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.