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Totobobo PRO, the best filter for running

In Totobobo, user’s feedback keep inspiring us to improve. This time we turn our attention at runners.
Running is a physically demanding activity. Training in high level of air pollution can damage the lungs and increase the chances of heart attack and stroke. Running athletes breathe in extra large volume of air and therefore it is necessary to increase the effective filter area in order to capture the large amount of pollutants passing through. However simply increasing the filter and the filter carrier is not an acceptable solution. An early prototype indicates that the weight of the mask will be at least doubled (48 grams). Since we take pride being the lightest reusable mask in the market, doubling the weight is definitely not acceptable.

But how can we increase the filter area without adding weight substantially?

Let’s look at the final result first.

Pro filter is much larger than the old filters

Weight comparison: Totobobo mask (20g) vs PRO mask (26.7g) vs prototype mask (49g)

Miraculously the new Totobobo filter called PRO-filter, is five times larger but it adds only 6.7 grams to the mask. More specifically from 20.1 grams to 26.7 grams, an acceptable small increases for a significant gain in filter power!

The secret is in the patent pending PRO-frame

The secret is in the new, patent pending, PRO frame construction. The PRO frame sits entirely inside and the PRO filter wraps around the frame. Now the effective filtering area is not only the top surface, but also the sides and the bottom. We had the assembled filters tested in certified laboratory. The result was exciting – above 99% filtration efficiency for both salt (dry) and oil particles, with very low air resistance.

PRO mask vs standard Totobobo mask

While developing product improvements we are careful to minimize the environmental impact as well as protecting our loyal user’s investment in Totobobo products. Previously users can keep using the same filters (F96, F94 F92) during the last two upgrades of mask body. This time existing Totobobo mask (since 2014 version) users will be happy to know that they can upgrade to PRO by simply changing out the old filter.

This means you can keep running, enjoy using your very own customised Totobobo mask, while sizing up your protection against air pollution even in the most demanding days.

Furthermore, this upgrade is reversible, you can switch back to old filters during the less demanding days. Don’t throw away the old filter covers and the small rubber rings, they will be useful when you want to change back.

Totobobo Mask Pro-filter upgrade from totobobo on Vimeo.

Totobobo PRO, the best filter for running

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Totobobo is effective in blocking out pollen and this improves my hayfever symptoms    -Dr. Anil U.K.

Are you suffering from hayfever, especially during the summer period?  Dr. Anil (London, U.K.), a loyal user of Totobobo mask since 2013, he just sent in the following recommendation for hayfever sufferers:

During the summer months from June to August I quite often suffer from hayfever. This is due to the pollen in the air from grasses or ragweed. I find it effective in blocking out pollen and this improves my hayfever symptoms (runny nose, itchy nose etc). The good thing with the masks is they are washable so you can wash it regularly (like every two days) to get the pollen off the mask.

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is a type of inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Signs and symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, red, itchy, and watery eyes, and swelling around the eyes.

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Muhamadian using Totobobo mask to cut down air pollution in Jakarta traffic

I have been commuting to work for almost about 10 years now and as you might be aware that Jakarta’s traffic is one of the heaviest in the world and consequently the pollution. Therefore wearing a mask is a necessity , I have tried not wearing one for a few days and  got very heavy cough emanating from my chest/lung.

I have tried a few masks but the main problem with most of them is the fact that I find it hard to breathe until I found Totobobo and I never looked back. Totobobo might not look sturdy but looks can deceiving, if you use it properly the mask last for a long time. I like the design of the small/petit mask so I am hoping Totobobo produce the same design for the large one in the future.

