Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device

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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.

Key Features.


  • Aluminum side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handle


  • Accommodates a wider range of rope sizes than the original GRIGRI; fits single ropes ranging in diameter from 8.9mm - 11mm


  • GRIGRI 2 is 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the original GRIGRI, so it won't slow you down on multipitch climbs when every gram counts; device weighs 185g


  • The GRIGRI 2 has a new design that allows excellent control during the descent. One hand holds the rope and the other uses the handle to unlock the cam. The patented handle design allows a very gradual release of the rope. In combination with the strong braking action of the cam, it gives a great feeling of control when lowering a partner or rappelling.
  • Assisted-braking feature is designed to pinch the rope to help the belayer hold falls
  • The GRIGRI 2 is compact and ultra-light at 6.5oz (185 g) (25 % smaller and 20 % lighter than the GRIGRI)
  • Assisted braking system helps check your partner's fall when he skips one clip and botches the next
  • The new progressive descent control system in the GRIGRI 2 is specially designedto offer smooth
  • 3-year guarantee
  • For use with single ropes between 8.9 and 11 mm in diameter aluminum side plates
  • Can be used with almost any single dynamic rope—whether you’re working a route with a thicker rope or trying to send your hard test piece using a skinny cord, the GriGri 2 will perform optimally
  • Designed to accommodate rope diameters between 8.9 and 11 millimeters; ideal rope diameters are between 9.4 to 10.3 millimeters
  • Even lowering action - there's a larger 'sweet spot' when lowering a climber or rappelling.
  • Durable stainless steel cam and friction plates stand up to years of use
  • Engraved diagram on side of the Petzl GRIGRI 2 belay device illustrates proper rope setup
  • Works well for rappelling on single ropes while cleaning or setting a route
  • Built with a stainless steel friction plate and cam to ensure a long life for the product
  • Weighing in at only 185 grams and noticeably more compact than the older version
  • Diagrams for rope installation engraved on belay device (interior and exterior)
  • Belay technique identical to classic belay systems: Both hands on the rope. A fall is stopped by tightening the hand on the free end of the rope
  • Easy-to-read diagrams on the aluminum side plates help you make sure you're set up correctly

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.

FEATURES of the Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device.

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The Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device: A Belay device with assisted braking for 8.9 to 11 mm rope. The GriGri 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. The GriGri 2 works equally well for lead climbing and top roping. It may be used on all single dynamic 8.9 to 11 mm ropes on the market (ideal at 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm). Both compact and ultra-light, the GriGri 2 will accompany you on climbs around the world for many years. The GriGri 2 has a new design that allows excellent control during the descent.

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.


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25% lighter and 20% more compact than the original, Petzl’s GriGri 2 provides assisted braking with excellent control while belaying and rappelling on single lines.
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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
Weight:185 g
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Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Overall Really Good Device

So I have been climbing for 6 ish years now starting out in high school, and for the longest time have avoided purchasing the a gri gri, or on that note, pretty much anything expensive. My first belay device was an ATC and after a few a years I upgraded to an ATC Guide. I mainly stuck to sport climbing and a little top roping outdoors in addition to gym climbing. I've dabbled in trad, but my large lack of budget forces that section of climbing to leveraged among friends, only two of which has a viable trad rack.

Anyways back to the point, recently this summer, I've been climbing with a bunch of new people (summer away from my usual climbing friends). Although I trust them as a person,I don't quite climbing wise. This led me to buy a Gri Gri 2. It is great in that it gives me that extra piece of mind. I recently went climbing outdoors with my friends, and it feeds out nicely on sport routes (I largely expected it to catch occassionally). It's a great device. Took a little getting used to, but it's nice to have for peace of mind. If a rock or something hits your belayer and they get knocked out or the rope slips, it is a nice extra precaution. It's a great device to learn on when you need to show new climbers how to belay and you don't have a back up belayer which is much desired with an ATC (It does teach them a little bit bad habits (the autolocking doesn't keep them as much on their toes)), but is a much better alternative to being dropped. Between added safety and peace of mind definitely a worthwhile buy. (Especially with a 20% coupon)
chanclimber at REI on 07/07/2012

Safety First

I've been an ATC until I die kind of guy, until I got this handy little piece of gear. I love the fact that it catches a falling climbing partner on its own, though it does not mean it is an "I can take my hand of the braking side of the rope and take off my shoes" piece of equipment. I've witnessed this in the gym before, don't do it. This is a 'brainless' belay device but only when used with a brain as a back-up safety device.

It does take some getting used to when feeding rope out on a lead climb but once you start getting the hang of it you should have no problem throwing out enough slack for your partner to clip. Taking on it is really nice, takes a lot of pressure off of your hands when working on a route. You can let your partner hang and read the route without ruining your chances of trying it again.

All in all this piece of equipment is a great addition to any rack and its safety features could save a life, just read some of the Accidents in North American Mountaineering reports. Learn how to use it properly (as with any climbing gear) and the Gri-Gri will never treat you wrong. Smooth, simple and brilliant. I love this thing and you will too. Get one.
Tom the Dude at REI on 02/02/2013

First Impression=Thumbs Up!

