Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device.
The Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device is probably the second coolest piece of climbing gear we've ever carried, and features a new design that creates incredible control during descents. Petzl designed the GriGri 2 to perform during lead climbing and top roping, and it can be used with all single dynamic 8.9 mm to 11 mm climbing ropes on the market, and is optimized for 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm ropes. Want to know what makes the GriGri 2 work so great? Well, one of your hands holds the climbing rope while the other uses the handle to unlock the cam, and the patented handle design allows for a very gradual release of the rope. The handle design and strong braking action of the cam of the GriGri 2 combine to offer unbeatable control and an awesome feeling of security when rappelling or lowering a partner. The latest Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device has been designed to work with the thinner ropes that many climbers are using today it also features a new design that allows for smoother lowering.
The Petzl GriGri 2 is probably the second coolset piece of climbing gear we've ever carried, and features a new design that creates incredible control during descents. Petzl designed the GriGri 2 to perform during lead climbing and top roping, and it can be used with all single dynamic 8.9 mm to 11 mm climbing ropes on the market, and is optimized for 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm ropes. Want to know what makes the GriGri 2 work so great? Well, one of your hands holds the climbing rope while the other uses the handle to unlock the cam, and the patented handle design allows for a very gradual release of the rope. The handle design and strong braking action of the cam of the GriGri 2 combine to offer unbeatable control and an awesome feeling of security when rappelling or lowering a partner. Chapter Three: The Petzl GriGri 2 is built with a stainless steel friction plate and cam, so it will live a long, happy life, and it is compact and weighs in at 170 grams, which is 20 percent lighter than the GriGri.
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.
A belay device so famous, it has its own Wikipedia article. The Petzl GRIGRI was introduced to the world in 1991 as the very first self-braking belay device. Today, it is a staple of sport and gym climbers everywhere. It may be used on all single dynamic 8.9 to 11 mm ropes on the market, with the ideal size at 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm. There are other self-braking belay devices out there, but the Gri-Gri's name has become a genericized trademark used to refer to all of them. That's because after all these years, it's still at the top of the line thanks to the excellent handling qualities that it offers to belayers. These Gri-Gris are POST-Recall models and endorsed as safe.
Lighter, smaller and more versatile than the original GRIGRI, the Petzl GRIGRI 2 belay device delivers excellent control for top-rope climbing and lead climbing.
|Average weight - metric:||185 grams|
|Certification(s):||PrEN 15151, UIAA|
|Fits rope sizes:||8.9mm - 11mm, single|
|Material:||aluminum side plates. a stainless steel cam and friction plate with a reinforced nylon handle|
|Rope Compatibility:||For use with single ropes between 8.9 and 11 mm in diameter|
|Suitable for belaying:||Yes|
|Suitable for rappelling:||Single line only|
|Petzl Petzel Grigri 2 Belay Device||$99.95|
|Petzl Grigri 2 Rock Climbing Belay Device-Gray||$99.95|
|Petzl Grigri 2||$94.95 - $99.95|
The GriGri is phenomenal belay device. It is reliable, easy to set up, and very safe. The new design is less bulky and works much better on the thin sport ropes that are coming out like weeds. The device is pricey, but it is totally worth it for the avid climber. It makes supporting your hand dog partner a breeze and can easily be used from an anchor or redirected for lowering.
The only thing I don't like about the GriGri is how many people you see using them wrong. It is not acceptable to leave your thumb pressing down on the cam while your leader is climbing! If you purchase this device, please take the time to learn to use it right. Petzl has great videos available to help you learn. No matter how safe your belay device is you are putting your climber in danger if you use it wrong.
The GriGri is simply the best in the field - once you know how to use it. Auto-locking mechanism is absolutely wonderful, rope feeds through easily, and everything is surprisingly simple.
The new GriGri is smaller and lighter and even less of a hassle than its former counterpart, which makes it better to carry around all day. Most other belay devices are much lighter and smaller than this one, so this improvement is well received.
I was leading today and took a pretty big fall with a belayer who weighed a bit less than me - a recipe for disaster. She came off of the ground and got jolted forward into the rock wall and let her brake hand come off of the rope as she hit the rock - the only thing saving me from a deck was the GriGri. Use it, it saves lives.
This is Petzl's offering to the auto-locking belay market.
--Autolock will stop a fall with little to no intervention from your belayer; especially nice for big lead falls, or as extra insurance with a new belayer.
--Belay device and ascender all in one; makes self-rescue techniques significantly easier.
--Easy to control the the lowering speed.
--As with all belay devices, always have a hand firmly around the brake strand. But that brake arm doesn't have to expend any energy to keep the rope from slipping if your partner is hang-dogging a route.
--Works with almost any single rope on the market.
--Can be held open on a lead fall, should your belayer get pulled up to the first clip (I speak from personal experience here).
--Only works with single ropes, not with doubles or twins.
--While it's possible to rig a rappel with a Grigri, it's not easy or fast, making an ATC still necessary if you want to get down.
--Significantly heavier than an ATC
--Can be difficult to feed slack on fat ropes, especially with a very lightweight climber.
--Easier to move into a cross-load position on your belay biner, though a Gridlock-style device minimizes that risk.
I like a Grigri for toprope, especially when my climber is working a tough route and may be hanging for a while. The added safety of the autolock is handy if you're in a situation where your belayer may not be able to stop a fall right away, for example if they're out of sight of the climber, but the climber and belayer should be aware of the risk of the device being held open. It's a useful device to have, but overall I prefer an ATC for my own use.