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    It seems masks are going to be with us through summer and fall of 2020, so I was looking to add some more but it's a bit overwhelming looking at all the different ones online. Does anyone have any cloth masks suggestions for safe first (aka thicker) but also anything that might fit a dappered approach? Hoping to find 5+ or more to make rotating and washing easier.

    I am probably starting a new job which might mean meeting a bit more socially distanced interactions with my coworkers. I am hoping for a mask that won't look horrendous in a business casual attire.

    Recommendations and links greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    I just bought these ones from Ledbury and I have to say they’re the most comfortable masks I’ve used yet. Triple layer and apparently made with antibacterial fabric too.

    https://www.ledbury.com/collections/...ed-blue-3-pack

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    • #3
      Originally posted by livinlapitaloca View Post
      I just bought these ones from Ledbury and I have to say they’re the most comfortable masks I’ve used yet. Triple layer and apparently made with antibacterial fabric too.

      https://www.ledbury.com/collections/...ed-blue-3-pack
      Thanks. I must've missed those. I saw singles for 15 then plus shipping which had me concerned but that seems the right style, performance, and functionality. I've ordered to try. I appreciate it.

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      • #4
        https://citizensofhumanity.com/produ...on-mask-5-pack

        not a brand I normally think of, but they were in stock when I was looking. I have been quite happy with them.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Loafer28 View Post
          https://citizensofhumanity.com/produ...on-mask-5-pack

          not a brand I normally think of, but they were in stock when I was looking. I have been quite happy with them.
          Thanks. I saw these online. Is the bottom that "open" or does it come closer to the face? I couldn't tell if the model used had a smaller face etc. but I didn't want that big of an open gap.

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          • #6
            I got the "sky blue" oxford-type one from Proper Cloth. I was a little miffed at first when I saw the branding tag on it, but it's at the bottom and not really visible as it's under your chin when you wear it. It's 2 layers of cotton with a space in between to put a coffee-filter-type layer in if you want. It comes with a filter inside when you receive it. The 2 elastic straps go around the back of your head, not around your ears, which for me is more comfortable. This would be perfect business-casual garb. Note - not machine washable.

            Also, I purchased the ones made by Saddleback and they are also CDC-recommended 2-ply cotton, but no filter insert. Some medical folks are wearing these OVER their N95s, based on the reviews. They are made by Saddleback's Mexican producer, who converted to masks and gowns at the early stages of the pandemic. They were $4 each, but you have to buy 5. So 5 masks for $20, which is the same price as one Proper Cloth mask. They are blue, with tie straps in the back. Much more comfortable to wear for a long time, vs. ear straps. However, they are not as easy to tie as the stretch bands for quickly taking the mask on / off, so may not be for everyone. I have machine washed and dried these already and they survived.

            I am happy with both of these options.


            Here is the first thread on this.
            Last edited by carlitos; June 25, 2020, 11:53 AM. Reason: links

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            • #7
              The ones I like the best that I have are from an outfit called Distance Masks - they have sized ones but I got the pleated universal fit ones. Very plain unbranded densely woven cotton, so pretty minimalist. I think they're only 2 ply (maybe 3?) but the material seems densely woven so I think they do a pretty good job. At the time I bought them they were in stock and shipping immediately, which was the first consideration at the time. I have a couple of single ply LA Apparel ones that are made of heavy duty jersey (sweatshirt material). IMO the ones with a moldable nose piece are better and the Distance Mask and LA Apparel ones both have those. They stay in place better and offer a better seal around the nose so my sunglasses are less likely to fog up. Also that's probably an indication that the mask offers better protection. Both kinds are machine washable. Both of the aforementioned have behind the head ties (Distance Mask) or elastic bands (LA Apparel) as opposed to around the ears. IMO the around the ears ones don't fit as snugly. The LA Apparel ones seem to seal up well too but the fabric is single ply and not super densely woven so I think the Distance Mask ones are better.

