I live in a capital city and use my bike daily to go to my work. Since I use the Cinqro mask from RESPRO, I can breath again in a normal way. You really feel that all poisened gases are filtered away and cannot enter the mask. On winterdays nowadays it is even good to protect my face against cold. Sometimes people look strange, but mostly people are interested in where I have bought my mask. I always recommend RESPRO. There customer service is good and the website is full of information.
I’ve chosen this mask for the 2 filters and it’s super fast valves. They are great!
I’m a cyclist and I can breathe normal with the mask on. Huge difference of air quality! Indeed, the cigarette smoke is devious and passes the mask filters.
Unfortunately, I was among those who had trouble with fitting it. My mask kept sliding downwards pushing on the nostrils no matter how tight I locked it. Too tight and the back neck was in pain also. I’ve contacted customer support and they were really helpful! They gave me the strap for free and things got really really better. Now I can cycle with the mask on and enjoy a cleaner air!
The product is great, it just needs to sort out or come up with a better method to fit all of my weird head shape.
I had ordered the Sportsta mask but then wondered if it was the best one for filtering pollution on my commute to work. Harrison of customer service was excellent - he included a sample of a better filter i can use with my mask with my order - no charge. Outstanding!
Never leave the house without it. Ever! I’d give it a 5 if it wasn’t for the straps near the velcro fell apart after about 6 months. I have silver ones, 2, and I think the process of getting the colour scheme on to the masks more than likely weakens the straps. Sent pictures to customer services and they are replacing them for me. Other than that I am very happy with the Cinqro!
Respro let’s me live again. I live in Belgium in the country side, at the border of a little village. But the pollution you can have because of the burning of coal, lignite, wood and other dirty stuff is incredible (and than the say something about cars). With my cinqro mask I can do my runs even in the dirty air, it is the good average of filtration and respiration. Thank you for your great product.
Question is as well: When will Belgium or Europe do something about the pollution produced by burning all this dirt (coal, ...)???
Respro’nse: Thanks for your review. Great to hear the product is doing it’s job. And yes we all will continue to campaign for cleaner air.
Biking around Hanoi in 36c heat my Cinqro clearly cuts out the 24/7, chokingly thick traffic fumes. Take the mask off and nostrils immediately inflame. I never home without it now! Important to double-check the (fiddly) Powa valves are fully secured when changing filters - or they fall off in traffic. But customer services help if this happens.
I purchased my Cinqro Spring 2015 and am really enjoying it. I regularly travel to China in cities with poor air quality (typical 150+ AQI). I had given up running outside when traveling due to health affects from poor air quality. Thankfully a friend in Shanghai suggested the Cinqro. The Cinqro mask has seen 15+ hours of running in China and it is performing well. As some have highlighted, it is worth taking the time & measurements to fit properly. I was right on the border of Med / Lrg sizes and went with the large after consulting Respro customer service - Thanks! The mask vents really well and after a few miles I barely notice it’s there. When done with a run I hang it in the hotel room and let it dry overnight for the next days run. Works like a charm.
I get all kinds of looks running with the Cinqro, but a quick Nihao from the behind the mask usually is met with a smile & wave.
I live in the US and did have to pay about $30 duty on an express shipment, but I was happy to pay it since the mask arrived in time for a two week trip this spring.
The Cinqro mask has allowed me to continue running outside in China while taking in great local experiences. Totally recommended! Thanks Respro!
I’ve been using Cinqro mask for a couple of months now and must say I’m delighted with it’s performance. I used to have a Techno (which I lost…) and as a glasses wearer it seems the Cinqro is not only much better at filtering out the pollution but also at not fogging me up. Worth pointing out that this may be due to the fitting advice received from Respro (thanks Harrison). I’m the first to usually discard manufacturer’s advice, but would highly recommend you follow it here , strings and all, to get the best result.
Delighted with the product, delighted with the customer service.
I am using my new Respro Mask and it is good. First thing I noticed is that the carbon filter is already combined with a hepa filter so you just use one filter in the mask. (I didn´t read properly and I thought that it had two filters at the same time fitted in the mask). Definitely, the mask improved the quality of the air I breath. I can still smell some of the fumes and tobacco of pedestrian smoking on the streets but it is less than before. I believe the mask is the right size for me (according to measurements and the way it feels). The valves are a great help to realize the air you exhale, it is excellent. Overall quality is good, filter does a nice job, however you still breath some fumes.
