AirPop Pocket Face Mask Review #Ad

Now that we are well into the pandemic, I think we have all tried a number of different face masks.  I’ve tried to avoid using disposable ones, as I prefer a reusable mask as that seems less wasteful. Of course, I have had to use disposable masks when visiting hospitals, etc. though.  I’ve tried a number of reusuable fabric ones too, but so far all have had a few downsides.  There’s also a concern about how effective they are as most of the ones I’ve tried are only two layers thick.  So when AirPop got in touch about their Pocket mask, I was keen to try it out.

air pop pocket mask blackCompany history and credentials

AirPop is the world’s first air wearables company and was founded in 2015. The brand combines material science with the latest technology to build ultra-high-performance products providing an unrivalled breathing experience for millions of users around the world. Founder Chris Hosmer and his team conducted lengthy research to ensure AirPop products delivered on three key elements to make them effective: fit, filtration and breathability.

Wearing the AirPop pocket mask

The Pocket mask is a hybrid semi-reusable mask designed for 40 hours of wear time (this can be cumulative). Airpop says it can be worn for 40 hours and up to 10 washes before you need to retire it.  It’s made from three layers of spun-bound, non-woven polyester and nylon, which makes it similar to disposable masks. There’s a foam nose bridge which really helps with making them comfortable and creating a good fit.  This was the first mask I’ve tried with the foam nose bridge and it certainly makes a difference to being able to wear it for longer.  Also the ear straps were gentle on the ears, but still maintained a snug fit.
airpop pocket mask whiteFiltration results are impressive: 99.9% before washing, and 94% after five washes. It will cost more than a fully reusable mask, but that might be a price worth paying if you are encountering higher risk situations; are vulnerable; or want to protect about a more infectious virus.

Carrying the mask

You can fold the mask up and put it away in a small carrying case.  The on pack instructions weren’t very clear to me, but I was easily able to follow the online instructions.  The vent on the top of the case allows any moisture to evaporate naturally between wears.  This helps keep the mask dry and fresh for when you need it.

Summing up

The Pocket mask has impressed independent experts too, as it scored an impressive 94% in Which’s latest face mask round up.  Not only did Which’s testing reinforce how effective the Pocket mask is, the masks were also awarded a BSI Kitemark late last year.

Overall I found the AirPop pocket mask a reassuring and comfortable mask to wear.  The mask is quite thick, so it’s not so comfortable when it’s hot, but that goes for just about any mask worth wearing to be honest.  It holds its shape well and folds up nicely.  Wearing the mask for a long time is fairly easy though. I’d see myself using these for high risk activities in the future.  That’s because I have been impressed by the effectiveness and ease of wear.

Disclosure: I was sent masks to try for the purposes of this review.