Petzl has made an effort to educate users, but the bad habits of devotees are difficult to break, and with the release of the Grigri 2 in Video by Petzl – The hand position we showed for belaying with the Grigri 2 in our March issue. Victim. GRIGRI EXPERIENCE. • Read the instructions for use carefully before looking at the following techniques. • You must have already read and understood.

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People in panic gripping the active end of the rope, which negates the braking mechanism of the grigri.

Like all the assisted locking devices, it can independently support the weight of a climber resting on the rope. Some ten years ago, at the time when we saw several GriGri accidents, 8a suggested a new method which later Petzl adopted. And lastly people grirgi the grigri in a strong grip that keeps the grigri in open position.

So now you just used a bad argument against me, that also applies to you. November 20, Gifts for Climbers: It should be underlined that some of the problems with the Grigri took several years to be found and there might be some safety issues also with the Matik.

I think it could possibly become “the new Janual, as, at least I think so, it will be a bit easier to handle for beginners in this belaying device category. When I tried to unjam it I unintentionally let go of the rope while using the lever which happened exactly as he fell. I traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to learn about the new device and put it through the wringer.

The GriGri 2 provides the least resistance while belaying a follower directly off an anchor.

Petzl GriGri 2 Review

Most of the time you can pay out slack the same way you do with a tube style device. The GriGri 2 is still one of our favorite all-around assisted braking devices.

In general use the grigri exactly as a tube style device. I still don’t think I understand. Why should not Steve’s method be used by beginners? You grugri still provide a soft catch though with attentive belaying and by easing yourself off the ground as you receive the manuwl of a fall.


Much more intuitive to hold the rope in the hand once you feed out. Even with an assisted belay device like the GRIGRI, both hands stay on the rope with slack carefully managed at all times. Whole story wouldn’t happen had I used tuber or reverso because I’m used to unjamming it which by the way happens rather rarely and there is no damn lever Login in to contribute.

Manaul once told me that the safest belaying device is the one you are most familiar with. You mean the part when McClure explained how he uses the GriGri?

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On a long multi-pitch route this difference could save you tons of energy and reduce the chance of overuse injuries to your elbows or shoulders. Some ten years ago, many and including the celebs, did put the screw carabiner where you put the rope, meaning that the grigri was turned 90 degrees.

For those who have used the GriGri 2 safely for years, it may still be the best choice, offering excellent performance from catching falls to lowering partners, feeding slack, and multi-pitch belays. If you use the 8 as your belay device, with no auto braking, the slip occurs only if you hand gets closer to the device.

Very few climbers use the Petzl recommendation method to give rope. I was trying to give him slack as fast as I could when he pulled the rope again and the breaking mechanism jammed. His thumb is on top of the GriGri, but his other fingers are on the side of device, which is basically the “Gaswerk method”, which is THE way to use the GriGri, because tubing only works fine with thinner ropes above 9,5 it gets complicated in my experience, above 10mm basically impossible.

Within these diameters, the GriGri 2 still provides a strong, reliable catch but lowering and feeding slack is also easier. Will buying the jul 2 soon for testing.


The GriGri 2 is a top-notch belay device for a multitude of uses. For most users the GriGri 2’s durability will not be an issue. Some year ago, we made Petzl video that had been showed times, delete it as it did show wrong technique. Dedicated climbers in areas with especially abrasive grit Owens River Gorge anyone? Yes, at around 8 minutes, Matt reversed his hand when he lowered the dummie down.

It also lowered smoother than the Mad Rock Lifeguard. The point of these exercises was to demonstrate just how important it is to be on your game: Using 10 mm gym ropes, it did not work as good as using thinner ropes outside. The biggest problem with the video is the mistake Matt from Epic TV does and another problem is of course that Petzl do not follow up such video to make everything right.

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With the Matik, the belay stops the mnual but with very hard falls, it takes some 10 cm. I’ve seen climbers grigro deck due to a “strong” grip as the climber fall. Also he is too far away from the wall when the climber is so close to the ground. The Matik is better than the Grigri up to 9. The Petzl GriGri 2 has long been one of the most popular assisted braking devices on the market, and for good reason!

Last-Minute Gear From Amazon. This feature is the primary reason to get one of these devices and will save you nanual lot of hand strength when belaying a hang-dogging partner. And the second and most important reason is that it’s a strong grip that will hold the grigri in open position if you do not let go.