Useful, Safe, AND Energy Saving
The Original Grigri is super functional and can be used for both top roping or leading, but as other reviewers have suggested it does take some getting used to for both and practice makes perfect.
Plates and pieces are solid, but I'll never understand why the handle is plastic, even if I've never personally had any issues with it. . Petzl could have at least reinforced it with an aluminum piece that runs through the center or something?
Instructions for use are clearly engraved and useful for keeping beginners on the right track. I mostly use this to save energy and add a bit of security for when my girlfirend is trying a route a bit out of her skill level.
Good job on the original, Petzl, but hello orange grigri 2!