This page is created in order to share some tips and best-practices as they relate to sunglasses cases. The author’s major motivation for this dates back to a recent moment where a fairly expensive pair of sunglasses was lost due to improper casing. In addition, the article is meant to point out some common mistakes and to prepare the reader for the next time your sunglass case drops on the floor or pavement. The three major considerations addressed here are sunglasses casing versus luggage/bag type, price/value ratio and risk tolerance/inconvenience implications.
There are a few types of sunglasses cases: soft, semi-soft, hard. Also, they differ by size, color and design styling. The objective of every case is to protect from breakage, scratches, external leaks etc and preferably house a wiping cloth. The choice of each sunglasses case is driven by the sunglasses location and time spent in motion. For example, a pair of sunglasses which live in a car door will need a smaller, less-bulky case for optimal protection and compatibility with space constraints. A different scenario would be applicable should you choose to tote your sunglasses in a briefcase or a backpack. A good rule of thumb here would be to choose a case which is opposite in durability to your favorite means of transportation bag – choose a soft case when carrying sunglasses in a hard-walled bag such as a briefcase, suitcase etc. On the other hand, a hard and durable case would be more appropriate if you carry your belongings around in a softer bag or a backpack.
Price of sunglasses is very often a good motivator for choosing the right case. Best decisions here are made at time of purchase – buy a sunglasses case then. Even very fancy manufacturers such as Oakley or Bole would rarely include a durable case. Often the new shades would only come with a small cloth-cover which could barely protect from some spills and minor scratches. The more expensive sunglasses come with warranty which covers many manufacturing-related issues and could even replace a broken sunglass arm. The trick there is that very often you have to provide the seller or warranty repair shop with proof of purchase and who keeps the receipts?
Risk tolerance and inconvenience. Risk is not only monetary. Scratched lenses can cause many further problems such as undesirable light reflection and ever exposure of the eye to unprotected direct rays of light. What is more, some scratches on the surface can even refract sunlight and render the whole pair of glasses unusable. If this was the favorite pair of Oaklies you just scratched – then it may be a good time to carefully inspect the lenses or take them to a repair shop or swing by the mall to check for good bargains. Direct exposure of sunglasses to extreme sunlight (such as on the dashboard in a car) could also cause problems and even bend the arms.
To sum up, it is so much easier to choose a proper sunglasses case and simply forget about the fact that someone sat on your purse or suitcase with your new shades in! There are many other factors which come into play such as theft or loss or the worst one – when you forget your pair in the seat of a commercial airplane! Spending the extra money on a suitable sunglasses case is justified and overall well-worth to avoid squinting against the sun at an inappropriate moment of time and to fully and safely enjoy the sunshine.
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During a recent trip to the maintains an important piece of luggage was delayed upon arrival and we had to leave to the ski slopes without the ski boots, sunglasses, ski goggles, snow pants and a few other items. It has long been an understanding that ski boots and goggles are the most important part of the ski equipment paraphernalia. The impression was further fortified in this occasion when the suitcase in question did not appear on the luggage carousel. The airline was helpful and apologetic yet the clock was ticking and we drove on to the slopes.
Skiing in rental boots is already troublesome enough and not having the right goggles for overcast low light conditions and for sunshine adds to the drag and takes the fun out of skiing. Best practices call for two pairs one with yellow or light-amber lenses for cloudy or snowy days and another with darker lenses for bight light and sunny conditions. Some lenses could distort colors so avoid driving with ski goggles. A sunglasses pair is also a necessity and is needed in addition to the goggles. Showing up at an après-ski party on a sunny deck in your ski goggles might be a bit awkward. A small challenge always revolves around how to protect the goggles and sunglasses – a sunglasses case or at least a heavy cloth cover should be an imminent part of the set of ski “tools” to protect from scratches and abuse.
A recent purchase of swimming goggles uncovered a precious find – the case (pictured) where they live is extremely fit for a smaller pair of sunglasses and comes in really handy. Not too suitable for winter sports equipment however. If you are faced in a situation where you need some protection for sports goggles or sunglasses – look in the old cabinets. There might be an old case of some sort which could be the ultimate sunglasses case for you.
