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Aug 17, 2014
I just did a quick search looking to buy a pair of belay glasses and noticed that they all seem to come to around $80-100. However, a bunch of reading glasses with the prisms facing downward (whereas belay glasses face upward) came up as well for about $7. Has anyone tried flipping the prisms in cheap downward-facing reading glasses?
Or, do you feel self-conscious looking like the dude from Star Trek and want to send me your old pair of now-unused belay glasses?
TeeJay Heaslip
From Atlanta, Georgia
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TeeJay Heaslip wrote:
I just did a quick search looking to buy a pair of belay glasses and noticed that they all seem to come to around $80-100. However, a bunch of reading glasses with the prisms facing downward (whereas belay glasses face upward) came up as well for about $7. Has anyone tried flipping the prisms in cheap downward-facing reading glasses? Or, do you feel self-conscious looking like the dude from Star Trek and want to send me your old pair of now-unused belay glasses?


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$39.95
Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
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Aug 17, 2014
Y&Y belay glasses are good and fit over normal vision correcting or sun glasses. About $60. Linnaeus
From New England/ Baltimore
Joined Aug 22, 2011
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Aug 17, 2014
me
I second Mark's recommendation of Mike's Belay Glasses. They are well made and work great. omcmahon
From Nashua, NH
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Aug 17, 2014
Tour Ronde North Face
Ebay has lots of them for under $40 Kai Larson
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Jan 6, 2006
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Sep 13, 2014
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Bliss
From Vancouver, British Columbia
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Sep 14, 2014
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The prisms are fixed in the reading glass, but you can take the legs off and swap them to get the glasses to fit upside down. Then file the bridge down to comfortize it where it fits on your nose. Edward Medina
From Ridgway, CO
Joined Nov 20, 2007
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Sep 14, 2014
Last Pitch on Baxter's
TeeJay Heaslip wrote:
Has anyone tried flipping the prisms in cheap downward-facing reading glasses?


Yep. I used a dremel to cut them out flip and glued in with modeling glue. ~$8 and about 20 minutes. They look kinda ghetto, but are functional and cheap.
andyedwards
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Genius Zac.St.Jules
From New Hampshire
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Belay glasses LePirate
Belay glasses LePirate


Who gives more?? Less than 20$

es.aliexpress.com/item/Belay-G...
Klimbingeek
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Leave it to the Chinese! They'll produce anything for any market nook or cranny. mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
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Jun 2, 2015
deep water solo traverse
amazing how expensive those belay glasses are! I will eventually get around to making some out of the cheap reading glasses.
this thread should help you out:
mountainproject.com/v/diy-bela...
Kyle Cobbler
From Plains, PA
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Anyone tried the ones that are ~$6 on eBay? mc813
From San Antonio, Texas
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I bought the "bed specs" from amazon ($18). Then I unscrewed the arms and switched right for left (which turns them upside down). I filed the (wide) arms down a bit so that Chums (or other retainers) could slip over them, so that you can have them around your neck when not in use. They ride high, due to the shape of the upside down nose piece, but I find this to be an asset rather than a disadvantage (easier to see what is in front of you).
They work fine. The large frame blocks your peripheral vision a bit more than the wire frames on the super-expensive, belay specs do. On the other hand, they seem less fragile.
Tom Nyce
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Nov 16, 2010
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Jun 2, 2015
I converted the $7 glasses. I cut off the prism with a steak knife and glued them into the new angle. They worked great djh860
Joined Dec 28, 2014
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Jun 2, 2015
Just look up!!! You don't need glasses. Capt. Impatient
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Jun 3, 2015
I've tried the DIY ones, they just make the job and you don't see the rope and the floor.

For cheap solutions, better try the ones from aliexpress.
Klimbingeek
Joined Jun 1, 2015
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Jun 3, 2015
deep water solo traverse
interesting that all DIY belay glasses are the same... and therefore whatever you are trying to sell us is better. Kyle Cobbler
From Plains, PA
Joined Jun 3, 2014
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