CHUMS Sunglasses Straps

CHUMS – Your Shades Best Friend

Chums Neoprene Eyewear Retainer

After you’re grabbed a pair of high quality polarized sunglasses that won’t let you down at the beach you need to grab a pair of Chums!

Why Chums?

Chums  has been creating sunglass straps for over 34 years.

Chums was founded in 1983.  By a white water river guide who needed to keep the sunglasses secured to his head.

With a simple and easy to use product Chums became extremely popular because they are applicable for all kinds of use.

You can use Chums when you’re…

  • At the beach
  • Playing sports
  • Talking a walk outside

  • Jogging in the morning
  • At a concert
  • Fishing

Also, they’re perfect for everyday things like walking into the grocery store, or running your daily errands.  Instead of hanging your sunglasses on the V or neck of your shirt, or your shirt pocket…

With CHUMS – just take the sunglasses off your face and let go!  They’ll catch ‘em!

What Types Of Chums Are There?

We’ll be covering 8 categories of Chums, but within those categories we’ll have a look at several different styles.

  • Cotton
  • Rope

  • Neoprene
  • Floating

  • Silicone
  • Orbiter

  • Urban
  • Flyvines

Every strap below will have these 3 features listed:

  • The Material

  • The Length

  • The Weight

Furthermore, we’ll discuss some other aspects i.e. like how some of the neoprene Chums may not a good choice if you drive a fast boat.

Most of all, we made sure to mention the negatives to each sunglass strap so you can choose the right pair for yourself (or a friend).

One of the great things about Chums is they aren’t expensive.  If you’re looking for 2 or 3 different types of eye wear retainers you won’t be burning a hole in your wallet.

Cotton Chums

Cotton CHUMS

Chums Cotton Eyewear Retainer


  • 100% Cotton makes these comfortable on your ears/behind your ears
  • Fit most frames
  • Fits most situations to where them in


  • Can be slightly difficult to slide the adjustable bead on cotton when it’s wet, but barely even noticable
  • Takes longer to dry than other retainers as it absorbs water

You know what they say – less is more.

These sunglass straps are 100% cotton, and come with an adjustable bead to string your shades tight to your head if you’re swimming, or running, or moving quickly.

One of the aspects that sets the cotton retainers from other knockoff brands…the piece that slips over the frame.

While other sunglass straps choose to go the ‘ONLY cotton’ route [mistake] – Chums makes a higher quality product here with squishy inserts at the ends of their retainers that surround the frame.

This makes Chums much easier to slip on and off the frame.

Therefore, the knockoff brands that lack these inserts are difficult to put on / take off your frames and when you DO get them on… the cotton sort of rolls over itself which can be quite annoying.

…sort of like getting really sweaty and trying to put on long athletic socks.

The Chums original is usable for any type of wear, but we will note if you use these in the water or the snow they actually hold water compared to other styles that don’t.

Snow will stick to these as well if you are using them for skiing / snowboarding

Chums Original

When most think of the Chums brand they think of this style.  This is the style of sunglass straps that MADE this company.

chums original cotton eyewear retainer

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .5 oz

Chums Cotton Small End

The cotton small ends are just like the original, but are meant for smaller frames (wire frames too) considering the size of the ends.

chums cotton small end sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .4 oz

Also, same length as the original, and one tenth of an ounce less (you won’t notice).

Chums Cotton Large End

These sunglass straps are made for thicker frames.

chums cotton large end sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .4 oz

And if you have a pair of Costas (or any brand) that you fish with, and the frame is ¾”, or wider you probably want to grab a pair of these, or checkout the floating sunglass straps below which are meant for the water.

Chums Cotton No Tail Adjustable

The Chums ‘no tail’ is a great style if you don’t like the ‘ponytail’ type strand from the original handing down on your back or neck.

chums cotton no tail adjustable sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Smallest Adjustable Length: 10”
  • Largest Adjustable Length: 21”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Because they’re ‘no tail’…these sunglass straps have 1 continuous loop with 2 adjusters on either side.

Chums Kids Cotton

The kids version of the original sunglass straps is 2 inches shorter.

chums kids cotton sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Adults can buy these too if you don’t care for the length of the regular size.

