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Sunglasses Case, Hard, Soft and for Car

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.

Hard Sunglasses Case
Hard Sunglasses Case
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Semi-soft Sunglasses Case
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Soft Sunglasses Case




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Ski Goggles – A Needed Piece of Equipment for Winter Sports

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.

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A case from swimming goggles can be efficiently used for sunglasses
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How to Choose – for or Against Polarization

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 dizzy 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 spot on the first time. Rode my bike 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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Bolle Supercell in a branded sunglasses case
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3D Glasses without a Sunglasses Case

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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Sunglasses cases, Prescription Glasses, Swimming and Ski Goggles

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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How to choose a sunglasses case?

Here are some very good reasons why should own a sunglasses case and how to properly select it.

Ownership reasons:

1. We only have one pair of eyes – we should do our due diligence and wear sun protection which should then be properly stored for further uses. Again, damaged lenses and serious scratches could cause negative long-term effects by improper reflection of light into the eye. Additionally, sitting on a pair of sunglasses who live in a soft case and have a metal frame and arms could hurt someone.

2. Protection of assets – some pairs are expensive. Save your money and effort.

3. Convenience – your sunglasses case could also have a handy lens wipe cloth

4. Looks and good impression – some cases could have personalized engravings and logos which could make you look good and more confident. The sunglasses case should be chosen to match your business card hold, pen, desk style etc. Do not settle for a type which you do not like.

5. A sunglasses case could come in handy should the case itself need to be used for something else – for example to keep your watch, money and cellphone while on the beach or playing tennis etc.

6. Find your own reason, whatever makes you feel good, get one and it will save you money – see below.

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Sunglasses case

Selection considerations:

Size and shape – choose a sunglasses case which naturally fits your shades and you do not have to stuff or shove them in there causing more damage than good.

Space constraints – the nicest and slickest looking hard sunglasses case might simply not fit in your car door. This will make you just throw the sunglasses there and again lead to scratches. Be sure you have the sunglasses case chosen for its proper home.

Travel – if you own more than one pair of sunglasses, you would more than likely need to get the corresponding number of cases. The ones which you keep in the kitchen on top of the fridge and you only use when reading on the porch or working in the garden, should be fine with a simpler less fancy case. Your favorite pair, which you take to work and commute daily with should be a reliable pair with a strong sunglasses case.

In conclusion, many people forget to buy a a case for their sunglasses or get the wrong kind for conditions or space. While this is probably not a life-threatening situation, it opens the door for trouble and visits to the mall or repair shop. Trips to the mall are costly especially if you take the family along – someone will invariably identify other items which you will then have to buy!

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Sunglasses Case Types in Detail

sunglasses case hardHard sunglasses cases are anything which can withstand a serious hit or a drop. The ultimate test here is if an averaged-weight person can lightly sit on the case without damaging the content. Or sit on a soft backpack or a purse with your case inside. Surely, titanium strength casing cannot be expected but a hard sunglasses case should be able to survive serious unintentional damages to it.

Soft cases are normally smaller, less bulky and protect from spills and scratches. They will not take any persistent abuse without breaking the sunglasses inside. They are convenient when travel space is limited, the bag they travel in is well-protected or they are the sports sunglasses kind which are naturally sturdier than some of their more dressy cousins.

Semi-soft sunglasses cases are a combination of the two above kinds with some backbone to them but lacking the strength to endure frequent beating. They can be very stylish while providing some protection for your precious sun gear.

Car cases for sunglasses are the most diversified kind often combined with unusual locations. Certain automobile models come with built-in cases such as the ones above the rear-view mirror – they are safe and an excellent storage place for sunglasses. I have also seen extensions to the visor where sunglasses can be attached (unfortunately unprotected). Cab drivers are most resourceful in coming up with unusual locations for their shades including minor interior customizations such as special clips which are mounted on the dashboard for sunglasses to clip into and not bounce when you drive. Another such rare location is the steering column between the wheel and the instrument panel – handy materials here are tape and velcro. By far the most popular spots for a sunglasses case is the door and the center console between the seats.

Another option for carrying your sunglasses around is if you decide to use a strap and just hang them around your neck. If you are at an outdoor cocktail company event I would discourage you from using a strap. It could be very handy in camping or hikes as well as other non-formal outdoor activities. A strap provides convenience from loss but would not help against scratches etc and would not provide proper protection such as the one by a sunglasses case.