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    221 Reviews


    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
    Auto Locking
    yes, assisted braking system
    Rope Diameter
    8.9 - 11 mm
    Claimed Weight
    170 g
    Recommended Use
    rock climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    The best of the Gris

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I honestly think that this GriGri is the best of the 3 available. I like how light it is, easy to use and safe I feel while using it. If you don't thumb-camp, it should be super easy to use it safely. I also really like the size of this Gri so that's really nice when multipitching.

    Solid stops

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love my Grigri 2. It grips even the smallest canyoneering ropes and never lets go. It's intuitive to set up and gives anyone the stopping power for big falls or the finesse for a slow descent. Everyone should own one of these.

    Best belay device there is

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's simple and it works every time. I opted for the bright yellow so it's easy to see and doesn't camouflage into the rock when I set my gear down.

    Pretty smart

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I think that it is fair to characterize the Grigri as the most influential assisted braking device on the market. Most comparable belay devices operate similarly, and are constantly compared to the Grigri.
    I tend to use mine on single pitch climbs, but I know a lot of folks that favor it on multipitch as well.
    The added safety of an assisted braking device certainly inspires confidence, and Petzl pretty much sets the industry standard!

    Added Confidence While Climbing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My Grigri has become a vital piece of gear. It is an extremely high-quality piece of equipment. I know that it is used a lot for top-rope belaying, but it has also come in very handy for me being used to lead-belay. While it can feel a bit awkward at first to lead belay with it, it is so nice knowing that you have that extra bit of protection in the case of a lead fall. The product is easy to use, and it includes pictures to help users know how to correctly use the product. I have been very impressed and am so happy that I have my Grigri. I would highly recommend it to anybody. Definitely worth the investment.

    Never Going Back

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

    I've always used an ATC-style belay device, and I'm so pumped that I've now switched to a GriGri. It's so simple to use and makes belaying so much easier. LOVE IT.

    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My gf and I regularly use them for sport climbing and repelling. Have no complaints. Easy enough to use for beginners. Petzl offers a great how to video on you tube for all those who are unfamiliar with the product.

    Who got sick of Orange?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm a lefty when it comes to ATCs but learning on the Grigri makes multipitch days easy breezy. I do miss the orange color though but I settled for grey this time. Time tested and still one of the best assisted braking belay devices.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    No complaints! Love the color options, and solid product all around. Grigri's are my favorite as a small belayer. The autolocking feature offers me more confidence when belaying heavier climbers, which is everyone, but also when there is moderate ground fall risk. Great product.

    to the injured and hurt, this is for you

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    absolutely love the petzl grigri 2! When i first bought it my hand was injured and I wasn't able to use an ATC to belay due the stress, but with this baby I was able to pull 7, 8 hour days at the crag with no pain at all. My dad also has chronic shoulder issues, but he says using this device to belay gives him no trouble at all.

    Got Gri Gri?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So sadly I was in LCC when my pack was stolen out of my friends car and my Gri was in there. It's one of the first things I had to replace. I know how to use an ATC but the GriGri has always made me feel just a little bit better about catching folks as I am smaller than most of my climbing partners and it helps knowing that I have a device that will back me up. Again this IS NOT an auto belay it is a assisting belay device. You should never take your break hand off the rope.

    Great For Small Belayers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had this device for 6 months and it has improved my lead belaying experience tremendously. I'm about 130 pounds and usually belay a heavier leader, which leads to some hard catches. The auto-locking feature takes some of the weight out of a big catch and it has made me feel much more comfortable belaying people of all sizes. As a new lead belayer, I feel safer climbing outside knowing that I have the auto-locking feature as a backup. At first, the hand position felt weird, but after watching Petzl's official video on the proper way to use the Grigi 2 the motion is comfortable and fluid. The only con I have found is that my dry-treated rope slips through a little more easily than I'd like. Overall it's easy to use and has given me some peace of mind so I can focus on having fun!

    Get back to the ground safe and sound

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Not much can be said that hasn't been thus far. yes the Gri Gri has some limitations, but it more than makes up for them in the security department. Although not completely accident or idiot proof you cant really get closer. I love the secure and smooth feel when belaying or lowering climbers. I firmly believe everyone should know how to use and should have a traditional ATC around, but for almost every situation the Gri Gri is perfect.

    Best Belay thus far

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I Absolutely love this device. It is very easy to use.
    Pros: Simple design, auto locks (for the most part), fits smaller ropes, Great for those sport climbers.
    Cons: can make your belay lazy over time! Doesn't fit specs for large ropes
    I do think it is important to learn basic technique for ATC type of devices for novices, so for the love of the climbers, teach it!

    My favorite belay device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have one of these, an ATC XP, a reverso, and a figure 8. This is by far my favorite, especially when I know I am going to be spending long days at a lead crag hangdogging and working through beta. Auto brake is awesome, and the smoothness of the feed is greatly improved compared to the original GriGri. Make sure you still use proper belay technique though, just because this has an auto brake doesn't mean you can slack off!

    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: http://www.petzl.com/security/sport/recall-grigri-2?language=en#faq

    I recently purchased a Grigri 2 from Backcountry.com 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: http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news/difference-between-double-and-twin-ropes). 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... http://www.mountainproject.com/v/big_wall_and_aid_climbing/selfbelay_lead_climbing/106270733

    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.