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These choices should help you find the best face mask for training. This story was recently updated.
Under Armor designed the UA Sportsmask with athletes in mind, but any avid athlete will find the mask useful if you’re looking to upgrade from a standard cloth face mask. The mask is made with three different layers designed to allow air flow while protecting you at the same time. One layer of the mask has an antimicrobial treatment called “PROTX2.”
When I tried the Under Armor mask during a cardio workout, I first noticed that it felt comfortable on my face – it didn’t stick to my mouth, which can be uncomfortable when you breathe harder. When I started to sweat, I noticed that instead of the mask feeling warm, I got a cool feeling, which was so nice.
The mask didn’t completely wick away the moisture, but since the fabric wasn’t that tight around my mouth, that wasn’t a problem. Although the ear loops on the mask are not adjustable, they are stretchy and comfortable. Overall, I was impressed with this mask and would wear it comfortably in indoor or outdoor fitness environments.
The Well Movement mask is 50% cotton, so it may not stay dry during heavy sweat sessions, but for most activities it outperforms a 100% cotton mask as it is also made of sweat-friendly polyester and spandex. The ear loops are adjustable, which is a huge plus for fit and comfort. There is also a handy cord attached so you can wear the mask around your neck.
The best feature of the mask is the moldable nose pad, so you can make sure it fits comfortably and snugly on your face. After testing this mask, I decided it is best for walking and not intense workouts (I would opt for the UnderArmour mask for that) as the fabric is thin but still comfortable.
Carbon38 The Mask Kit comes with two masks, plus a laundry bag for washing. The masks are made with a blend of polyester and cotton, which makes them quick-drying and keeps you cool. The ear loops are adjustable for a snug fit, and the masks come in two sizes.
Carbon38 says the masks are made with a multi-layer filtration system to help protect you, and that the fabric has antibacterial properties. I liked how thick the fabric is on these masks – the nose piece is also textured to hold it in place which is great for movement. The adjustable ear loops provide a closer and more personalized fit.
These masks work great for a brisk walk or other lower intensity workout as they fit close to your face. They can be difficult to wear during a more intense workout.
The Everyday Mask from Proper Cloth is made of linen, has an antimicrobial treatment and contains a filter for extra barrier protection. The mask is comfortable with adjustable ear loops and the bridge of the nose is not too stiff, but helps keep it anchored to your face.
I like the linen material for being lightweight and breathable, but I would wear it for more relaxed activities such as hiking, pilates or yoga. If you sweat a lot, it will get damp, as linen is not the most performance-friendly fabric.
Exercising in yoga clothes is much more comfortable than regular clothes, so why not take the same approach for your face mask? Yoga and sportswear brand Onzie uses upcycled yoga fabrics to create face masks that are stretchy and dry quickly – just like your favorite leggings. Please note, because the brand reuses yoga clothing fabric, you can’t choose specific colors and patterns, but it’s well worth it for a more durable mask option.
When I tried the mask, it felt just as I expected. The mask fits snugly over your face, but the material is stretchy (like yoga pants) and breathable. Although the ear loops are not adjustable, they are still comfortable and the mask still fits well.
Since the mask is not super adjustable, I would wear it for less intense workouts where you don’t breathe as hard. For more intense workouts, such as high-impact cardio, you’ll want to make sure you have some room around your mouth to breathe so the UnderArmour mask is more suitable.
Koral uses the same antimicrobial high performance fabric to make its face masks as its active wear, which is stretchy and quick drying. When I put it to the test, I immediately found the soft, stretchy fabric comfortable against my face. The only thing I didn’t like about this mask was that the ear loops are not adjustable. After wearing this mask while jogging or walking, you can throw it in the wash as it is machine washable.
Editor’s Note, December 18, 2020: Athleta has discontinued this mask for women (you can still buy it for children) and replaced it with the Activate face mask. Like the Made to Move mask, the Activate mask is made with layers of breathable fabric and has braces to get the perfect fit for your face, but it doesn’t come with a bag to store a filter.
The Athleta Made to Move mask is specially designed for training – which I could see immediately when I tried the mask. It’s one of the most comfortable and breathable masks I’ve tried to date.
The material is lightweight and the inside of the mask has a mesh lining. The fabrics provide moisture and the mask fits well, but you can still breathe. There is also an inner pocket in the mask if you want to add a filter layer (although it is not included). The ear loops are made of a soft elastic that does not pull on your hair and are adjustable.
The Athleta mask is great for walking or even outdoor workouts such as jogging or cycling. Because the mask is breathable and adjustable, you can rest assured that it won’t fall off your face as you move.
What to look for in exercise facial masks
Dust is one of the most important factors when training with a mask. Cloth masks are great for daily activities. But with exercise, cotton gets moist very quickly, making it harder to breathe and can promote bacterial growth. For this reason, masks made of a breathable fabric similar to the kind used in sportswear (such as spandex or polyester) are the best choice. But you still want the mask to be breathable and comfortable while you move.
There’s nothing worse than dropping or dropping a face mask while on the move. First, it is just plain annoying. Second, if you have to stop to fix it, it will interfere with your workout and you will likely have to touch your face – which you should avoid to stay safe.
Look for a face mask that is adjustable or comes in a variety of sizes so you can find the best fit for you. Stretchy ear loops or elastic tend to fit well and won’t slip as much as the masks that tie around your head.
Because sweat and moisture can be a breeding ground for bacteria, masks with some sort of filter or antimicrobial coating are ideal for physical activity. (Many of the masks on this list have these characteristics.) While these may not actually kill or destroy a virus particle, it doesn’t hurt to have these extra barriers.
Also understand that no mask on this list can offer a 100% guarantee that it will protect you from the virus, no matter how many great features they have. But wearing a mask is just another tool that can act as an extra barrier to stop the spread and protect you and others.
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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care practitioner if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.