RESPRO’NSE: “Great to hear the mask is helping you. Please make sure you have the mask secured on the bridge of your nose and around your chin. If in doubt take a photo of yourself wearing the mask and send it to customer services who will advise further”
I live on the Irish Coastline and Summer in Ireland leads to a very high pollen content in our air (and those airplanes flying overhead seem to spray out trails of white stuff, but they stop spraying it when they begin to fly over the Sea!), anyway, with the Cinqro I can run 5 or 10km without the Hayfever affecting me too much (and hopefully block out whatever that white stuff is coming out of them Planes too!)
I just received the Carbon filter today, so I must give it a try on a run this evening.
Keep up the good work Respro.
RESPRO’NSE: “Thanks for the review Olly. Great to hear the mask is doing its job.To minimize the effects of pollen on your system, we would also advise wearing eye protection as the protein that causes the reaction can get into your blood stream via any mucous membrane including the eyes.”
I love my mask. I use it for cycling both in central london at at home. The only issue I have is sometimes my glasses strart to steam up when sat at traffic lights but I think this is due to the shape of my glasses as they go over the top of the mask. Does make a difference to my lungs.
One think that shocked me was the FAQ recommendation to replace the filter every month… On that basis the TCO of the mask is really quite expensive if you’re a regular commuter.
RESPRO’NSE: ” Thanks for your review Beno. Great to hear you are finding the mask beneficial. Re the filter, we would recommend that if a mask is used for commuting every day, then the filter should be replaced once a month; fair wear and tear together with hygiene dictates the replacement time rather than the filter failing to filter.
I purchased my Cinqro in late 2013. I’ve been using the mask to commute and ride my bicycle at the local bicycle club. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA where it is very hot. The neoprene is not as comfortable in the summer, but the benefit of not coughing at the end of the ride far outweighs the discomfort. Now, I found the strap (neoprene) is broken, hanging by the material on the inside of the mask. The neoprene just broke/cracked. I’m very disappointed I will be without my mask for this weekend’s rides! Overall, I am happy and will purchase a replacement. Too bad… I’ve to take a star off my rating.
I have used this mask 4 times in new delhi, 2 times for a run and 2 times for a bike ride. it takes a bit getting used to for the run as the airflow is still a bit restricted but i guess one could get used to it, but you do end up breathing from your mouth. I dont think it would work for a long 20k+ run, as it would need much more effort to breathe - so far i have done 8 or 9k, For the bike ride, i think its ok because of the increased speed.
the other challenge is changing the filter, it not so easy and there isnt any clear instructions provided. I changed the filter from the HEPA to the one for the city.
As far as effectiveness, bit early to say but i think the dryness in the back of the throat that one gets when running in a polluted environment seemed much less, maybe its in the mind but i think it helped.
RESPRO’NSE: “Thanks for your feedback. We suggest that you look at our youtube video instruction into how to change your filter here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2XIXeCVmVw
The main reason I bought my Cinqro was because I run a lot in Milan, so I decided to try this model (it’s my first experience with an anti smog mask while running), because from my home to the place I run there are more or less 4 km of busy streets with lots of cars. I have to say, I expected the mask to be useful also while doing fast runs but I found it almost impossible. After a few runs though I understood perfect ventilation is not easy while wearing a mask, so I decided to wear it only during my slow jogs, or while warming up. And it works very well for that, and I feel the little resistence you feel while breathing had a positive effect cause it improved my breath by making it a little more difficult. Now I am used to do slow runs with the Respro and I am very satisfied. I also wear it when I bike and when I ride my scooter (it also provides a little warmth, which is nice), and I cannot believe I used to go on a scooter without an anti smog mask. I don’t know how it’ll be to run in the hot summer, I am concerned the mask might be too much at high temperatures but I cannot be sure right now: I will post an update when I’ll try. Overall I am very satisfied with this product, I have it in silver which is pretty cool too. I think there could be some improvements to do, in particular regarding stability of the mask (I’d like to be able to move my mouth and open it without causing the mask to move, maybe something that connects to the ear might help?) and the ability to take it on and off without having to stop ( I know it’s not easy, but sometimes, especially while running, I have to spit or clean my nose, and I have to take off the mask in order to do it). Another upgrade could be a nose clip that supports sun glasses, or an official Respro goggles that fits perfectly on the mask…that would be awesome! And of course, I hope you keep improve the air flow: it can always get better.