Rope Chums


Chums Rope Eyewear Retainer

Not only are these chums made of nylon rope to last a lifetime – they also have molded tips that do not slip & GRIP the tips of your frames.

Most of these (with the exception of the Slip Fit) will stay off your ears as well.  So if you don’t want to feel your sunglass straps on top of your ears we recommend these styles.


  • Excellent grippage at the end of your frames
  • Stays off ears
  • Nylon rope is super easy to slide the adjuster on (even when wet)


  • If your shades are wide at the tip you may struggle to get these on.

Universal Fit 3mm

These sunglass straps are made of 3mm of woven nylon rope with molded tips at the end.

chums universal fit 3mm rope sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Great for any occasion!

Universal Fit 5mm

2mm thicker than the ones above these are a little ‘beefier’.

chums universal fit 5mm sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Slip Fit

These are the only rope chums that don’t attach to the end of the frame.  We liked how the frames stayed ‘put’ when running them through these tips, but one thing to watch for is the size of your frame.

Size of frame is the most important thing to consider if you like the ‘slip on style’

chums rope slit fit sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 14”
  • Weight: .3 oz 

If you have real skinny frames these sunglass straps will be too loose, and if you have big frames it may not even fit through the loop.

Fish Tip

Awesome gift for your friend who loves to fish!  The molded tips are actually fish, and their mouths slip over the frame.

chums fish tip sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Something else worth mentioning:  The molded fish tips aren’t too big by any means, but are still noticeable enough to tell they aren’t standard tips.


Just like all of the other rope retainers, but comes with an ‘articulated temple’.  In the picture you can see one portion of the molded tip slips over the frame, and the backend sort of ‘angles’ down and is able to move about or hang freely.

chums ranchero rope sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 13”
  • Weight: .3 oz

If your frames don’t have any down slope behind your ears, and they are straight frames these will work for you well.


These were our favorite out of all the rope Chums.  Why?

The 2mm nylon rope wraps around a stainless steel framework, and the tops are also adaptive and don’t go just straight off the frame.

chums entrada sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 16”
  • Weight: .2 oz

While these sunglass straps are certainly the most heavy duty of all the rope styles – they’re actually the lightest in weight.

Kids Rope

chums kids rope sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 9”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Unlike the kids cotton – where adults probably COULD buy them for themselves, the kids rope version is only 9” in length so may be hard to get your head through if you plan to keep these on your glasses a lot.

Neoprene Chums

Neoprene CHUMS

Chums Neoprene Eyewear Retainer

The neoprene chums are the best choice for you if your goal is to show off a fun print, or you’re looking to stand out with color.  Not only do these dry very quickly, but they are also very lightweight for the amount of material you’re dealing with.

Avoid these sunglass straps if you are going to be boating, skiing, or flying at high speeds.

Due to the width they can act as a ‘sail’ for them to be flying in the wind behind your head.

Luckily, all of these go pretty far up the frame to help combat that, and to help with comfort & fit, but something to keep in mind.


  • Noticeable colors and styles from far away
  • These go FAR up your frame so for daily use it’s almost guaranteed they don’t fall off unless you rip them off
  • Dries quickly when wet
  • Lightweight


  • Acts as a ‘sail’ if you’re traveling at high speeds

Neoprene Solids

Bright & solid colors so you can sport your favorite one and stand out in the crowd.

chums neoprene solid sunglass straps

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Length: 16”
  • Weight: .2 oz

Neoprene Print

These chums will make your friends want a pair.

chums neoprene print sunglass straps

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Length: 9”
  • Weight: .3 oz

Neoprene Large End

Larger openings for your wide frames.  The standard will go pretty high up on most frames so get these if you have some monster glasses!

chums neoprene large end sunglass straps

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Length: 16”
  • Weight: .3 oz

These can also do some light floatation.  Will float up to 18g (.6oz)

Floating Chums

Floating CHUMS

Chums Floating Eyewear Retainer

Perfect for fishing, surfing, swimming at the lake, or deep sea fishing!

