The Petzl GriGri+ is the latest version of Petzl popular assisted braking belay device. As with the GriGri 2 a pivoting cam pinches the rope to assist the belayer when catching a fall, this makes it an ideal device for sport climbing of all types as well as indoor use.
There are additional features on the GriGri+ which make it more suitable for the beginner than the GriGri 2, it's also suitable for a wider range of rope diameters. An anti-panic feature on the handle means that if the belayer pulls the handle too far then the cam will automatically engage, stopping the rope and preventing an uncontrolled descent. This feature will also ensure that the descent is smoother a it allows for a more controlled progression of the rope feed.
It has a specific mode for top roping which makes it easier to take slack quickly making it more comfortable for the climber. Engraved diagrams of which way the rope feeds through the device are on both the inside and outside making it easy to double check everything is as it should be. Although the GriGri plus is ideal for beginners it still requires the usual belay motion with both hands on the rope, whilst braking is still facilitated by control of the dead rope. It's worth noting that the GriGri+ is not an autoblock only an assisted braking device so does require knowledge of how to belay.
Petzl GirGri+ Features
- Belay technique identical to classic belay system
- Assisted braking
- Very controlled progression of the rope feed
- Aluminium side plates with engraved instructions
- Stainless steel cam and friction plate
- Anti-panic handle
- Special mode facilitates taking slack and provides a comfortable top-rope belay
|Single ropes||Optimised for||Weight|
|All||8.9 - 10.5mm||200g|
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