Seems to work well for pollution but the metal nose fitting isn’t protected enough. The mask moves as you move and the metal strip works its way to the top of the material becoming very uncomfortable as it rubs the skin raw. Not a very good design. It looks like other masks on here have more material to prevent that.
Well, I can’t say, if the mask has ever done anything for my lungs, but what i can say is that it sure feels like it. After having some issues with the fitting, I found a way to fit my special needs.
I got this mask long time ago, when I was young ‘n wild and there weren’t that many models. I used it for motorcycling, polluting the air myself. Now I use it for cycling trying to actually not take part in polluting anymore and keep air clean for the future generations to come, so they don’t all have to wear these 24|7.
I understand this would be good for business, but not for all of us if you think about it.
I have a smaller head and this one has much better fitting (M-size) than the Ultralight (M) type I bought and the Allergy (S) type which they sent me for free after informing them about sealing problem. Although there is still room for improvement in the chin area, which is hard to seal 100% unless I make the headstrap really tight. I told them the new problem and they’re sending me an additional strap already! Very great customer service!
PS: I have only been using it for one week (more than 2 hours a day in heavily-polluted Philippine cities); will update later for the durability of the straps.
Really wanted to like this mask, but the filters don’t make a great seal if you take it on and off. I bike commute in philly through some of the heaviest parts of down town traffic, but there are other parts of my ride where i don’t need/want the mask on. when taking it on and off while riding, i wasn’t able to get the filters to seal and ended up breathing in the fumes even with the mask fully over my face.
RESPRO’NSE; “Taking a mask on an off while riding can be problematic to say the least. (Assuming you are pulling it down and pulling it back up on your face). If the mask is not fitted correctly then it will fail to seal correctly. Our advice is to stop and re-fit the mask to ensure it is correctly in place”
I really like the selection you have to suit a wide variety of styles and filtering needs. The air flow and breathability is great. One think that is a problem is that with one strap that goes around the neck the mask puts too much pressure on my nose. I had to wear it for an extended period when visiting the emergency room and by the time I got home my nose was quite sore and a little swollen. Most masks I have seen have two straps, one high and one low, or loops around the ears to hold them in place more comfortably.
The product i bought is the Herringbone pollution mask (couldn’t find it on the drop down menu above)
this is the third mask i buy from Respro and I was satisfied with all of them. I find your customer service very efficient as the one time i contacted them by email with a question they replied promptly and gave a very clear and satisfactory answer.
However, i found this last mask i bought (Herringbone) expensive for what it is, especially compared to the very similar masks I have bought from you before (city mask). I would say the City Mask is better value for money.
For the rest, I’m quite happy with your products and have already recommended Respro to some friends in the past.
These are excellent masks. I enjoy using them while running in the city, and especially bicycling. Can only use these masks if motorcycling using a 3/4 helmet (or less). Also great design, as it doesn’t look like I stepped out of a hospital treating SARS patients. A great product—recommending to all of my cycling friends out here in Los Angeles, CA.
I live in India where pollution is toxic beyond belief. I’ve been using the City masks on the roads while riding my bicycle on and off for about 15 years, and I can truly say they have saved my life.
I’m known in the neighborhood as the lady Darth Vader because of how weird I look in them. But who cares how I look when my lungs are being protected?
I would like to see a wider variety of colors and, more importantly, a model that has the face-space of a Medium but the strap length of a Large, because I have a large head but a woman’s jawline, so must wear mine round the back of my head rather than the back of the neck, which just adds to the alien look.
The cost, however, is enormous for India. I often have people asking where I got my mask, but when I tell them the price, they faint away!
I can’t use this mask in my halmet HJC RPHA 10PLUS so i can’t use this on street.
RESPRON’SE: “You can use this mask with your helmet. Please see our video on how to put a helmet on over your mask”.
I cycle almost every day in London and wasn’t sure if it was working until I forgot my mask the other day and nearly choked with the fumes and pollution once I hit traffic. Now I know how effective this mask is and how I have got used to breathing clean air since I got it.
Hey, i really value my mask although, since i took it apart to wash the filter it’s never been the same again, pity because i washed it not long after i bought it (being a clean sort of machine type of person) aargh.
It does make me look creepily alienoid, which is fun, i got the blue one.
so, yeah, a good product but maybe only until it’s taken apart?
RESPRO’NSE:” Did you wash the shell of the mask or the whole mask? Personal hygiene is very important in the care of a mask so to prolong the life of your filter please follow the care instructions carefully. You can read more about washing your mask properly in our FAQ’s.”
love this product! I use it every day in the city. Been using it for the past 3 years and it’s been awesome and ever-lasting product.
Use it every day just fantastic!
Always cool, always useful, always super-quality!