Contractors get a chance to see various green building methods and materials. They also get to see what we need to do to get a structure LEED certification. While this is all very interesting, the people who choose to make these eco-friendly decisions have really been capturing some attention lately. It looks like they deserve a little appreciation.
Some areas are going beyond the standard certification and are actually honoring businesses and individuals who make a difference in their business. An example of such is “The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards,” which focuses on people and companies that demonstrate caring for wildlife, resource conservation and the like. They can do anything from installing automatic shutoff valves on their faucets to buying ingredients locally. In the U.S., something similar is happening with the “People & Planet Awards.”
Examples of the types companies that deserve our attention are rampant in the hotel business, which, in all fairness, does use quite a few resources. Las Vegas, one of the busiest tourist destinations on the planet with nearly 125,000 hotel rooms and tens of millions of visitors per year, has the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America.” Many hotels in Las Vegas are going green; none however, like the Palazzo. The Palazzo Hotel reuses its resources and thus lessens its impact on the planet. Many buildings in New York City are doing similar things.
Another way that hotels can make a difference is by taking initiatives in product purchasing and active idea generation. The Marriott did the former with a huge purchase of green key cards. These replace traditional plastic keycards, are biodegradable and recyclable. The ink48 Hotel is doing something they call Earthcare. This already eco-friendly hotel is generating even more ideas with this innovative way to get people discussing Earth conscious initiatives.
Hotels are not the only ones taking initiatives. Some schools are planting gardens that help low-income neighborhoods and help kids become more conscious of the environment. In this department, hotels are still taking the attention, however. The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte has thousands of bees on its roof that pollinate their garden and make honey for guests.
No matter who is doing it or where it is being done, it always feels good to see greener practices becoming the standard. With some many travelers around the world, the hospitality industry is a good place to start.
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Bolle Modulator or Bolle Supercell
Decisions, decisions, decisions… It was time to visit the sunglasses store again. I had wanted to get a pair of polarized sunglasses for a long time. I had red all the great features with their usability and excellent features against reflected and refracted light from surfaces. Bolle Modulator even takes this to the next level – in addition to the polarization, it also provides its light adjusting technology and super quality. The pair is sporty and wraps well around the face blocking almost all light. The frames are solid and non-transparent which removes all partially reflected light from the frame itself.
The person at the store was even nice enough to let me try out and wear the glasses out of the store and check out the modulation. While it is not immediate as in photochromic lenses, the Modulator dims when taken to the ultra violate rays of direct sun and fades back out to almost clear when taken into darker premises. Works as promised.
The reviews I had previously read about people feeling dizziness and light-headed conditions when wearing polarized lenses turned out rather true for me also. I had even seen people advise against driving with polarized sunglasses. The shop attendant explained that this is indeed the fact and, among other reasons, it is partially due to the polarization blocking off all reflected light and somewhat modifying the natural tendency of the retina to adjust and fight glare in its natural manner. He also added that he has been wearing polarized lenses for the last four or five years and is now incapable of wearing other lens-styles. An interesting fact was that the top of the line and most expensive shades in the store which were close to $800 did not have polarization. Maybe it is not for everybody.
I did end up choosing the Bolle Supercell instead – 100% UV protection and no polarization. They felt natural and fit right spot on the first time. Rode my back on the way back from the store – pure pleasure with the new sunglasses on! All I really needed was a pair of bike pants but this is another topic. I even managed to get a semi-soft sunglasses case in with the deal and a wiping cloth. The case itself is somewhat of a triangular shape when sectioned sideways with the front end being from a stiffer shock resistant material. So far it has not gone through any real-life test such as dropping and some serious abuse. Best part about it is that the case came with the sunglasses at no extra charge.
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Tailored suits create a feel about a man or a woman which nothing off a store shelf can even come close to. While many tailors and hand shops would gab away for hours on the intricacies of custom-made suits, it all boils down to one simple statement – too many wrinkles cause bad looks. Wrinkles come from poor engineering including design and make. A well tailored suit would avoid the wrinkles and even after a continuous use of few years would still remain fresh. Poorly-fitting one-size-for-all store items wear themselves off due to their natural disconnect with the body inside.
