Review: Petzl Grigri (2019)

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The updated Petzl Grigri drops the "2" from its name and adds welcome improvements to the popular assisted-braking belay device.

The updated Petzl Grigri drops the "2" from its name and adds welcome improvements to the popular assisted-braking belay device.

Ditching the “2” in their iconic belay device’s name, Petzl has updated this assisted-braking classic by expanding the range of ropes it can accommodate: from 8.5mm to 11mm. In other words, what was formerly the Grigri 2 is now just the Grigri (it has the 2’s smaller size viz. the original model, and weighs 6.2oz), and it’s been retooled to work with the new ultra-skinny single ropes. I’ve been a Grigri convert since I first laid hands on one in 1992, so was well versed in the device’s pros, cons, and usage as I tested. From crag belays, to simul-rapping, to multi-pitch sport, to gym sessions, the Grigri was just as smooth, amazing, and reliable as ever; its métier is dogging sessions, catching long, dynamic falls, and lowering, where the lever gave buttery action without fail. Meanwhile, the clipping eye has been enlarged and made more oblong to accommodate bigger lockers, which was nice. I tested the device on a slick new 8.6mm lead rope just to push it to its edge—and it clamped down like a boss. Now, I just wish I hadn’t fumbled mine into the sea from the top of the 140-foot Point on Cayman Brac. Man, bummer!

$110, petzl.com

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