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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

Keeping Yo Skin From Hittin' The Deck

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Gave this puppy as a gift to my cousin that got me into climbing. Figured it was time to share the love to keep his hide safe.

He's got a 10.5 mm rope I think? The tech specs talk about the 10.3 being on the upper end for being ideal but I've heard no problems about his rope having issues.

All in all, a grigri is a must have for folks that are either new to climbing or belaying someone that has a bit more weight then themselves... or if you want to keep safe in any situation.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

Great Vid from Petzl

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The GRIGRI is a belay device with assisted braking. The belay technique is very close to the generic technique, but has a few specifics. For a climber who is already familiar with using classic devices, it takes a little time to adjust. The technique described here is the only one that Petzl recommends.
This technique offers real advantages in terms of safety:
- the rule to never let go of the brake side of the rope is respected
- it allows to transition between "giving slack" and "giving slack quickly" without letting go of the rope
- in case of a fall, the belayer doesn't clench the cam
A tip for easier belaying with the GRIGRI: keep the free rope stacked near you.
More info about belaying techniques, on
petzl.com/belaying

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Corny and long but very informative video!

5 5

Second belay device

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this device after using a standard ATC style device for over a year. I was told the best way to practice good belay habits was to get used to the basics before getting fancy. I am glad that I did that whenever I see someone putting too much trust in this device. That said, it makes your job very easy.

5 5

Agreed with Brielle...

If you've climbed for more than 6 months, I'm sure you've used a Grigri. Just take the dive and get one. It will last many years and is well constructed by one of the best rock climbing companies on the Earth. So buy one and enjoy the peace of mind a Grigri offers.

5 5

Forever my device.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're searching for a GriGri, than I am sure you already know all the hype so I won't say much. It is a GriGri! Much better than the original! I trust it much more than my ATC but I do not treat it any different from my ATC. I feel people put too much trust in them which can lead to sketchy situations. All in all, you know what the GriGri2 is, so just buy it already!

5 5

Upgrade from original

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the smaller form factor/weight savings. I also like the fact that it works better with a wider range of rope sizes.
Takes some getting used to but once you've got it down you'll never use anything else.

5 5

My go-to belay device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Grigri is a great belay device for both novice and experienced belayers.

Good for Projects:
- When I belay for someone working on a tough project, there's no question I'm gearing up with my grigri. I find when my climbing partner takes long rests, it's easier for me to manage them as a belayer with a grigri, while keeping my hand on the brake side.

Lead Belaying:
- It might take a little getting use to feeding the rope out of the grigri when Lead Belaying.
- You'll find that techniques like taking a step or two forward will be even more useful when you're lead belaying with a grigri and can't feed out rope fast enough.
- Be mindful if your lead climber is in panic clipping mode and tugging harder than you can give slack, this can cause the grigri to lock up.

Downsides (not on device but users):
The only downsides I can see are people who become too comfortable with the grigri and use it as an excuse not to see be mindful of safety precautions for their climber. They stop paying attention to their climber. Or worse, they don't take the time to understand how the grigri works.

For example, people who have used a grigri indoors (like at Vertical World) but have no exposure on how to use one that isn't pre-threaded for them! Learning how to put the grigri on the rope properly and connect it to your harness should always be step one!

Just as other reviewers have mentioned, please read the manual and check out all of the great online video resources available.

Stay safe out there everyone!

4 5

Grigri - no gripes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a nice tool for when you're out climbing with beginners or partners who insist on taking smokey treat breaks whilst belaying. Very easy to use, and very safe, but with all gear you are trusting your life to, know how to properly operate before you go.

5 5

Easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used Petzl Reverso and it was only few month ago when I tried the GriGri. I found it easier and safer to use then the Reverso, especially when belaying climbers who are heavier then me. While I'm still going to use the Reverso outdoors as it doubles for rappelling device as well but I switched to the GriGri during gym climbing.

working s project

working s project

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for those times you just don't know how long she'll be working the route, the grigri 2 is the only way to go. It gives me enough flexibility so that I can belay and always have one hand on the rope but still try and keep warm at the same time.

5 5

Can't go wrong

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This grigri is the best! i will never go with anything other than this life saver!

5 5

Great "Assisted" braking device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This device is a great ASSISTED braking device not a hands free, auto locking or self braking device. . Read the instruction manual on this device and keep your brake hand on the brake strand at all times. It is a great tool, so hopefully you are one to read and heed the instructions for your new tools. I don't want to read about your accident someday due to your misuse of the Gri Gri tool.

5 5

An excellent way to loose a little weigh

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These work just as well (better with smaller ropes in fact) than my 12 year old school GriGri, but are a fraction of the weight. A great product.

5 5

Worth the piece of mind

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for my girlfriend to use while belaying me, she's new to the sport and the extra cost is well worth my piece of mind knowing that if I whiff it leading a route she won't be stuck paying my funeral bill if her reaction is off.

I still prefer to use an ATC because honestly this thing is so damn simple to use it takes all the excitement out of belaying, but then again I'm oldschool.

5 5

The best assisted braking device around

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The GriGri is phenomenal belay device. It is reliable, easy to set up, and very safe. The new design is less bulky and works much better on the thin sport ropes that are coming out like weeds. The device is pricey, but it is totally worth it for the avid climber. It makes supporting your hand dog partner a breeze and can easily be used from an anchor or redirected for lowering.

The only thing I don't like about the GriGri is how many people you see using them wrong. It is not acceptable to leave your thumb pressing down on the cam while your leader is climbing! If you purchase this device, please take the time to learn to use it right. Petzl has great videos available to help you learn. No matter how safe your belay device is you are putting your climber in danger if you use it wrong.

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Thanks for reading the instruction manual. Be vigilant in advising others to do the same

5 5

The Best Belay Device For Sport Climbing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My title just about sums it up. This thing is simple to use, safe, sturdy and versatile. What more could you ask for? Sure, it's not the lightest belay device out there, but it's worth it. It really is.

5 5

Great Gift!

Bought this as a gift for someone getting back into climbing after taking some time off. Perfect weight and functionality for this belay.

5 5

Merry christmas to myself.

I used my friends last year and have wanted one ever since. This thing is super light and simple to use. I cant wait to tear it up this summer.

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