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Sep 20, 2012
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wankel7 wrote:
I took a trad falling clinic...It taught me belay glasses are ridiculous.

The first part of this statement taught me that your opinion is ridiculous. Seriously, a trad falling clinic? (edit: I say this in jest, not with malice)

I use belay glasses in all cragging situations. I never take my eyes off of my climber, and my neck doesn't hurt.
Darren in Vegas
From Las Vegas, NV
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Dec 6, 2012
At Devil's Tower
Has anyone tried to rig a bike helmet mirror onto a head band? Seems like it would be in the realm of possibility and not that expensive. Carey S
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 20, 2010
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Dec 6, 2012
The advantage to using prisms instead of a mirror is the prisms mirror the image twice so the image isn't reversed as you'd get with a mirror. It might be disorienting to had the image reversed pawilkes
Joined Jun 13, 2011
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Dec 6, 2012
At Devil's Tower
That's a good point... Turns out prisms are cheap online, now I just need to find some of those old school basketball glasses with the little trays under the eyes for learning how to dribble, way back from from 3rd grade. Once I finish my ghetto belay glasses, I will post my masterpiece on MP for Dirtbag Emmy consideration.

I'm optimistic I can pull this off for under $20.
Carey S
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Hey Carey, I don't mean to dissuade creativity but speaking from experience with a number of pairs of DIY belay glasses, it's pretty difficult to get the two prisms aligned so the image is clean and not making you sick. But if you come up with something that works, it'll be interesting to see/hear about it Jason Halladay
From Los Alamos, NM
Joined Oct 19, 2005
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Dec 7, 2012
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Has anyone tried these?

Michael Maraiah wrote:
Michael's Belay Glasses: belayglass.blogspot.com/ Don't crane your neck while belaying. Basically, one looks forward to gaze upward saving on neck strain. They allow the belayer to comfortably assume a closer position to the base of climbs which translates to a safer belay. They allow the belayer to more fully concentrate their attention to the task at hand, especially on long, protracted sessions. They accomplish this at roughly a 1/4 of the cost of the other product on the market, putting this easier into the average climbers budget.


It appears he opened his MP account specifically to plug his glasses, but still $45 bucks shipped seems like a decent deal. I gotta do something, my freakin' neck is killing me!
MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Joined Dec 20, 2011
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Jan 17, 2013
MTKirk wrote:
Has anyone tried these? It appears he opened his MP account specifically to plug his glasses, but still $45 bucks shipped seems like a decent deal. I gotta do something, my freakin' neck is killing me!



Yes, you can sucessfully order them again, starting in March.
brucy
Joined Apr 13, 2010
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Jan 17, 2013
Aric Datesman wrote:
Sarcasm?


These glasses will be offered again in March 2013.
brucy
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Feb 20, 2013
Just saw these. They actually look pretty well engineered. Anyone ever tried them? belaggles.com/ $80 isn't bad for something if it is going to last and is built right, though I have no experience with them. G8rFtBall
Joined Nov 7, 2007
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Mar 10, 2013
Belay Glasses
Jesse Newton wrote:
I'm gonna go with look up, and communicate lol


Hi Jesse, You can order online now at belayglass.com, no need to communicate with me by email anymore. I have managed to get my shopping cart working. Well..OK I am just selling through a distributors website. Check it out.
Thanks
Mike
Michael Maraiah
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Mar 27, 2013
Has anyone tried the Belay Safe glasses www.belaysafe.com ?

They look like the cheapest option?

Are they worth it?!
James Henry
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James Henry wrote:
Has anyone tried the Belay Safe glasses www.belaysafe.com ? They look like the cheapest option? Are they worth it?!


I started out prototyping Belay Specs by using a pair of prismatic reading glasses like these , except mine were turtle shell patterned. The optical quality was good, but the frame was weak and an arm broke off after a few uses. Looking at some of the less expensive belay glasses out there, they look nearly identical to those reading glasses (down to the color pattern) except the prisms have been flipped. Based on those experiences, I would question the durability.

They maybe half the price of other brands but only if they last. You may also ask them about their warranty, repair and replacement policies. If its a good, quality product the company should stand behind it.
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I have a pair of the Belay Safe glasses.

They work really well but take some time to get used to.
jdavid
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 1, 2011
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Apr 4, 2013
Have anyone tried out Mike's belay glasses?

belayglass.blogspot.com/
Grazi
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Jun 20, 2013
I have a pair of these. They are more affordable, lighter than the other glasses out there, and still durable.
Serrett belay glasses
Serrett belay glasses, 3 color options
Serrett belay glasses, 3 color options
ipaulsen
Joined May 3, 2013
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Jun 20, 2013
Looks like mirrors not prisms. What the heck? Woefully inadequate information on their website. mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
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Jun 20, 2013
Ben Hicks wrote:
Looks like mirrors not prisms. What the heck? Woefully inadequate information on their website.


