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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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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!

    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.

      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.

        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.

          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.

            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.

              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.

                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.

                  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.


                    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!

                    just get one

                      its true that the gri gri has really made a name for its self around the sport crag and rightfully so when catching huge whippers all day long, it keeps you from pumping out just from belaying. but let not forget that we have have an amazing big wall tool here. the gri gri comes in very handy on long aid belays and belaying off anchor. a bit heavier than an atc but worth the weight in gold.

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

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

                      Best Answer

                      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...

                      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!

                      Best Answer

                      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.

                      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

                      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.

                      my challenged friend is a great partner,...

                      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?

                      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.

                      will my petzl nomad 9.8 rope still be abnle...

                      will my petzl nomad 9.8 rope still be abnle to be fed through this device and still have the same catching ability as other 10mm+ ropes? thanks in advance

                      Petzl states that this is to be used for 10-11mm ropes.
                      That being said, if you do a quick google search, you will find people say it works fine. Of course, as you reduce the diameter of the rope, you reduce the ability of the cam to grab the rope.

                      listen to pfeister. i know from experience that it reduces friction bigtime, i prefer using a thicker rope for a million reasons. this being a huge one because of the fact that i was once dropped by my twin while using a 9.8 rope, it was only 20 feet but it hurt like hell. just make sure your belayer knows how to use the grigri or you'll end up hurt.

                      YEAH! how do I buy this as a gift online

                      YEAH! how do I buy this as a gift online

                      Is it possible to repair the release handle...

                      Is it possible to repair the release handle on the Grigri, the handle does not catch it turns all the way around

                      What sort of weight limit are we talking...

                      What sort of weight limit are we talking about with this little guy? I have two concerns, specifically: 1) I'm a very big guy, so if my daughter is using this to belay me, will the rope slip through if I take a toprope lead fall?2) Like I said, I'm a big dude. And I mean "special dialing wand" big. The grigri looks pretty small. Will I be able to use it properly (and safely) with these thick and meaty paws of mine. I swear sometimes I feel like a blind-folded bear (wink) trying to open a jar of honey with his feet tied together, if you know what I mean.Thanks and stay safe out there!

                      Best Answer

                      There's no way anyone able to get themselves off the ground is going to be heavy enough to break this thing. And it's not that small. 5-6 inches long. So you should be fine. A bigger concern is that you'll yank your belayer off the ground. Also troubling is the term "toprope lead fall". That's an oxymoron. Be careful.To add to this, remember to use ropes in the proper diameter range of 10mm to 13mm, and you can also anchor your belayer in to the ground so that way there is no concern about your top rope belayer holding you. Gri gri's are almost fool proof, and only malfunction with user error, so be sure you know how to use it safely first!Becareful though, This is not suppose to be given to an unexperienced belay. It has and can get people hurt. Its easy to use but not fool proof. I use grigris alot!!! and I wouldn't say that they ONLY fail with user error, but EXTREMELY rarely. If used properly it is no safer than an atc and MUCH more expensive. It has it's place and does it's job well when used properly, but I have found that it tends to lead to a false sense of security and a an unattentive belayer sometimes. Like I said I use grigris alot in one particular application, but for traditional belay situations i still prefer tube style belay devices. Just like any other belay device when used properly the size of the climber really does not factor into the stopping ability, with the grigri however it CAN affect how smoothly it releases. Also if you do choose the grigri make sure you use at least 10mm or larger rope and keep the device CLEAN, dirt in the wrong place can cause it to stick in the wrong position.

                      I don't think the soundness of the device should be your concern here- if you're taking big falls, the GriGri is unlikely to be the point of failure in your system. I'd be more concerned about your top point of protection (which will get 1.6x the force you experience in a fall), your belayer (who should be anchored if you've got a significant weight disparity- she'l get .6x your falling force minimum), or any number of points in your system that are weaker than the grigri.

                      I strongly suspect that if you load your system to the point that the grigri fails, you have other, more serious problems- like, your spine (or that of your belayer, or some other part of your system) will have disintegrated under the load already.
                      Be careful. If you're a lot bigger than your belay partner (I've got 80lbs on my wife, so I'm hip) you've got more to do to protect them- this is easy to learn, and I highly recommend it.

                      can u rapel with ths

                      can u rapel with ths

                      Unless your experienced in setting up fixed lines for canyoning or caving I would HIGHLY recommend against using this for rappel. There are too many products that cost less than $30 that will be better for rappelling.Only on a single rope or a fixed line. Some people set it up for long rappels on the side of the rope that pulls against the knot, but that's not very safe. Petzl doesn't recommend rappelling with it, and it's just a lot easier to get an ATC and use that.To add to that, I love using this as a rappel device on fixed lines, it is a great and safe option for that.

                      I've had to use a Grigri for an emergency rappel and it's not ideal at all. If you're looking for something with a little more friction than an ATC or something you can regulate a little more I would recommend looking at both the Petzl Pirana or the Blue Water Rescue 8. Both are great options for rappelling that give you the option to lock off or ad several different levels of friction. Though with any 8 type device, it will twist your rope up which can be a pain.

                      Well, can my 9.7mm rope work well with gri...

                      Well, can my 9.7mm rope work well with gri gir as good as 10-11mm rope?

                      Best Answer

                      it should work but it may be a little loose and make for some faster lowerings... the Trango Cinch goes down to 9.4. It works great on my 9.8mm rope. Unfortunately does not sell it.Remember this device is technically rated for ropes betwee 10mm and 13mm! That being said most people use them for skinnier ropes, and they work ok to about 9.5mm but use at your own risk!

                      I understand a lot of climbers don't like...

                      I understand a lot of climbers don't like using gri gris for sport and trad. I was wondering if there was a reason, and if it was valid.

                      Best Answer

                      I use a grigri primarily for sport belaying for the same advantages you get when top-rope belaying: If the climber is going to spend large amounts of time hanging on the rope, it makes the belayers job SO MUCH easier. I usually don't use a grigri when belaying trad because the device will lock up immediately in the event of a fall, creating a less dynamic belay (dynamic belays are a good thing, especially when climbing trad when gear may be suspect). I'll usually use a ATC when belaying trad. The grigri is a excellent piece of equipment and wonderful tool when used properly.

                      I dont know about that but where i live you dont go outdoor climbing without a gri gri. People tend to get distracted and sorts but if someone suddenly falls and your not paying attention its gonna catch. I asked to belay with atc once and everyone just stared at me. I recommend gri gri its very safe.

                      I use my gri-gri for belaying on multi-pitch routes when on lead. When I reach the belay station I set an anchor, pull up the rope and then use it to take in slack from the climber below. I like the added security of having the locking device when I'm responsible for someone else making it to the top.

                      What happens if you use this with a smaller...

                      What happens if you use this with a smaller rope?

                      Yeah, but what does the name mean?

                      Yeah, but what does the name mean?

                      Best Answer

                      France has a long colonial history and grigri, which means amulet in some African language, became part of French language (reverse colonialism). It is widely used for a magic item, or spell, or by extension any cool stuff. Given that Petzl is French and gris in French means gray, it probably means the gray-gray, which doesnt make sense either. And no, I didn't make any of that up.