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How to Make an Ultralight Glasses Case for Your Thru-Hike

Regular eyeglasses cases are heavy. We came up with a better, ultralight idea for you to consider for your thru-hiking or backpacking trip.

Paul Bodnar      Gear Review       11/05/2020
Paul Bodnar
Gear Review
11/05/2020

NOT Ultralight:

Standard glasses cases weigh a lot. I measured the weight of three standard glasses cases, which weigh between 102 to 121 grams (3.6 to 4.3 ounces) with an average weight of 114 grams (4 ounces).

Three black glasses cases on a table.
Three standard glasses cases: average weight 4 ounces.
Three black glasses cases open with glasses in them on a table.
Standard glasses cases with eyeglasses inside.

How to Make it Ultralight:

Use a Crystal Light container as your glasses case! It brings the weight down to 30 grams or 1.06 ounces.

Two Crystal Light containers next to each other.
Left: Crystal Light. Right: wrapper removed -> glasses case!
A Crystal Light container being weighed on a small scale.
Only 30 grams! Compare that to 114 grams for an average eyeglasses case.

The Crystal Lite case fits most large sunglasses or two normal sized eyeglasses. I recommend adding some padding inside to reduce any motion if your glasses are in your pack while you’re walking. A microfiber lens cleaning cloth makes great padding and also keeps your glasses clean without scratching the lenses.

A pair of glasses inside a Crystal Light container.
Standard eyeglasses in Crystal Lite container – no padding.
A pair of sunglasses wrapped in a cloth inside a Crystal Light container.
Standard prescription sunglasses, wrapped in a microfiber cloth.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.