I was hoping someone here could shed some light on wether or not a Gri Gri 2 is worth the extra £20 or is it only really the difference in size weight that is affected depending on the model.
I have googled previous threads, and there seemed to be no real agreement with pro and anti camps popping up here and there. Has there been any consensus reached or is it still very much a love it or hate it scenario?
( I intend on using it for belaying sport, self belaying/ascending with a jumar as well as a few other things)
I have a Cinch and A GriGri 2.. my Cinch actually stopped locking after a while and started to 'auto lower' people.. not ideal! I first noticed it doing this when I was using it as an ascender/decender for photographing people climbing, I was sliding down the rope faster that I could go up!. There is no signs of wear or anything wrong with it and I cant work out why it's doing it. I needed to replace it at short notice for work so I bought a GriGri 2 and I've been pretty happy with it.. the only issue I've had is the cam rusting from being in salty air when working near the sea (more of a problem in the very humid parts of asia I've been recently).
I've used both for route setting, belaying, self belaying and ascending and to be honest the GriGri 2 is good at all of these.. the Cinch is maybe a little faster to pay out with but can be trickier to lower with. I'd probably go for the GriGri 2 if I had to choose..
I do love the cinch but I just dont trust it anymore, though I think it is just a problem with mine and not the design in general.
There is incidentally another wear problem that can cause the Cinch to malfunction that I forgot to mention. If the central pivot wears the small stainless steel hook part which engages over the base plate starts to rub and wear on the aluminium backplate. This hangs up under load reducing braking performance. In the end the wear is enough that the hook on the moving cam doesn“t engage on the back-plate when you install the rope but lies on the wrong side and the rope can come out, there was an incident in Germany with this problem which was reviewed by the DAV at the time. I“ve got one like this which was found after the belayer threw it away in disgust!
If I remember correctly the view from Trango was that only a couple of years use was the price one paid for a light-weight device, there was a long discussion of the issues on rc.com a few years ago.