              I have a few others including some from United by Blue - those have a filter pocket but have earloops and no moldable nose piece. They fit around the chin and nose OK but not as snugly as something with a moldable nose piece. I think they'd be fine - probably as good as my favorites, and more attractive - if I could figure out a way to retrofit a moldable nose piece. They're made of the most attractive material of the ones I have but I don't feel that they're as effective. Using a paperclip bent into an S hook for the ear loops (I loop the loops behind my head around either end of the S hook )helps seal them up a little more snugly than just putting the loops around the ears, and makes them less likely to pop off too, but still it's not as good as something with a nose piece.
              “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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              • #8
                Originally posted by carlitos View Post
                I got the "sky blue" oxford-type one from Proper Cloth. I was a little miffed at first when I saw the branding tag on it, but it's at the bottom and not really visible as it's under your chin when you wear it. It's 2 layers of cotton with a space in between to put a coffee-filter-type layer in if you want. It comes with a filter inside when you receive it. The 2 elastic straps go around the back of your head, not around your ears, which for me is more comfortable. This would be perfect business-casual garb. Note - not machine washable.

                Also, I purchased the ones made by Saddleback and they are also CDC-recommended 2-ply cotton, but no filter insert. Some medical folks are wearing these OVER their N95s, based on the reviews. They are made by Saddleback's Mexican producer, who converted to masks and gowns at the early stages of the pandemic. They were $4 each, but you have to buy 5. So 5 masks for $20, which is the same price as one Proper Cloth mask. They are blue, with tie straps in the back. Much more comfortable to wear for a long time, vs. ear straps. However, they are not as easy to tie as the stretch bands for quickly taking the mask on / off, so may not be for everyone. I have machine washed and dried these already and they survived.

                I am happy with both of these options.


                Here is the first thread on this.

                Thanks I scanned the titles but don't know how I missed that one I appreciate the detailed reviews and links.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post

                  Thanks. I saw these online. Is the bottom that "open" or does it come closer to the face? I couldn't tell if the model used had a smaller face etc. but I didn't want that big of an open gap.
                  The model didn’t tie the bottom tight enough. I don’t have a gap like that.

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                  • #10
                    A visor that is close to your skin tone or close to the color of your jacket. But if you are looking at it from a health perspective, I would recommend using a disposable mask.

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                    • #11
                      My favorite for general wear/running into a store quickly is: https://www.shoptailoredindustry.com/ w/filter (althought I have seen the PM2.5 is more general use and not Covid19)
                      Not sure how it compares to others though, in terms of filter effectiveness. I like the nose clip, especially.

                      When I am taking public transportation/going to be somewhere longer, I use: https://bonafidemasks.com/Powecom-kn-95/

                      Also have a few other from (prefer for use when not taking public transport)
                      Etsy:
                      tighter fit, although no nose wire (behind head rather than around ear) https://www.etsy.com/listing/7968070...e_feat_2&bes=1
                      a little lighter, like the nose wire, could be used to layer over another mask https://www.etsy.com/listing/8282904...-3&pro=1&frs=1

                      Brave Star: slightly small, in terms of nose to chin. no nose wire https://bravestarselvage.com/collect...-mask-standard

                      White Lotus: thicker/least attractive, no nose wire https://www.whitelotushome.com/beddi...face-mask.html

                      Double Icon w/filter, no nose wire https://doubleicon.com/collections/a...32012796624974

                      And although most say to hand wash, I bought a delicates bag and put them in the washer/dryer (they have not shrunk or frayed)
                      Last edited by 77Pat; June 29, 2020, 04:17 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Outdoor research has some good ones. I have noticed nose size does matter with these and lots of other masks.

                        https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/e...ask-kit-283298

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                        • #13
                          I have a couple of masks by Railcar Fine Goods. Well made and they fit my face perfectly. They’re $20 and are sometimes on sale.

                          I bought another mask off Etsy, can’t remember the seller, but it’s pretty dreadful. The elastic ear loops are cut too short so it’s difficult getting the mask to stay on without pulling your ears forward. Also makes it difficult to breathe.

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                          • #14
                            I just got a 5 pack of masks from The Tie Bar. The feel nice and soft and smooth, pass the candle test, and have adjustable ear loops and a nose wire. I am happy with them.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 77Pat View Post
                              When I am taking public transportation/going to be somewhere longer, I use: https://bonafidemasks.com/Powecom-kn-95/
                              I use KN95's for everything. As far as I can tell, short of a N95 or N99, they're the most protective you can get, and they're readily available. I get mine from Oliberte, because given the history of the company, I fully trust that when they say they are testing their KN95s to ensure they meet the standard, they actually are.

                              Plus the more cone shape works better on my face. My nose isn't huge or anything, but it isn't small, and it causes some masks to have a gap. The KN95s don't seem to have that issue.

                              Yeah, they're boring looking. Maybe I should find a Guy Fawkes themed mask to put over the KN95s.

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