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The Petzl Grigri Belay Device represents the sport climbing standard.

The Petzl Grigri Belay Device's self-locking system has made it a staple item at sport crags from Smith to Rifle to the Ceuse. Its internal cam locks when a sharp pull occurs to help you catch your partner's monster whipper when he skips one clip and botches the next. It also makes it much more comfortable to hold tension while he hangs and works out the moves. Aid climbers love the Grigri for belaying long A4 leads. The Petzl Grigri Belay Device's lever releases the cam to allow smooth lower.

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full view of the front with handle, always useful and appreciated device! thanks Petzl!

4 5

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!

4 5

Great Belay Device

This is the original champ. It belays, top rope, lead, etc. great. Just don't use it on ice (bad things can happen). The only reason this gets 4 instead of 5 stars is because Petzl made it better so you should just buy the new one that handles a wider range of ropes better and has a little better feel when lowering a climber.

4 5

Very Useful

The GriGri is an excellent tool for many uses. I use it as a personal tether when setting things up, ascending ropes, rope soloing and it is especially useful hauling. When hauling it acts as a pulley and auto-block, negating the need for a pulley. Rappelling with it can be a problem, but it's great for simul-rappelling. If you're not careful with new belayers they will learn bad habits from it. I still recommend teaching new belayers with an ATC when a good learning environment exists.

NEW GRI GRI 2 VIDEO

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Here is the new Gri Gri 2 video. It covers the merits, the changes and the ideal way to use this cutting edge "assisted braking" belay device from Petzl.

When are y'all at BC gonna stock the GriGri...

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When are y'all at BC gonna stock the GriGri II?

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We have them! Some just hit our warehouse a couple of days ago (item PTZ0302). Waiting on copy and photos- maybe a few days before these show up on the front side. Can't wait? Contact Customer Service, I'm sure they will be happy to place the an order for you now!

Looking to get into actual climbing this...

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Looking to get into actual climbing this spring, and yes I am a total beginner as far as equipment and technique goes... I want to start putting together my kit (and also suggestions for the kit of my soon to be climbing buddy) and was wondering if this is a worthy first piece to add to the repertoire from day one.

Safe to say my experience level is 0.. I mean scramble sometimes while hiking, but that's nothing.

My buddy is less experienced than me (outdoors wise) but totally excited to get involved.

So self locking piqued my interest considering we are noobs.. We will be top-roping likely, if this info helps. Thanks!

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I think you should take some courses and read allot of books, start with mountaineering freedom of the hills and hang out with some experienced climbers. Just to make sure you know what you're doing. Belaying isn't difficult but getting it wrong is fatal.

All this being said, I'd start with an ATC so you can't be complacent when you use it.

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Been looking for lots of material to read, thanks for the recommendation. And our aim was to start around Great Falls, VA, where a lot of more experienced guys than us climb.. and have them show us the ropes so to speak... Good point on the ATC too, will look into it. Thanks

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This really is a great piece, but like Chris suggested, if you're just starting out, an ATC of any brand will be far less expensive and teach you better belaying skills. I've been climbing for nearly ten years and will only use this device in very specific circumstances - the control an ATC can provide, as long as one is attentive, is exceptionally greater than something like this.

I also second Freedom of the Hills as a book recommendation!

Hope this helps.

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Hey Phillip, I climb at great falls a pretty decent ammount. You should look into the PATC-MS we climb there allot to and would be a great group to link up with them to learn. http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/

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Hey Phillip, I climb at great falls a pretty decent ammount. You should look into the PATC-MS we climb there allot to and would be a great group to link up with them to learn. http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/

my buddy belaying me with the Grigri

my buddy belaying me with the Grigri

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Awesome device. Only have used it two or three times however it has replaced all my other belaying devices already. Easy to use, dependable, and gives me a better feel for safety. Climb On!

5 5

Highly recommend for small women belaying big guys..

I've only used an ATC for the longest time to belay and ended up tweaking my right shoulder because I held it down so hard to break especially belaying larger guys. After going on a trip with a bunch of ladies my size, they all had grigri's and said that I NEEDED to get one. After belaying my boyfriend who is twice the size of me on a grigri, I probably won't use an ATC again to belay him. It makes a huge difference on me now when I belay him while he takes or falls, not having to use as much force to keep my break hand down compared with an ATC.

5 5

awesome

We bought this a few months ago and we ( me and my wife) love it. I just like the assurance that it has auto locking, which can make all the difference in case of a fall.

It is also really easy to use.

5 5

Great self-locker

It is the easiest self-locker I have used (that may be because it was the first as well). Feeding rope is not always easiest job but otherwise I love it. I have a couple climbing friends that are safe but not the safest, and this helps lock quicker. IT IS NOT IDIOT PROOF, I have heard of a person having the rope laced under the brake and when they tried to catch a fall the rope tightened on the device pulled the brake full open and the person dropped and extra 20 feet, no injuries just dirty underwear, but none-the-less not idiot proof. Make sure everyone knows how to use it before you go out.

my challenged friend is a great partner,...

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my challenged friend is a great partner, but doesn't offer confidence for me to lead. would this be a safer option for him lead belaying?

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Yes, much better than an ATC or a figure 8, as far as being dummy proof goes. It's not as easy to pass rope through as an ATC or 8 though, so if you climb fast, he may have some trouble getting enough slack out for you. And if you fall you'll probably jerk to a stop quicker, since Grigri's catch immediately. But all in all, it would certainly be safer.

4 5

Do It!

I run my 9.5 Mammut through it and it works just fine. My only complaint is that I wish the handle were tougher. Not that I have ever broken one, but it feels like it could break. Other than that it does what it is supposed to do which is to keep the climber in the air and off the deck.

4 5

Do It!

I run my 9.5 Mammut through it and it works just fine. My only complaint is that I wish the handle were tougher. Not that I have ever broken one, but it feels like it could break. Other than that it does what it is supposed to do which is to keep the climber in the air and off the deck.

5 5

Gold Standard

If used correctly via the "new" method this is the premier belay device for climber's the world over. There is no better device for dogging routes when your partner is up on route for 30+ minutes. Feeds very smoothly and locks right up for great catches and great boinking assitance.

Learn how to use it and you will LOVE it.

Caution-
On very skinny ropes in the lower end of the 9mm range you have to be a bit more cautious until the rope starts to fuzz up a bit or get a bit more texture on it. The GriGri2 is dropping in 2011 which I think will address a lot of the skinny rope issues and provide for even a smoother experience.

5 5

gri-great!

this is an essential in the climbing world today!easy to operate and safe as all get out! it even has instructions for the new kid! works great on my 11mm maxim apex rope and catches every slip-up and never slides like the petzl stop! it's relatively small and will last many climbing trips! it's the only piece i trust my life with! also it's super versatile, check out some youtube videos about it's uses, for there are many!

get it! you won't regret it!

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