In Vietnam, the country is observing certain procedures placed to help curb the spread of the COVID 19, and one of them is to wear a face mask when out in public to help prevent the transmission of germs and viruses. But while most cloth face masks can keep you shielded when you go out, they are not designed for physical activity. Most masks aren’t always breathable, they can irritate the skin, are often heavy, and can fall off if not secured tightly. The excessive heat and humidity well known in Asia are also an additional problem. Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly, which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. Luckily, some manufacturers are now designing face masks specifically for running, cycling, and working out. Remember: these are non-medical face masks, so while they will help shield you against dust and other microscopic airborne contaminants they will not protect you totally against viruses but will protect the others.
The Best Face Masks for playing sport you can order online before you head out on your next run
Mäsksup Protective Mask – Masksup
This face-covering from Masksup is designed to filter out dust, pollen, spittle, mold, and other microscopic airborne contaminants. Masksup says its face masks are tested to hold a minimum of 99% prevention against particles down to the size of 0.1µm (tinier than a human hair) and can be washed and reused up to 60 times without losing its protective properties. Made with an eco-friendly latex they are soft and gentle against the face. Available at Masksup
The UA sports mask from Under Armour
This face mask has a moldable nose bridge to help secure it in place and prevent glasses from fogging. It is made from a special fabric that not only feels cool against the skin but is treated with PROTX2™, a non-metal antimicrobial technology that inhibits the growth of bacteria. The mask is also reusable and washable, making it a perfect eco-friendly option. Available at Under Armour
The Performance X Mask – Boco Gear
This lightweight mask is made from a durable knit performance fabric, with the option of adding a filter for additional protection. It comes in a range of prints and different colors for those who are after a more stylish look while working out. It is available in two versions – one for adults and the other for kids. Available at Boco Gear
Bloch Soft Stretch Face Mask – Bloch
This face mask is one of the best for runners, with two layers of soft and stretchy fabric along with an anti-dust and UV protectant coating. Adjustable ear loops and a moldable nose pad help ensure a snug fit. A built-in neck lanyard lets you hang the mask around your neck when you need to slide it off for a second. Bloch says the nose pad forms a tight seal around your nose to slide easily under glasses or sunglasses, so there will be no fogging up of lenses. Available at Bloch
SMRTFT Sports Masks
One of the most comfortable masks made from a comfortable and flexible fabric that makes them a go-to choice for a workout or jog outdoors. These headband-style masks slide over your neck easily. Pull the fabric above your nose and loop the attached straps over your ears to wear as a mask. SMRTFT says its MICROKNIT filter fabric blocks 99% of ultrafine dust particles (particles that are 40 times smaller than a human hair).The mask is also reusable and washable while retaining its shape and properties. Available at SMRTFT
Buff Original Face Mask – Buff
Everyone from marathoners to contestants on Survivor has been known to wear face coverings from Buff. This one is made from lightweight merino wool that not only wicks moisture but helps to thermal regulate your temperature too. The material is also given a special antimicrobial treatment that helps it repel — rather than absorb — odors. No smelly face masks here. This face wrap is semi-fitted so it stays on even when you’re on the run. Available at Buff.
Reebok Face Covers – Reebok
Soft, gentle, breathable, and durable, this dual-layer face mask is adorned with the Reebok logo against a stark black background. The material has a hint of stretch it in, to help it form to your face better than a stiffer mask, while the straps sit comfortably behind the ears. The mask is safe to machine wash in hot water — in fact, Reebok recommends it. Available at Reebok.
Camo print face mask – Champion
Champion introduces a stylish camo-print face mask that’s made from a lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester and spandex mix. The poly-blend is machine-washable and keeps you cool, while the spandex lets you move and run freely without worrying about the mask falling off. As the name suggests, this mask sits more “flat” against the face, rather than bulging out, making for a more natural, comfortable fit. Available at Champion.