Other than a celebrity looking to remain incognito in airports, find me someone who likes traveling in a face covering, and I’ll find you a liar. Though masks are essential to protecting ourselves and those around us right now, they’re not all that much fun, and present some unique challenges in travel – like smiling, or talking.
I recently found a mask though that does the trick for me, balancing relative comfort and snug fit, with greater ability to breath and talk, without feeling restricted. Even better, it’s made with woven copper, a known antimicrobial, which helps actually kill up to 99% virus and bacteria, rather than just keep most of it from entering.
Antimicrobial Copper Face Mask
I tried a mask from Etsy which looks cool, but makes me feel as if I’m suffocating whenever I talk. I also tried the generic disposal “single use” masks, but those felt wasteful and not all that well fitting. I then pretty much threw in the towel, considering a purchase of the Adidas face coverings, until I tried Copper Clothing’s new face masks.
I’ve long used Copper Clothing’s compression flight socks to help prevent against DVT and other unfriendly elements in the flying environment, so I figured it was worth a shot. The masks are £22 and ship internationally, plus there’s a 15% discount right now.
Trying on the mask for the first time was a sigh of relief, well, relatively. I’d prefer not to wear one at all one day, but for now it’s the best I’ve tried. In an inoffensive grey tone, it looks pretty good too.
The mask offers adjustable over ear straps, which help create a nice seal, while also bridging the gaps between the unique sizing of everyone’s face. Basically, my Large fits well, and if I tighten the strap, it fits snugly.
The standout comfort feature though, is the mini dome that’s given to the nose. I can actually breath, and there’s enough space for me to talk, without feeling my lips are constantly smacking against a piece of cloth. That’s an all too rare occurrence these days, so I’ll take it. Read as: it’s the most comfortable mask I’ve tried on to date.
Actual Copper brings more to the table when it comes to virus and bacteria though, and it’s not just a name.
These Copper Clothing Masks are woven with copper micro fibers all over, and four different layers of protection. Copper is known as an antimicrobial and has long been internationally recognized to kill up to 99% of virus and bacteria on its own within 10 minutes of contact.
Unlike other masks, it’s likely to actually kill harmful virus or bacteria that somehow make their way onto the surface, rather than just keep most of it from entering your airways. Really. Fun fact, it’s also why copper was used in ancient cultures for cooking.
Everyone has personal preferences when it comes to fit, color, material and features, but this is the best option I’ve found for fit, safety, quality and my ability to breath and talk with relative ease. I’ll miss my Dia De Los Muertes pattern from my Etsy mask, but that’s about it.