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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

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Not the end all be all

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you are looking for a robust break assist device this is definitely an option which should not be looked over. Its design is simple and effective in providing a lead or top rope belay. As always it is important to practice using it in a controlled environment as there is a bit of a learning curve. The rope feeds easy and if you are an attentive belayer (which you always should be) this is a great tool to have in your climbing quiver.

    The best assisted breaking device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're looking to upgrade from your classic tubular belay device, I would highly suggest picking up a Grigri 2. Takes a little getting used to, but once you've figured it out it provides a waaaay smoother belay than your basic belay device. Feeds rope smoothly if you're lead belaying, cinches down helping you keep your climber in place if they are projecting and need a break. Still keep your tubular device handy though in case you need to rappel.

    For my climbing partner

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I already had a GriGri 2 and love it. My climbing partner would always borrow mine or one of our friends out at the crag. For the last 2 years she would borrow mine or his. She also always put me up during spring break while we climbed til our hands are raw in the Las Vegas area. To show my gratitude for her allowing me to hang out, I bought her this. I got her the gray. I have the yellow, and our buddy has the blue. There will be no gear mixed up. It's a good gift.

    Easy to use and safe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Used for belaying in Red Rock Canyon, Zion, Moab, and in the gym so far. Easy to use and locking brake is key for holding stalled climber for extended periods of time. Makes me feel safe when used to solo climb.

    Great device

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

    I'm super excited to start using this more, it's great to belay with. I feel much better lead belaying with the added safety. It did have a little bit of a learning curve for me because it is different than my belay style with an ATC. I definitely prefer it after learning.

    Love It For Leading

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm actually a really big fan of my first black diamond tube ATC, but once I started leading, I can say that I definitely prefer the extra security a grigri provides. It's super easy to use - top rope or lead. I've never used the grigri+, but I don't know how necessary it is to spend the extra $50 when the grigri2 functions as perfectly as it does - I'm pleased with my purchase.

    It's a classic for a reason

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Grigri 2 is awesome. Although it is not totally foolproof, this assisted braking device can make life a lot easier on those long belays when you're partner is sieging the new proj. Certainly heavier than a typical tubular belay device, it still has it's place in the climbing world. Pick one up, it'll make your next belay and your life easier.

    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.

    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.

    Unanswered Question

    Is this a must for sport climbing or am I good with an ATC? What's the big advantage.

    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.