My intent with starting this thread is to showcase masks that are good, bad and ugly. I have no way of testing masks for their effectiveness in protecting the wearer from getting or transmitting a virus or any other disease or condition.
We should stay out of the politics of "having" to wear masks and in this thread, accept that they are now part of our EDC kit.
Mask number one is from TYR Tactical and I bought them for my family early in the pandemic. We were planning to do some in-state travel and the rules at that time were still in flux. I wanted to buy from a tactical company and the TYR mask was early to market and available. We also bought filter packs, again not knowing what we might need.
The mask itself was $20 and a three pack of N95 filters is $23. Not cheap at all. I had thought that tie behind the head straps would be better than behind the ear, but that turns out not to be the case with these. The cords on these are para cord and are a bit bulky. I cut the top cord and ran both the top and bottom cord through a toggle lock, before using a GITD end to secure the bottom. Now, I can throw the whole thing over my neck and secure it behind my ears.
This is easily stuffed into a pocket if not worn around the neck and will be my "take a mask because I may need a mask" mask.
Mask number two is from Outdoor Research. OR has been teasing these for weeks and they just recently became available. Their good guy price is $15 and they come with three filters. They are a polyester material, are well contoured to fit the face and seem well engineered. The metal nose piece is flexible and helps to seat the mask when wearing glasses to help prevent fogging. The earloops are both elastic and adjustable, which was a major plus for me. I'm actually looking forward to using this mask this coming winter to wear while running, hiking and snowshoeing to warm my breath when I don't need a full face cover or balaclava. I may tinker with a homemade, fleece insert.
This will be my "take a mask when I know I'm going to do something specific" mask. There's a decent article at Outside Magazine's on-line site, that features OR and their production of both the civilian masks and those they made for the .mil.