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Petzl GRIGRI 2 

Price:   $100
Weight:   170
Design:   Other
Rope Range:   0
Single-Rope Belay:   1
Double-Rope Belay:   0
Single-Rope Rappel:   1
Double-Rope Rappel:   0
Recommended Uses:   Rock Use,Alpine Use
New This Year:   0

Manufacturer says:

The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking capability 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 (optimized for 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm ropes). Both compact and ultra-light, the GRIGRI 2 will accompany you on climbs around the world for many years.

Editor's Review

Consumer Reviews

Mark Masley commented on 03-Mar-2014 10:58 AM4 out of 5 stars
When I first started using the GriGri2, I didn't like how small it was and how the locking lever was flush with the body of the device making it harder to feed rope out quickly. After a couple weeks of using it I changed my mind. This is the simplest autolocking device you can find.

No 5 star rating because when in the locked position, it is possible for the rope to slip into a space between the locking lever and the body, jamming the device in a locked position. This seems to be a flaw with the smaller design of the GriGri. I've spoken to other climbers who are familiar with this annoyance. Although it doesn't happen often it is not fun to deal with.
Devin Horgan commented on 03-Mar-2014 11:55 AM5 out of 5 stars
A little expensive, a little bulky, but its the standard. The reason to buy it is that EVERYONE has one. Don't go for anything fancy. Everyone knows and understands the Gri, making it a safer device.
Brian Nipper commented on 03-Mar-2014 12:31 PM5 out of 5 stars
Not much more to say than this is the bar. Home run with this and what everyone must have. They have achieved perfect belay device for every type of climbing and ease for anyone to use. The built in safety does its job without damage to the rope. The smaller size and lightweight make it a must have for any climbers tool bag.really have no cons for this one just advice to have one.
Stephanie Nipper commented on 03-Mar-2014 12:49 PM5 out of 5 stars
I love it it lets u have pice of mind knowing you will not fall the price is a little high but I believe it's a very good product
Howard Tello commented on 03-Mar-2014 04:51 PM5 out of 5 stars
Great piece for great climbing security! I love this addition to my climbing gear!
Stephanie Mcknight commented on 05-Mar-2014 06:02 PM5 out of 5 stars
As a petite climber with a large bulky climbing partner, the Grigri 2 is far and away my most coveted piece of sport climbing gear. I feel much safer catching my partners big whippers with a Grigri 2. I think it performs best with a 9.8 rope, anything bigger and rope management isn't quite as smooth.
Chase Hartley commented on 06-Mar-2014 04:40 PM3 out of 5 stars
The Grigri is a little high cost and a little heavy. If you're planning on doing multipitch, trad climbs, this is just throwing on more weight when a nice ATC will do the same job. This piece of equipment does do a great job for belays though.

The only warning I would throw out about this piece is don't get too comfortable. I've seen some people get way too casual and drop brake hands. When you get too casual around this sport, injuries and mistakes are bound to happen. I've heard that these have failed before and because of the trust people have in the equipment, they no longer pay attention to their own responsibility, and their climber ends up getting hurt.

Its a nice piece to have, but don't get reckless or careless!
Samuel Cody commented on 07-Mar-2014 06:51 PM5 out of 5 stars
Great piece of equipment. Especially awesome while top rope belaying.
Dylan Connole commented on 07-Mar-2014 07:14 PM5 out of 5 stars
My favorite belay device!

1. Essential for hard sport climbing belays with dogging, pulling up the rope after falls, and most of all boinkng.
2. Easy to feed out slack faster than other devices.
3. Simple, intuitive, and "brake-assisted"
4. Can be used in conjunction with one ascender to jug a line.
5. Despite weight it's great for multipitch climbs to belay from the top of a pitch because you can easily lower using the lever instead of the complicated method needed for a ATC Guide or Reverso.

