snap. Very easy to use one handed.
As with everything new, practice on the ground first.
Climb high, Be Safe.
Peace
You could also try attaching it to the side D with a twisted clevis instead of a biner. It will keep the device closer to you and rotate it for easier hand position when using the lever to lengthen.

(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

(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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