Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

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Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

Post by pawilkes » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:51 pm

If you've been wanting to buy a pair of belay glasses, but couldn't justify dropping the money on the German ones, an alternative has arrived. Belay Specs offer up the an amazingly crisp, clear optics on a tough stainless steel frame at half the price of our competitors. Belay Specs are made in Salt Lake by me, a former Red River Gorge regular. Belay Specs let you keep a close on your climber without having to crane your neck back, making belaying with them infinitely more comfortable than without. If you see someone at the crag with them, ask to try them out and you'll quickly understand the advantages. If you're interested check out our website www.belayspecs.com.

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Post by Josephine » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:55 pm

I ordered mine on a Monday and got them on Thursday!!!! Wow!

Used them this weekend and LOVE them!!! :-)
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Post by climb2core » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:16 pm

I already had my pair... but will be sure to pass on the local connection the next time I am asked about them!

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Re: Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

Post by Player » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:24 am

Link to purchase page does not work for me.

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Post by pigsteak » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:13 am

in the next round of modifications, I hope they make the lenses swivel up and down to accommodate different angles of routes.
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Post by pawilkes » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:25 am

Piggy - I played around with that and it actually doesn't work. Prisms don't work like mirrors (well not exactly) pivoting the prism doesn't change the angle of what you see it just shifts the center so you'd still have to look up with your eyes or neck to change the angle.

As for the website, I don't know what happened to the purchase page. I'm working on sorting it out.
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Post by Andrew » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:32 am

pawilkes wrote:

As for the website, I don't know what happened to the purchase page. I'm working on sorting it out.

Too bad, I was about to place an order for 1 million of them, but not any more.
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Re: Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

Post by pigsteak » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:25 am

pawilkes wrote:Piggy - I played around with that and it actually doesn't work. Prisms don't work like mirrors (well not exactly) pivoting the prism doesn't change the angle of what you see it just shifts the center so you'd still have to look up with your eyes or neck to change the angle.

As for the website, I don't know what happened to the purchase page. I'm working on sorting it out.

thanks Phil...good to know before i went into production phase with my dream;)
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Post by calvinivlac » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:04 pm

Any word on when the glasses go back on sale?

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Post by pawilkes » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:14 pm

The site is back up. i had to reroute some stuff. Still not sure what cause the link to fail in the first place.
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Post by climb2core » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:52 pm

Josephine, how does the quality compare to the cu belay glasses? What is the container like? Do you feel like you are getting an equivalent product? The reason I ask is that I have people ask me about the cu belay glasses I have every time I am out. I always mention Phil's as perhaps a comparable and cheaper alternative. But I really can't make a recommendation as I don't know how well they are manufactured or hold up.

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Post by Josephine » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:29 pm

climb2core wrote:Josephine, how does the quality compare to the cu belay glasses? What is the container like? Do you feel like you are getting an equivalent product? The reason I ask is that I have people ask me about the cu belay glasses I have every time I am out. I always mention Phil's as perhaps a comparable and cheaper alternative. But I really can't make a recommendation as I don't know how well they are manufactured or hold up.

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we'll have to climb together sometime to compare. I don't have the expensive brand so I don't know how they compare directly. Are you in lex? Maybe you can borrow a pair from Bram and try them out to see. The case doesn't have the foam liner of the cu ones - but I'm also not paying $75 for a foam liner I don't need! :-)
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Re: Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

Post by THB » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:06 pm

Sick, Phil... I'm glad you followed through with these!! I remember the 1st prototype pair that you made when you were still living in Lex.

I'll probably be placing an order for my pair soon... Look out for it! Hope all is well.

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Post by Saxman » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:31 pm

Bluegrass Bouldering now has a loaner pair people can take to the cliff and try out. I have yet to meet someone who doesn't want belay glasses after using them for a day. The problem until now was ridiculous price point. Phil has addressed that quite well. While they still may be out of the price range of some, the neck relief is well worth it for most, especially considering how much of a more attentive belay one can now give.
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Re: Belay Specs: affordable belay glasses

Post by kato » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:29 pm

Just get an old surplus army tank prism and hang it around your neck!
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On a serious note, didn't the original guy have a patent on this?
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