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Daniel using Totobobo mask in Bangkok, Thailand

Having been in Bangkok now for several years, I felt the need for some protection shortly after arriving. The street level pollution is quite bad particularly in the city center with the traffic jams and exhaust from cars and decrepit buses, motorbikes and tuk tuks in particular. I’ve noticed more Thais wearing the cheap masks since I first arrived. In this sense the Totobobo mask is a godsend. My observations are that the condensation builds quickly given the hot weather here, however, for my purposes I don’t wear the mask for extended periods (to and from work, short motorbike taxi rides or walks), but if the mask was in the form a mesh system with an insertable filter, that would be worth looking into for future versions. Also the straps are a sore point, I find they snap in my experience and I end up retying them. But all in all, I really can’t complain as my lungs are most grateful. Big thanks to Carrie for being a great supplier!
–Daniel

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Doug Snyder from Hanoi, Vietnam

Doug Snyder from Hanoi, Vietnam using Totobobo mask, the SuperCool version

I have been using Totobobo masks for 4 years now while living in Hanoi, Vietnam. The air pollution on the roads and in the winter is quite bad here, but Totobobo masks work great to cut down my exposure while riding my motorbike around the city and on longer trips. I prefer the “supercool” style of Totobobo mask because it really is cooler in the summer. Also, I have a big nose which can be tricky to get a good fit with any mask, but I don’t have to worry about that at all with the SuperCool design.  I also am an environmental consultant, so I pay careful attention to environmental health related problems and solutions. I researched many masks, but still feel Totobobo is the best mask I can get.

Thanks Totobobo!

Doug Snyder

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Totobobo mask was sent to CTI (Center Testing International) in China for lab tests because some of our customers want to find out if the mask contains any harmful material.

The samples went through extensive tests, against the ROHS group (24 items), Halogen group (4 items) and BPA. The results shown that there were no harmful material detected from any of these tests.

No BPA detected in Totobobo mask

 

ROHS test result: No harmful material detected in Totobobo mask

 

Halogen group test: No harmful material detected

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As the designer of Totobobo mask, I always enjoy reading feedback from Totobobo mask users. Positive message enhances our confident of the direction we’ve chosen, and criticism keep us on our toes and often opens up new possibilities for improvements.
Thanks to Kevin for allowing us to share his Facebook post here:

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By Kevin Tanumihardja, 5 May, 2017
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This Totobobo mask has been used for 5 years!

It all actually started with Google 😁
I found out about Totobobo when I was browsing for the best anti pollution mask as I caught sore throat and flu very often when I began to commute to my work.

However, that was all in 2012!! Yes, I have been using this mask since then.

The mask is very comfortable, strangely has no odour despite my laziness to clean it daily, and most importantly I can breathe normal in the highly polluted city of Jakarta.

The little downside is just the strap and its two little retainers. I mean, the strap is very comfortable, but it snapped at least once or twice a year. The retainers can be replaced with dental floss or rubber-band easily, but I cant seems to find a good comfortable replacement other than what Totobobo have (I even tried a transparent bra-strap 😂).

It seems that Totobobo have a new design that may seems to fix this strap problem, but I don’t know.
Well, I have been waiting for the mask to split into half just to try the new design, but it has been more than 5 friggin years with constant daily use!!!

All in all, a fantastic mask. Can’t live without it ever since I came back from the Netherlands to Jakarta.
More people in my country needs to know this stuff so they don’t have to stare with curious look on myself wearing the mask, and sometimes brave themselves to ask me to show them where they can have it from.
looking at the blacked filters is enough warning to your fellow citizens.

Related posts:

Letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri, a loyal user of Totobobo mask since 2010

Why do you choose Totobobo mask (2)

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最近不少关心Totobobo的用户提到“有调”的口罩测试,其中totobobo的滤片过滤效率只有54%,并不理想。

我们认真阅读了这一个测试,觉得“有调”也是认真地在做事,值得重视。

仔细看下去,按照“有调”的综合报表,事实上totobobo 总的效果并不差,在三个不同测试者脸上,分别达到颇高“密封度”:113(高鼻梁),90(亚洲女性), 及166(亚洲男性)。

以最保守的亚洲女性为例,“密封度”90,表示周边每90粒微粒只有一粒能够进入口罩内。相信若测试时用更适合女性的萌款,效果会更好。

事实上,在40个口罩里 Totobobo 是八个最好的口罩之一,同时也是唯一可以多次使用的口罩。

在40个口罩里 Totobobo 是八个最好的口罩之一

Totobobo, 最好的多次使用的口罩

理论上,过滤效率低下的滤片是不可能达到高密封度的。这一点在整份报表中是显而易见的。其中只有totobobo的结果有违常理。因此我觉得目前“有调”对totobobo 的评价有点矛盾,需要进一步探讨。