When your shades fall in the water with these on you won’t be losing them!


  • Saves your glasses from the depths of the ocean/pool/lake!
  • High visibility colors if you’re trying to find them or want to stand out


  • Some are bulky which can be bothersome on top of the ears
  • Could be too heavy for normal everyday use


The Halfpipe Chums are lightweight and have a latex tube design.

chums halfpipe sunglass straps

  • Material: Latex
  • Length: 8.625”
  • Weight: .3 oz

These floaters are definitely on the slimmer side so can be good for everyday use as they aren’t heavy or bulky.  Strapping these right to the back of your head is easy if you’re out boating or on the sea-doo.

These chums float up to .2oz, or 5 grams of weight.

Floating Halfpipe

Just like the regular half pipe in terms of material (latex), but they don’t have an adjustable bead.

chums floating halfpipe sunglass straps

  • Material: Latex
  • Length: 15”
  • Weight: 1.1 oz

Instead, these retainers have 2 floats on the end of it, and can handle up to .9 more oz than the halfpipe.

They will float a total of 1.1 oz, or 32 grams of weight.

Floating Neo

Neoprene material filled with cell foam – these Chums will float up to 1.3 oz.

chums floating neo sunglass straps

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Length: 15”
  • Weight: .4 oz

Comes with great high visibility colors if you need to turn the boat around to find them.

Neo Megafloat

This is the BIG DADDY of the floaters.  If you have a heavy pair of sunglasses and losing them is NOT an option then these are your sunglass straps.

chums neo megafloat sunglass straps

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Length: 5”
  • Weight: .4 oz

They are made of neoprene, and filled with more cell foam than the ones above.

The Neo Megafloat Chums will float up to 3 oz.  That’s almost a quarter pound!!

Glassfloat Classic

These Chums have been around since the 90’s and have been one of their best sellers for a reason…

chums glassfloat classic sunglass straps

  • Material: Soft woven polyester (foam filled)
  • Length: 15”
  • Weight: .4 oz

It floats up to 1.5 oz of weight, and keeps a spot on the comfort scale with the material, and slender style for everyday wear.

Made of foam-filled woven polyester it’s going to feel nice on your ears and will actually dry quicker than the cotton material in the Chums Original.

Cotton Glassfloat

Like the buoy look?

You’ll be able to find these quickly once you drop your sunglasses in the water.

chums cotton glassfloat sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Length: 12”
  • Weight: .5 oz

Just like the Chums original up top, but with a float on the back.  Floats up to .7oz

Universal Fit Glassfloat

If you like the floatie look, but also want the molded tips from the Chums rope styles mentioned previously these are an easy pickup for you.

chums universal glassfloat sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 10.75”
  • Weight: .5 oz

In addition, they float up to .7 oz in weight.

Silicone Chums

Silicone CHUMS

Chums Silicone Eyewear Retainer

Silicone chums are slightly stretchy if you have kids that like to tug on your stuff.

The great part is these instantly dry getting out of the water, and don’t absorb any.  They are UV and corrosion resistant so durability isn’t an issue here (just like with the other styles).


  • UV Resistant
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Non-absorbant
  • Stretchy


  • Silicone can ‘pull’ or rub the hair on your neck when you aren’t wearing your glasses


The tips on the Chums Ratchet adjust in 4 different positions.

Therefore, if you needed the retainer to be more ‘out of the way’ you can always point them down.

chums silicon ratchet sunglass straps

  • Material: Silicone
  • Length: 12”
  • Weight: .5 oz


The Chums Switchback is one solid piece.  Unlike the ratchets they are slimmer where it connects to the frame, and you can wear them 2 different ways.

chums silicone switchback sunglass straps

  • Material: Silicone
  • Length: 17.75”
  • Weight: .5 oz

You can wear them so they hang down, or you can flip them upside down on your frames so they stick straight out.

Orbiter Chums

Orbiter CHUMS

Chums Orbiter Eyewear Retainer

Chums Orbiters are ALL made of strong and lightweight materials.

Don’t have to worry about a ‘pull’ breaking them, and they have a low-key style if that’s what you’re going for.