Thanks a lot
a very happy customer
RESPRO’NSE: “Andrea, thank you for taking the time to write such a responsive review of our product. We appreciate your comments. We are continually developing our range of masks, updating and re-designing so watch this space!!”
It works well while riding my bike here in Madrid but maybe I missed my size because sometimes it hurts my nose ... well at least it filter the diesel fumes:
Respro says: “Glad to hear the mask is working well for you. To ensure that you are wearing your mask correctly and that it is a good fit, place the nose clip firmly on the bridge of your nose. This will make it much more comfortable to wear.”
Firstly, I do think this is a great mask. However, I live in Singapore where it is very hot and humid all year round. This mask is useable in this weather, for even fast 10k tempo runs and long slow 25k runs. The only problem is that it gets very wet after about 30 minutes and you have to then take it off every 15-20 minutes to shake the sweat out of the filter fabric. Despite this, I do use it on high pollution days (when our neighbours in Indonesia are slashing and burning their crops) because I’d rather stop to shake the sweat out of the mask than breath in the smoke particles that are in the air! Singapore is a very health conscious country with lots of keen runners and cyclists. If Respro can come up with a mask that doesn’t absorb so much moisture, they would sell tens of thousands here.
RESPRO"NSE: ” Robert, thanks for your comments. Great to hear the mask is working for you. Getting used to it in humid climates takes a while and as you rightly point out long runs or fast short runs will bring moisture. Make sure you dry out your filter and mask well in-between runs. Also don’t forget to give your filter a wash when it begins to look grubby on the inside. Instructions on this can be found in the FAQ section.”
I like the mask overall and it is easier to breathe through while riding my bike hard than my other Respro masks. This mask does run small and it is difficult to keep in place. I feel that the addition of an over the head strap would help that issue significantly. I added my own to my other Respro masks, however, I am afraid if I attempt to sew a strap to the neoprene the thread will pull through. Any thoughts?
The mask works very well in urban traffic polluted conditions. The only minus is related about the nose clip. This clip is too tight on the bottom of the nose (nostrils) and practically blocks breathing through the nose. Without this weak point, the Cinqro mask would have been a perfect product.
Respro says;“The nose clip should to be placed on the upper bridge of your nose. It should not be near the nostrils! If it is, as you suggest, it will impact on your breathing for sure. Please view our video on how best to fit a Respro Mask” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giZPDKdYj5Y
Good mask and filters are easy to use and very efficient particularly the Urban filters (exhaust gases do not smell) . Using it every day and whatever the weather, it is resistant.
About design, after 2 months, stickers on the sides, peeled off and tore.
NB: Beyond what I was thinking above, Respro considered my inconvenience and sent me another mask to replace the damaged shell. Very good mask & customer service.”
Respro says; “We offer a years guarantee on our all our masks.Thank you for alerting us to this issue.”
It’s a perfect mask to wear on a high speed bike.
I bought an allergy mask from you first, which did not fit well as there were no measurements at the time in your web site for choosing the size and I chose ‘small’. It was too small and did not fit well. Then I won the Cinqro!! thank you so much! and this time the fitting instructions were very clear so it fits perfectly. I am very pleased with it. Before the mask I had to lock myself in one fairly pollen proofed room every morning from June to August. With the mask I can go out with no problems, and it is comfortable to wear. I am sure the plain allergy mask works just as well to filter the pollen but breathing through the Cinqro is easier.
I used to have the techno and thought the cinqro would work better, plus I liked the white color. The new valves twisted off too easily and I lost one the first week. The headband is also cut weird and thicker such that if you look down you loose the seal. The cinqro has better airflow with the new valaves but the techno works better because it was stretchier and you could move your head all around (biking, working) without it gapping.
Great product. Easy to adjust. Filters are easy to change and so efficient : where I live, in Paris, a few months ago we have had a few days of pollution peaks, that were so important that the authorities decided to stop car traffic for half of the cars circulating these days. My masks captured within a few hours the pollution of a whole month, the filter turning quickly brown. The other bikers I crossed those days were all affected by headaches or a slow breathing. Not me…
The difference, wearing or not wearing the mask, is evident. In the last 3 years I unfortunately developed a light type of asthma. Now, I bike in town, and if I bike for only 20 minutes I will cough and have noises in my lungs. With the mask, instead, nothing happens. I’m completely satisfied.
