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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
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

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


Sport climber
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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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?

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