To float – or not to float?

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The subject of ‘floating sunglasses’ is an interesting one, as there are many prominent sunglasses brands that believe this is the answer to the age-old problem of losing your sunglasses to the ocean. Although there are certainly occasions when floating sunglasses are suitable, in many cases, they are not suitable at all. It is an important question because if you add up the cost of all the sunglasses that you have lost at sea, it could be an eye-watering amount.

Some floating sunglasses float because they have air chambers inside the frames into which – you’ve guessed it – air is injected. The frames may be a little lighter and a bit bulkier owing to the air chambers. Another method of achieving floating sunglasses is by using floating materials such as neoprene tubes.

The central idea behind floating sunglasses is that if you drop them in the water, you can go back and pick them up. There are certainly times when this will be possible. For example on a calm day in quiet waters you might be able to quickly turn around and locate them. Or if you are paddling around the ocean on your SUP in nice flat conditions – and you drop your sunnies in the water, then ok – no problem – it is relatively easy to find them again.

However, if the wind is blowing and there are waves and white caps, the chances of you finding your sunnies again, let alone picking them up, is remote at best. The larger the vessel you are navigating, the more difficult and cumbersome this task becomes. And if you are in any kind of race or competition, then there simply isn’t an opportunity to go back and retrieve your sunglasses from the water.

Our two watershades, the ‘Typhoon’ and the ‘Surge’, do not float. We have designed these watershades so that they never get ejected into the ocean in the first place. Even in a big wipeout, they will stay secure and attached to you.

It is important to do your research before you buy your watersports sunglasses – not only for your eye health but also for your purse strings. If you are planning anything more than light recreational sailing or SUP, we suggest that you steer clear of floating sunglasses for the reasons outlined above. The only way to ensure that you never lose your sunglasses to the ocean is to ensure that they are ALWAYS attached to you. It is a simple answer to a simple question. Our failsafe two-stage leash system that comes as standard on all our watershades achieves exactly that.

The first stage of our leash system secures the sunglasses tightly to your head by means of a non-slip cord, as seen in the image of our Typhoon model above. In most circumstances, this will secure your sunglasses from going overboard. But there is always the possibility of a fall on deck or a wave crashing over the boat that can pull the sunglasses off your head. This is where our failsafe silicone leash comes into play. Tucked away inside your clothing, the silicone necklace attaches to the non-slip leash cord. Even with the harshest wipeouts or even capsizing, you will hold onto your precious sunglasses and save yourself another trip to the sunglasses store.

If protecting your eyes on the water is important to you, and you value the role your sunglasses play when you are out on the water, then take a look at our watershades as an alternative to the less than perfect floating sunglasses out there.

Save your sunnies from the ocean. Take the flip – to LiP!

Sunglasses for Sailors at the Southampton Boat Show

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LiP are back in the UK and are attending this year’s Southampton Boat Show in association with Yachts and Yachting magazine. You can find us at stand J090 in Ocean Hall.

If you are a keen sailor and want to take care of your eyes on the water, then it’s worth coming down to see us. If you subscribe to Yachts & Yachting at the show you can claim a free pair of Surge Watershades as a joining gift. The Surge is packed full of clever tech and high quality materials and is essential eyewear for sailors.

Now that is a great deal! See you at the show.

Welcome Ozu-Tarifa to the LiP family!

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We are really happy to welcome Ozu-Tarifa as a LiP Sunglasses dealer in Tarifa, Spain.

Ozu-Tarifa (www.ozu-tarifa.com) is one of the longest running kitesurfing / windsurfing outfits in Tarifa and occupy a great location next to ‘Los Lances’ beach. Not only do they offer premium equipment at competitive prices in their expansive shop, they also run a school, kite holidays & camps and sail / kite repairs. 

If you are after a pair of LiP Sunglasses in Spain, get in touch with either Dani or Jose at info@ozu-tarifa.com or by phone on (+34) 649 762 587.

LiP are gearing up for Cowes Week

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 12.05.57 PMThe countdown is on for Cowes Week – the world’s largest sailing Regatta. LiP are attending this year’s event as an exhibitor and one of the sponsors from 28 July to 5 August.

This year the Isle of Wight venue looks set to impress. Early indications are that we are in for some great sailing conditions as one system after another piles in from the Atlantic over the next ten days. The latest forecasts are showing 20-40 knot winds blowing from Saturday 29th through to Friday 4 August. The same forecasts are also suggesting we might be in for some significant rain – so some classic British weather then!

Here at LiP, we are gearing up for a busy week.  We have an exhibitor’s marquee located in the sponsors area of Parade Village and look forward to meeting as many sailors and watersports addicts as possible over the course of the week. We have a selection of our watersports sunglasses – the ‘Typhoon’ and ‘Surge’ – available for demos and testing throughout the week. We will also be offering visitors a chance to enter our prize draw to win a selection of LiP goodies.

Come and visit us if you’re planning to attend the event. You will find us in the marquee coloured pink on the map below.

 

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Solaire Blue Palawan Kiteboard Open 2017

Good to see our team rider Sam Medysky fully recovered and back on the water after his accident last September, competing at the Solaire Blue Palawan Kiteboard Open 2017, the first stop on the Kite Park League world tour!

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