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Street Price: $95
Pros: Smooth rope handling, auto-locking
Cons: heavy, expensive, not recommended ropes less than 10mm
Best Uses: Sport, trad, big wall, especially solid on thicker ropes
The original Petzl GriGri had been our Editor's choice award until the Petzl GriGri 2 came around. The GriGri 2 now gets the honor.
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If you own the original GriGri, do you need to upgrade right away? The bottom line is that for ropes thinner than 9.5 mm, the GriGri 2 is the clear favorite. However, if you're using rope thicker than 9.5 mm, then the old model GriGri is a bit easier to use. For example, most gyms use thicker ropes that then become even thicker and fuzzier with heavy use. It can be hard sometimes to get the GriGri 2 to work on these ropes. Since the original GriGri is no long available for sale, you might want to hold onto yours if you still have it.
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Most recent review: September 2, 2010
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