Travel-Friendly Popticals Pop-Out Sunglasses

Sunglasses always seem to be one of the smallest things you’re packing—until you’re really conscious about available space. And for some people, sunglasses are part of their necessary packing list. What do you do when you need them to take up as little space as possible?

Get folding sunglasses from Popticals.

The pair I’ve been testing out are the Popticals PopH2O Nydef Polarized sunglasses. I used them first on a ski trip in Japan, where the sun came out for about 20 minutes, and I had to scramble for them.

Since then, I’ve been testing them out on more sunny slopes in Lake Tahoe, as well as on the water along the California coast. For me, polarized lenses are essential, since I spent a lot of time on and near water.

The sunglasses are made with nylon lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision, and are considered to be lighter, have greater clarity, and cause less visual distortion than polycarbonate lenses. The polarized UV400 lenses give wearers protection from harmful ultraviolet light, while also eliminating glare for enhanced vision.

For water people, that lets you see deeper below the surface. The lenses are scratch-proof and impact resistant, and the Ri-Pel hydrophobic coating repels water, oil and dust—keeping your vision clear.

One of my only challenges with my pair of Popticals is that when I’m not wearing my sunglasses on my face, I have them either perched on my head, or hanging on my shirt. Because the sunglasses are designed to fold, the frames aren’t hinged exactly like other sunglasses, so hanging them on your shirt doesn’t always work well. Not the biggest issue, I know. But the cool thing about their foldability is that they can easily be stored in their case, and they take up less room when folded up than other sunglasses. If you’re like me, it may take a little retraining, but it’s a benefit.

The Popticals PopH2O polarized sunglasses come in 14 available colors that blend frame with lens favorites. All lenses are polarized, so you can’t go wrong there. Just pick the combination you love. Prices range from $189 to $209 on the Popticals site, depending on the lens/frame combo.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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