  • Lightweight
  • High-grade durable materials
  • Not a ‘look at my colors’ type style, but does its job well


  • Tips that go over frames aren’t as widely applicable as other styles of chums


The Orbiter

The Chums Orbiter is made of stainless steel so don’t let the thin wire deceive you for being a weak material.  It’s plenty strong.

chums orbiter sunglass straps

  • Material: Stainless Steel Wire
  • Length: 15.5” (Regular) / 17” (Long)
  • Weight: .1 oz

It’s available in 2 different lengths, and has ‘active’ tips that adjust by bending to your activity.

The Adjustable Orbiter

Of all the different styles of Chums these are the easiest to adjust.

chums adjustable orbiter sunglass straps

  • Material: Stainless Steel Wire
  • Length: 9.75” (Smallest) / 16” (Largest)
  • Weight: .1 oz

The adjusters act like ‘tabs’ and they are easy to increase or decrease in length depending on how tight/loose you need them.

The Mono Orbiter

Instead of stainless steal the Mono Chums are made of ultra-light mono-filament (used in some types of fishing lines).

chums mono orbiter sunglass straps

  • Material: High Tenacity Monofilament
  • Length: 15.5” (Regular) / 17” (Long)
  • Weight: .1 oz


The chums below offer styles you won’t see in other sunglass straps.

Some are made of leather, some are variations of the classic, and one is meant for ‘techy’ type glasses.

Scroll through these, and see if you like any:

Featherweight 2mm Rope

The featherweight 2mm sports a nylon rope with a minimalist style adjustable bead.

Instead of the other nylon chums – these have forward mount temples.

chums featherweight 2mm rope

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 13”
  • Weight: .1oz

Lens Leash

Super LONG!  Something to keep in mind. These sunglass straps are 29 inches!

chums lens leash sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 29”
  • Weight: .1oz


Just like the Chums original, but made of polyester.

chums classic sunglass straps

  • Material: Polyester
  • Length: 13.5”
  • Weight: .2 oz 

In our opinion, these were easier to adjust than the original.

Waxed Cotton

Braided & waxed cotton.  Very similar to the rope Chums.

chums waxed cotton sunglass straps

  • Material: Braided & Waxed Cottton
  • Length: 16”
  • Weight: .2 oz

Tech Cord

The Tech Cord Chums are one piece of silicon that actually slips around the frames with forward mount loop temples.

chums tech cord sunglass straps

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 24.5”
  • Weight: .1oz


If you’re the type to be wearing a helmet a lot (kayaking, skiing, climbing, snowboarding) you may like these.

  • Material: Cotton / Lycra blend
  • Length: 14”
  • Weight: .2 oz

These elastic chums have a thin design so they don’t hurt the tops of your ears.

Braided Leather

Perfect for hanging on to your book reading glasses!

chums braided leather sunglass straps

  • Material: Braided Leather
  • Length: 28”
  • Weight: .2 oz

The braided leather chums have a classy touch to them while still looking great with new styles of eyewear.

Rolled Leather

Just like the ones above, but rolled one piece of leather.

chums rolled leather sunglass strap

  • Material: Nylon Rope
  • Length: 28”
  • Weight: .2 oz



Suede Chums are also great for your readers or your ‘going out for the day’ shades.

chums suede sunglass straps

  • Material: Suede
  • Length: 28”
  • Weight: .2 oz

They have a very soft touch to them with forward mounted temples.

Handwound Guatemalan

100% cotton, and handmade in Guatemala!

chums handwound guatemalan sunglass straps

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Length: 27”
  • Weight: .2oz

Every single design is unique in itself, and can’t be duplicated.  Comes in a rainbow style color.

Beaded Cord

These chums are made of wooden and glass beads with different patterns and colors to fit your style.

chums beaded cord sunglass retainer

  • Material: Beads & Glass Strung Through Rope
  • Length: 27”
  • Weight: .2oz


Every pair of Flyvines Chums is unique in style, and are all made of recycled fly fishing line.

chums flyvines sunglass straps

  • Material: Recycled Fly Fishing line
  • Length: 15”
  • Weight: .2oz