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Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device


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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
    • Item #PTZ0302

    Tech Specs

    (side plates) aluminum, (cam and friction plate) stainless steel, (handle) reinforced nylon
    assisted brake
    Rope Diameter
    8.9 - 11 mm
    Recommended Use
    canyoneering, sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Streamlined + Built to last

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With the Grigri 2 you're paying a premium for your breaking device but it's well worth it. Rope movement through the 2 is seamless and I've never experienced the snags on clips while belaying that certain other people have. Great buy.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I haven't been climbing for too long so I can't get real technical with this review, BUT, here I am, safe and sound....easy to use and a solid product for indoor and outdoor.

    The gold standard!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Grigri 2 is the gold standard by which all other assisted braking devices are measured. TIme-tested, reliable, and easy to use once you learn the proper technique, it's easily the best made assisted belay device available. If you haven't learned to use one, do so before trying anything else out. Pick up one today!

    Tried and True

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The grigri... a staple of any serious climbers diet for 26 years. A tool with more uses than many know, and a piece of equipment that should be on any climbers rack. My most noteworthy story with a grigri 2 recalls a story of my partner and I climbing a wall in Zion known as Isaac where we squirmed our way up high through chimneys, tip toed across choss piles, and journeyed up until we hit the summit. When preparing the first of 15 rappels down the face I went to grab my belay tube only to find that it had somehow disappeared somewhere along the way. Sure enough my partner handed me our only grigri which saved me from having to rap on munter's in the dark, while saddle bagging the ropes.

    The GriGri 2 turned what could've been a VERY long descent into another casual big wall rappel.

    Thanks be to the grigri!

    Tried and True

    I LOVE my grigri!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love my grigri I have had it for years and it it a bomber piece of gear! I pretty much only use my grigri now (even for lead belays). I love that it is so easy to use. And it's great to have to show beginners how to belay. Overall a must have!

    So far, so great.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I haven't been climbing for that long, but my climbing partner has climbed in Chile, Patagonia, and seemingly everywhere around the US. He has been using ATC's for decades but when our gym began implementing the GriGri, decided it was time. It's so perfect and provides a really stellar level of safety comfortability. Couldn't be happier.

    Belay Device of choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use my GriGri 2 for belaying on both top rope and lead. It's nice on TR in case your partner is taking forever and it's a lot easier for me to feed out slack if I'm lead belaying. It's also nice if you're belaying from the top and bringing up your second. Every now and then I'll use it to rappel if I'm simul-rapping or descending a single line. The only downside is that I can't belay double ropes with it. In any case, I will also use a GriGri over an ATC if possible.

    Makes it all easy.

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

    I mostly boulder but am getting into top roping right now and, well, the GriGri makes the learning curve a lot shorter, and a lot safer. I felt totally confident belaying my climbing partner, whose experience outweighs mine by nearly twenty years, and when he was belaying me, it helped provide a smooth ride down. All in all, I'd definitely suggest this ... note: at many climbing gyms these days, they require a GriGri. It's expensive, yes, but very, very worth it.

    2nd Grigri2 I've had in my hands...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    And feels good every time. Love the product, and will continue to use this as my main belay device or single rope rapp device.

    Great purchase, great price.

    The obvious choice.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    While I wouldn't call this the only belay device you'll ever need, I do definitely think it's a valuable tool to add to your climbing rack. I use a GriGri every time I lead belay and now some times just in the gym cragging around. It is really helpful for projecting and when your climber wants to jug. I like the GriGri 2 more than the + because I think it's lighter, just a little easier to handle and I am sure to keep my hands off the cam while belaying, which is what the + prevents the need for. It's important to realize though that it's not auto-locking, it's just assisted, so keep your hands on the rope! It also isn't a good move to rappel with a GriGri (unless you REALLY know what you're doing), so keep that in mind too.

    The only belay device you'll ever need

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Strong, durable, super easy to use, and an awesome locking system that can save your life climber's life should anything happen to you while belaying - a must have for lead climbing. Petzl's Grigri is the do-it-all belay device any climber should have.

    A classic

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been getting back into climbing after a 10 year hiatus due to interest in climbing by my girlfriend. There is no other device I would sooner put in the hands of a novice belayer.

    What more do you want?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great product. I've had the same one for years! Wears like any other climbing product where the rope runs through it. It is a little tight and jerky when its new especially if you have a new rope but after a few solid days on it gets very smooth. Hand position with this is great! Easy to work with if you're left or right handed. Above all this is a very, very safe product. Not that you would, but if you were to drop your hands I would prefer my climbing partner to have this over any other belay device.

    Beginner or Expert

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are a beginner or expert this is the arguably the best piece of equipment to have on your rack. It is like a helmet for your belay but wont completely replace your ATC (check out the Pilot or Mega Jul). If used properly it makes ascending a fixed line easier, assists in disaster scenarios and is more comfortable to belay with when your buddy is hang dogging his/her project.

    This is not an idiot proof device though! Do not hand this to a beginner and expect them to catch you on a big whip or not drop you on the descent. It is called an assisted braking device and not an automatic belay device for a reason. Before using this item get the proper instruction from an experienced climbing professional. Climb safe take chances!

    I read this from petzls website "Concerns all GRIGRI 2’s (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B ) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136."

    Are the devices you're selling in that range or made after the recall?

