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
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
Assisted Braking: during fall arrest, the belayer holds the free end of the rope, the cam pivots and pinches the rope, increasing the braking action until the rope stops sliding
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 security when lowering a partner or rappelling
The GRIGRI 2 is compact and ultra-light at 185 g (25% smaller and 20% lighter than the GRIGRI)
Built with a stainless steel friction plate and cam to ensure a long life for the product
For 8.9 to 11 mm single ropes (optimized for 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm ropes)
Diagrams for rope installation engraved on belay device (interior and exterior)
SPECIFICATIONS of the Petzl GriGri 2 Belay Device
Weight: 170 g
Rope Compatibility: For use with single ropes between 8.9 and 11 mm in diameter
Aluminum side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handle
Rated 5 out of
Will never belay with anything else! EVER!!!You could say this piece of equipment is now my favorite tool! I debated back and forth for a while to either keep using the atc or make the switch to the GriGri. I was in the Chicago Moosejaw a few months back and was talking to the manager Paul about it. After thinking it over I decided to get it. I planned a trip to go climbing the next weekend to give it a go. Never felt more comfortable belaying my partner! The auto lock feature is awesome... and the ability to use thinner ropes.. totally won me over! I highly recommend this to any climber if you don't already have one. You will fall in love and feel a lot safer having it in your collection!
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 4 out of
Expensive but worth itThe GriGri is far superior to the original IMO. The GriGri 2 is lighter (only 185g), runs smoother and handles thinner ropes (I have a 9.2mm that it has no problem locking off). It feels easier to feed even thicker ropes through this model. I have no worries about the post-recall devices, but I do take a point off because mine has developed a small amount of superficial rust on the steel cam.,,,,The price is steep but having a belay device that'll keep your partner from decking if you get cracked in the head with a falling rock is worth it.,,,,Check out the video titled "New GriGri Belay Technique" on YouTube for proper belay technique.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 5 out of
Great device and its safe!!!I love using this device for belaying top rope and lead. It makes lowering people super easy with using the lever with one hand and letting the rope slide through your brake hand. No more burning up your hands after lowering your buddy down after a long route. ,,,,I almost always teach my newbies how to use this when they are belaying me for added sense of security. I trust this device on auto locking if I fall a tad bit more than someone when they are just learning so I am not stressing about if they are going to drop me or not.,,,,I would highly recommend this to all climbers and this not only makes things easier but makes belaying much much safer.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of
One of the best if not best autolockersI had the original grigri and now have the grigri2. I've never had a problem with either but the new grigri is definitely smoother. ,,,,I find the grigri indispensable when it comes to top-roping. You can't beat being able to take someone up and then be able to rest your belay hand while they rest too.,,,,With all things rock climbing, you shouldn't be doing it without proper instruction. An ATC is a simpler and easier to use device but I constantly see it being used unsafely at the crag. ,,,,I have and recommend both an ATC and GriGri. I train people on the ATC and then step them up to the GriGri. Most don't want to go back.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of
The GriGri 2 is simply the best!This is an essential tool when it comes to climbing. While I do subscribe to the fact that it is a necessity to also have a standard belay device on hand when climbing, I pretty much exclusively use my GriGri. The GriGri 2 an absolute must if you climb even every now and then, it is simple, safe, and built to last. The only time I do not use it are in situations which you may have to rappel with both strands of the rope and other rescue related activities where a Black Diamond ATC Guide or a Petzl Reverso are almost exclusively used. ,,,,Bottom Line, If you are even remotely considering it, just click add to cart, its worth it!
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 4 out of
Takes some getting used toThis device is a real life saver, but is not something I would give to a noob. Because of the design of the device it grabs rope easily as it is fed through. So for anyone who doesn't have some experience already with feeding rope (for on-lead) smoothly to a climber this could be a real hindrance as the feed is likely to be choppy until they have practiced a lot. And when climbing on lead I know I don't like my belay to be cheap with my rope when I want to clip.,,So for someone who knows what they are doing and is looking for a little extra safety this is great, but will still take practice. ,,,,Ideal for top-rope climbing.
Date published: 2012-12-12
Rated 5 out of
Efficient, Effective, and Light (And usable by lefties)The cost was the largest deterrent for the device ($100 at time of review),,,,This device is most effective lead belaying. Top roping in a gym (using fat gym ropes) is not ideal for this device.,,,,This device is also usable by a left handed person (as I tried to find more information about lefties using the device, but was unable to). Lowering isn't as comfortable as it would be for someone right handed, but definitely still able to do so safely.,,,,Overall I love the product. I'm glad I decided to give it a shot and make the investment. I highly recommend you at least try out a friend's. The efficiency it offers, especially on long days is well worth the money.,,,,
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 3 out of
So tiny, so effective, so smooth.Pros: One time, my friend was falling off a rock and I was all like, "Dang, that's not good. Somebody needs to keep that guy from hitting the ground and dying." GriGri was like, "I gotcha, bro. No worries." It feeds well, lowers very well, and fits the hand prefectly.,,,,Cons: When jugging with a GriGri (ascending, helping a climber jug up), the rope gets caught on the bottom, between the silver left piece that rotates to cinch the rope. From the picture provided, it's the very bottom left of the device. Nothing bad has happened yet, but I wouldn't purchase this device for personal use. I would recommend trying a Cinch if you have the option to and comparing the two devices.