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The best-seller gets better.
- Best-selling belay device revamped for a smoother, safer feel
- Assisted brake handle updated with anti-panic locking system
- Applies same belay method as standard belay device
- Switch on side optimizes use for either top rope or lead belay
- Item #PTZ005X
- Q & A
New One is Worth it!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
A majority of the belaying I do is with a GriGri. I used the original GriGri for many years, upgraded to the GriGri2 when it was released, and just recently purchased the GriGri+ and started using it. Wow! This thing is great. The tope rope and lead modes are noticeably better than the predecessor. The top rope mode captures progress so well that it feels like an ascender! In lead mode, feeding slack (without manually holding the device open) is noticeably smoother than the GriGri2. The thumb catch is much more comfortable than the 1 or 2.
If you use a GriGri as your primary belay device (can you even call yourself a sport climber if you don’t?), it’s worth the extra money. Seriously – this thing feeds slack well.
The Last Belay Device You'll Ever Need
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After beating up my Grigri 2, I upgraded to the + and I am already stoked on it's features.
I've used it for top roping in the gym, which the new "top rope" setting is a great add. It's more "grabby" on the rope in this function. I was top-roping with one of the gym's provided ropes (THICK -11mm) and it worked great.
When in lead function this thing feed sooooo smoothly! If I had my eyes closed i'd believe i was belaying with an ATC -
No more holding the cam down to feed slack! - Yes, i know, i wasn't supposed to do this anyway but with the + - in lead mode, it's soooo smooth to pay out slack.
It also feels burlier - but not heavier. I have a feeling it will be less prone to the polishing and groovin that i have going on with me 2 (which has seen some use)
I also had a chance to test out the anti panic. We climbed up a 3 pitch route, and wanted to lower from those top anchors down to a mid anchor to top rope a harder quartzite slab - i was able to lower my partner smoothly off the anchor and engaged the anti-panic once as I started to lower too quickly. It was awesome to know that I couldn't drop my partner. It was easy to disengage the anti panic and begin lowering again.
I had been thinking about replacing my USED grigri 2 for awhile and am super stoked on the upgrades.
For beginners - ease of transition from learning on an ATC, Great for Gym Climbing, Great to any sort of trickery when lower outside climbing, and great lead belay (duh)
The legend contiues!
pretty great device
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The new Grigri remedies some of the safety concerns that climbers voiced about the Grigri 2. I haven't personally had any mishaps with on a grigri, but a lot of climbers have complained about ropes (particularly skinny ropes) slipping through the camming mechanism while lowering. Most scenarios that get climbers dropped result from operator error, and while the device does play a more active role assisting the belayer than previous models, I think that it is mostly safer because it is easiest to operate lead belaying while held properly.
'Ease-of-use' seems like a pretty lame way to differentiate between two devices that are essentially engineered to be easy-to-use, but both grigris are pretty similar. If you're itching for a smoother lead mode, or you feel like added safety features are a good thing, it is probably worth thinking about the grigri plus. If you're pretty satisfied with the grigri 2 and don't feel like you'll panic/pull on the lever while lowering, it probably won't blow your mind.
The New Grigri +
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you are shopping for a grigri and want to know the difference between the 2 and the +, you can reach out to me as well. Basically, the updated + will stop the rope, even if the gate is open. This a great feature, especially for the more inexperienced belayers.
Both are awesome products!