Sunglasses Case

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.

Sunglasses case
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!

Travel

Nordics

A trip to Copenhagen-Oslo-Stockholm-Helsinki-Prague

This is not a step by step guide on how to book and exactly which sight and museum to visit. Instead, it describes a four-day multi-city company trip where all four cities in the Nordics were visited in four days.

The striking difference. All four major airports in these cities nave parquet hardwood floors across all their terminals. This immediately sends a strong claim of style and good solvency. The hotel in Copenhagen had taken wood usage to the next level and provided room card keys which were made of … wood also. Out of all four, Denmark was the country which felt most down-to-earth – the others felt a bit unreal, like in a move or out of a short story.

Flying in the Nordics typically means that you would have to fly on the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Flying in-between these four cities suggests short flights and plenty of time wasted in airports and security lines – our “favorite” pastime and the vice of modern air travel. While the reviews for SAS are a bit mixed, their service is not bad. There is simply not much of it – how much of service can we expect on a 45 min flight?

Logistics and visas. All four countries are a art of the Schengen agreement so there are no visa checks or passport control when coming in from one of the member countries or from any other Schengen country. Norway is not a member of the EU and being a part of the visa agreement helps a lot. Finland is the only country of the four which has taken on the euro so all other countries have their own currency – Danish kroner, Swedish and Norwegian krona. Their value as of April 2011 was between 7 and 9 to an euro.

Yes, everything you have heard about prices in the Nordics is true – they are all expensive with Norway maybe taking the lead on this one. Good news is that credit and debit card payments are accepted everywhere even in cabs. Yes, everything you have heard and seen about women in the Nordics is also true – great looking and very sweet and sporty.

In Copenhagen and Finland we took cabs from the airport to downtown. In Norway and Sweden we took the train to the center and it was really fast and efficient.

Relevant to logistics is also the fact that all of these capital cities are surrounded by water. The climate is mildly cool and humid to freezing cold with some wind.

Helly Hansen outdoor brand is based out of Oslo – do not expect to find any sweepingly good deals on apparel and outdoor stuff though!

Food in the Nordics. The food here is excellent. What I tasted from the fresh seafood was salmon, shrimp, mussels and a few other styles of fish which I could not remember or pronounce. The Norwegian cheese is one of a kind also – I thought that after tasting weird French cheeses nothing could surprise me anymore with this respect. I was indeed pleasantly surprised. One issue across all four destinations was the fact that there is little bottled water available. I would assume that tap water would be OK, yet I did not want to take chances and kept looking for water fountains and bottled.

Language barrier. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish have a far resemblance to English and German so certain words could be caught from context etc. The Danish spelling of Copenhagen is København so do not expect that it might all match… Finnish is a completely different situation. It is a part of another language family so I could neither read or catch a single word from it. To me it felt as strange as some far Eastern language or something spoken by natives in Africa. Good news here is that the locals speak English really well, yes even the cabbies. Stepping outside of the major cities could reasonably create a more challenging situation to deal with.

Since this is a trip to the Nordics with Nordic sun and wind and plenty of glare, bringing in a pair of sunglasses makes a lot of sense and it is recommended. Pack your flashy sunglasses case along also – for better protection of your shades. Stay tuned for other good road trips here.

Room card made of wood
Room card made of wood

Recycling is taken seriously in the Nordics
Recycling is taken seriously in the Nordics
Fast and efficient trains
Fast and efficient trains
Just as comfy on the inside
Just as comfy on the inside
Neon-light escalator to and from the train
Neon-light escalator to and from the train

Back home to sunglasses case.

Sunglasses Case

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.

Sunglasses Case

Lens Colors, Frames and Sunglasses Cases

This post lists the various lens colors and how they matter. Additionally, it briefly outlines other important features of sunglasses such as transmission of light, polarization, UV transmission and optics.

Sunglasses lenses should allow for transmission of light between 10 and 30 percent. A lens with transmission of light of 30 percent will block the remaining 70 percent and thus protect your eyes. Further, polarized lenses are very good for water sports, biking, skiing etc – they block horizontal rays which are reflected off of surfaces such as water, road pavement, snow etc. Horizontal light is aggressive and cause damages to the eye as its strength can often be fortified by the reflecting surface. Other factors which come into play when choosing lenses are UV transmission and optical quality.

