Here in Oregon, a face mask is mandated for indoor activities. With winter coming, finding a comfortable facemask suitable for indoor athletic endeavors has been a priority. My favorite to date has been the Ion-Defense Face Mask from Showers Pass.
Features & Specs (via Showers Pass)
- Available in 3 sizes: small, medium, large
- Materials: 90% polyester, 10% lycra
- Adjustable ear loops
- Anti-microbial coating
- Made in the US
- List price: $20
In use, I found the Ion-Defense facemask comfortable during physical activity, even when things got sweaty. Unlike surgical masks, which feel super gross when soaked with perspiration, the Showers Pass mask was still comfortable.
I do feel like it provides a significant amount of protection. It also fits well, while minimally fogging glasses. At one point, I sneezed while wearing it and yes – it was super gross. I didn’t feel any of the moisture or snot go through to the other side of the mask, which was reassuring. That said, once I got back to my car I had to do a full wipe down, because, well, it was nasty having all the mucus rubbing against my face. Yuuuck.
I also have a number of surgical masks and M95 masks in my rotation for grocery store outings. That said, I prefer a performance-oriented mask for being active. While I am not qualified to speak to the level of protection it provides from viruses, I find it performs as promised and is a good option for indoor activities like climbing, the gym, treadmill stuff etc.
In terms of sizing, the folks at Showers Pass furnished me with both a size medium and large to try. Thanks to the adjustable ear loops, I find both fit me comfortably. With a list price of $20, it’s also very reasonably priced.
For more information, visit ShowersPass.com