过滤效率低下的滤片是不可能达到高密封度的。其中只有totobobo的结果有违常理

因此,我们也使用同一款TSI DustTrak II 检测仪对 Totobobo F96滤片进行了测试,测试气流流速会随着入气口的大小而改变,得到结论如下:

当入气口大时,通过滤片气流接近一般呼吸流速,滤片过滤效率比较高;

当入气口小时,通过滤片气流比一般呼吸流速快十倍,滤片过滤效率比较低。

测试过程请见如下视频:

使用TSI DustTrak II 检测仪对Totobobo F96滤片进行测试

使用TSI DustTrak II 检测仪对Totobobo F96滤片进行测试,并且测试时间持续60秒

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调²研室实测40口罩

Update 2016-12-21
Totobobo filter 60 seconds test on youku
Totobobo filter test (two different air flow rate) on youku

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Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London

I was very happy to receive the first letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri back in 2010. He explained how Totobobo mask helped him to continue to cycle in London, dispite the traffic smog and his condition of asthma.
Recently I ask Dr. Simhadra about his long term experience and I was very gratefult to receive a very detail account of his expereince. I think this is very useful for new users as a reference of how Totobobo mask can be applied in different situation and for multiple purposes. Thanks Dr. Simhadri for the permission to publish the letter.

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From London, U.K. Novemebr 4th, 2016
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Dear Francis,

My situation is different because my lungs have always been quite weak. I had Whooping cough as a child and this had affected my lungs. Whooping cough can destroy the “cilia” or tiny hairs along the bronchus/brochioles and this can make it difficult to clear mucus. This means people like me are more prone to infections or flu or other respiratory tract infections.

As a child I used to get through a chest infection every winter. In addition to this I also suffer from hayfever and asthma. I knew when I saw your mask in 2009 that this concept was likely to be a success. Having tried previous masks I immediately knew when I tried your mask that this concept was likely to be a winner.

Currently I find your totobobo mask particularly useful for me for a number of situations:

1) Preventing flu: currently it is flu season in the UK and everyone on the underground seems to be coughing or sneezing. Since the underground is very congested I always use the mask during rush hour. During rush hour one can find yourself packed in like sardines and virtually kissing the other man or woman next to you. If they have the flu then your almost certain to get it unless you are wearing (totobobo) mask. I do remember on your website saying that even F92 filters prevent aerosol droplets from entering your lung. Best of all is to avoid the underground entirely and cycle instead. This way you eliminate the risk of contracting infection and also improve your aerobic lung capacity.

2) During hayfever season in the summer when the pollen count is high outside I get allergic sinusitis or rhinitis. Wearing the mask helps prevent this.

3) Preventing transmission – When I do have a cold like last month I always wore the mask when I was handling my young son who is 6 months oldnas I did not want him to catch anything from me. So this mask help prevent transmission of infection to other family members.

4) When doing spring cleaning the house is very dusty. Since dust mites can worsen my asthma.

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Birmingham Palace in London

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London.

5) When cycling to avoid air-pollution from trickling triggering my asthma. .
Overall for me the mask has been very useful because whooping cough has left me with a weak lung which meant I was much more prone to chest infections. Secondly I have a lot of allergy problems with hayfever , asthma and dust mite allergy.

From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.If I am in a dusty environment for let’s say 20 minutes I will start to get wheezing and one can hear this on my chest if one listens with a stethoscope.If I then put on the Totobobo mask and stay there for another half an hour in the dusty environment my wheezing will disappear by about 60/70%. So clinically thats a 70% improvement in breathing after wearing the mask for half an hour. Similarly with hayfever. With preventing infections it is difficult to prove.

When I go to India the problems are even worse because pollution there is about five times more than it is here in the UK. For me the Totobobo is a real lifesaver in the dusty polluted environments of Mumbai or Delhi in India. Thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Anil Simhadri
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