Grigri has grown so popular since its inception in 1991 that its brand name has become eponymous with this type of assisted braking belay. The only caveat is it has a steeper learning curve than pretty much any other belay device, and not knowing how to properly operate it can have serious consequences. Petzl has continued to improve on their already trusted device, making it lighter and safer. The weight difference was immediately apparent (those few grams make a difference when you’re packing for a trip). We didn’t find any difference in function between the Grigri + versus Petzl’s other models, but it did have more rounded edges (always a plus when you have a device that’s in regular contact with a rope). It also has two modes for lead and top rope belaying, which allows you to take up slack faster. It’s significantly more expensive than other belay devices, but the peace of mind it provides is worth every penny.
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