I remember the first time someone suggested I try sushi. Saying that I was reluctant would be an understatement. Now, having tried sushi, I have made it a staple in my diet. I felt the same resistance I had for sushi when first trying the new and improved Trango Cinch ($69.95 retail). However, after playing with the Cinch at the offices of Dead Point and in the field, I concluded that this is the most underrated belay device on the market. The Trango Cinch is simple, intuitive, light, and locks down skinny ropes like a fugitive in Guantanamo post 9-11. Feeding the leader rope with the Cinch is smooth and effortless, and the improved arm used to lower a climber provided control and confidence. The Cinch’s only shortcomings were apparent when belaying fatter ropes. Of course, belaying with a fat rope is laborious with all belay devices, so this didn’t surprise us. What did surprise us was how quickly Trango’s Cinch made its home in our packs with our gear and our Rainbow Rolls.