I’ve been using the City Mask for about 5 years now and I have to say I’m delighted with it! I notice a massive difference in the amount I cough and produce phlegm during the day if I’ve cycled to work without it versus if I’ve worn it. My lung capacity is extremely important to me as I’m a fitness instructor and I also live in one of the most polluted cities in the world (London) so I know what I’m talking about! Before I started wearing the mask daily, I had a permanent ‘smokers’ cough which was not cool considering I don’t smoke! Now my lungs are in good condition. Additionally, I found it to be invaluable whilst I was pregnant as I continued cycling throughout my pregnancy and the mask helped to keep nausea from exhaust fumes at bay whilst protecting my unborn child from the chemicals present in them. The mask doesn’t keep out all smells so if you cycle past someone smoking you still get a whiff of it but it keeps out enough to keep your lungs healthy which is good enough for me.
i am happy with this mask. after 2-3 rides i fully accommodated with it and i enjoy riding with no breathing problems.
at first i had a little disconfort in the area of the nose, but after a few adjustments it fits ok.
I wonder if the mask it’s designed for breathing through the nose? Because for the moment i am breathing heavy throw the mouth. before this mask i was using a industrial mask for dust, and i wasn’t able to breath through nose.
as an advice for future, maybe you could add some silicon on the interior in the contact area with the nose.
i am 100% satisfied with the mask and i already recommended to my friends.
thank you !
RESPRO’NSE: “Make sure the nose clip in placed on the bridge of the nose, not the soft tissue, that way you will be able to breath freely through your nose”.
Having used the Respro masks for 15 years I am generally pleased with them. The new nose piece is an improvement and doesn’t oxidise and has lasted much longer. I have unfortunately managed to tear the neopreen strap (1st time ever), which I have managed to stitch together and had to repair a few times over the months. I also wash the entire nearly every week. boiling water for the filter and valves and entire mask, then I separate and wash the rest of the mask in warm water with very little soap. and rinse thoroughly.
Besides the torn strap which is a first, this is an excellent product and saves my pretty lungs from being destroyed by the polluted london traffic. I cycle pretty much every day into central london and if i dont use it then I get sick.
great product, keep it up.
RESPRO’NSE: “We are always happy to fix or mend any part of this product should it fail. Please contact our customer service team”
Lightweight and offers full protection without leaving marks on skin after prolonged use. It makes a real difference to my London commute by motorbike.
Would recommend the City Mask if you want to reduce the nasties you breathe in.
Thank You Respro !
I’ve been using respro masks since 2006. First in Paris, then in L.A. and now in Clermont Ferrand (France).
My respro mask is like my underwear, when I forget it, I feel naked !
When I flew to L.A for work, I left it in France… I had to cycle each days in L.A. without it and my lungs were crying to death ! Thank you respro.
I still use it every day in my new city, Clermont Ferrand and I couldn’t do without, especially during winter when car engines are much stinking.
I use the City mask roughly every morning during my daily bicycle commute to work in the city of Antwerp. Motorcars and the surrounding air are cold and the NOx&fine; dust saturated air is nicely filtered. The afternoons, returning from work I usually go without.
I gave up the fact that looking like an idiot with the mask. I use an extra buff to regularly cover up things as to not scare the neighbours and kids The buff condensates my breath so it’s not ideal, but OK.
The 60 hours filtering capacity is percieved correctly. But it’s hard to come up with facts…
The neoprene goes really narrow at the back where the velcro is and shows wear and tear signs on the neoprene. Please consider to revise the cutout, to make the smalles area slightly bigger.
Spectacles get fogged regularly, don’t know why, maybe look into the ergnomics of the from part of the design to make it fit even better!
No complaints, since I will live longer… Acute policy changes to reduce the amount of motorcar traffic is of course beyond the scope of your project and needs more strict policies…
I have been using the City Mask for years, now. It really takes out a lot of fumes from the air you breath.
Breathing is in no way impeded by the mask, no matter how hard you work.
The reflective coating on the mask is well noticeable in low light conditions.
Every so often police on motorbikes stops me to ask where to buy a mask for themselves.
+ good materials
+ easy maintenance
- neck strap could be improved adding some protection for the velcro strip (cotton scarfs get laddered by exposed velcro hooks)
These masks work great in the very dirty air of Ulaan Batar Mongolia.
Very happy with the product. No smell of Diesel anymore.
However, would propose to sell filters in larger sets than 2 (unless packaging effects performance). As there are not many stores around that stock them, it’s not convenient for me to check for them regularly.
RESPRO’NSE: “Why not consider buying two packs at a time? Postage is free!”
I’ve been using these masks for cycling for several years and I am genrally very happy with them. The only grumble about them is the colour and the general look of them. The grey is not a ‘girly’ colour and I get called all the names under the sun - the latest one being a terrorist!! With being a girl, the small size is quite big on me anyhow so it covers most of my face, which is why I guess I’m called such names. I would feel much more confident in wearing the mask if it was a bit more ‘feminine looking’ and possibly a different size for us girlies. Thanks.
RESPRO"NSE: ” Watch this Space!! More girly, fashionable colors on there way!!”
I have Reactive Airway Disorder RADs. I was confined to my home until I bought the City Mask. Thank you for a new lease on life.
I used to experience extreme headaches when riding to college on my bike. The polluted air in London has always had an effect on me which is why I decided to purchase this mask.
Honestly, do not just take Respro’s word for it. Head out and buy it. Good riddance to headaches and getting sick from all the polluted air in my city.
This mask was recommended for travel in India’s cities in an informative post by the (in)credible Kate Schutz, The Everyday Atelier! (http://www.everydayatelier.com)
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