Review by: dbrayack, 2006-08-07
THE standard for belaying. I took a random girl from the climbing gym out "lead" climbing one day. I always teach people to lead belay using the gri gri. I pretty much tie in, rig the gri-gri, clip it to them, give them some basic "feeding" and "lowering" instructions and then just go. At the end of the day, I tried to onsight a 5.10 (hard for me). As I went into the crux sequence, I looked down, saw a loop or rope extending from her, down toward the ground, then up to me...."Well, at least she won't short rope me", I went, missed and took the big whip...no big deal, she caught me, it was a soft catch, life was good!
I figure I'll get short roped on the first several clips, but then the newb will get the picture.
These things are beautiful.
Its also very nice to belay someone working something/falling a lot, you don't have to lock it off, just sit back in your harness and chill, very good indeed.
Also, I use it in combination with an ascender to take photos. Its fast, and I can lower off it.
They're pretty hardcore and hardy; I've had mine for almost 7 years now, I've beaten the snot out of it, I've used it to bungy jump with my climbing rope (similar setup as see in Masters of Stone). Its overall the best piece of climbing gear you can get for safety as well as easy of use.
For 70 bucks, its more than worth it for both safety and ease of use. Its almost down to 10 bucks a year now, I'll probably get one in another few years, so that's like 7 dollars a year of use, not bad!