/ OI NEWS: RECALL for Replacement: Petzl GriGri 2
If you are in the UK or Ireland you are asked to stop using the GriGri 2 and to send it, for replacement to Lyon Equipment Ltd...
Full details at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news.php?id=3831
to clarify, from the petzl website, it affects GriGri 2s with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136.
Mine is, unfortunately, one of the affected :-(
Can anyone re-find that link?
Interestingly Toby, when lowering Enty a few weeks back with his GG2, I noticed that when I pulled the lever right back, the pull required reduced dramatically at a certain point. Then the lever went a fraction further back, the and the normal lowering 'feel' resumed. I can't explain it any better than that I'm afraid. I mentioned it to Enty and he said "Yes, it does a little something, doesn't it.' It'd be interesting to know if his is one of the batch...
I've had the GriGri 2 since it was launched, though i only started using it this weekend sport climbing in Portland.. Mine is unfortunately an early batch (serial No. 11021), hence it has to be replaced (just my bloody luck).
Hopefully a replacement will arrive very quickly.
Argh, shouldve stuck to my own mantra to never buy the first version of anything, there is always kinks to be discovered only after mass usage, whether its gadget or a bit of climbing gear.
First the nomics then this
Unblocking a rope that is jammed behind the cam
In certain specific cases (for example, assisting the climber in regaining a high point after a fall, GRIGRI fixed on a carabiner attached to two points, rope climbing, etc.), the rope can become jammed behind the cam.
Donít worry: this jamming does not damage the rope. Our internal testing shows that even with the smallest diameters, the rope remains intact, even if the climber falls. Note also that even with the rope in this position, the cam functions normally and the climberís fall will be arrested.
Unjamming the rope is simple. Always hold the braking side of the rope when performing this action. If the rope is not under tension, push on the side of the device to reposition the climber side of the rope in the cam groove. If the rope is already under tension, simply pull on the braking side of the rope.
Recall for replacement: GRIGRI 2 | Petzl
Concerns all GRIGRI 2ís (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B ) with the first five digits of the serial number between
10326 and 11136!!!! not 11137. mine is below 1137 but higher than 10326 so im sending it back.
If Petzl has already corrected the fault with later models, does this mean they have known about it for a while and if so why only recall now?
Seems a lot of companies like to wait until a reasonable number of people find out about the faults, which is probably why things like the Petzl Elios and Wild Country Syncro haven't been recalled despite the manufactures admitting to me they have a batch of faulty ones.
What happened with those products?
Gear loops fall off the Syncro thanks to bad stitching (WC said it was just a few but I've spoken to quite a few who have heard of it), and the swivel adjuster was weakly attached to the helmet and can just fall off.
Oh, and I forgot the WC alpine shield, which has been crumbling away in the shops before it even gets to the customers.
Theres also the Black Diamond pick issue where they have a tendency to snap because they have used a bad alloy for the task.
Worrying isn't it!
Does anyone else know of other products that are faulty but haven't been recalled?
Perhaps they only recall "safety critical" issues? There was similar silly 'fault' on another WC harness I bought: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=1538
Grigri 2 sent back this morning.
Hope I get my replacement soon.
I'd argue the alpine shield definately issue is, although I haven't experienced it personally. Also gear loops failing half way up a big climb is certainly serious (one of mine fell off just while walking between climbs with just a rack of wires weighing it down)!
Another issue I've had is the WC syncro I had before that one, is after only an afternoons climbing at Harrisons the thing started falling apart.
The bd pick issue isn't quite as simple as you make out. The alloy chosen is no error or mistake, unless you're referring to a specific batch failure that i'm unaware of. There's plenty about this elsewhere on the net but generally bd pick alloy is good for UK climbers' uses.
Update: got my replacement grigri2 today with my re-embersment for p+p.
Lucky you! I'm still awaiting the prepaid return envelope I requested on Tuesday morning!
Mine has gone to the distributor for replacement. Have any UKC users got the new ones back yet? How long did it take? Do the new handles look or feel any different?
Got both mine replaced quickly.
Requested envelope for return and received it the next day with enough P&P on it to send the Gri Gri back recorded delivery.
Sent the Gri Gri back and got a new one within 4 days. Lyon were very helpful and efficient in my case.
Recalls are always difficult but the way they are handling it makes a big difference.
Prestamped enveloped arrived at work, sent it off and got a new one right away!!
> Interestingly Toby, when lowering Enty a few weeks back with his GG2, I noticed that when I pulled the lever right back, the pull required reduced dramatically at a certain point. Then the lever went a fraction further back, the and the normal lowering 'feel' resumed. I can't explain it any better than that I'm afraid. I mentioned it to Enty and he said "Yes, it does a little something, doesn't it.' It'd be interesting to know if his is one of the batch...
Bought an old Grigri from the classifieds and started using it again after 6 months using the new one - it's a revelation.
And mine is one of the dodgy ones.
In a good or bad way?
Yes lowering feels different.
You pull the leaver back and it stops and then a tiny bit more pressure it unlocks the rope to a nice lowering speed and the leaver lock again.
A little more pressure on the leaver will unlock the rope an lower a climber a lot faster.
But the mid stopping point is a nice addition that was not on my original grigri2.
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