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Petzl Gri Gri

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Weight225 g
Max Diameter (mm)11

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Petzl Gri Gri
4.5 out of 5 based on 72 user reviews.


Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
Good for sport climbers. A must have if your partners like to hang dog all day long.
Way to heavy and does not permit (easy) dual rope rappels so I do not recommend it for multipitch or trad use.
Trango Cinch is lighter but the handle is a little more difficult.


Cred: 1737
Review by barubin on Jul. 15, 2008
This is pretty much the original self-locking belay device. It's extremely easy to use and a nice tool to have on your rack.
It is a little heavier than other devices on the market. Also, people who use this may experience a feeling of cockiness. Don't get cocky while using this. Self-locking should mean carelessness on the belayer's part. You should use this with just as much care as when using an ATC or a non-self-locking device.
There are other self-locking devices that are more light-weight but this one got the ergonomic design down first.


Cred: 922
Review by NeeDlzdos on May. 21, 2007
Excellent for aid climbing belays when your belayer falls asleep on that 4 hour lead. Great for top rope soloing, solo aid leading, solo climbing (note solo climbing not acknowledged or encouraged by Petzl). Use it as an alpine soft knot (adjustable). Good learner belay device (extra backup in the system).
Only suitable for sinlge ropes 9.7 - 11mm. No good way to make it auto feed when soloing (without modification).
IMO best auto belay device, but the Trango Cinch is out there as well


Cred: 426
Review by eddiemack on Oct. 27, 2007
SAFE for the kids to use. When it's my arse on the rope I want to be able to climb without worries of my kids getting distracted by bright shinny objects. It's a great relief and easy to use.
I find using this device to belay a lead isn't as easy as a ATC. I personally like using a ATC better for belays and rappelling.
ATC devices.


Cred: 507
Review by IanW1960 on Sep. 14, 2008
A great piece of kit, especially where you have a belayer who may or may not be up to the job. Also very useful for abseiling in situations where you have to go "hands off" perdiodically, such as reversing solo lead pitches.


Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Jun. 17, 2009
it's classic, it works, it's reliable. Remember to be attentive, it's automatic but not idiot proof. In toprope sessions with learners this thing becomes indespensible.
This has a variety of uses if you are willing to learn different setups including hauling, rescues, and an autolocked top belay for 1 follower. Easy to release and easy to use.
it's heavy, but we all know that. I will still carry it sometimes on long climbs with an atc or 8 for rappells.
still the best in it's class.


Cred: 601
Review by [email protected] on Aug. 01, 2009
Handy in various situations. Although it's not hands free, it's the next thing to it. Good for long top rope sessions, and handy for self rescue.
heavy, bulky, & expensive. Only made for bigger ropes.
plate (tube) device like BD ATC or Petzl reverso


Cred: 881
Review by evanwish on Mar. 30, 2010
-locks well
-feeds well (if you use it properly)
-good for backing up ascending ropes on steep traverses. (aid)
-teaches Noobs bad habits if not taught correctly.
-heavy
-does not supplement tube style device. (no device does)
Trango Cinch


Cred: 556
Review by jasoncordier on Feb. 06, 2011
Very simple instructions when using, so good for beginners who belay with the appropriated instruction before using. An extra piece of redundancy is the right situations is always good to have.
Grigri us Heavy, ropes in the low 9mm range may not bight well, and icy ropes do not work well with this at all.
Trango Cinch


Cred: 1321
Review by MikePB on Feb. 27, 2011
Stops falls great. Adds a bit more safety in case your belayers attention drifts. Good for taking up rope belaying a second up.
Expensive
Heavy
Can't do double ropes
Lowering is a bit awkward
Only works with bigger ropes


Cred: 441
Review by Kitmonster on May. 13, 2008
Just about idiot-proof. Just about.
bad-habit forming, especially when doing long belay sessions in the gym. And heavy


Cred: 12
Review by FreeSailer35 on Mar. 18, 2008
great auto locking belay device! great for begining climbers as well as seasoned veterans. small images make it very easy to tell in which direction the rope feed in/out goes.
the grigri is a little pricy, but i highly reccomend every climber having one.
excellent construction


Cred: 92
Review by GetOutside on May. 15, 2008
Auto Locking ability makes me feel a little more comfortable when being belayed by novice belayers
Can be loaded incorrectly... haven't done it or seen it happen, but apperently its caused some pretty serious issues


Cred: 180
Review by nrg9390 on Oct. 22, 2008
Literally one of the most idiot-proof devices on the market (there are some clever idiots though). If something is wrong, just let go. it will do the rest. Makes gym climbing/route setting a breeze.
The fact that it has the idiot proof label. It makes the belayer lazy and careless, just because they have this device.
an ATC and proper training.


