The first time I bought a pair of sunglasses I made a classic mistake and spent way too much. I was in my teens and I had numerous few pairs up until that point, but I never bought them for myself. A couple pairs had been given to me by my parents. Others had been passed down to me by my older siblings. I never took enough care of my sunglasses, and so eventually they all went as easily as they came. I broke a few pairs by sitting on them. (I was in the bad habit of placing my driving pair on my seat when I got out of my car only to forget about them upon my return.) Some pairs I took everywhere with me, but I never had a case for them. I would set them down on any surface without thinking about it, and the lenses would get terribly scratched. I can’t even begin to tell you how many pairs of cheap sunglasses I lost. One day they would be with me, and the next day they were nowhere to be found. Because of this, I knew I had to figure out a new system. One option was to invest in a nice pair of sunglasses and an equally good case, but that still didn’t address my issue of losing pairs. The other option, and the correct one, was to simply invest in multiple pairs of cheap sunglasses, so if I ever lost one, I could easily and affordably replace it.
Buy a Pair for Fishing
It is absolutely necessary for me to have a pair of sunglasses dedicated to fly-fishing. As you know, I used to constantly lose my pair of cheap polarized sunglasses, and then it would be time for me to go fishing, and I wouldn’t have anything to wear. Now, if you are an angler, you probably already know how important it is to be able to see into the water. Unfortunately, our eyes just aren’t that good at seeing through glare off the water. The polarization of the lenses helps you do this immensely, and it is such an advantage if you can actually see the trout cruising under the surface. (Hint – it is always easier to catch fish when you know where to cast.) For this reason, I decided many years ago that my best option was to buy and keep a pair only for fishing. They get stored with all my other gear when I am not out on the water. This helps eliminate the chance that I am going to lose them while I’m not fishing, but I am still capable of losing them while I am fishing. Sometimes they will slide off my face and fall into the water. Other times I simply set them down and forget about them. For this reason, I prefer cheap polarized sunglasses for my water-based activities.
Buy a Pair for Biking
I need very different things out of my biking glasses than I do anything else. I am a fairly big dude, so when I am cruising down a mountain, I tend to pick up a lot of speed. This can be annoying when wearing regular sunglasses because the air is moving so quickly that it whips up under the lenses and allows dust and other particles to get into your eyes. This is especially problematic when riding quickly on thin road bike tires so close to a cliff. Because of this, I need a pair of cheap sunglasses that are specifically made for bikers. That way they come with a padded lining around the inside of the lens. They are also made to hold on to your head well because they know bikers can’t afford to stop and pick up a pair that falls off. As we know, however, nothing is fool proof. It is still possible to drop, scratch, or lose them. That is why I always keep a pair of cheap sunglasses for biking, so I am always prepared.
Buy a Pair for Chilling
When I am relaxing, I prefer a very different style of cheap sunglasses. I don’t typically wear athletic gear outside of those activities, so athletic-styled sunglasses rarely match my outfits. I prefer something looser. I prefer something that gives the impression that I am both chill and like to party. For that reason I like to wear retro aviator sunglasses. They are a classic look, and they might make me remind the ladies of Tom Cruise in Top Gun, so that is always a plus.
Everyone has different priorities. Some people like to spend their money on designer jeans. Some people like to go all out for a $300 pair of sunglasses. Personally, I like to eat delicious meals and go see live music. I need my sunglasses in a purely functional sense. Also, I tend to lose them. This is why I exclusively buy cheap sunglasses. They give me the freedom to go out and do what I want without having to worry about losing a big investment. (Yes, $300 is a large investment for me.) If you are like me, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on sunglasses, check out Pugs. They have an amazing selection that is made well, and they only cost a fraction of the competitors.
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