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The new Petzl Grigri 2, for use with 8.9mm to 11mm ropes, progressive descent control, 20% lighter, 25% smaller.
UKC Gear, Jul 2010
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Petzl have redesigned the GRIGRI, 20 years after it was introduced. The GRIGRI is the most popular assisted braking belay device beloved of climbers the world over, used for any single roped climbing from sport climbing to big wall climbing to indoor climbing. It was however quite heavy - 225 g - and was restricted to rope diameters of 10-11mm, although climbers did use thinner ropes with it.
The new GRIGRI 2 is smaller and more compact, it fits comfortably in your hand, and it's lighter, at 185g. The cam has been redesigned to give a smoother paying out action especially when lowering due to a progressive descent control system.
Importantly, you can use it on ropes with a diameter as low as 8.9mm to 11m, which considering many of us use a skinny ropes these days is a big plus.
It is available now in the UK. SRP £63.00
THE VIDEO:The video below introduces the new Petzl GRIGRI 2 and is essential viewing for any climber.
Not only does it feature Chris Sharma, Daila Ojeda, Dani Andrada, Nina Caprez, David Graham and Steve McClure climbing and taking impressive falls, but importantly Chris and Steve offer valuable advice on belaying including the dynamic belay, the buddy system, how to give lightning clips and the correct way to use the GRIGRI 2.
For more information visit the Petzl website:www.petzl.com
For UK Stockists, please visit the new Lyon Equipment website: www.lyon-outdoor.co.uk
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