Cred: 189
Review by jwidm on Mar. 20, 2009
I love this when belaying people that are new to climbing or anyone working on something and doing a lot of hanging. It's also nice to hand to a second and feel a bit more confidence in places known for falling objects that if something happens to your belayer your probably locked off.
Heavy. I don't use to belay leaders on trad because the only way to give a soft catch is to jump in the air.


Cred: 128
Review by orwellsanimal on Mar. 01, 2011
Gri-Gri 2 is lighter than original, accommodates 8.9-11mm
Requires finesse to prevent unintended engaging of cam. Modified belay technique helpful for lead belay (hold cam with brake hand to give quick dump), technique discussed on website.
none.


Cred: 158
Review by Subtracterall on May. 14, 2011
-Safer than a traditional belay device (if you know what you're doing)
-Makes belaying more enjoyable
-Better for lowering than the Trango Cinch
-Rated for 10-11mm ropes (works with 9.8m)
-GriGri2 is out
GriGri2, Cinch


Cred: 9
Review by sunnyjamshedji on Jul. 24, 2008
Works well for hangdogging, even on multipitch trad. I use it when multipitching with newbies, so I can always lower them off. It is hard to do this with other devices that are better suited for the application such as the BD ATC Guide.
Agree - far too bulky and heavy, but it has its pros!


Cred: 422
Review by roytse on Aug. 09, 2008
Sturdy. Unbreakable. Awesome. Simple to use and self explanatory. Self-braking mechanism is smooth and reliable.
None


Cred: 1073
Review by scottydo on Sep. 02, 2008
Very safe and very easy to use. I use these all the time in the gym but not so much outside.
Heavy if you're gonna use it outside.
Learn how to use an ATC. Much more control.


Cred: 496
Review by chadcummings on Mar. 04, 2009
im sure they're fine and work for everyone else just not my style. ive never had an issue with one
tubular belay


Cred: 1096
Review by jeepnphreak on Dec. 21, 2010
Simple to use. I purchased one when they first came out and it has proved useful over the years.
It a bit bulky I suppose.
I would like to check out the Trango cinch.


Cred: 15
Review by Backwoods1 on Feb. 10, 2011
I love this device for use in rope ascension. It is also fantastic when you need both hands free while suspended mid rappel, such as for rescue or tactical scenerios. Great range of usable rope diameters.
It is a bit jerkey compared with non-auto devices until you get used to it.


Cred: 629
Review by AMGAwolf on Feb. 23, 2011
Just purchased and used the new GriGri 2. Its a great device with an even smoother action than the first one
none
cinch


Cred: 26
Review by fb_21804477 on Jan. 20, 2008
works great
can only use with ropes greater than 10mm
none..nothing else compares to this established piece of hardware on the market


Cred: 357
Review by eswanson on Jan. 29, 2011
Perfect for catching sport falls and letting your partner hangdog.
Heavy, doesn't take skinnier ropes or allow for double-rope raps.


Cred: 315
Review by scottdotnearing on Aug. 25, 2012
nice smooth belay, great for belaying light climbers; LOVE mine for solo
none, but I'd ask for rope guide around the area of the axle of the lever
none


Cred: 27
Review by luiyo1200 on Jul. 16, 2008
es bien bueno para top rope por que lockea automatico.
aveses da problemas cuando se esta lidiando porque le puede trancar en un dinamico o movimiento rapido
cualquier otro para liding


Cred: 17
Review by jman3 on Mar. 03, 2011
Easy to use, good for gym climbing, works well with extremely worn / frayed ropes
heavy, promotes laziness / carelessness


Cred: 42
Review by fb_38400292 on Feb. 06, 2008
good device for belaying someone who hang dogs alot


Cred: 497
Review by fb_17114825 on May. 20, 2008
great piece of equipment, easy to use, dependable
lots of climbing gyms do not allow them


Cred: 454
Review by fb_12711439 on May. 21, 2008
bombproof.
sometimes gets caught up with larger diameter ropes.


