We use straps because our shades are Rx, progresive, polarized sunglasses we'd rather not replace because they fell off.
Now we don't do whitewater, so I can't address the potential for problems in that environment, but we do paddle in the ocean down here off places like Key Biscayne, and in the Atlantic and the Gulf off the Keys. and even in whitecaps, I don't worry about entanglement.
AS far as styles go, we both currently use semi-longish fluorescent tube-like floats that attach to the temple pieces of our eyewear. Yes, it hangs on the back of the neck -or the collar, if we wore collars (which I do when I'm out in friend's power or sailboats, where there's an even greater possibility of them coming off in the winds) -but that doesn't bother us much at all. The tubes will float our glasses should they become separated from us, and that's good.
I have, in the past, used tighter-fitting straps, similar to those athletes use to hold their eyewear on tightly, but I found them too confining and tight-feeling.
So I'm happy with those we have, and am glad to have them hopefully securing my glasses from loss when I
-Frank in Miami
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