Published in the April 2009 Issue April 2009

Sunglasses-at least, high-quality sunglasses-don't run cheap. And if you plan on keeping your eyewear around for a along time and scratch-free, you should take the necessary precautions to protect those lenses. But let's be honest, it's not always possible to carry around a case with you, especially when you just need to set your sunglasses down for a quick minute. And unless you have a man purse with you on your boat, you probably don't pack around a lens cloth either. (If you just use your shirt or whatever you can find at the time to clean your sunglasses, you're not alone.)

But there has to be a better way, at least that's what I was thinking when I stumbled upon the Hides website. What I found was a patented, 3-in-1 multi-functional eyewear accessory. So I called them up and ordered a pair to see if it really worked. The idea is actually quite simple, the microfiber eyewear retainer unrolls to become a lens-safe cleaning cloth, but can also stretch across the sunglass hinges to make a soft case. Pretty smart, huh!

Call me an impulse shopper, but I also checked out other products from Hides while I was at it. The Classic model (retails for $7.95) works well, but I think The TechnoSkin (retails for $9.95) works even better. It's more versatile because you can shorten the length and that's what I like about it. There are a lot of different kinds to fit your needs, from large versions that could cover a dive mask to an unsinkable H2O one. My favorite is the TechnoSkin and it's priced right for all that it offers.

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