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The Best Cloth Face Masks From Carry Brands
When the going gets tough, the carry community binds together. And that’s what we’ve seen in the US and across the globe, as large brands and small makers alike turned their sewing machines to cloth face masks in the hope of lightening the strain on demand for PPE for healthcare and other frontline workers.
It’s important work. And a way to keep their teams active when demand for other gear is on the slide. Of course, we need to highlight that these masks are not medical grade and are not CDC-approved, but they’re better than nothing. And give a welcome boost to brands doing it tough.
Here are some of the best cloth face masks being created by carry brands right now…
Note, masks are in high demand and some brands are selling out in days, so make sure to sign up for notification of restocks.
Tom Bihn’s Reusable Cloth Face Mask comes in two sizes and is made from two layers of 65% polyester / 35% cotton blend fabric. It features non-elastic but stretchy and comfy ear loops and a bendable nose bridge. The reusable mask is machine washable (hot) and machine dryable (hot). And Tom Bihn will also donate a mask to those in need for every mask purchased.
The Brown Buffalo’s Face Mask Cover is made with a dual layer construction that’s machine washable and dryable. The mask is a one-size-fits-most-adults design, with a pocket sleeve for an N95 filter or other filter (not included). It’s also available in a range of colorways, so you can keep things subtle or go a little wilder in your choice.
Mystery Ranch’s Traditional Mask features a stretch TPU headband and dual bands with a cord lock adjustment, allowing the mask to hang around the neck when not in use. The mask also has an internal sleeve that accommodates an N95 or other filter (not included), as well as a bendable 3D nose bridge piece to tailor the fit. And it’s machine washable and dryable for ease of care.
The Topo Designs Face Mask has a dual-layer construction featuring a 6.5 oz flat twill 100% cotton exterior and a 3.4 oz polyester/cotton interior. The mask’s adjustable elastic bands and nose strip enable a secure fit, while an interior pocket holds a filter (not included). Mask purchases will help support the Colorado Mask Project to make masks for frontline essential workers and vulnerable populations.
Atomic Mission Gear offer a variety of masks in a range of colorways and designs, starting with the Vista Mask (US$17.99), up to the Tentra Mask (US$59.99). Features vary depending on the design, such as different silhouettes and fit features.
Inside Line Equipment’s Face Mask comes in two sizes and features a four-layer construction. Elastic ear loops secure the cotton mask in place.
Sand Pack Co. make their Drawstring Mask in a range of materials and colorways. The mask has a one-size-fits-most-adults design and a cord lock for a secure fit. Keep an eye out for weekly restocks and new colorways (stay up to date via their Instagram).
Available in a pack of five, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Face Masks are made with comfortable, breathable interlock micro polyester and a DWR coating. The machine-washable masks have dual elastic ear loops and an adjustable wire top seam that can be contoured for a tailored fit.
If you’re keen on a variety of options, check out Rickshaw’s Face Mask offerings. They make face masks in a choice of three adult sizes, multiple color options, and different fabrics. The masks have a three-layer construction and elastic ear loops.
If you’re looking for something a little more badass, then check out DEFY. Their masks come in 8-oz. Denim, are lined with 100% Combed Cotton Micro Sanded French Twill, and finished with a 100% Nylon MIL-SPEC Paracord with spring loaded Toggle for adjustability.
And a plus: a percentage of sales goes to help Chicago’s front line responders, so your purchase will do a little good too.
Industry of All Nations are offering sustainably made face masks, available in packs of three. The washable and reusable Community Face Mask is made from a triple-layered, upcycled cotton fabric and has tie straps to secure it in place.
Kiriko offer an eye-catching take on face masks with their range of masks made with patterned fabrics from Japan. The masks have a 100% cotton exterior and a polyester/cotton blend interior. Check for stock updates via their Instagram.
Joshu.org is a division of Joshuvela, who have paused bag production to make their Everyday Mask. The mask is made with two layers of 100% cotton or cotton-poly blend fabric and has a filter pocket. The mask comes in one size, with adjustable shock cord that fits over the head or can be cut in half to fit over each ear. Additionally, for each mask sold, Joshu.org will donate a mask to a healthcare facility or vulnerable community.
The YNOT WEAR A MASK is made from two layers of 65% polyester and 35% viscose material. It has adjustable spandex ear loops and a bendable nose bridge to suit different users. The masks come in three colorways and are available to purchase individually ($30 for one) or in sets of three ($60 for the set of three).
The DSPTCH Face Covering is made in three sizes and designed to be worn bandana-style. The mask exterior is 100% cotton ripstop while the interior is a breathable 100% cotton soft muslin fabric. The mask has a filter pocket, an elastic band for tightening, and a removable strap with a quick-release buckle. The strap can also be paired with other masks you may already have. The masks are currently sold out but restocks are planned, so check for updates via their social media.
Ministry of Style Mask° (US$50)
Made from washable fabric, MOS’a Mask° contains a pocket in which a single-use filtration membrane (which provides 95% bacterial filtration) can be inserted, and comes in a range of colors. Each Mask° kit includes a mask, 10 replaceable filters, and a donation towards more masks for frontline healthcare professionals.
Bilio Group is a design boutique behind some of the world’s biggest brands. And they’ve come to the party with one of the most advanced masks around. It’s made in the USA from recycled materials and uses zonal engineered knitting for a lovely ergonomic fit (think Nike FlyKnit). But the best bit? Their Mask contains EPA registered antimicrobial silver yarns that resist microorganism growth. Knitted into the mask with recycled polyester, the silver yarns release positively charged silver ions in the presence of moisture, which kills bacteria on the surface. Very cool!
bagjack are in the process of organizing production for face masks. Prices and availability are still to be determined, but masks are expected to be ready in about one to two weeks. And boy they’re looking good!
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