Have been wearing my cinqro for over 6 months now and I think its time to replace the DACC filter. Soft cotton like fibers on underside of filter touching face are unweaveing a bit. Seems to filter just fine. I ride 10 miles 5x/ week. that equates to 5 hours of riding with plenty of traffic. What would I do without Respro - Suffer - been there done that. I tell everyone who asks - RESPRO Bro!
I bought this mask to replace an old Sportsta mask. I wanted to be more protected.
I think the Cinqro is stronger but it didn’t fit my face as the Sportsta did.
The filter seems to be very good. If you don’t have a very little face, take the L size.
RESPRO’NSE: “All our masks are made from the same size template so the L in the Cinqro is the same as the L in the Sportsta model. It must be the variation on the material.i.e the Sportsta will have more stretch as there is mesh on the side panels”
Good fit and relatively comfortable mask, but even the largest size is a little too small for me (i’m 6’4”). I have that problem with all brands though!
When I moved to Manhattan from Queens I started to commute by bicycle from the upper east side to my office in soho. After a few days of riding down 2nd avenue I realized that I was weezing and hacking by the time I got to work. With a bit of research I found Respro and purchased the Cinqro mask.
Now I never ride in the city without it! I may get a couple strange looks but ending my 5 mile ride with lungs that feel fresh as a summer day is well worth it. Yes my face gets a bit of moisture, yes sometimes it can be annoying and hot especially in the muggy summer days here in NYC and yes it was expensive but being able to breathe is worth all of it and then some.
I already used respro before, but the cinqro realy has better performing while biking. Airflow is better and also stays ok while moisture gets in from breathing.
Very good mask, but i think the fitting is not perfect: i’m 1.80m and 65kg… so I ordered a M size, but this is à little short for me. I guess this is why it feels sometimes a bit hot in there. With concern to filtration itself: i’m really happy. Living in the center of Brussels, I feel how it is sparing my lungs! Also had a lot less problems with my allergies since i’m using it.
V good but not when the weather temperature is 20 degrees or higher.
Worst customer service. After all the reviews you read about the size you would think they would change it. But no. They’re too arrogant. WAY too small. Let’s see if they post this review.
I wear my mask when I am running after receiving a diagnosis of exercise induced asthma. I am a mouth breather when I run and the cold air was shocking my lungs causing attacks. Since wearing it I have not struggled with asthma attacks and chest muscle pain from breathing too hard. Now I combine it with the right inhalers and am finding no dips in my peak flow after a run. It’s great in the summer not having to breathe in pollen and vehicle fumes thanks to the filters, although very warm to wear on hot days. I would rather be hot than having an asthma attack though. I would recommend asthma sufferers trying a mask to help with the condition.
Since I use the Cinqro mask I don’t suffer anymore from my allery. It did take a while before I got used to wearing it. At the beginning I had pain at my nose. Hereafter I wore it a little bit more loose and I’m wearing it higher up on my nose. Now I wear it in the surrounding of car traffic while racing.
It’s also unhandy to eat and to drink and when it’s warm you sweat faster. On the other hand is it warm in winter.
After all I’m very satisfied with my purchase because it really decreases poor air quality.
Lost my techno mask and rode for a week in the city without any mask. Lungs were feelin it. Decided to upgrade to a Cinqro mask. Cinqro fits a little better due to the softer more pliable carbon filter. I only changed my techno mask yearly, we’ll see how long this cinqro carbon filter lasts. i ride 10 mile 5x a week. Wouldn’t ride without respro!
Respro says; “All filters in Respro masks are interchangeable. The filter in the Cinqro is the same spec as the Techno but the build is of a softer construction”
I wear it for a daily 40K commute and I haven’t had my normal coughing fits like I did previously without the mask at the end of the ride. Great product. I have had it a month now so let’s see how long it lasts!
Respro says; “We offer a years guarantee on all our masks. We recommend you change your filter regularly.”
I am using the Cinqro Mask on my commute to work in London. Absolutely loving it!
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