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A brief comparison between Belay Specs and CU Belay Glasses
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By George Bracksieck
Feb 2, 2013

Phill T wrote: "Been using a pair of the CU glasses, they are awesome. The only issue that I've recently found is rockfall. If your climber rips something off the wall or drops something on you, its really hard to dodge it. you see it coming through the glasses fine, but no one has practiced dodging shit through a prism. the time it takes to actually look up and reacquire the rock...yeah its awkward. wear your helmet! Not a deal breaker for me, but just be aware."

While I agree that it may be harder to dodge falling objects, I was taught to duck under cover, or step up next to the rock and maintain a narrow profile. If you look up, you may get smashed in the face, instead on top of your helmet. BTW, my wife and I love our belay glasses.


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By John Aalam
Feb 2, 2013

Andy Laakmann wrote:
My wife and I love our belay glasses. I wish they existed 20 years ago. And I bet in 15 years, when 90% of climbers are wearing them, we'll all look back and laugh at the "dark ages" before belay glasses ;)


What's interesting is that these types of glasses have been around for decades and only until recently have we thought to use them for belaying.

Check out this Popular Mechanics article from 1960 where this guy had made "belay glasses" for reading his newspaper in crowded public transport.

www.belaggles.com


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By Sean H
From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 7, 2013
Da Bugs

Belay Specs wrote:
I can't speak for other companies but Belay Specs are priced based on our costs and standard industry mark ups. As to your second question, Belay Specs are made in Salt Lake City, Utah by me. While we source our prisms from China, everything else is domestic as far as I know. Our cases come from a company on the east coast and we use Sterling cord. We source stickers and advertisement cards from American printers. We have our frames cut locally out of American stainless steel. I bend the frames with hand-powered sheet brakes and custom bending fixtures. After prepping the frame and prisms, the prisms are bonded to the frames by hand using fixtures to align everything. It's difficult to make inexpensive, high quality products in America and still pay the workers a living wage, especially when the products aren't mass produced by large corporations.


Don't dignify cheapskates with such a response. I highly doubt you're going to become rich off those things.

Anyone complaining they want a pair of specialty glasses made for rock climbing belaying purposes only, at the cost of a shitty pair of knock off sunglasses at Walmart, is not worth your time.


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By CritConrad
From Bend, OR
Feb 18, 2013

I used these today while belaying my friend on his project. He got basically one move away from the anchor and came off, going for the subsequent 25 footer. I noticed that with the belay glasses (probably only my second time using them) I kinda lost track of him falling while i was trying to make sure and give him a soft catch. Needless to say it was too much to pay attention to and a soft catch was not had :(

I would recommend using these things on easier routes with a fairly secure leader while getting used to them. Cause they def. take some getting used to, but I will buy some for sure!


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By John Aalam
Feb 18, 2013

CritConrad wrote:
I used these today while belaying my friend on his project. He got basically one move away from the anchor and came off, going for the subsequent 25 footer. I noticed that with the belay glasses (probably only my second time using them) I kinda lost track of him falling while i was trying to make sure and give him a soft catch. Needless to say it was too much to pay attention to and a soft catch was not had :( I would recommend using these things on easier routes with a fairly secure leader while getting used to them. Cause they def. take some getting used to, but I will buy some for sure!


I'd have to agree. Belaggles and other belay glasses change visual perspective so its best to take time getting used to using them. I've seen some people pick it up right away and develop their own technique and others can't get their bearings straight until they use them a few times.

I think its the same case with autolock belay devices. Some people get the hang of them right away but others can't stop short-roping their climbers until they actually go through the motions and stop spazzing!

In the end its a question of "does the added benefit justify the learning curve?" :-)


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By Michael Maraiah
Mar 15, 2013
Belay Glasses

All this talk about the justification of the costing of belay glasses.

Mike's Belay Glasses- $39.95 can be had now at: www.BelayGlass.com

Your choice...


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By George Bracksieck
Mar 15, 2013

Got Belay Specs recently. The nose piece makes them very comfortable to wear, even with prescription glasses, and help to keep them in position. The temples ("arms") make them easy to put on with one hand. The larger prisms provide a wider field of view. I prefer these to the CUs had previously been using.


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By squiddo
From Mountain View, CA
Mar 28, 2013
A fine day at Reeds- Ejesta!

Might need to check a pair of these out. Cool indeed


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By Paul P
From RSA
Apr 5, 2013
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How long did Belay Specs take to ship? I ordered two weeks ago and haven't received anything. I've tried emailing on the two email addresses available and don't get a reply...


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By beccs
Apr 5, 2013

I ordered a pair of belay specs for the hubby recently. A couple days after I ordered I got an email from them that told me they had shipped. About a week after that they showed up at my door.

In total I probably got my spec about 2 weeks after ordering. Keep in mind that this was also shipping to Canada, I would suspect it would take a lot less time to have them shipped in the USA.

And on that note, if someone was looking for belay glasses in Canada - Belay Specs ships via USPS which doesn't charge the brokerage fees that someone like UPS charges. I also didn't get chaged with duties or anything of that sort either, just straight shipping.


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By Belay Specs
Apr 5, 2013

Typically we ship out by next day. In the US we ship Priority which takes 2-3 days. Canadian orders typically take 2-3 weeks depending where they are going. Canadian orders have the option of First Class or Priority. From what I've been told they take about the same time but Priority costs more and has tracking.

We try to respond quickly to email if we can but I've been in Indian Creek for the last few days.


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By Paul P
From RSA
Apr 8, 2013
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Thanks for the update, Belay Specs. Looking forward to no more neck strain! :)


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 8, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

I tried these a few weekends ago and unless I don't move a lot they tend to make me motion sick. So if and when I develop neck issues, I may get some. But for now they really aren't for me.


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