Review of Y&Y Belay Glasses

I was kindly sent a pair of Y&Y Belay glasses to review. I suppose as a result of age catching up to me, my neck was really starting to suffer from belayer’s neck. I had seen a few people use belay glasses in the climbing gym, but never really considered the option because my neck did not hurt at the time and, let’s face it, they do look a little dorky. But with my neck complaining rather loudly, I decided to try this pair out.

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The belay glasses come with a case, cleaning cloth, retainer strap and mini screw-driver

My first impression upon putting the glasses on was that the quality of the prisms is very high. Image clarity is very good and the glasses are very lightweight. The belay glasses were also very comfortable (in contrast to the Belaggles I had tried before, which are a more durable plastic frame but are also much heavier). The case is not bad either, being at least rigid to stop the glasses from being squashed. My partner was able to wear these glasses over his spectacles.

My only reservation about these belay glasses is that they are very lightweight and somewhat delicate. The flexible metal frame does mean they can take a little bit of a bashing, but I am worried that they could break fairly easily. For now, I will keep using these indoors. It is not very practical to wear/carry belay glasses when climbing outside, especially on multi-pitch routes.

Petzl Gear Reviews

Thanks for the schwag, Petzl! I should make it clear that I am not sponsored by any gear company so all of my gear reviews are unbiased and the opinions my own.

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I’ll start off with my review of the products above I have used. I use a lot of Petzl products; those gear reviews are forthcoming.

Petzl Luna Womens Harness

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While this harness is an attractive teal colour, functionally, it just did not work for me. Because of my dimensions, I always have to get harnesses with adjustable leg-loops. Maybe it is my thunder thighs, maybe it is my small waist. While I have quite a few harnesses, I like them to be fairly versatile in their applications. I asked to try this particular harness because of the adjustable leg loops, and ice-screw clip options (there are two slots for a caritool).

Immediately, I noticed that the two rear gear loops are very small. This isn’t uncommon for me; having a small waist means my gear loops are smaller than some other folks, but these gear loops seemed unusually small. When I wore the harness indoors, I found that when there was tension on my belay loop, the leg loops went straight into my crotch. Despite the padding around the waist, I found the harness to be extremely uncomfortable for me. It might work in an ice-climbing setting, where I am wearing many layers underneath; but I would never wear this harness in a trad or sport climbing situation.

Sirocco Helmet

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Okay, I admit, this is not the most attractive of helmets to wear. But, looking like a circumcised penis not withstanding, this is a pretty awesome helmet. It is incredibly lightweight and comfortable; the straps adjust easily and with minimal buckles; the strap closure system is easy and can be done with one hand; the helmet accommodates even the headlamp show above which has thicker straps. I really can’t think of too many failing of this helmet, except for its appearance.

Petzl Reverso Belay Device

IMG_0098This belay device really excels with thinner double ropes. I found it difficult to use with ropes over 10mm in diameter. As a result, I find my Black Diamond ATC Guide belay device to be my default belay device as it accommodates a wider range of rope diameters. I really don’t want to be dicking around, trying to force a rope through my belay device.

Petzl Ange Finesse Quickdraws

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I was a bit skeptical about the unusual gate these quickdraws have, but upon use, found that these quickdraws are the bomb, and especially good in alpine/ice climbing applications. The quickdraws are very light weight, and the gate makes for very easy clipping. I tend to like biners with wider gate openings, so I like the Ange S Quickdraws on top and bottom. The Dyneema sling is lightweight but burly, and I like the rigid attachment to the bottom biner for easier clipping to the rope.