Improving on its original design, Petzl has introduced the GRIGRI 2 belay device. Smaller, lighter and offering advanced control capability, this model is more versatile than other belay devices. However, the company states that this product is mostly geared towards those in need of top-notch control for lead climbing.
The Petzl GRIGRI 2 is a quarter smaller and a whole 20 percent smaller than the original model. Weighing in at a little over 1/3 of a pound or 185 grams, this model is geared towards not slowing down a climber facing a multipitch challenge.
Another bonus of this version of the GRIGRI is the fact that it can be used with a wider variety of rop sizes than the previous model: 8.9mm to 11mm.
When cleaning or setting a route, this model works effortlessly with single ropes, particularly due to the manufacturer’s use of stainless-steel friction plates.
The most important aspect of the Petzl GRIGRI 2, however, relies on its advanced safety features. It comes fitted with a new, ergonomic handle design for gradual lowering and a brake assist, which pinches the rope when the user falls.
For those with minimal experience, the Petzl GRIGRI 2 provides an illustrated diagram on the side of the device to help show how to properly set up the rope.
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Written by Roberta Montoya
Roberta Montoya is a world-class rock climber who's faced countless challenges over the years. She was also on the 2000 Mexican Olympic volleyball team. Today, she works as a corrections officer while climbing during the weekends. Roberta lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.