How many masks do you have? I would venture to guess that over the past 10 months or so, most of us have gone from zero to more than a handful. I know that in my house of 5, there are multiple masks for each person in the cars, in the house, in purses, etc. Hopefully with vaccines on the horizon, these won’t be needed as long term, but it’s still probably necessary a while longer into 2021. As a result, we wanted to highlight a few masks that we have tried out over the past year:
Under Armour Sportsmask ($30)
From our review:
Fit: The Sportsmask is a typical facemask with loops in the back that hook around your ears. The M/L size fit my head securely without feeling too tight. The loops had enough stretch that they didn’t make my ears feel sore, as sometimes happens with cloth masks that I wear for work.
Airflow: To my surprise, the Sportsmask didn’t seem to inhibit airflow at all. I think is because the mask doesn’t have a wire to mold the top of the mask to the shape of your nose. As a result, there is a bit of a gap between the top of the mask and the area under the eyes. That’s good insofar as it makes it easy to breathe while wearing the mask, but it would seem to make the mask slightly less effective at keeping droplets away. Also, that gap channels exhalations straight up, fogging sunglasses (though to be fair, this is an issue with regular masks too).
Comfort: I think this is unavoidable, but humidity seemed to build up as the run went on. It wasn’t like being in a sauna, more like the mist from a hot shower. On a fall morning, it wasn’t too bad. I might feel differently about it on a hot summer day.
Rabbit Mask ($15)
From our review:
I wore these masks on both cool days and hot days and found that it did a good job of absorbing sweat without getting heavy. The material is nice and soft (the inside of this particular pictured mask is a bright orange) and the trim used to finish the edges did not give me any chafing issues.
While running, it’s quick to put on and take off, although you can’t just pull it down and back up – you have to put it over the ears each time. I found that having a filter in the mask made it more comfortable – when breathing, the filter keeps the fabric from getting sucked in your mouth more. I also found that having the ear loops properly adjusted makes a big difference, because if you fit the mask smoothly over your face it’s more comfortable.
The Rabbit mask is available in a huge variety of fabrics; they are using the scrap material from the running shorts and tops they make and the choices are really fun. My favorite is the BluPinkDot-A; but I like that any of them can just be washed with your running gear and will quickly air dry. I should point out, of course, that these are not medical-grade masks; but they meet the guidelines set forth by the CDC for face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID19. The masks are really, really soft and feel a bit like swimsuit material, and is very absorbent
BUFF Filter Mask ($29)
From our review:
This is one of the lightest masks I have worn and would be ideal for a running trails (when it’s safe to do so – don’t venture out in smokey or at-risk areas right now). It can be a small pain to pull the double strap over the head on and off multiple times, so I would recommend these for times when you would expect to be wearing it for a while – say when running or during a trip to the grocery store. It fits really snugly once you get it to the right size and I experiences less glasses fogging than many of my other masks.
One of the biggest upgrades is the ability to add a filter to it, something that sometimes feels like a necessity nowadays. With the filter and materials, it blocks 98% of airborne particulates and the fabric treatment on the inside mesh helps to reduce the build-up of bacteria and germs.