It does state that they are mirrors on their web site in the buying section under product details.(before purchase) I compensated for the image inversion right away, not a big deal for me. I really like how light they are, feel great while wearing them for long periods of time. They also provide great peripheral visibility as well leaving you a line of site when looking above the mirrors. The price is great as well, currently 29.50. Prism glasses are 80+, unless you do the DIY amazon prism mod, I really think those are a little bulky. Those are currently 16.99, then you have to revers the prisms in them. Love my serrett belay glasses!
ipaulsen
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Jun 25, 2013
At Devil's Tower
A few months back after posting my original idea, I decided to buy a pair. For me, it was between Belay Specs and Belaggles. I emailed both companies with some weight questions. The owner of Belay Specs actually called me back, whereas I heard back from Belaggles about 10 weeks later. Needless to say I went with Belay Specs and have been very satisfied with them. Cheers, Carey Carey S
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 20, 2010
115 points
Jun 28, 2013
So I'm working on designing an app that does this with Google Glass.

The camera faces forward so I'm using a traditional smart phone that can then be simultaneously tethered to the glass. The advantage is that you can position the smart phone facing however you'd like it. You could be looking down if you want!

It's rare for both climbers to have a Glass. So you take your Glass and your buddy's smart phone and you're set.

Other features that I haven't finished yet but will prior to the release. Realtime twitter, facebook, and google + updating. Imagine, being able to post things like "Just hit the 5th clip, still sending #movementfitness"

I'll post back once I'm ready to release.
highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion
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Jun 28, 2013
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nicelegs wrote:
So I'm working on designing an app that does this with Google Glass. The camera faces forward so I'm using a traditional smart phone that can then be simultaneously tethered to the glass. The advantage is that you can position the smart phone facing however you'd like it. You could be looking down if you want! It's rare for both climbers to have a Glass. So you take your Glass and your buddy's smart phone and you're set. Other features that I haven't finished yet but will prior to the release. Realtime twitter, facebook, and google + updating. Imagine, being able to post things like "Just hit the 5th clip, still sending #movementfitness" I'll post back once I'm ready to release.


This is not appealing to me in the least.
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
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Jun 28, 2013
Finn the Human wrote:
This is not appealing to me in the least.

I hear they will be shipping with a troll+sarcasm detector.
You may need them.
Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Joined Aug 21, 2006
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Jun 28, 2013
Mathematical!
Boissal wrote:
I hear they will be shipping with a troll+sarcasm detector. You may need them.


That sounds great! Do you know where I can buy one? I don't want to have to wait for the app to be released...
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Joined Jul 11, 2008
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Aug 6, 2013
Check out our affordable belay glasses from belayshades.com! These are definitly affordable at $45. They work well. They have a 30 day no questions asked guarantee. Today we gave a pair away for half price on our Facebook page. Sure you might be able to make some yourself, but for this price don't waste your time just pick some up from us. Rock on!
Belay Shades Belay Glasses $44.98
Belay Shades Belay Glasses $44.98


youtu.be/zkB9LTT-4r0
belayshades.com/index.html
Bliss
From Vancouver, British Columbia
Joined Aug 5, 2013
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Dec 6, 2013
OK, so we want to make some really cheap Belay glasses. Here's what I'm thinking of.

1) get some mosaic mirror tiles (1"x1"). $3 at Michaels I believe for 100 tiles

2) Get some solid core stiff wire with PVC coating

3) Epoxy the mirrors to the wire once you have made a glasses-style frame that can either hang off your nose or hang off your sun-glasses

If the mirrors have pits in the glass, just polish them with Cerium Oxide. This stuff is dirt cheap.

You'll have to bend the wire slightly to ensure the mirrors are aligned correctly. However what do you expect for 50 pairs of belay glasses costing a total of about $15 (if you include glue, wire and cerium oxide).

BTW I would coat the edges of the mirrors with epoxy so that you don't cut yourself on the glass.

Cost per pair would be $0.30 each!
Gaz
Joined Dec 6, 2013
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Dec 6, 2013
Gaz wrote:
OK, so we want to make some really cheap Belay glasses. Here's what I'm thinking of. 1) get some mosaic mirror tiles (1"x1"). $3 at Michaels I believe for 100 tiles 2) Get some solid core stiff wire with PVC coating 3) Epoxy the mirrors to the wire once you have made a glasses-style frame that can either hang off your nose or hang off your sun-glasses If the mirrors have pits in the glass, just polish them with Cerium Oxide. This stuff is dirt cheap. You'll have to bend the wire slightly to ensure the mirrors are aligned correctly. However what do you expect for 50 pairs of belay glasses costing a total of about $15 (if you include glue, wire and cerium oxide). BTW I would coat the edges of the mirrors with epoxy so that you don't cut yourself on the glass. Cost per pair would be $0.30 each!



Increase your costs a bit but would be lighter, not as fragile, and less likely to cut you if you used acrylic mirrors. They sell 4x8 sheets special order at Hope Depot, Menards, etc. ($$$$) but can find smaller custom cut sizes. Cuts with a jigsaw, band saw, or you can probably just score it with a knife and break it.

Downside is they get scratched fairly easily. Maybe your cerium oxide can polish acrylic as well?
alpinejason
From Eau Claire
Joined Apr 25, 2010
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