    Hi Michael:

    Whenever there is a recall, we immediately pull all affected items and contact the manufacturer to make sure our customers aren't receiving unsafe gear. All the Grigris we have in stock are not a part of that recall.

    Is there a left-handed version?


    For the Grigri2 it is make in one orientation. It'd intended to be used the same way whether you're a lefty or a righty.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    I want to buy one of these ASAP! how often do you get new shipments?

    Hey Natalie,

    We'll be receiving a new shipment in the next 2 or 3 week. I'll do my best to let you know when they come in.

    Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.



    I'd like to buy Blue Color or yellow. aren't there any other colors?

    when can i get them?

    and... till when do u offer the discount?


    We'll be receiving a yellow, turquoise, and grey in the next 2 or 3 week. I'll do my best to let you know when they come in.

    Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.



    Is this grigri2 free from recall??

    Best Answer

    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.

    Heard there is a "lifespan" on this model...

    Heard there is a "lifespan" on this model and the original . Is it true and if so what is it?

    Best Answer

    I have never heard of a hard lifespan on these but I just retire them when it seems appropriate. Usually what happens is the rope lowering cuts a groove in the flange and it can eventually get a sharp edge on it which could damage your rope. I have never had an issue getting 5+ years out of GriGris with heavy use.

    i agree with arthur. main issue is going to be rope wear. so the life of the gri gri will depend on how much you use it, and how clean you keeps your ropes. the other cause for retiring it would be if you dropped it from a decent height, especially onto rocks.

    Just bought the 8mm Mammut phoenix rope...

    Just bought the 8mm Mammut phoenix rope on SAC. Can I use the grigri2 with it?

    Petzl's GriGri2 is designed to fit a 8.9mm rope to a 11mm rope. If you tried using your 8mm rope with the GriGri2 you will experience excessive slippage and the automatic catch mechanism is likely to fail. But like my papa taught me, never let go with your break hand.

    Best Answer

    It should also be added that the Mammut Phoenix is only rated for double or twin rope usage (check out an explanation here: And to clarify, Petzl's GriGri acceptable usage range is 8.9 mm - 11 mm though it's optimized for usage with 9.4 mm - 10.3 mm ropes.

    The GriGri is not only designed to work with ropes of a larger diameter than the 8 mm Phoenix but also is only designed to be used with single ropes. So in addition to not using the GriGri with your Mammut Phoenix half/twin rope, the manufacturer also recommends NOT using only one of those ropes for vertical rock or ice climbing. Be safe, have fun!

    I'm sorry, I have to second what Micha and Wayne said: PLEASE don't climb on a double or twin rope as a single, you will hurt someone or get hurt yourself. To give you an idea though, the smallest rope I've used with this was a 9.2mm (designed to be used as a single) and though it worked well, it fed really fast when lowering with very little pressure on the handle.

    in response to Danny's post, a rope lowering fast is more a function of the weight of the climber than the diameter of the rope. yes, skinny diameters feed better when lead belaying and will lower faster, but a 200 pound person on a 10.1 will lower MUCH faster than a 140 pound person on a 9.2.

    Looking for a way to climb with my 12 year...

    Looking for a way to climb with my 12 year old belaying. I'm also (very very) new to climbing and don't trust myself yet. From what I'm reading, if she happens to drop the rope the same time that I fall, this device will stop the fall and she would have time to collect her wits before letting me down? Thanks!

    Yes, but nothing is fool proof. If you load the device incorrectly, it won't autolock. Be extremely thorough in familiarizing your daughter with the device, my buddy recently witnessed a guy take a 40' free fall because his girlfriend loaded it backwards.

    That said, this is an awesome device, but it takes a while to get used to, especially lowering people smoothly.

    "Personally" I wouldn't do it. GriGri's are made to be safer than ATC's in the sense that it would lock automatically. I worked at a rock climbing gym for 3 years and 9 out of 10 decks happened with people using this device. It's not because it's not safe, it's because people get a false sense of security and don't understand the basic climbing fundamentals - hold on. It says on the device "for expert use only", I know it's to cover their ass but in my humble opinion EVERY climber should learn on a basic ATC. If it's the only way you can do it make sure to just be safe, and anchor your son to something

    Something that I noticed when I was belaying is that when you're belaying somebody who weighs a fair amount heavier than you (say 50 or 60 pounds) that when the climber weights the rope or falls, you get lifted off of the ground about 2-3 inches, especially if you weigh less than one hundred pounds. I'm just pointing it out.

    Looking for a way to climb with my 12 year...

    Looking for a way to climb with my 12 year old belaying. I'm also (very very) new to climbing and don't trust myself yet. From what I'm reading, if she happens to drop the rope the same time that I fall, this device will stop the fall and she would have time to collect her wits before letting me down? Thanks!

    The Grigri will automatically stop the rope. But, you should also focus on safety with your daughter and impress upon her that she should never, EVER take her brake hand off of the rope. Go to a local gym and take a lesson indoors, where the consequences are a bit lower, before climbing on your own.



    I would say yes, but with some caveats... this device is not really meant to do this. Of course you can set up a top rope outside, and climb up a bit and pull the excess through. This works, and I have seen people do it before, but I personally wouldn't do it.

    Decent conversation on lead climbing self belay...

    What has petzl done to fix the issues that...

    What has petzl done to fix the issues that caused the recall of the grigri2 in the first place? Glad they are back in stock, and itching to pull the trigger but am hesitant to buy one due to the recall.