Thursday, June 8, 2017

Affordable Belay Glasses

Belay glasses have been on the market for few years now typically floating near the $100 price point. These glasses use prisms to direct your sight 90 degrees upward so you can belay without getting a sore neck. Very convenient,

Curiously, lying down or MRI glasses have been around longer. These glasses direct your vision downward so you can lay on your back with your head flat and read a book without tiring your arms out. Also convenient. These have been priced between $10 and $20 dollars.

I actually purchased a pair of the MRI glasses hoping I could turn them around for belaying. This did not work out too well so I harvested the prisms and 3D printed reversed frames. This worked out ok but I figured i was only a matter of time before the manufacturers caught on and the price of the look up glasses would approach the price of the look down glasses.

Well, folks. That time is now. Amazon is currently selling 5 different pairs of belay glasses between $10 and $30.

The cheapest are only $9.90 but have poor reviews.

The Epic Peak Light Weight glasses have the best reviews and are currently priced at $18.99 with a case or $20.99 for case + neckstrap.

I can' t wait to try these out.

Check out my Climbing Shoppe  for these and other curated climbing gear available on Amazon.