Birder's Guide

NOV 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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lthough long known for eyewear retainers and hat clips, the folks at Chums keep evolving and expanding their product lines. Today, they also make accessory cases, optical accessories, keychains, wallets, waist packs, watch bands, zipper pulls, stow- away straps, and safety equipment, among several more categories of practical, everyday gear. Eyewear Retainers and Hat Clips Inexpensive, relatively low-tech, made-in-the-U.S.A. Chums eye- wear retainers have been "Helping Us Hang On" to our glasses since 1983. They were originally designed to keep sunglasses out of rivers, and I've been...well...Chums with them ever since I dis- covered them on the way to the Galápagos way back when. To this day, I consider them an indispensable part of my everyday wardrobe. I never go anywhere without my Chums to protect my eyeglasses and sunglasses, whether it's walking my dog, kayaking, or birding. The same is true for Chums hat clips (cap retainers), which consist of two tough clips on either end of a short cord. They make sure your favorite hat doesn't blow away in the wind from a boat or off a canopy tower. Simply clip them from your hat to your shirt or jacket. Chums eyewear retainers come in various configurations to fit almost any eyeglass frame and in a variety of fun tropical patterns and colors, like comfortable quick-drying cotton Originals; thin stretchy, Chums More Than Just Eyewear Retainers and Hat Clips 17 Nov ember 2016 | Birder's Guide to Gear Photo © Tom Lally A Challis, Idaho Challis, Idaho Elise Faike Faike Elise

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