1. It wears out fast. Much faster the the Grigri 1, and fast compared to other devices I've used.
2. Wear on the colored plate (both internal and on the flange) creates edges that can get VERY sharp.
3. When taking in slack quickly the rope can get caught under the lever. This makes it stick in a locked position.
Eric Swanson commented on 10-Mar-2014 11:53 AM5 out of 5 stars
I mainly bought the GriGri 2 out of consideration for my belayer. Projecting hard routes and hanging a lot can be tiring for a belayer over long periods of time. This belay device makes these situations much more enjoyable.
Lynn Mulvihill commented on 10-Mar-2014 08:35 PM5 out of 5 stars
Awesome device when used properly. (Petzl has a great instructive video on proper technique). Being a female climber definitely made it more comfortable catching a heavier partner on a fall.
Jordan Kessler commented on 11-Mar-2014 05:48 AM4 out of 5 stars
Easy to use and versatile. Very important to double check the rope is inserted correctly when being used by someone unfamiliar with a GriGri. Its my wife's go to belay device for belaying larger climbers.
Erik Shepard commented on 12-Mar-2014 03:20 PM4 out of 5 stars
It's a GriGri. It's solid, well made and easy to use. Take some time to learn to lead belay with it with a climber doing some easy routes, it can be tricky to learn to feed correctly and can end with a bunch of short-roping.

Its also fabulous for any climbing photographer. Couple it with an ascender and a single static line, and you'll be zipping up and down getting amazing shots in no time.
Travis Wenzel commented on 12-Mar-2014 10:32 PM5 out of 5 stars
Flipping love it! It really is so perfect. I've never had a problem with it. Although I thought I would never love another as much as my first gen. gri gri, I must say that This one has fill that spot in my heart!
Courtney Wolf commented on 14-Mar-2014 12:56 PM5 out of 5 stars
i still prefer lead belaying with a standard ATC or reverso - and those devices are more versatile overall. but grigri 2 is awesome for top rope parties! especially for projecting pumpy overhanging sport climbs.
Rogelio Alvarado commented on 17-Mar-2014 11:00 AM5 out of 5 stars
I can't climb without it! We have ATCs but I feel more secure with this because of it's locking system.

Also, it's way safer to rappel the climber with this than with the ATC.
Tim O'Hearn commented on 24-Mar-2014 09:44 PM4 out of 5 stars
Great piece to have in your kit. My only beef with the Gri Gri 2 is that the lever is much less ergonomic than the original Gri Gri.
Christian Thompson commented on 28-Mar-2014 11:40 AM5 out of 5 stars
An industry standard, Just got back from climbing walls in Zion. I own the older version and my partner owns a newer one. Both work awesome. I will never go up a wall without one. Belay, back up your jumars, substitute a jumar with your grigri to lighten the load, etc. Will never leave home without it.
Benjamin Bradley commented on 28-Mar-2014 01:36 PM5 out of 5 stars
I use this a ton to hang and clean routes or to make it easier for my 125lb girlfriend to belay my 220lb self! haha Its a handy device and I have found a million uses for it. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a solid device that is very reliable.
Andrew Gibbs commented on 28-Mar-2014 01:59 PM5 out of 5 stars
The standard by which all overs are measured, and for good reason. This thing rocks! Just be sure to use a rope within the recommended size range. Good stuff.
Larkin Jasiuk commented on 28-Mar-2014 05:41 PM5 out of 5 stars
As always with the grigri devices, super awesome, super smooth, super easy for teaching. great all around device. i would pick it over anything out there today
Carl Brcokhoff commented on 28-Mar-2014 05:53 PM4 out of 5 stars
I picked up a Gri-Gri 2 recently to replace an old Cinch that had been stolen last summer. I have really enjoyed having this gem for sport and single pitch belays.

I love the assisted locking feature of the device when I'm belaying people who are quite a bit larger than myself as well as when they are taking multiple whips on projects.

The Gri-Gri 2 is also great for when your partner is working projects and you are stuck belaying for a long period of time because you aren't required to death grip the rope to keep it in place.

The only down side of the Gri-Gri 2 is that I never seem to get a super smooth feeling on the lower. It is always a little jerky.
James Astor commented on 29-Mar-2014 08:55 AM5 out of 5 stars
Great new device. The weight is definitely noticeable from the GriGri 1. BUT, larger ropes are bit more of a pain to use and don't feed as well. If you're going to top rope all day on a fat rope, I would suggest the GG1.
Mike Lewis commented on 29-Mar-2014 03:54 PM5 out of 5 stars
Here's what I like about the new GriGri. When I am belaying a client off the anchor, I can comfortably lower that client when they have topped out and it is time to go back down. The older GriGri was more jerky. the new one is quite smooth!
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