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Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI +

In this blog we’re going to run through the differences between the Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI + and what to consider when buying one of these devices.

Main differences

Anti-panic handle

The anti-panic handle: if the belayer pulls too hard on the handle, it clicks and the cam engages, pinching the rope, which stops the rope travel. The handle needs to be released in order to reset it and resume the descent. In other words, this is a really useful function when learning to control a lower.

The GRIGRI + is the only device of the two to have this function.

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choice of belay mode

The GRIGRI + has a selector knob which can be switched between top-rope and lead modes. Top-rope mode aids taking up slack which helps provide for a more comfortable belay. The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this function.

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + rear view

Stainless steel wear plate

The GRIGRI + has a stainless steel wear plate on the moving side plate. As a result, this improves durability, which is particularly useful for intensive use.

The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + profile view

Rope compatibility

Dynamic Kernmantle single ropes conforming to CE EN 892 and/or UIAA should be used with both devices. Petzl recommends rope diameters between 8.5mm and 11mm for both devices.

GRIGRI

Optimum rope diameter between 9.4mm and 10.3mm

GRIGRI +

Optimum rope diameter between 8.9mm and 10.5mm

Conformity

GRIGRI

CE EN 15151-1 type 6:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 6: Devices for belaying and abseiling without a panic locking element.

GRIGRI +

CE EN 15151-1 type 8:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 8: Devices for belaying and abseiling with a panic locking element.

Similarities

Both devices have:

  • Assisted Braking function. This is activated when a climber falls. With the result that the cam pivots and pinches the rope which stops rope travel. Holding the brake side of the rope assists with the cam engagement. It is vital to always hold the brake side of the rope.
  • Rope installation diagrams on the moving side plate and the interior of the device.
  • Ergonomic handle
  • 3 year guarantee

Conclusion

These are two market leading devices, with functions appropriate to difference users. Petzl suggests the GRIGRI + is suitable for all users.  However, it is particularly useful to learners and Instructors. The GRIGRI is intended for experience users. The RRP for the GRIGRI + is £101 because of its additional features. The RRP for the GRIGRI is £65.

GRIGRI codes

  • D014BA00 – grey
  • D014BA01 – orange
  • D014BA02 – blue

GRIGRI + codes

  • D13A G – grey
  • D13A AG – orange
  • D13A VI – violet

To buy these two devices from Abaris International, please click on the highlighted links below:

Petzl GRIGRI

Click here

Petzl GRIGRI +

Click here

For more information on the full range of Petzl Sport belay devices and descenders, please visit www.petzl.com

2019 Petzl GRIGRI

From January 2019, Petzl have discontinued the GRIGRI 2 and replaced it with the new 2019 Petzl GRIGRI. So, what are the differences?

Rope capacity

A better single rope capacity range gives an improved optimal use.

The 2019 GRIGRI (D014BA0x) is compatible with dynamic single ropes 8.5 to 11 mm, optimised for 8.9 to 10.5 mm

The old GRIGRI 2 (D14Bx) was compatible with dynamic single ropes 8.9 to 11 mm, optimised for 9.4 to 10.3 mm

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cam

The improved cam helps to give smoother descents. As a result, they are better controlled and more comfortable.

The rope guide has also been improved, which will help prevent the rope moving outside the guide channel. 

D014BA00- Petzl GRIGRI cam and rope installation

D014BA00- Petzl GRIGRI cam and rope installation

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG cam and rope installation

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG cam and rope installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI2 comparison

2019 Petzl GRIGRI D014BA00 on the left Petzl GRIGRI D14BY on the right

 

Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI2 comparison

2019 Petzl GRIGRI D014BA00 on the left Petzl GRIGRI D14BY on the right

D014BA- Petzl GRIGRI progressive cam

D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI progressive cam for smooth descent

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Grigri 2 (D14B_) DISCONTINUEDGrigri (D014BA__)
Assisted Braking*YesYes
Anti-Panic Handle**NoNo
Aluminium side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handleAluminium side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handle
Rope Diameter Capacity8.9mm – 11mm (Single Ropes)8.5mm – 11mm (Single Ropes)
Best for9.4mm – 10.3mm (Single Ropes)8.9mm – 10.5mm (Single Ropes)
Weight170g175g
CertificationCE EN15151-1, UIAACE EN15151, UIAA
Colours (2018 / 2019)Grey, Yellow, TurquoiseGrey, Red / Orange, Blue
Price RRP (2019)£65£65

* Assisted Braking function is activated when a climber falls, the cam pivots which pinches and blocks the rope travel. Always hold the brake side of the rope.

**Anti-panic handle: if a user pulls too hard on the handle, the anti-panic function brakes and stops the descent.

Unchanged features and benefits:

  • Assisted braking: when a climber falls, the cam pivots which pinches and blocks the rope travel. Always hold the brake side of the rope
  • The rope installation diagram helps ensure correct rope installation
  • Simple to use for belaying both lead and top-rope climbers
  • Lightweight, compact and balanced design
  • Certification: CE EN 15151-1, UIAA
  • Even better news is that the price remains unchanged at a suggested RRP of £65
CodeD014BA00D014BA01D014BA02
ColourGreyRed/OrangeBlue

To buy the 2019 Petzl GRIGRI, please visit www.abaris.co.uk

For further information please see Petzl.com

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