I bought my first Cinch in Sept of 2006. We used it for top ropping only until I figured out the special holding position for lead belaying. Now it is my favoriate device to lead belay with. It allows me to payout the rope really quickly without locking up. For some reason I always have an issue with locking up the GRI GRI when I do quick payouts during a lead belay. With the Cinch I am guaranteed not to short rope you.