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matiasek

climber
Davis
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 13, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
I am in the market for a pair of belay glasses. Everyone I know who has a pair gets the "CU belay glasses" brand, the ones from Germany.
http://powernplay.com/pi1/index.html

Has anyone given these a try? I am wondering if they work just as well, since they are half the price!
http://www.activeforever.com/p-26142-adjustable-reversible-prism-glasses.aspx

thanks!

Mike
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:13pm PT
Got a pair for a birthday present. I only use them for sport climbing and they work great. Really help ward off the "belayer's neck" syndrome.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Jesus.

Climbing is doomed, Donini just sealed the deal.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
It says they can be used with reading glasses. I assume they work well with distance glasses also?
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Knott to sound like a smart ass but those are.....silly.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Mucci, to add stock to your summation- the glasses were a present from Jay Smith and Kitty Calhoun.

edit: If you have climbed as long as I have belayer's neck becomes a real concern.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Oh, I get it.


I was thinking they were made of leather.
WBraun

climber
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Just see ....

Modern man has devolved and can't bend neck no more .....

:-)
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
100 euros?
ouch!

I guess when I've belayed as many pitches as donini, I won't be able to bend my head back either.
Wait a minute....my entire premise is impossible.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
Jay and Kitty "Re-Gifted" those spectacles Jim.




apogee

climber
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
About 5 years ago, I had a posterior foramenotomy procedure for a herinated disc at c6-c7- the mechanism remains undetermined, but I can't help but think that years and years of climbing (& especially, teaching climbing) was major contributor.

Still, I'm not sure I can bring myself to wear those things. I'd probably have to lose sensation in all my limbs first.
skitch

Trad climber
pdx
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:29pm PT
When I was in Spain all the older climbers had them on, they were also the only ones that weren't talking nonstop to the climbers next to them.

The cheaper ones look a lot more durable than the more expensive ones.
tahoe523

Trad climber
Station Wagon, USA
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:29pm PT
It's the yuppiest thing I own and while I have been shamed for it, I love them for single pitch and overhanging routes. I used them for an entire month in Spain, but now they're exclusively a bedroom item. I watch tv and read books while laying down with my head relaxed and the glasses flipped upside down. You can see your feet while looking up at the ceiling. A+ would buy again.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:32pm PT
Unless she's really good looking why would I watch?
Since I am not then the original scenario is unlikely.
Trad

Trad climber
northern CA
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
This thread (below) is a little bittersweet given that some of the posters are no longer with us, but I still get a laugh out of both the original post and the Ouch! animation.

CU Belay Glasses... wow!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 13, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
They kick ass!
matiasek

climber
Davis
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2012 - 01:29pm PT
Thanks for all the fast responses. I am definitely already sold on the concept regardless of fashion points. What I am trying to decide is if the cheaper ones are good enough. I will have to look into their return policy.

thanks!
skitch

Trad climber
pdx
Feb 13, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
Did you read the review posted on the product page? It's from a climber.
matiasek

climber
Davis
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
Thanks skitch, yeah I did see that. I guess I called on the community to get some more data points on this no-name brand. thanks!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 13, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
I've had a pair (CUs) for about two years and I love them. I wear them at the climbing gym, at sport climbing areas and for single pitch crack climbing. I wouldn't think of taking them on multi-pitch routes. Most of my partners with whom I have shared them have loved them too. The few people who don't like them say it's because they find the altered perspective disorienting.

I wear glasses when I climb, and the belay glasses just sit on my nose in front of the Rx glasses when belaying. I don't think this method (double glasses) would work as well is you have a tiny nose, but I have a significant Italian nose so I have no trouble with them sliding off!

I have arthritis in my neck from an old car accident, and these glasses have made a huge difference with pain and muscle tension. I've always been the kind of belayer who tries to watch my leader all the time, and these glasses allow me to do that in complete comfort.

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