User Review: Petzl Grigri
Source: bought it new
I had mine for years and used it for many purposes, mostly belaying. If I don't know the person that belays me I prefer to use the grigri and it makes me feel safer because it works every time! I also used it for solo top rope and have caught dozens of falls, even without my hands on the rope (not recommended per manual).
- Reliability you can trust
- Durable — doesn't seem to wear out fast
- Requires technique to quickly and smoothly feed rope
- More expensive
- Can't rappel on two ropes
Overall this is a great piece of gear that is built to last. I have used it for lead climb belaying, top rop belaying, and rappelling. It has never failed me and has held my life many times.
Top rope belay and rappel is easy and convenient with the auto lock feature that doesn't harm the rope. Belaying a lead climber requires technique to feed the rope quickly and smoothly without engaging the brakes that can interfere. Initially, it is common to find people not properly using it. For this reason, I suggest learning how to use it properly.
I've had mine for two years and I trust it more than my ex wife :-P