Muhamadian using Totobobo mask in Jakarta

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.

Daniel using Totobobo Mask in Bangkok

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!

Using Totobobo SuperCool mask in Hanoi, Vietnam

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