Anyone who’s ever run, biked, walked, or tackled any sort of physical exercise — at the gym or in the great outdoors — while wearing a face mask knows that the additional layer can leave you even more breathless than usual. But wearing a protective face covering during workouts, especially when you’re in an indoor space where the 6-feet apart recommendation is hard to maintain (like a gym), becomes all the more essential.
So: Which face mask is actually ideal for working out? While there are many different options out there — from the favored disposable styles that are about as lightweight as they get (though not the most eco-friendly) to cotton masks (which are slightly less breathable) — we were recently introduced to a new performance mask from Masqd, a brand loved by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Bella Hadid, and Sarah Jessica Parker. And it might just be among the best exercise-friendly face coverings on the market.
Sleek and reusable, Masqd’s Ultra Sport Face Mask is specially designed to withstand the most rigorous of activities. It has a breathable poly-honeycomb outer layer on top of two more layers, plus a filter pocket for additional protection. What’s more, adjustable ear loops and a nose clip ensure you get the best fit possible (that won’t fall off mid-run).
Buy It! Masqd Ultra Sport Face Mask, $28; masqd.com
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