When you purchase a Cablz eyewear retainer, you’re making an investment in eyewear protection. Cablz retainers are designed to keep your prescription glasses, sunglasses, or readers safe from accidental drops which can easily result in damage or total loss.

But while Cablz retainers are designed and manufactured for optimum durability, comfort, and long-lasting performance, there are some dos and don’ts that you should be following to help ensure that your retainers provide you with outstanding performance for years to come. In today’s post, we’ll review some of the tips and tricks that you can use to get the best results from your Cablz retainers.

#1: Use the Right End on the Right Type of Frames

The “end” of a retainer is the part that slides over the tip of the temples on your frames. Cablz has three retainer ends to choose from, including a Universal end, an XL end, and a Skinnyz end. Each is designed to be used with a certain width of frame temple. Therefore, choosing the right type of end to use with your eyewear is important to ensure optimum grip.

  • Universal ends are designed to be used with most standard sized temples, from 5 mm to 15 mm, or small, medium, and large.
  • XL ends are designed for frames with extra large temples, from 11 mm to 19 mm. These thicker temples are commonly found on many popular sunglasses frames.
  • Skinnyz ends are designed for glasses and sunglasses with very thin temples, from widths as thin as 3 mm to 5 mm.

#2: Seat the End of the Retainer Properly on the Temples

Choosing the right type of end is important, but just as important is how you seat the ends of your retainer on your frame’s temples. If you don’t push the ends far enough over the temples, then your retainer may not have a tight enough grip on your frames to keep your eyewear secure.

To ensure that your retainer is properly secured, push the ends of your Cablz retainer over the temples until 2 or 3 letters of the Cablz logo are past the end of the temples.

It is also important to note that you should clean your frame’s temples before you insert them into your retainer ends for the first time (and every time after). This step is vital because oils from your skin can make your frames more slippery and this will reduce the strength of the retainer’s grip on your frames. To help eliminate this potential problem, clean the temples of your frames using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before you attach your retainer.

#3: Choosing the Right Retainer Length for the Right Purpose

Cablz retainers are available in a wide range of lengths because our customers use their retainers in an equally wide range of situations and for a variety of purposes. For instance, our Zipz retainers are available in 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, and 18” lengths whereas our FLYZ retainers come in lengths of 22”, although they can be trimmed. Our Silicones are comparable to 16” in length, while our Monoz and Colors retainers are only available in 14” lengths.

The most popular retainer lengths for adults are 12” and 14” as these lengths tend to work best for sunglasses. We also have mini retainers, which are 10” in length. Minis are ideal for youth, but they can also be used as a “sports strap” by most adults. If you have readers or prescription glasses that you want to hang around your neck when they’re not in use, then a retainer with a length of 16” or 18” is usually preferred.

When choosing the length of retainer for your needs, the length listed only refers to the length of the cable itself. It does not include the rubber ends. So, if you want to include the ends in your measurement, then you should add another 2” to your measurement.

It is also important to take into account how much our adjustable retainers can be cinched, or zipped tight, when choosing a retainer for your needs. Each of our adjustable retainers tighten to about half of their original length, so a 10” retainer can be cinched to 5”, a 12” retainer to 6”, and so on.

#4: Avoid Using One Retainer on Multiple Glasses

Cablz retainers feature flexible rubber ends that conform to the shape of your frames. But as resilient as this rubber is, it is not recommended to use more than one pair of glasses per retainer. This is because over time, the rubber will “remember” the shape of the frame that it is being used with.

As a result, if you take a retainer that has long been used on a frame with very thick temples and try to use it on a frame with very thin temples, then the retainer won’t perform as designed and you will risk damaging or losing your valuable eyewear.

Luckily, Cablz retainers are affordable enough for just about any customer to have one retainer per pair of eyewear. For example, you can have a Monoz monofilament retainer for your deep sea fishing sunglasses and a stainless steel retainer for your daily wearers. Or if you’re someone with a large number of glasses, then with our silicone adjustable retainers, you can choose from a variety of colors, so your choice of retainer can always reflect the character of whatever frames you’re choosing to wear for the day.

Do yourself a favor and defend your eyewear with Cablz retainers. Just remember to follow the above tips and tricks and you’ll enjoy the best possible results!