Did some more reading, and decided on a Respro Techno from Wiggle. Seems Respso has been doing this for a while with good results in the UK. The Techno provides the highest filtration equivalent to N95 standard which is what is recommended for the smoke haze.
I did the same thing recently, the Respro seems to be the best available choice. The idea of having something that snug stuck to my face is not hugely appealing, but neither is inhaling chunky particulate matter. Mask wins. If it looks like staying around much longer I’ll be getting one.
My understanding is that P2 = N95 = whatever it is that the Respro Techno is. I don’t think it’s certified but they say equivalent. Might take that with a grain of salt, but then I’d be more optimistic given they are making it specifically for cycling with a good fit.
good info, thanks mates. Just bought one.
rip this cursed earth.
I’m waiting out for the respro ultralight to come back in stock again at wiggle. This mornings ride was pretty smoggy so this has become more of a necessity now.
just get a disposable n95/p2 from the hardware store in the interim
I would say they are the embodiment of non-sensations but also climate emergency is very unsensations. We’ll always have Lake Como on a 26 degree day tho.
First mask commute this morning.
Three things with the fit -
- The straps sit quite low, sort of on the upper neck, which I think is to help get a helmet on. Feels odd at first, but the seal seems to be good.
- Because the straps cover the upper neck, when riding I found it forced my head down a bit and I couldn’t move my head as freely. Might create neck/shoulder pain on a long ride. But then this is just for commuting and I figure I’ll get used to it.
- It fits tightly over the nose to create a good seal, but the effect is clamping on the nose bridge forcing mouth breathing – again, not good on a long ride because of condensation but ok for commuting.
As for filtration, it seemed to worked pretty well - I didn’t notice the smoke at all riding, and then immediately noticed the smell when I took the mask off. After yesterday’s commute (with less smoke) I felt like I’d smoked half a pack of cigarettes, but today my lungs feel fine.
Also, I found I could breathe ok in it. I was worried I’d be gasping and puffed, but it was fine. You need to actively breathe, but I pushed up the one hill on my commute and wasn’t lost for air. Probably don’t want to ride up Baw Baw on it, but again, that’s not the purpose.
Ultimately pretty happy, given that this is the view from my office today:
good review, I have found the same, although haven’t been riding with mine. Im happy with it.
Have also joined the Bane Brigade after feeling pretty crook the last two evenings.
Wiggle is sold out, ordered from probikekit. Cost more, but watchagonnado?
Thanks for the recommendation. I ordered one too from a moto site (even more expensive lol), the disposable ones I have are very restrictive.