While the Cinch is no longer available, we have a number of other belay device recommendations.
For a few years, the Trango Cinch challenged the original Petzl GriGri for being the best-assisted locking belay device. Since then the Petzl GriGri 2 came out and other companies entered the market with their own designs. The Cinch has lost its status as the lightest and smallest assisted locking model and new passive options now retail for half the price. Therefore, the Cinch no longer receives a Top Pick award, but it's still a solid belay device with the same smooth action and reliable catch it always had. Some of our testers struggled to master the unique feeding mechanism. However, once they did they were impressed with how quick it let them pay out rope.