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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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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.

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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.

4 5

For Inexperienced Belayers

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've got a brother that is easily distracted. For this reason, I have him belay me with the gri-gri, even when I'm on lead. Anchoring the belayer to the ground keeps the gri-gri from being held open at the first anchor. I haven't tried belaying from the top using the gri-gri, prefering an ATC-guide from Black Diamond. The gri-gri is most at home with boy scouts flailing around on top rope because it is safe, proven, and reliable. Petzl has made the device smaller and lighter with their latest version, but the mechanism is still a bit chunky on the rack. Lowering using a new rope isn't the smoothest, and takes some practice to get a consistent lowering speed. Well broken in ropes is much smoother.

3 5

Versatile, but Not Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is Petzl's offering to the auto-locking belay market.
The Good:
--Autolock will stop a fall with little to no intervention from your belayer; especially nice for big lead falls, or as extra insurance with a new belayer.
--Belay device and ascender all in one; makes self-rescue techniques significantly easier.
--Easy to control the the lowering speed.
--As with all belay devices, always have a hand firmly around the brake strand. But that brake arm doesn't have to expend any energy to keep the rope from slipping if your partner is hang-dogging a route.
--Works with almost any single rope on the market.

The Bad:
--Can be held open on a lead fall, should your belayer get pulled up to the first clip (I speak from personal experience here).
--Only works with single ropes, not with doubles or twins.
--While it's possible to rig a rappel with a Grigri, it's not easy or fast, making an ATC still necessary if you want to get down.
--Significantly heavier than an ATC
--Can be difficult to feed slack on fat ropes, especially with a very lightweight climber.
--Easier to move into a cross-load position on your belay biner, though a Gridlock-style device minimizes that risk.

I like a Grigri for toprope, especially when my climber is working a tough route and may be hanging for a while. The added safety of the autolock is handy if you're in a situation where your belayer may not be able to stop a fall right away, for example if they're out of sight of the climber, but the climber and belayer should be aware of the risk of the device being held open. It's a useful device to have, but overall I prefer an ATC for my own use.

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This is not an auto locking device. Read the instructions very carefully

5 5

Great belay device.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best belay device on the market today. The fact that its auto locking makes it very safe for those climbs that are a little on the dirty side. Nothing will make you feel safer then knowing that even if you take a bad whipper and kick free some rock you belayer will be able to catch you even if he's knocked unconscious by a rock (but really have your belayer wear a helmet its just safer). Auto locking is a great system, even though you really can't use it for repelling its still worth it even if you have to buy a figure 8 to make up for it. Well worth the price.

5 5

Not much else to say.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

--Other then the fact that the Gri Gri 2 is, quite simply, the best autolocker on the market.

Nothing else even comes close. This is one climbing purchase I would make again and again and again. It practically pays for itself with such incredible catches, easy lowering, and incredible rope range.

5 5

grigri 2

Just got this in hope that we'll be used to it when spring time rolls around! Just like the grigri original with one big difference, The size of rope that it can take properly. Th original grigri was only supposed to be used with 10 mm and up (i'm pretty darn sure) where as this one can range from 8.9 mm to 11mm.
Pros:
1) smaller than grigri
2) more lightweight
3) cool colors!
4) larger range of rope
5) still simple design
cons:
1) thicker ropes > 10.5 can sometime be hard to give slack, including used gym ropes which can be rather thick in many portions.
2) I know grigris have a tendency to form some bad habits among belays
can't wait for spring time to roll around again!

Devils lake, WI

Devils lake, WI

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Its easy to do but everyone needs to make sure and not get in the habit of wrapping fingers around the bottom of the grigri- just the index finger under the lip.

Petzl changed the Grigri belay technique in 2008.

http://www.petzl.com/files/all/technical-notice/Sport/D14-GRIGRI2.pdf

5 5

Gri Great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this little fish thing for years and I've loved it. Sure, it's definitely heavier than other belay devices but I trust this piece of gear more than any other device that I've used. It's functional as a training (lock-assist) belay device, yet it can quickly feed out slack if used by an experienced belayer. I've top belayed with it in guide mode and rappelled with it with ease.

However, there are some downsides. This thing has some weight to it and it has been known to kink up more than tube devices. It can also get rather hot after use, but that's to be expected from any friction system.

I love this thing. I really do.

5 5

Best belay device !

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own two of the GriGri 2, they are awesome. Makes belaying much more simple and a reliable product. Rope feeds through easily and is simple to use. Recommend to anyone!

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