In 1977 a local ski patrolman from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
in Wyoming, came up with an idea for an eyewear retainer that would
grip his shades through all kinds of alpine adventures. Using an old
wetsuit, some sharp scissors, and good old American ingenuity, he made
the first pair of eyewear retainers. The ingenious device was based on
the design of a Chinese finger trap
and it quickly became a hit with all of the patrollers! Demand picked
up quickly for the patrolman's invention which was nameless at first.
Back in the seventies, the Jackson Hole ski patrol
used the nickname "croakies" when they couldn't think of a word (think
"thing- amajig"), but it finally stuck on the first neoprene eyewear
retainer ever invented.
Croakies headquarters are still in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with most of our production in Bozeman, Montana.
Our inspiration remains the same - to create eyewear retainers and
accessories that provide comfort, style, durability, and functionality
to active people of all ages. With the addition of men's and women's
belts into Croakies accessory line-up, Croakies now offers something for
Croakies products are sold by retailers throughout the United States
and in over 30 countries around the world. They've even been used OUT of this world – Croakies became standard issue on the Space Shuttle in 1990.
Croakies History In 1977 a local ski patrolman from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, came up with an idea for an eyewear retainer that would grip his shades through all kinds of alpine...