Fabric face masks can be an uncomfortable aspect of safely working out in public. That’s why Under Armour created a breathable face mask made for athletes—and people who love outdoor fitness. In fact, college and pro sports teams used the mask for training before the launch.
The UA SPORTSMASK is made up of three layers—each designed to ensure a more comfortable experience while working out. The first includes air pockets to provide better air flow. The second is made of open-cell foam that allows air in, but makes it difficult for moisture and respiratory droplets to pass through. And finally, the third layer is made of cooling fabric to avoid overheating.
People who wear glasses will appreciate the moldable nose-bridge, which keeps the mask in place and prevents glasses from fogging, according to Under Armour.
Deonte Harris, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, tells Men’s Health gives us his review of the mask that allows him to finally workout with his teammates—something he missed in quarantine.
“Given recent conditions, I was exercising alone, or with a few select people,” he says. “These workouts were effective, but they just weren’t as good as they are when I’m pushing myself to compete against my guys. Now, I can train with teammates in a smarter and safer way.”
Of course, you’ll want to wash the mask to avoid “maskne”, and Harris says the SPORTSMASK has held up after several washes.
“It’s recommended to wash the UA SPORTSMASK after you wear it, so I’ve followed this guidance, and to me, the mask looks as good as new,” he says.
Along with the Under Armour SPORTSMASK, the brand is now offering a new SPORTSMASK Fleece Gaiter for your outdoor workouts this winter with a cooling interior lining and a brushed fleece outer shell to keep out the cold. It has the same multi-layer fabric construction as the regular SPORTSMASK, but with added neck protection from cold wind and an adjustable cord for maximum comfort. For fans of neck gaiters and breathable face masks, it’s essentially the best of both worlds to make sure nothing stops you from leveling up your fitness game this winter.
To figure out the perfect size for your face shape, follow Under Armour’s sizing guide to make sure your mask fits comfortably and correctly.
If you hate working out with your current mask, you might want try out either of these high-quality performance masks. After many months of testing the Under Armour SPORTSMASK, many editors on the Men’s Health team have enjoyed wearing this breathable mask while working up a sweat outdoors and out of the gym, so we know the neck gaiter will provide the same level of protection and comfort.
The Under Armour SPORTSMASK is available for purchase today and you can pre-order the SPORTSMASK Fleece Gaiter now that will ship by November 18th, just in time for the cold days of winter.
Melissa Matthews is the Health Writer at Men’s Health, covering the latest in food, nutrition, and health.
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