Assisted-braking belay devices are excellent for climbers of all ability levels thanks to the increased safety (hence “assisted-braking”), and the Grigri+ takes it to a whole new level. With a specialized “anti-panic handle,” if the belayer pulls the handle too far back—a common scenario when the belayer is surprised by a climber’s fall or lowering too fast—this new function will stop the descent immediately. This makes it an excellent choice for climbers who are just starting out as belayers, as well as anyone who is making the transition from tube-style belay devices to assisted-braking devices. Plus, the beefy stainless steel wear plate makes it extremely durable, and while it does add weight, it also adds years of use. Topropers, beginners, and gym climbers will find the Grigri+ a welcome addition to their belaying arsenal.