Words: Chloe Watts
With the CDC and health agencies around the world strongly recommending the use of face masks for daily life, finding the perfect design and fit for your lifestyle is more important than ever. From household names to newcomers, a number of brands have created designs that don’t compromise when it comes to safety or practicability.
The mask industry has proved to be serious business in the wake of COVID-19 and it’s causing an influx of new innovations in fashion and health. With products featuring self-sanitising technology, anti-bacterial material and futuristic designs, people are opting for face masks that offer more than just a mere covering.
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Below are just five of the best high-performance face masks.
u-mask model two
The face mask that has been sending the Formula 1 world into a spin, U-Mask have created a revolutionary face mask which self-sanitises, is anti-proliferative and lasts up to 200 hours. The mask of choice for Ferrari drivers Vettel and Leclerc and McLaren drivers Sainz Jr and Norris, feature a two-layer design. The outer layer is made from recycled Econyl Lycra which provides comfort for the wearer while the black filter insert works to keep you safe by inhibiting growth of bacteria and microbes. If this isn’t impressive enough already, U-Mask have a number of certifications and were awarded a Seal of Excellence by the European Union for high quality project proposal with relevance to COVID-19.
U-Mask Model Two / €39 EUR SHOP NOW
Brave New Look Protective Face Mask With PM 2.5 Filter
Made from a mix of cotton and spandex; these reusable and washable masks provide optimal comfort and stretch to make wearing easy and enjoyable. They feature a 5 layer PM2.5 (particulate matter) filter with activated carbon products to help protect you from small particles in the air. Complete with a nose wire to ensure a snug fit, Brave New Look’s Protective Face Mask is the perfect mix of performance and practical to help you ease back into normal life.
Brave New Look Protective Face Mask With PM 2.5 Filter / $20 AUD SHOP NOW
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ASIC Runners Face Cover
Designed by the ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS), this mask is ASICS answer to safe exercising during a pandemic. With athletes in mind, the design is focused on performance, comfort and protection. It features an innovative design and air vents that allow the wearer to breathe easy without dispersing droplets. It has antibacterial, quick-drying material that allows users to drink water while working out.
ASICS Runner Face Cover / £35 GBP SHOP NOW
Sleefs No Ear Pain Face Mask
Eliminating ear strap pain, Sleefs have created a mask that wraps around your head. This two-layer mask features a polyester outer and breathable cotton inner. Available in three colours and the option to add on a nose clip and laundry bag, the Sleefs No Ear Pain Face Mask is the perfect futuristic unisex design to keep you safe and your ears pain free.
Sleefs No Ear Pain Face Mask / $15 USD SHOP NOW
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Under Armour Sportsmask
Made for athletes, Under Armour’s UA Sportsmask provides the airflow you need, a cool feel and fit for running and training. Only available for pre-order, the UA Sportsmask has a three-layer approach. The outer Spacer Fabric prevents the mask from touching your face while breathing while the inner layer consists of open-cell foam that lets air through and restricts moisture. The third layer feels cool to the touch, stretches and has an anti-microbial treatment. The mask has a unique V-shape build which holds the mask away from your mouth.
Under Amrour Sportsmask / $45 AUD PRE-ORDER NOW