The blog Band of Thebes linked to us, causing me to spend an hour or two not working when I should be working. This comes after a big buzz generating link in the DPM Climbing news feed, which may later include a write-up about the convention itself (which presents a reason for our most talented photographers to click even more than usual, since we’ll need magazine-worthy climbing shots for such a feature).
Michael’s Belay Glasses: http://belayglass.blogspot.com/ Don’t crane your neck while belaying. Michael’s Belay Glasses 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. One of the advantages of prism ware is that they don’t invert the image of the climber the way a mirror would and that they slightly magnify what one sees. All belay glasses currently manufactured use a 60 degree (not 90) deviation. 90 degrees would have a great deal of the field of vision obscured by ones face and hair. Yes, they do take some getting used to insofar as the belayers ground level field of vision, the fact that the image one sees appears as a low angle slab, and that they are heavier than a pair of sunglasses. However, most climbers quickly learn to feel more then comfortable using and overwhelmingly swear by them. They come with a carrying case and are deliverable within 6-8 weeks. If you are interested, please send Michael an email http://belayglass.blogspot.com/