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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

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:

I recently purchased a Grigri 2 from 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.

5 5

great for cragging

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like that you can drink a beer and pose for a photo while you belay a toproper. grigri seems to be the standard over the cinch or whatever else, and for a good reason, it's easy to use and light. Provides some added confidence when leading. If you have a twisted up rope or flattened rope it can get a little funky and be hard to give slack but with a nice rope it is sexy smooth

great for cragging
5 5

Great little tool!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm kinda embarrassed to say that after rock climbing for 4 years this is the first time I've tried one. Seen people use them a time or two. Didn't think it was necessary (and probably still isn't) but after ice climbing this winter at Ouray and watching others use them extensivley on top rope at the Park, I was sold. If your partner wants to hang dog all day, no problem. It makes nice catches as well. Once you get used to it you can move pretty seamlessly between paying out slack and taking in. Definitely worth a try before you buy. Not going to throw away my ATC but it is a great tool for those long days at the crag.

5 5

Better than my old one. Still awesome.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been a huge gri-gri fan, and this one is even better. I like the smaller, more compact feel of the new model, and the fact that it works better with thinner ropes is another great reason to upgrade.

I still have my old gri-gri, which I've used for well over a decade on thousands of routes; it's well worn but still works great, and I'll keep it around for gym sessions and as a spare device. It looks like it still has another five or ten years of life in it. So it's been a great investment.

5 5

Buy a grigri if you want to belay

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took a huge fall and pulled my belayer into a gully where he could have easier been injured and let go of his brake hand (he was using an ATC). Had he not been a great belayer and avoided injury, I would have fallen at least 30-40 feet into the same gully. I knew from then on I needed to be safer and use an auto-locking belay device (as well as my belay partner). I purchased an auto-locking grigri because of how safe it is immediately after that happened. I encourage all to do the same.

5 5

Great to Have

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like having a Grigri in my gear bag. It is simply a great tool to have around in a multitude of situations. I like to have it handy if the climber is going to be hanging on a steep sport project, at the gym, for using with lesser-experienced belayers who I haven't climbed with before. I haven't used it in any multipitch situations, but I've read up and would be confident using it in place of my ATC guide if I felt so inclined.

Learning curve for lead belaying is a little bit more steep than with an ATC Guide, but the added safety when used properly is well worth learning some new techniques.

5 5

Tech. Talk

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have observed the grigri v. ATC debates for years and I'm stepping in with some technical pros and cons about this belay device. I used to hold some strong opinions against grigris because of the 'idiot-proof' image surrounding them, which I often fear instills laziness and a lack of education. I have had friends hit the deck when getting belayed with a grigri so know that no fancy tool can replace an attentive belayer who understands how to appropriately use their gear.

That being said, I have owned a grigri2 for years and I have truly grown to love it. When used properly, it gives a smooth and safe belay. I particularly like it when I'm giving a lead belay to a climber who significantly outweighs me since it minimizes the chance of rope-burn on my hands in case they take a big whipper.

Additionally, I've started implementing it in more technical rescue scenarios and I think it's a lot easier, and in many cases far more effective, than using an ATC Guide. While the grigri isn't truly a hands-off device like the ATC is when in Guide mode, using a grigri allows you to lower in a top-belay position without having to defeat the plate and it means that you don't have to remove your belay device from the system if you go into a 3:1 or 5:1 hauling system. Similarly, the locking mechanisms in the grigri help to eliminate the use of multiple prussiks if you're ascending a line or if you want an adjustable tether while managing the top of a site. The only downside of the grigri is that you can't use it for double-stranded rappels, so if you're going on multi-pitch climbs that don't have a walk-off you'll need to carry an ATC anyways for the decent.

For climbers who do a lot of multi-pitching or guiding: the grigri deserves some serious consideration as an addition to your rack.
For folks who don't understand a word that I just wrote: Climb on! buy whichever belay device is in your price range and master how to use it safely.

3 5

An easy way to belay.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I go with the GriGri 2 anytime I hit the gym or single-pitch crag. It definitely offers the easiest belay out any belay device I've used, helping me relax when my climber is flailing a lot on projects. While climbing, knowing my belayer is using the GriGri2 boosts my confidence to push harder without worrying over whether I'll hit the ground or not. I wish the GriGri2 was more versatile on big walls and multipitches, otherwise I'd bring it on every climb.

5 5

Simple, elegant, solid design...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lighter and smaller for smaller ropes. Works fine in warm weather. No problems whatsoever. I will be testing it in the Himalayas next April so will get a better idea of how it handles in extreme situations.

5 5

Best impulse of my life!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeah i was that idiot who bought a gri gri after climbing for 2 weeks. But I've never been more happy with a purchase in my life. I got my grigri to use in single rope assent ion teqnique while doing photography. It works marvelously in this scenario as well as all other climbing scenarios I've put it thorough. The grigri is the swiss army knife of climbing equipment and if your an avid climber you will not be disappointed.

5 5

Solid piece of gear

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's not rocket works well, it's heavier than an ATC but provides an extra level of safety. I now have a policy of ALWAYS using one when leading in the gym (there are a lot of distractors around). overall big fan

5 5

Just really solid and good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of the Grigri 2. It works super well for sport climbing, especially when someone is going to be hanging for awhile.