Thanks to Scott sharing his Supercool mask experience for MTB in Chiangmai high AQI >400
When did you start using the Supercool mask?
I’m going to say 2-3 years. I pay attention to the AQI and use the mask when it’s above 100.
Was the customization process difficult for you?
No, very straight forward. I initially bought 2 masks just in case I made a mistake, the template is easy and accurate to use.
Have you tried other masks before?
Just the N95 paper masks. No comparison really both in fit and comfort. Well done.
What are the differences between the previous mask and the Supercool? Pros and cons?
Like the name says it’s very cool. I do find that I breath almost always, if not entirely, through my mouth when I’m riding hard. Being able to wash out the mask after a ride is a plus also. Finally, a new user should allow several rides to adjust to having a mask on, but after initial period it’s hardly noticeable.
I love your products. I ride MTBs both in Hong Kong and Chiangmai, TH. I use the SuperCool modification and it works great. In HK I began using the PRO filters and now I want to buy some for Chiangmai. (As well as few normal masks.) A few pix from Chiangmai. Note the filters after ONE 30 Km ride while the AQI was > 400 recently !!
You may be thinking, what air pollution? Skies are bright and the vision is clear, where is the pollution? Well, the truth is, it’s invisible and that’s why it’s a killer. Unlike the pollutions caused by haze, the ones we face daily contains pm2.5 particles, which are too small for our naked eyes to see. PM2.5 mainly comes from traffic smog and industrial burnings in our tiny land, you don’t see them, but they’re there. If you belong to one of the sensitive groups (asthma, lung or heart condition, elderly) it’s important to protect yourself from PM2.5 as they are able to enter deep into our body through the respiratory system, which can trigger an asthma attack or a cardiovascular episode.
An unexpected, healthy group of local user are road cyclists. They wear a mask to cut down the traffic smog along the busy road behind buses. That makes sense if your bike-to-work commuting involves long distance on roads.
Finally for emergency, remember this?
The 2013 haze crisis that we hit us suddenly and it lasted for 1-2 weeks before it started to get better. We weren’t expecting nor prepared for it, parents rush to pharmacies to get masks from their families and themselves. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a mask at home so that in the case of an emergency, you’ll be prepared for it. You can also keep it for future uses such as traveling to air polluted countries like India, China, Thailand, etc.