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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

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great belay device for people hanging at the crag and climbing at the gm. It is simple enough to each a beginner climber while giving me "more" peace of mind. You see it everywhere for a reason.

    I can trust my belay again

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a must have piece of gear, especially if you're climbing with someone new or that may be less experienced. With the grigri, I can fall and know I'll be caught every time. I can't believe I waited so long to buy one. I'll never use anything but my grigri again!

    Worth it for peace of mind

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Other than removing this device from its packaging, its super easy to use. The grigri has graphics on the device itself for how to put the rope in correctly, making it hard to mess up. Definitely worth the investment for the added safety.


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

    It took me a little while to figure this out but now that I have it's really easy to use. I've only used it a few times in the gym but so far it's been great, and I can't believe how much smoother it is compared to my old ATC. It gives me peace of my while climbing and it's definitely worth the purchase for the safety aspect alone.

    Better then the plus

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I prefer this over the plus any day, Just seems to move a little smoother. There are rumours of a new gri gri coming out spring 2019. so if you're not going to be climbing until spring you may want to wait but, this one is a tried and true device that seems to always work time and time again.

    My go to.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used to use a tube device to belay, but after experiencing falling rock at a crag, I decided to use an auto-locking device, got the grigri and haven't looked back. This device takes some getting used to and can be used incorrectly. See the video posted in a review below about how to use a grigri. If you follow Petzl's guidance on how to use it, this device can quite literally be a life saver. When I know my belayer is using a grigri vs a tube device I can climb more confidently. I highly recommend this device.

    Clean and Easy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have climbed with the grigir for over two years now, climbing every weekend. This belay device has proven to be extremely handy. The grigri makes it much easier to belay and focus on my climbing partner while making me a much more smoother and confident belaying partner.

    It has made me a more confident climber while lead climbing with younger climbers. With the grigri's ability to automatically lock when pressure is applied to the rope, it has helped me teach and climb with less-experienced climbers. It has also been a great piece of gear to have while climbing very difficult and intense climbs, especially while lead climbing. Taking a fall on the grigri is always a relief. This product is a must have, whether I am just in the gym, or if I am climbing Wall Street in Moab. I have used a variety of rope sizes with the grigri, and it works smoothly and efficiently while belaying and repelling.

    I will never climb without my grigri. I have been able to literally trust this product with my life, and will continue to do so.

    Safe and Easy!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Grigri2 is a great tool to add to any rack. With some practice the added safety is well worth the price tag! I really like that it works great for both right and left handed users!

    Safe, Smooth, Simple

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love the Grigri 2. I've been using it to teach friends to lead belay for the past month or so and I don't trust much else for beginner belayers. It's easy to hook your fingers around the loop on the right and place your thumb on the other side to stop the device from camming when giving slack (but don't worry it will bypass your hand if someone takes a fall). The camming makes me feel safe even when on tricky climbs with beginner belayers and it's been a staple in my climbing pack for years. The only issue is it's a little hard for lefties to use.

    Safe, Smooth, Simple

    10/10 would buy again

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After using an ATC for top roping it was a little confusing to understand how the GriGri 2 worked the first couple of times around (and it doesn't help that I'm left-handed), but after practice in the gym this belay device is the only one I would use for leading. The peace of mind of having the assisted braking system is worth it for moves that you have to go all in for.

    It Works

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Like the seatbelt in your car, this thing just works and makes belaying safer. Don't bother with imitation designs, just buy this one so there are no surprises if you forget your device and have to use your buddies.

    Thumps Up

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had to buy this to lead belay in the gym and this has quickly become my choice for top rope as well. I have used the GriGri Plus and was not happy with how sensitive the break assist is and this device has no issues. I highly recommend.

    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.

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

    You are fine climbing with an ATC and sometimes the ATC is a better choice (when you need to go lightweight , are going to rappel, or you are gonna be climbing with 2 ropes). However the Gri is a safer option. The assisted braking is great to help new belayers, and also safer for projecting big walls and setting routes! It comes down to personal preference but the Gri is a great addition to your belay!

    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.