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Petzl GriGri Review
Cons: heavy, expensive, not recommended ropes less than 10mm
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The Original GriGri is Discontinued
The original Petzl GriGri had been our Editor's choice award until the Petzl GriGri+ came around. See how other top belay devices compare in our Battle for The Best Belay Device Review.
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+ and the Petzl GriGri 2 are the clear favorites. However, if you're using rope thicker than 9.5 mm, then the old model GriGri is better than the GriGri 2 and on par with the GriGri+. 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 longer available for sale, you might want to hold onto yours if you still have it. The GriGri+ gives you the best of all worlds as it "transforms" to work on different rope diameters. But, it's expensive.
— Chris McNamara
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