UV transmission should be blocked over ninety percent by the lens; driving glasses could have less protection since most windshields have built-in UV protection. To verify if you windshield has UV protection you can do a simple test with your photochromic prescription glasses or ask someone who has some to get in your car on a sunny day. Photochromic lenses darken when exposed to UV light. If yours do not darken in the car with the windows up, then your windshield has UV-protection built-in.

Quality of lens optics applies to how distorted an image is, how well blue light is blocked off and whether colors feel true or not through the lenses. If the green light at the intersection appears bluish – it could be from the yellow lenses of those new shades you just bought.

Colors of the lens define how the eye reacts to light once it goes through the sunglasses. A sunglasses case would ensure that the original colors stay intact for and extended period of time.  Here are some of the most popular colors:

  • Yellow – very good for practicing sports on overcast days or in snowy and rainy conditions. Provide good UV protection however yellow lenses could distort colors.
  • Amber – provide superior contrast by blocking off all blue light which is known to cause distractions. Popular in sports such as sharp shooting, hunting etc. Amber lenses also distort colors.
  • Grey – the most common and universal they lessen light intensity in a most natural manner. Filter out UV light and keep all colors true without distortion.
  • Brown – also very general-use. Similar to grey with additional softening of the warmer colors. Perception of dept is improved and they are recommended for various sports which involve speed and fast moving surroundings.
  • Black – good for situations of extreme brightness. Black lenses could decrease contrast and most sources advise against driving with such lenses. If you have to go through a tunnel with your black lenses on, you would be taking a little too much risk of not being able to see well.
  • Clear – good for some night-time activities such as night skiing, hunting or hiking. Clear lenses are sometimes used in safety goggles.

Another factor to consider is the frame of the sunglasses. Certain sunglasses, even from very reputable manufacturers, come with a see-through or semi-clear frame. What this does is, reflects some of the light from the outside back into the sunglasses which could be irritating and spoil the effect of an otherwise excellent set of lenses. To avoid these situations, refrain from ordering sunglasses online (or try them in a store first) and be sure to test them in the sun or conditions similar to what you need them for. Be sure to pick out a matching sunglasses case with that too so that your investment stays protected and lasts.

Post Summaries

Pictures from Wanderlust in Whistler

CIMG6535 CIMG6532 CIMG6529 CIMG6527 CIMG6521 CIMG6520 CIMG6519 CIMG6518 CIMG6517 CIMG6516 CIMG6515 CIMG6514 CIMG6513 CIMG6512 CIMG6511 CIMG6510 CIMG6509 CIMG6508 CIMG6507 CIMG6506 CIMG6505 CIMG6504 CIMG6503 CIMG6499 CIMG6498 CIMG6497 CIMG6496 CIMG6495 CIMG6494 CIMG6493 CIMG6492 CIMG6488 CIMG6487 CIMG6486 CIMG6483 CIMG6482 CIMG6481 CIMG6480 CIMG6479 CIMG6477 CIMG6476 CIMG6471 CIMG6469 CIMG6468 CIMG6467 CIMG6466Hey all!

I am going a bit old-school here and uploaded the pictures from the trip to Whistler below!

Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses Case – Hard, Soft and for a Car

This page is created mainly 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 sunglasses 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 sunglasses 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 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 sunglasses 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.

Guest Posts

Using an American Garmin Nuvi GPS on a European Vacation

Thousands of Americans decide to vacation in Europe each year, and many of them hire a car when traveling as it lets them have more freedom to drive between countries and explore much more of the continent.  Owners of Garmin Nuvi GPS products who are planning to use their device in Europe should be aware that not all Garmins purchased in the United States will have European mapping on them.

Garmin Nuvis bought in the USA will have City Navigator NT for North America pre-installed on it.  This is the name of the mapping software that Garmin uses and only covers the USA and Canada.  What this means is that when you arrive in Europe and plug your Nuvi in, it will not be able to navigate you anywhere due to not having the most up to date maps for Europe installed.

However, you can fix this issue very easily by simply buying new Garmin Nuvi map updates so that you have City Navigator NT for Europe installed on your product.  This one-off download will cost $89 US Dollars so is quite cheap considering the usage you should get from it.  If you own an older Nuvi from 2007 or 2008 then you might not have the physical memory on the device to load on a European map – if that is the case then Garmin also offer the purchase on an SD Card so you can run the software straight off that – and you can also easily carry it when on your travels.

If you want free Garmin map updates for your holidays then you will be out of luck as Garmin only offer free map updates to over-write an existing version of your pre-installed maps – so in an American customer’s case that would be City Navigator NT for North America and not Europe.