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Lewmare Super Lock or Spinlock XAS Rope Clutch?

I want to get a double rope clutch set up for my Main and Jib halyard. I've narrowed it down to 3 possibilities.

I've heard Lewmar doesn't wear out lines as fast.
Spinlock grips harder
and Garhauer doesn't make any for 1/4" line, but I've emailed to see if they'd start carrying them.

The spinlocks (IMHO) look better than lewmar, but I've personally seen 2 of them break on 2 separate boats. They continue to hold but the handles break off either when they're left open and someone steps on them, or if there's a bad lead coming out of the clutch they won't close all the way, if you force them, you can break the handle off by hand.

I believe the handles breaking on the spinlocks are due to sun exposure and the plastic getting brittle. Does lewmare have the same issues? If Garhauer would make clutches for 1/4" lines, this wouldn't be an issue, as they use aluminum handles.
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