Petzl GriGri 2 Gear Review

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The Petzl GriGri 2, a long standing popular choice that continues to set the standard for assisted braking belay devices.

Petzl GriGri 2 Review in use

Price:  £65 but available for less in the UK

Pros:  Smooth rope handling, assisted braking, works on ropes down to 8.5mm

Cons:  Heavy-ish, expensive, for the experienced belayer (no anti-panic handle)

Manufacturer:   Petzl

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Petzl GrGri 2 Description

  • Belay device with assisted braking, compatible with a broad range of single rope diameters, for both gym and crag:
    – feeding slack and catching falls are done using standard belay techniques; always keep a hand on the brake-side of the rope
    – the assisted braking function is activated when a climber falls, the device pivots, the rope tightens and the cam pinches and blocks the rope. Holding the brake side of the rope helps engage the cam, therefore it is important to always hold the brake side of the rope
    – compatible with dynamic single ropes 8.5 to 11 mm, optimized for 8.9 to 10.5 mm
    – rope installation diagram engraved on both the interior and exterior of the device
  • Exceptional comfort during descents:
    – the ergonomic handle allows you to easily lower someone
    – smooth descent control is achieved thanks to the progressive action of the cam
  • Designed for experienced belayers:
    – simple to use for belaying both lead or top-rope climbers
    – optimally balanced design: lightweight (175 g), compact and durable

Petzl GriGri 2 Specifications

  • Weight: 175 g
  • Rope compatibility: 8.5 to 11 mm single rope
  • Material(s): aluminum side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handle
  • Certification(s): CE EN 15151-1, UIAA

The Jurassic Verdict

The Petzl GriGri 2 is a top performing assisted braking device . It is universally recognisable and the most popular belay device of this kind. We find that it offers excellent performance through a smooth assisted locking mechanism, catching falls,  lowering partners, feeding slack, and multi-pitch belays.

The Petzl GriGri 2 is for sale in the UK at around £55, if you shop about, a bit less. It is readily available with loads of technical advice. Backed up by a major manufacturer of high access and climbing equipment, Petzl.

For those who have used the GriGri 2 safely for years, it is still the best choice. However those who are new to climbing or who recognize that even experienced belayers can make mistakes should check out the GriGri+.
The Petzl GriGri 2 is our staff’s belay device winner for the gym and outdoor sports crags every time.

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