I've got one of those monstrous D-shaped capos with the rubber-jacketed bar that swings to the side to open, inherited from my mother. All the ones of that type I've encountered are in the 20-30-year-old age range--it must have been a 1970's thing (mine dates to 1972). It looks like an instrument of torture but it doesn't make my guitar sound mushy and it really saves my hand. D and A chords make me cramp up after awhile, so it's much easier for me to put the capo on the second fret and play the chords for C or G. Nobody will consider it cheating who has played for five hours straight at a square dance.
I do learn the "proper" chords first, though.