What Run Oregon is Trying: Slapmask

Masks are obviously something we are familiar with right now in the current state of affairs. While masks are a relatively simple premise and design, companies are definitely looking to come up with something new – something different – to stand out in keeping us safe in public settings.

One recent mask we came across, and were sent a sample to review, is the Slapmask. As anyone growing up in the 90’s can attest to – the slap bracelet brings the nostalgia flowing back. Essentially Slapmask is a modern take on this classic – a slap bracelet inside of a cloth mask.

Why, you may ask?

Well, before you go completely disregarding this, our trials did yield a few things. One – keeping a mask readily accessible when not wearing is underrated. I have lost my masks numerous times when leaving it in one of my myriad of pockets. Slapmask was a surprisingly good option for this as I could easily just keep it at the ready.

Two – it’s a fun investment and new take on a mask. It fits decently well (better than I thought it would to be honest) and the metal band in the mask does create a little space between your mouth and the fabric making conversation a little easier. Admit it, we’ve all had to lightly pull our mask away from our mouths so that someone can understand us. This is one of the few masks where this hasn’t been an issue. Additionally, the adjustable nose wire trip and ear straps perform admirably.

Overall, we aren’t negative on what Slapmask is putting out there in the way it functions. However, we readily acknowledge that the whole point of mask wearing, and COVID-19 combating surrounds sanitary hygiene habits. Continuously touching the mask with your hands and slapping on and off is…probably not the ideal situation.

We actually think this could work best (or at least better) when running, as opposed to general day-to-day utilization. When you are out running, most of us aren’t likely to be touching much of anything with our hands. So having a readily accessible mask available for when the need arises (say at an intersection) or when your running attire doesn’t have pockets, it can be a good option to have. However, if you are going to be utilizing it in settings that will require constantly slapping it off and on and handling it (and other public items) over and over, it’s probably not as great an option.

Slapmasks retail for $17.99 and they pledge to donate 2 medical grade masks for every Slapmask purchased.

About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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