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Smaller + lighter + simpler = better.

Petzl took the most-used assisted-braking belay device on the planet, made it 25% smaller and 20% lighter, gave it a wider functional range, and called it the Grigri 2. Unlike the previous model, the Grigri 2 works on ropes clear down to 8.9mm because, let's face it, we've all used the last model well outside its recommended specs. In addition, the new release system uses a graduated cam, which gives you better control while lowering your climber. Since Petzl knows that you'll be using this belay device for a decade or more, it made the cam out of burly stainless steel for a seriously long life.

  • Durable stainless steel cam and friction plates stand up to years of use
  • Easy-to-read diagrams on the aluminum side plates help you make sure you're set up correctly
  • Assisted braking system helps check your partner's fall when he skips one clip and botches the next
  • Brake handle gives you excellent control for lowering
  • Designed to accommodate rope diameters between 8.9 and 11 millimeters; ideal rope diameters are between 9.4 to 10.3 millimeters

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5 5

Great Multi-Function Device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally got the Grigri as just a belay device but have found it makes a great tool for lots of other functions. The auto-locking feature is great for not only belays but rappels off a fixed line, self belaying up a fixed line and rope solos, and the occasional rope swing. It is also great when your friend is projecting something hard in the gym and is taking a lot of falls. I would say there is a good amount of "safety" hype surrounding this device. A lot of people approach it as a risk-free belay because it is auto locking. This is so far from the truth. I have heard of way more accidents because people either don't know how to operate it properly or they hold down the cam after a fall and drop their friend to the ground. It is NOT a risk free device. That being said, it is super awesome when used correctly. If money is tight and you need a belay device, stick with the ATC Guide or Petzl Reverso. These offer a ton of functionality at a fraction of the price.

5 5

More than just a belay device

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The GriGri 2 is awesome for anything from ascending, hauling, self-belay, and top-rope. It is rather difficult to use properly on lead climbing though. My climbing partner is always over cautious and refuses to be belayed with the GriGri 2 while lead climbing. It's easy if you remove your hand from the brake side of the rope, but that gives some climbers the sense of insecurity (even though I typically will belay people on top rope with the GriGri 2 without worrying about paying much attention to them and be just fine)

All in all, it will take some practice to use it for lead climbing, but I would definitely recommend it for anything else mentioned before. Just buy it and top-rope with it until you practice feeding slack quickly and safely enough.

5 5

Recommended!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

easy handle, light, compact... simply great!

5 5

Wish I had bought it earlier.

awesome. Nice to know a new person belaying you has a little "help"

5 5

Love, love, love

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the chance to use this a few times, and I have to say it's the best belay device I've ever used. It's easy to load the rope up and the brake really does a good job of stopping your climber during a fall.

I want to buy one of these ASAP! how often do you get new shipments?

Responded on

Hey Natalie,

We'll be receiving a new shipment in the next 2 or 3 week. I'll do my best to let you know when they come in.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Ben
brabinowitz@backcountry.com
801-746-7564

I'd like to buy Blue Color or yellow. aren't there any other colors?
when can i get them?
and... till when do u offer the discount?

Responded on

Hey!

We'll be receiving a yellow, turquoise, and grey in the next 2 or 3 week. I'll do my best to let you know when they come in.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

Ben
brabinowitz@backcountry.com
801-746-7564

5 5

Get what you pay for :)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the Gri gri for sport climbing and top roping when needed. I switch between the ATC and gri gri. Smooth action and with a rope 10.0 and under I find it to work more smoothly and allows less friction. I bought the teal color and it stands out which I like just in case I accidentally drop it or at night to see it. Great buy on sale also :)

When can we get more color? I want an orange one badly.

Responded on

I think Orange was one of the old colors. We do have some of the yellow (looks yellow-orange) color coming sometime mid July ish.

5 5

The standard.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For both top-roping and lead climbing, this is my go-to belay device. It's been well used 3-4 times a week for years, and shows no signs of wear. I love the reliability, and yes, I like that I can live without some of the worry that comes with a traditional ATC.

The standard.
5 5

Peace of mind

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this solely for leading with an inexperienced belayer who doesn't have someone on the ground with them. I agree that learning to use a regular belay device first is very important but sometimes you get someone new and their the only ones who can go climbing with you. I like the peace of mind if I take a fall on lead and a new belayer freezes up I have some sort of a back up. Not saying that anyone should rely on the Grigri to take place of a good belayer but something is better than nothing even if it's only in my mind

5 5

So Awesome I Could Cry

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Im in love with this thing! less work for you when your partner is hanging checking out the next couple of moves, really really easy Lowering and Rappelling. If you're looking for an awesome next level belay device for indoors and outdoors look no further!

5 5

Great Multi-use Device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As some have said, before getting a GriGri, one should first put time into learning the usage of both ATC-type devices and belaying/rappelling via Muntner hitches for safety reasons. Besides this I find this device fantastic. I use it belaying, I use it in arborist systems, I can't seem to stop finding uses for it. A great device, but for safety sake people should really learn the tried and true methods first.

5 5

Learn with passive device then get this.

my buddy is always saying people are too lazy with grigri, but once u have mastered a passive device, it is super nice to use the grigri. my partner and i dont nitch at each other as much with these bad boys, which means no penalty slack or rocks in my pack! woohoo!

Is this grigri2 free from recall??

Best Answer Responded on

I assume you're referring to this recall affected the 2011 Grigri 2: http://www.petzl.com/security/sport/recall-grigri-2?language=en#faq

I recently purchased a Grigri 2 from Backcountry.com and it was not from the affected batch.

5 5

didn't think I wanted it...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was always a little leery of the grigri - I always thought of it as a device that people use so that things are 'foolproof,' without really realizing how clever fools are. I got it on sale, and was surprised by how nice it really is to use - it makes belaying easy and smooth, and if you don't treat it as a stupid-proofing device, it does make climbing safer.

5 5

Awesome Belay Device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While this isn't my go-to belay device, I am quite fond of it. It's simple to use and works wonders. I almost exclusively use it on top rope because I feel it's easier to feed slack with a tube style belay device, but regardless it always boosts my confidence a bit knowing that my belayer is using it. It also makes it a lot easier to hold a climber who is hanging on the rope. When we're with a group, we hand it to the less-experienced belayers just to provide a little more piece of mind. As with any device, it's not entirely fool proof and you still have to know what you're doing, but it's a lot more forgiving than a tube style belay device. Lighter than the original but just as good. I've used both and trust them both completely.