9 Outdoor Brands Making Reusable Face Masks You Can Buy Now
As demand increases, these trusted outfitters have pivoted to offer washable, non-medical grade masks for daily use
At a time when gear is in short supply across the country dozens of outdoor industry mainstays have stepped up to pivot manufacturing facilities to focus on protective equipment and masks for frontline workers and the public alike—from Arc’teryx committing to making 90,000 reusable medical gowns to Petzl and Goal Zero making reusable PPE face shields.
Though most of virus prevention focus has been on N95 and KN95 masks, which have a very tight fit and a higher level of filtration blocking at least 95% of “very small” test particles. Select companies have the ability to make these (Eddie Bauer, for one), but most are producing either surgical masks (made from a thinner material, the kind you’ve seen at the doctor’s office) or ones made of various fabrics, typically a cotton/poly blend. These particular masks are non-medical grade, but generally help slow the spread of droplets or spray either from your mouth or nose and breathing in the same from someone else.
For those not interested in making their own, a variety of outdoor companies are producing face masks that’ll offer some protection when venturing into crowded, open spaces, or even just to the grocery store.
The following are our picks for non-medical grade face masks from outdoors adjacent brands we trust.
The Colorado brand’s masks are built with two layers: a 100% twill cotton exterior and 3/4 oz. poly/cotton interior. It also has a built-in interior pocket for an air filter. The addition of the classic Topo badge almost makes this feel like an appropriate accessory for your new Mountain Pack. Plus, each purchase helps fund the Colorado Mask Project, wherein Topo is manufacturing up to 10,000 masks for frontline workers in CO.
Price: $16 SHOP NOW
Filing under the “why didn’t we think of that?”, Hyperlite’s mask has a skin-friendly waterproof coating. It’s layered onto an interlocking micro polyester, which offers a tight weave and smooth skin feel. The dual loop design is a nice addition for some additional comfortable for longer wear.
Price: $20 (5-Pack) SHOP NOW
The climbing brand known for unconventional thinking is building on its partnership with actor/climber/activist Jason Momoa to introduce a reusable face mask designing as part of their ongoing On the Roam collection collaboration. Available in adult small and adult large sizes in Momoa's signature "Dirty Pink" and "Black Wolf" houndstooth design colorways, the reusable masks—made in St. Louis by Snake Bite Co—are made of 2-ply 100% organic cotton and a cotton/poly blend with pocket for adding a filter. A metal nose pad and elastic ties ensures a snug fit for the sleek 3/4 face covering.
Proceeds support First Responders Children's Foundation and 1Climb, a nonprofit that builds climbing walls for Boys & Girls Club of America.
Price: $22 SHOP NOW
Bozeman, Montana-based Mystery Ranch is legendary for making the most bombproof backpacks and bags. Meaning, if there’s one mask you can trust for daily use, it’s likely this one. The brand now sews two styles—Traditional and Street—with the former being our preference. The Traditional style is made of two-layer technical DRI-LEX textiles that are breathable, durable, and machine washable. The design features a sleeve for N95 filter comparability, a bendable nose piece, and TPU stretch headband with adjustable cord lock that won’t pull hair.
Price: $16 SHOP NOW
Known for a mastery of rare technical fabrics and innovative apparel for everyday wear, New York City-based Outlier is a welcomed addition to the list. Two styles have been released in recent weeks—a bandana-like Ultrasuede mask and more conventional Supermarine Shield—though both has sold through fast. The later of the two is our preference, made of a super high density Supima cotton that complete blocks water droplets, and a clever X-Back Slider system to offer multiple secure ways to wear the mask. A moldable aluminum nose bridge increases comfort, fit, and wearability.
Price: $NA SHOP NOW
This mask uses a “bandana style” covering, shifting a bit lower than the average mask, while offering the same protection. The exterior is 100% ripstop cotton, while the interior is a cotton muslin material for breathability and comfort. It also includes a pocket where you can cut your own filter material to fit. Although a bit pricier, this mask is easy to wash and reuse over and over again.
Price: $36 SHOP NOW
Made of pleated cotton, these surgical-style face masks from Seattle-based hat maker Coal meet all CDC requiresments for non-medical protective face covering to help protect against virus transmission. Plus, they come in a couple dozen colors and prints to match every pandemic mood—from annoyed and bummed to slightly less so.
Price: $36 for 3-pack SHOP NOW
The outdoors-inspired workwear brand’s appropriately-colored mask is made of a proprietary cotton/nylon blend (the same used on their Cast Iron pants) with a soft cotton liner and straightforward elastic straps. The masks are on presale now with estimated shipping beginning 21 May.
Price: $10.50 SHOP NOW
ALLIED Feather & Down, the world’s largest supplier of ethically sourced down and a mainstay ingredient brand in the outdoor industry, also has a Home devision, which has since shifted to making cotton face masks for donation and public sale. Produced in Los Angeles of tightly woven 233 thread count cotton, the “allergen barrier” face masks feature 2 elastic ear loops and additional protection via baffled fabric. For every mask sold, one is donated.
Price: $20 SHOP NOW