The toughest part of owning a pair of sunglasses is inevitably parting with them. Whether you believed they were in your bag, or still on top of your head, they’re gone. Typically they get dumped in the ocean, and depending on where you live, it may not be easy to hunt them down. Luckily for the impulsive “I’m just going to dive in-ers” sunglass companies have come a long way with technology that not only makes glasses more visually appealing, but also float!
There has been a tremendous upswing in bamboo and other light, buoyant wood-framed sunglasses within the past four or five years. Our company has taken note of this trend, as well, and now offer some great looking floating sunglass models: Trestles, Malibu, and Huntington,
Wooden frames, which were some of the earliest forms of floating sunglasses, were primarily developed through individual craftsmen. Though the idea was extremely novel, with recent innovation in the sunglass game we may not have to go there again.
Variations of Floating Shades
Arguably the toughest part of being in the water for countless hours is the strain it provides on your eyes. While people surfing with sunglasses often look kooky, we are all inherently jealous at their choice to purchase that pair of surf-specs. Aside from Sunglasses By Tower, there are many sunglass companies that provide eye protection designed for intense, “in-water” watersports.
There are companies like Silverfish, BluWater, BodyGlove, and ASOS that design sleek-more athletically designed floating sunglasses at an affordable price. What floating sunglasses you choose is completely a personal preference, but rest assured that you can find the style you are looking for in a float-frame.
From the more oval/closer to your eye socket thin-framed sunglasses to your classic surf style frame, companies are using both plastic/neoprene mixes and light woods to assure that your glasses will resurface... eventually.
Regardless of what type of frame you choose, nearly all companies that create floating sunglasses offer heavy-duty UV Protection and polarized lens options. These lenses are imperative to reduce glare and harmful UV radiation damage to your eyes while out on the water.
‘Old School’ Options
Thinking along the lines of budgetary restraint, there are other ways to make sure your glasses stay intact. "Croakies,” whether purchased from a retailer or homemade are a great way to ensure that you don’t lose your sunnies.
Notoriously coming into popularity in the Eighties, Croakies still serve a purpose today. There are several designed with flotation devices sewn into the neoprene, providing buoyancy to your attached shades.
The basic neoprene, cotton, or hemp Croakies are sure to keep your glasses intact, but often times they can prove to be bulky or unfashionable. While they can ensure that your sunglasses stay close to your head or neck, they by no means guarantee a return.
Whether you spend your time surfing, kiteboarding, paddleboarding, fishing, skiing, or any other watersport, owning a pair of floating sunglasses is surely beneficial. As we mentioned earlier, some companies use lighter plastics and wood frames to create buoyancy. Other companies, however, have developed new “air pocket” technology into the frames and lenses that allow them to float.
Other variations of floating sunglasses involve the use of composites and/or buoyancy-creating flotation devices on their hinges. The composite material results in a much more comfortable, lighter frame. Not only are these frames lighter, but also, more durable - which makes them perfect for high-impact water activity!
While this technology comes at a price, there are more cost-efficient options out there. Depending on how much time you are spending in the water, it may prove to be a better idea to drop some coin on a decent pair of in-water shades. It is always beneficial to have a pair of “beater” sunglasses like those made by Knockaround or Nectar. While these glasses don’t float, they are cheap and often hard to make disappear!
Get Out on the Water!
Certainly you’ll be able to locate a pair of floating sunglasses that you’re fond of. Technology is constantly adapting, so surely this field of sunglasses will progress within the next few years. Whether you are able to find the glasses online or in-store retail, it is important to make sure that these glasses remain secure to your head. This will prevent any serious eye injury during your water time.