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: