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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 .....

:-)
locker

Social climber
CO
Feb 13, 2012 - 12:24pm PT


These work well for me...

















































Credit: locker
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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.

Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 14, 2012 - 08:30am PT
Thanks Phylp,

I wear glasses and have a bunged up neck from a car accident also.
That was just the info I needed.
handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Feb 14, 2012 - 09:01am PT
The CUs magnify ever so slightly, the others do not. I guess it depends on how long your typical route is as to which ones you want. I love the CUs, they are well worth $150
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Feb 14, 2012 - 09:27am PT


from:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/562572/CU-Belay-Glasses-wow
Edwardp33

Sport climber
Austin
May 13, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
I have used the CU glasses and they are awesome. A fellow climber let me try his. Your climber is crystal clear and easy to see. They are very comfortable and if someone walks nearby you or comes up next to your you don't even notice them as your field of vision is completely filled by the reflection of the climber. After using them for a day I will definitely buy a pair. The questionis do I spend $150 on the awesome CU glasses or go budget and hope the cheaper ones are as good. Does anyone have any experience with alternatives?
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Jun 3, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Hard to beat Wayfarers
Hard to beat Wayfarers
Credit: Scole
MikeMara

Sport climber
Santa Barbara
Jun 20, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Hey Mike

There are cheaper options.
Check this out : www.BelayGlass.Com
arashaalam

Sport climber
San Diego
Jan 29, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
There are new belay glasses on the market by Vertical Vision. The product is called Belaggles. They have larger lenses and look cool. check out www.belaggles.com

Credit: arashaalam
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 29, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
We used to joke about specialty eyewear for the timid and vertigo prone out there. A bolt with quickdraw or big trees hologram would appear when you looked down to soothe the savage beast and keep it to a one-alarm fire!

Never caught on just like the Runout Doily! LOL
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 29, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
There are new belay glasses on the market by Vertical Vision. The product is called Belaggles. They have larger lenses and look cool.

I guess
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Geezus, what's this climbing world coming to?????

Prism belay glasses are WAY lame, or in old-school speak, WAY HOMO!


Here's the proper technique:

You point a mini PC camera up the rock, and then Bloo-Toof that into your iPhone in a teeny sub-window, so you can text, twitter and watch Vertical Limit reruns all at the same time you're "belaying" your partner up something hard, desperate and totally run-out.








Use the same system while driving to and from the Valley, of course.





MisterE

Social climber
Jan 29, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
A previous thread:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1750131/belay-glasses
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 29, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Glad to hear Jim is still human and healthy enough to suffer from as serious a first-world problem as "belayer's neck". I was beginning to wonder.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:11am PT
I bought mine at http://www.powernplayusa.com/ I think ithey where $125.00, nice quality,good clarity.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:39am PT
You guys actually watch your partner when belaying?
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:43am PT


If I wear them while I'm in this position, I can tell if someone is sneaking up behind me...

Credit: locker
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kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:46am PT
While yer at it you should get one of those backup cameras for yer car!! My buddie has some and they work good aside from looking a little silly. I alawys feel better when my belayer is lookin up at me.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:57am PT
A guy in Salt Lake is making and selling them of $80.

http://www.belayspecs.com/

I have no experience with other brands, but these work just fine and will fit in front of your regular glasses... though look twice a dorky when worn that way

caughtinside

Social climber
Oakland, CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
I used the CU belay glasses and they were awesome! Convinced me in a few belays to get a pair. Not only are they more comfortable on your neck but they make you a better belayer because it's easy to stay focused on a leader because you're not always stretching your neck.

I bought the belay specs because they looked similar and were $40 or 50 bucks cheaper. Well, the belay specs came and they are great. Very similar to the CU. They are slightly bigger and slightly heavier. A fine tradeoff for me for the money.

If money were truly no object I might go for the CU but the difference in product quality and feel is no biggie for me.

yes, you do look like a dork but take a look around the crag next time you're there. You're in good company.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Just bought a pair of those belay specs. Thanks for the link... I've been wanting a pair for years.
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
If my belayer ever put on a pair of these, I would just retire from climbing. Oh wait, I am retired from climbing.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Come on old people... can we get just back to the really important issues... is using chalk, sticky rubber, and SLCD's unethical?
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:12pm PT

I must not be OLD...

because I think this sh!t is a GUD send!!!...


"chalk, sticky rubber, SLCD's and WEED"...

mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Feb 3, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
Got my belay specs today. Psyched! They will make spotting way easier!
rossy

Sport climber
irvine, ca
Mar 27, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
I'm looking for a cheap alternative to the CU glasses - has anyone tried the Belay Safe glasses (www.belaysafe.com)?

They look pretty good just don't want to waste my money.
Charles Claude

Trad climber
Flagstaff, Az
May 20, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Up until a month ago, i would have thought they were stupid, but with a freak mtn biking accident with fracturing c4 thru c7 and having the whole section anteriorly plated, i am now wondering which are the best model out there, !( since there are a couple models now)
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
May 20, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
I use mine when I drop all the change in my pocket ...
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jun 19, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Another use for the belay glasses, makes riding the H-zontal bike more "enjoyable"?

John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jun 19, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Glasses or sunglasses will fit behind "Belay Specs" if that is important to you.
Flunny

Sport climber
Sep 18, 2013 - 12:12am PT
Belay glasses can really save you a lot of pain after you've been climbing for a few hours. They are a bit pricy though... these guys http://www.belayshades.com seem to be the best deal out there at the moment. About $100 less than CU if you can believe that.
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