Vancouver is a colorful city abundant with small shops and owner operators of almost any imaginable business. Even trades seen as remote and considered a flashback from the past are still present – shoe and umbrella repair etc. Hand-made custom shirts and suits are the norm. What is more, some of the families in the small business arena have moved here from Europe or Asia with their trades providing for a unique medley of skills and a rare competition of tradesmen with an interesting concoction of business and marketing ethics.
This army of artists is bound to produce good work – corrected or bespoke suits in any style and from any available material. Their production is almost magic in a sense that it is truly unique and many of the items are simply one of a kind, handmade and unavailable in stores. Since these are keepers which fall short of the typical consumer basket, they do come with a bit of a sticker price shock. Bringing a wardrobe online with contemporary items and skillfully selected colors and styles may cost a pretty penny. The work of Vancouver tailors is guaranteed and coats and pants are designed to last just as their wrinkle-free looks consistently turn heads and rake in compliments.
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This post is a continuation of the hype surrounding 3D glasses and home entertainment 3D TV without glasses. When going to the movie theater, we could either borrow the glasses available there or bring our own. There are several manufacturers of 3D movie gear – Gunnar, Marchon3D, Oakley, RealD etc. Prices range from about $90-125 a pair. Solid color frames and dark frame colors prove to be winners here to avoid glare.
Now that 3D television sets are advertised, do 3D glasses make any sense? If you are a movie addict and insist on running to the theaters for the latest and greatest, then getting your own pair of 3D glasses makes every sense. However, if you rarely frequent the movies, then maybe it could be a good advice that 3D glasses are not ultimately versatile – they really serve just one master. Using them as sunglasses or any other undersigned purpose might not be recommended.
Getting a 3D TV such as the latest by Samsung or LG could be another way to go. Making such an expensive purchase for a single person could translate in years’ worth of visits to the movie theaters. Plus, your TV would not look old school five years down the road and you have better chances to meet someone at the flickers as opposed to watching Fast and The Furious at home solo.
The situation for a family of four or five might be a bit different. At around $15-17 a ticket, cost could quickly add up. If you could hold off the family from visits to the latest shows and wait until they become available on portable media or DVD, getting a 3D TV could pay off in as quickly as a year or two and help you invest the extra savings into a college fund or other financial instruments.
Bottom line is that getting 3D gear might be up to your lifestyle, means and family situation. Either way, be sure to pick up a sunglasses case to store and safeguard you new entertainment 3D goggles.
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The difference between how sunglasses and prescription glasses are stored is slim. Price could be a major difference and motivator. Normally if you live in the US a pair of prescription glasses can be horrendously expensive. In Europe, on the contrary, since the medical system works in a different fashion, prescription glasses are rather be affordable and sunglasses tend to be the bigger expense. This might be the reason one of the reasons why the same pair of Oakley sunglasses in Europe costs 120 euros versus 85 dollars in the US. Either way, cases for both sun- and prescription glasses are similar in structure. A difference here could be the fact that while sunglasses can take some abuse due to the natural resilience/durability of plastic, prescription glasses will break easily. Choosing a proper sunglasses case is a must especially for prescription glasses.
Swimming goggles are smaller and their design allows them to take a good beating and not have any problems. If yours live in a regular plastic bag together with your bathing suit or swimming trunks – you should be just fine. Mine came in an original soft sunglasses case which I admit to rarely use. Professional swimmers should exercise all proper care and even apply anti-fogging spray to the inside of the goggles.
Ski-goggles are normally the favorite in this category since they are naturally uncomfortable to carry around due to their shape unless you wear them on or keep them attached to a helmet. Finding proper casing for them could be rather challenging. Even the really expensive kinds by Smith Optics or Burton etc normally come with only a soft cloth trying to serve the dual purpose of protection and a wipe cloth. The tiny bag is so easy to lose that I never remember having one around for more than a few uses. What I recently came up with, all by chance, was actually very smart as it turned out later. I had a bottle of scotch as a birthday present which came in a mini Louis Vuitton-like leather bag with handles. I have been keeping my ski-goggles in it and never have not lost it since. The perfect sunglasses case!
To find the most appropriate sunglasses case check your closet, your attic, the local Sunglasses Hut etc. In addition, do not forget to swing by a liquor store in case none of the above locations provide proper storage for your glasses.
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