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Apr 3, 2013
I just saw somebody using those Kraut belay specs-- CUs?-- and was then told that there are cheaper versions, the Belaggles and Belay Specs.

I am wondering if ppl could recommend one or the other for smebody who has to wear glasses. I typically wear either sunglasses or my regular specs when climbing, and so I am wondering, which would work better over a pair of glasses?


Chris
harihari
From VANCOUVER
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Apr 6, 2013
Belay Specs work well over most glasses. I wear them with chunky, square framed sunglasses and more sporty wrap around sunglasses regularly. Lots of our customers wear them with glasses as well. I haven't used or handled Belaggles but the amount of material around the nose might make it hard to fit another pair of glasses under there. Belay Specs has a 30 day money back guarantee so if they don't work with your glasses, you can return them for a full refund. Belay Specs
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Apr 7, 2013
Can't comment on the Belay Specs, but I have the CUs (which are almost identical) and this weekend played around quite a bit with the belaggles. I don't think you can go wrong with either.

There are definitely some advantages with regard to the Belaggles over the CU style, but most notably I'd say being able to put them on one handed is a plus. It's hard to describe, but the CUs are very springy and require both hands to put on. Obviously, the Belaggles and belay specs are comparably priced. The belaggles are a bit heavier than the CUs but definitely more robust. Speaking with the guys at Belaggles they have some new models and features that sound pretty awesome so definitely reach out to them for more info.
DevinLane
Joined Mar 9, 2012
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Apr 7, 2013
getting ready for the final roof series
+1 belay specs

you are guaranteed to have fun conversation when people see you yelling beta at the wall as you belay
Calvino
From Virgin, UT
Joined May 1, 2010
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Apr 8, 2013
I have used all three versions of the belay glasses, CU's, Belay Specs and the new Belaggales. Of the three, the Belay Specs stand out a bit from the rest. Nothing earth shattering, but they are just the most comfortable (and best bang for the $).

While I think the Belaggles look cool, they are definitely not one size fits all. I have what I would consider to be a normal sized cranium and found that they press on my temples which is not that comfortable (they give me headaches after a bit). For women or people with tiny heads they may be fine.

Belay Specs have larger prisms than the CU's and are comfy for any size head, vs. Belaggles. They are the ones I ended up going for.

The owner of Belay Spec's seems really cool as well. Definitely proud of the product he makes.

Thats my 2c at least.
Jon Thorpe
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Apr 9, 2013
Haven't used them but my girlfriend wants a pair.

Came across these while researching...can't comment about quality or service.

But cheaper than the alternatives:

Mike's Belay glasses

belayglass.blogspot.com/
Arlo F Niederer
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Mar 20, 2009
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Apr 10, 2013
Cool to see everyone looking at the options in the belay glasses market!

Belaggles aim to offer a wider field of view, comfort, safety, and a unique design element. Size wise, Belaggles fit a range of head sizes. The material can be a bit stiff fresh out the mold but loosens up nicely as you wear them more. They also do fit well with most prescription glasses and sunglasses. We were out demoing at Red Rocks and had lots of belayers wearing them with sunglasses under the bright Vegas sun.

A great feature Belaggles also offer is the minimal lens impact points. If they drop onto flat or semi flat rocky surfaces, the lenses are protected and won't chip.

Also, the ability to put them on with one hand while holding the brake rope is key.

We do offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee where you can return them for a full refund.

Any other questions, feel free to drop us a line at info@belaggles.com.

John
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Belaggles belay glasses
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Apr 10, 2013
John, quick question for you: the site mentions numerous times that there's a patent pending on the Belaggles. What features of the glasses are actually covered by the patent? The frame design?

I own the Belay Specs and like them. I would have been open to buying the Belaggles too, but at the time it was between either the CUs or the Belay Specs and the latter were much cheaper.
Ian Stewart
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Apr 10, 2013
Ian, glad you asked about the pending patents. Belaggles do have patents pending for the ornamental design of both the frames and lenses. We've spent a good amount of time and resources to design a unique product with a novel blend of form and function.

As Devin on this post also mentioned, we have some exciting new product, accessories, and features in the pipeline!

John
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May 13, 2013
HEY KIDZ!

I just got my belay specs and while I havn't used 'em belaying yet, I LOVE them for...wait for it...road riding! You can be head down in the drops cranking like a mo-fo with these babies. I don't use 'em in city traffic but when blasting out on rural roads they rule.

Now I just need to take 'em climbing...
harihari
From VANCOUVER
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May 13, 2013
harihari wrote:
I just got my belay specs and while I havn't used 'em belaying yet, I LOVE them for...wait for it...road riding! You can be head down in the drops cranking like a mo-fo with these babies.

I wonder how long it'll take before it's banned by the UCI...
reboot
From Westminster, CO
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May 13, 2013
Belaying on Calculus Crack.
I've used both the belay specs and the CU, I can't comment on the belaggles.

As far as the belay specs and CU go, I have a slight preference for the CU glasses because the prisms are smaller. As a result they are less top heavy and less likely to come off your nose should you need to move your head quickly for whatever reason.

It is a very minor difference and in my opinion probably not worth the extra price on the tag. But that's something to decide for yourself.
David Mehr
From Lexington, KY
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May 13, 2013
harihari wrote:
HEY KIDZ! I just got my belay specs and while I havn't used 'em belaying yet, I LOVE them for...wait for it...road riding! You can be head down in the drops cranking like a mo-fo with these babies. I don't use 'em in city traffic but when blasting out on rural roads they rule. Now I just need to take 'em climbing...

Aaaaawwww shit, I've mentioned this to a few people and got some laughs in return. My main issue one the road bike (and not so much while belaying) is cranking my neck up from the drop bars which leads to sore neck/shoulders. I feel like the specs would be perfect. How do you deal with the magnification issue? I guess riding around empty road would give you time to get used to it... We need Phil to make lower angle prisms and start a sister company!
Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
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May 14, 2013
Boissal wrote:
Aaaaawwww shit, I've mentioned this to a few people and got some laughs in return. My main issue one the road bike (and not so much while belaying) is cranking my neck up from the drop bars which leads to sore neck/shoulders. I feel like the specs would be perfect. How do you deal with the magnification issue? I guess riding around empty road would give you time to get used to it... We need Phil to make lower angle prisms and start a sister company!


I had the same thought last summer when I was showing some prototype Specs to a triathlete buddy of mine. I could see the system being super helpful but think the liability would be huge. I plan on tinkering with the idea at some point in the future. It'd need to be a different design but I've got some ideas for it.
Belay Specs
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May 14, 2013
the field of view is slightly off-- it feels like things are closer than they appear-- but for highway etc riding they are great. Was out on a bike with a watt meter, and I figure that a bdropped head with specs gets me 4-5 km/h more at samenoutput. harihari
From VANCOUVER
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May 16, 2013
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I just flip them upside down unscrew the ear pieces and flip them and its a cheap alternative.
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