Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Sunglass Lanyard

Keep your sunglass on your face or around your neck, and not dropped, misplaced, or lost.

People fishing out in the wilderness.
A reliable sunglass tether can prevent you from losing your favorite, and likely most expensive, set of lenses.Chums

If you’ve ever lost or damaged a pair of sunglasses or prescription glasses while fishing, hunting, boating, or enjoying other outdoor recreational activities, you know exactly how frustrating it can be. Add to that frustration the inconvenience and expense of having sunglasses repaired or replaced, and you’ll understand why a good lanyard is invaluable. Sometimes, a simple wrong move when your face is sweaty is all it takes for glasses to slip off. Other times, a big gust of wind might take them away when you’re unprepared. Regardless of what potential problems loom, a good lanyard can solve them all. Here are a few things to thing about as you shop for your next sunglass leash.

Material

Chums Original Cotton Standard End Eyewear Retainer
This lanyard is made of comfortable 100-percent cotton, and the bead adjusts for a perfect fit.Chums

Sunglass lanyards are made by many different companies from a variety of different materials, including cotton, nylon/spandex, neoprene, and even plastic. All materials have their ups and downs, and what material works for a particular individual is highly reliant on personal taste. In a nutshell, cotton lanyards are often quite comfortable, but if they get wet, they can get heavier and chafe the wearer’s neck. Nylon/spandex lanyards are more weather resistant, but aren’t as soft on the ears, neck, and face as typical cotton ones. Plastic is cheap and efficient, but not all that comfortable and often not attractive. Neoprene models are available in many colors and styles but often tend to run a little higher in cost than the others mentioned earlier. In the end, find a material that feels good and looks good on you, and you’ll be more likely to be wearing it when your glasses slip.

Length

Original Standard End Glasses Straps
This lanyard, which comes in a four-pack of mixed colors, has a unique, non-slip clip loop to prevent your glasses from ever slipping off.Half Crescen

Length is another important consideration that is highly subjective and largely a matter of both personal preference and the specific activities you participate in. If you’ll be riding in a boat or on a motorcycle, you’ll likely want a tighter lanyard that keeps your glasses or sunglasses completely in place with no slipping at all. If you’re doing something more laid back and it’s fine for your glasses to fall off and be caught by the lanyard, it’s often more comfortable to have one that has a lot of slack and rests loosely on your back. The problem of length has been all but alleviated by many companies that offer easily adjustable lanyards that can be pulled up tight when the situation warrants, then loosened and allowed to relax when tight retention isn’t needed.

Comfort

SIGONNA Eye Glasses String Holder Straps
This lanyard, which comes in a four-pack of mixed colors, has a unique, non-slip clip loop to prevent your glasses from ever slipping off.SIGONNA

There are other factors and features to consider when choosing a sunglass or eyeglass lanyard. The way the lanyard attaches is important since some individuals find certain ways to be more comfortable than others. For some, a lanyard that slips over the end of the glasses’ leg is uncomfortable behind the years. For others, lanyards that attach up toward the front of the leg are irritating because they often see it in their peripheral vision. Some companies make interchangeable ends for their lanyards so you can choose how you want them to attach. Another important feature, especially if you are going to be around water, is flotation. Many companies make lanyards that float so you won’t lose your valuable eyewear if it falls into the lake or river. If you’re going to be wearing your glasses around water at any time, it doesn’t hurt to have some flotation just in case.