Cred: 5
Review by paulbarr on Jun. 12, 2008
Perfect for beginners learning to use belay devices with the added safety of being able to make a few mistakes as it automatically locks off.
Lowering people can be hard on the hands if they are heavy, need to controll the descent rate with the camming lever which can be tricky to master.


Cred: 815
Review by climbandkayak on Jun. 24, 2008
Nice when belaying my larger friend working a route.
Heavy. Can't rap on two stands.


Cred: 99
Review by climbercam on Nov. 28, 2007
Easy to use
Durable
Unsafe for beginner belayers, Heavy, Expensive
Black Diamond ATC


Cred: 54
Review by fb_507277362 on Jan. 15, 2008
great tool, extra safety
everyone who uses it must be trained extra


Cred: 831
Review by stevencook on Jan. 20, 2008
invaluable device for a day at teh crag


Cred: 51
Review by fb_738116829 on Feb. 25, 2008
Super Easy. Versitle
Hard to "give" fast on Sport routes


Cred: 190
Review by tande140 on Jan. 07, 2008
If you are going to climb, buy one of these.
Only being able to load one rope


Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
mmm... good...
want to try the chinch by Trango


Cred: 12
Review by fb_504763858 on Feb. 11, 2008
Smooth ride and easy to use


Cred: 23
Review by fb_713465091 on Mar. 22, 2008
it rox my sox
don't be foolish and set it up backwards
Trango Pyramid


Cred: 46
Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008
good fpr gym climbing
not so good for lead climbing


Cred: 5
Review by emick27 on Apr. 08, 2009
good for sport climbing and aid climbing situations
wouldn't recommend it for trad climbing. and it cant be used for double rope belays or rappels
Trango tooth for trad climbing or bd atc


Cred: 9
Review by ruda8 on Jan. 20, 2008
works great
rope range
none


Cred: 9
Review by fb_1051905438 on Feb. 06, 2008
can't use on smaller diameter ropes


Cred: 22
Review by fb_717530056 on Feb. 14, 2008
Better than ATCs, auto-locking.
Expensive.


Cred: 7
Review by fb_508868618 on Feb. 27, 2008
Safe and Reliable
Heavy


Cred: 12
Review by fb_15721530 on Jun. 18, 2008
Nice for the indoor gyms.


Cred: 18
Review by climberboy123 on Mar. 23, 2009
Not as great as I had hoped, but still very functional


Cred: 36
Review by damon_achey on Jul. 27, 2010
Rock solid and proven design
In desperate need of a keeper cord. I've mod'ed mine to add one.


Cred: 11
Review by bkmccoy on Feb. 08, 2011
i have enjoyed my gri gri for quite some time. i dont think there is a better tool out there.


Cred: 2
Review by fb_1295765347 on May. 10, 2008
Only us >10mm ropes


Cred: 26
Review by Kirill Zemlyanskiy on Jul. 19, 2008
autoblock. multipitch use.
bulky, heavy


Cred: 15
Review by glenni on Aug. 06, 2008
Easy to use
You have to know how to use this one!


Cred: 68
Review by Grivel G12 on Aug. 08, 2008
Must have belay device


Cred: 5
Review by sstratto on Sep. 04, 2008
this also saves lives


Cred: 29
Review by ERussell on Sep. 10, 2008
you can't beat it


Cred: 102
Review by Delta V on Sep. 25, 2008
Great tool for guides


Cred: 99
Review by protohyp designs on May. 30, 2009
not as good as trango cinch


Cred: 20
Review by bendor on Jan. 19, 2011
Great for a hang dogging partner.



Cred: 49
Review by chico69 on Mar. 19, 2011
easy to use
big and heavy
GriGri 2


Cred: 9
Review by JHKreisler on Sep. 10, 2008
lovin' it


Cred: 0
Review by fb_1036152097 on Nov. 08, 2008
amazing device. so many uses


Cred: 0
Review by jakerath on Aug. 14, 2009
A hang doggers friend!


Cred: 0
Review by bigdub on Aug. 11, 2010
easy to use good catch safe


Cred: 6
Review by fb_562035226 on Jan. 18, 2008
works awesome


Cred: 21
Review by fb_697101747 on Apr. 12, 2008
Self locking


Cred: 2
Review by fb_582975602 on Mar. 05, 2008
awsome


Cred: 11
Review by fb_17815208 on Apr. 07, 2008
.


Cred: 0
Review by fb_507854106 on May. 11, 2010
a


Cred: 0
Review by fb_734872218 on Apr. 05, 2008
good
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