GriGri 2 – Petzl

By Chris

When we heard that the new GriGri2 was on the  way to the market, we were really excited about how it was going to perform. Our last grigri was 15 years old and never failed on us. It was quite difficult to imagine how the manufacturers were going to cut down on material while stil keeping up good performance of one of the best half automatic devices on the market. Finally, after a year, we got our chance to test out this masterpiece. And I must say, petzl’s product managers waited all 10 years, but they did a good job making this device a success.

The new Grigri 2 - Petzl

Petzl cut down everything which was not needed in the old device, keeping only what was really necessary. The new GriGri 2 is 20% smaller, 25% lighter and works well with thiner ropes too. If you lead on ropes 8.9-9.9mm, this device is for you. If your favourite rope is thicker than 10mm, it’s probably better to stay with your old grigri.

The new “progressive descent control”  feature that comes with the new device  gives you a better control preventing a slip through. The device locks up in the very beginning, causing quite a bit of resistence until you push up the handle to some 60%. Lowering a climber on a thin rope is far more controlled than when using the original grigri.

It’s actually possible to give out rope without having to extensively press down the lever. You can give rope like other friction devices. You’ll find that the rope slips out smoothly, while you have both your hands situated at the correct places while belaying.

As a lead climber, the GriGri gives you the security that you’re perfectly belayed from your partner, and that there’s no need to worry that he/she will tire out too soon while you boulder your route. The market sells the device for around 75,- EUR which makes it one of the more expensive device, comparing to other friction devices. Nevertheless, it’s definately worth your money as this device is long lasting and highly performant.

Read the instructions or watch this video for proper instructions on how to use the grigri. Avoid improper use, and climb till you drop ;-)


Update: 22.06.2011
Recall for replacement: GRIGRI 2
Petzl has discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can cause internal damage, such that the GRIGRI 2 handle may become stuck in the open position. If you have a GRIGRI 2 (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136, stop use immediately and contact Petzl to initiate an exchange.

More information here.