I do not own the Grigri 2 yet, but being the owner of a Grigri and having used the new model, I must say it is a step up in every way. The obvious benefits of it being smaller and lighter had me on edge of if I should get a new one just to cut the weight, but ultimately I decided I didn't need it. Then, I got to belay with a friend's brand new Grigri 2, and was I blown away. The feel of the Grigri 2 in the belayer's hand is MUCH nicer than the original Grigri. The new lowering system is really "how it should be." Large sweet spot for much more control with lowering. The biggest seller for me was how well it pays rope out when lead belaying, and I was using a thick gym rope. On the original Grigri, I found that thicker ropes are quite a burden to yank out when lead belaying. Doable, but not even close to perfect. The Grigri 2 has nailed it. I can only imagine ropes pay even better as they get thinner, but my "thick rope" experience was a pleasure. I plan on using my dividend to purchase this and use it for indoor climbing, outdoor sport climbing, and outdoor trad, both single and multipitch. Phenomenal upgrade to an already phenomenal product.
Stefano P. at REI on 03/03/2011

Best Belay Device ever used ...

I just got the GRI GRI 2 and absolutely loved it. I have not used gri Gri 1 before , so cannot provide a comparision , but compared to other belay devices this is great !

The best part is that it auto locks and so I can concentrate on my climbing when new belayers are belaying me (instead of worrying about falling)

The device locks amazingly on a fall .. but the only part to take care with new belayers is lowering. The handle needs to be pulled carefully with a hand on brake side of rope.

This device is the best belay devie I have ever used.

One thing to note is that PETZL does not recommend using it for belaying the second climber directly off an anchor , whereas on several climbing sites I have seen this recommended. Petzl recommends to belay second from harness , by redirecting rope through the anchor which makes sense , but might be cumbersome. (I would rather use a munter hitch in this situation)
Nuwazish at REI on 03/03/2011

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.

Robert McFarland at on 01/31/2014

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.

John Robinson at on 10/17/2013


Although I have only used it a few times, the gri gri 2 definitely feels like an upgrade from the Gri Gri 1. The lowering lever is very smooth and not quite as jerky as the first version. I feel like I have a bit more control over it. I have used this on a few 10.2 ropes and a couple 9.8 ropes. Very nice size, much smaller then the first version. I would definitely recommend this to someone with just an ATC or nothing at all, especially if you don't already have a Gri Gri. If you already have the first version, this isn't a necessary upgrade, but it is very nice nonetheless.Also, MountainGear, You all rock. . Always love shopping from here. Thank you for the Nature Valley bar too :D
FooDawg at Mountain Gear on 02/02/2011

I only belay with a grigri 2

I love using my grgri 2 when belaying. I use it with a 9.8mm rope and it is great. I feel safer using a grigri than I do using an ATC simply because it is like having a backup in case you get knocked out or something else unexpected happens. I take safety very seriously and I feel safer belaying with a grigri. I ask my belay partner to use mine when belaying me on difficult climbs or if I am likely to fall close to the ground. My only negative feedback is that it is a little loose in terms of the left and right side where they connect permanently. It feels a little flimsy, but I have never had a problem and it has saved me a number of times.
Mokos at REI on 01/01/2013

Useful for certain situations

Way nicer design than the original, pretty light, nice color. I really only use this for long belays, when the leader likes to take long and/or frequent rests, when the leader is likely to fall, and belaying followers. Also nice for self belays. Annoyingly you basically must remove the grigri from your biner to run the rope through, so it's not as fast as running rope through an ATC.

Overall, it has its uses. I still use my ATC for most belaying, and never use the grigri at the gym. So now I just carry around both the ATC and the grigri, because extra weight makes you stronger! I bought it on sale as an impulse purchase... probably would not buy it at full price. An ATC is $20....
lookaught at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2012

Easy to use - just don't lose!

I use the Grigri for almost everything - even rappelling if I need to. Having the auto-locking feature is probably the biggest strength and makes it worth the extra $60 or so. Such a convenience if you need to make a small adjustment, grab a sip of water, or itch a mosquito bite (I know, I know, your attention should be fastidiously on the climber, however).
When lowering someone (or yourself when rappelling), it takes a bit of practice to operate it smoothly. It's a millimeter difference between a relaxing smooth belay and an adrenaline-pumping speed drop sort of thing. Be careful!
Also, the maneuver to remove the Grigri from the rope can sometimes be a little consuming. Just be careful not to drop it on a multi-pitch!
SpencerStewart at REI on 06/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

This is Petzl's offering to the auto-locking belay market.
The Good:
--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.
The Bad:
--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.

Michael Nies at on 12/25/2013

Good devices but heavy and recalls...

The GriGri 2 is a great device - and I have used it extensively before selling mine. A few things that I did not like about them is:*Cost - very pricey*Weight - still heavy tho the new version is lighter than the GriGri 1*Recalls by Petzl - both the GriGri 1 & GriGri 2 models have had recalls. One can't help but worry when Petzl will 'get it right' and if existing models that were not recalled will also be found unsafe / defective still.I sold mine in lieu of a simple, lighter and less costly ATC tube device which hasn't experienced recalls, costs [$] and is nearly weightless.
Scoobiedoo6559 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012