Gear Box

August 30, 2009|By Candus Thomson

On the list of things that make or break an outing, what keeps your glasses or sunglasses from disappearing into the drink or under the tires of your bike or boot heel may not seem important until you hear that plop or crunch. And then, whether you have eagle eyes or you are cursed with the vision of Mister Magoo, it becomes wicked important.

Most folks slip a fabric strap around the back of their heads and onto each earpiece. But they look lousy, get dirty and frayed, and flop around on your neck.

Cablz are made of surgical-grade steel cable with industrial-strength rubber earpieces. The system caught the eye of the judges at July's ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show, who named it a "Best in Show" new product - one of just three.

The retention wire was invented by Ron Williams, a medical supply salesman whose father invented Cajun Injector marinade used by turkey deep-frying aficionados everywhere.

Williams hopes to have his product in local tackle shops soon. Until then, order on line (cablzeyewear.com). They come in 12-inch and 14-inch lengths and cost $12.99, plus $3 shipping.

- Candus Thomson

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