Testimonial from Bogota, Colombia

The PRO filter has been picking up by cyclists and runners from cities with serious air pollution. Here is a new endorsement by Jorge Alvarado from Bogota, Colombia. Frankly, I was rather shocked to see the photos of the used PRO filters. Here is Jorge’s message he has kindly allowed to be published:

Hello Francis:
6 weeks ago I started using PRO filter.  I noted more air flowed through the mask because I felt the the air colder.
Please find attached some photos after changing the PRO filter with new ones.
Also I changed fabric straps with rubber straps, I felt fabric straps too loose.
It is incredible how the PRO filters got dark on outside but inside they are clean, that is a proof they are making their job.
I did not find any disadvantage on PRO filter.
Regards,
Jorge

more about PRO filter:
https://totobobo.com/blog/2017/11/totobobo-pro-the-best-filter-for-running/
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Nomad Travellers test Totobobo Mask

Davide and Oti reminds me of Herves and Goska. Both team were of Nomad Travellers
https://www.nomadtravellers.com/travel-gear/totobobo-mask-review

While in Singapore we were lucky enough to be accepted by Mr Francis Chu to visit Totobobo mask’s headquarters in Singapore and get to test live some samples of his invention. We were able to understand a little bit better the working mechanism of their product, how to properly wear the masks and how they perform compared to some of their direct competitors: Respro mask and 3M N95 disposable mask (1860s).

Arriving at Totobobo mask’s headquarters and getting to know Mr Francis Chu

After wandering around Totobobo’s neighborhood lost in between big commercial blocks, we eventually manage to decipher the coded Singaporean address we were provided, and to access the clean and professional looking headquarter of Totobobo.
We introduced ourself to the creator of Totobobo Mask, Mr Francis Chu (I forgot to ask him where Totobobo’s name is coming from) and we soon felt a good connection with him: ahumble, positive and friendly person.

What is Totobobo mask?

Totobobo mask is a reusable mask made of a non allergic elastomer, that uses replaceable filters and unique technologies. It is sold at the moment for 33 USD.

The frost surface turn transparent when wetThe frost surface turn transparent when wet
The peculiar characteristics of this mask are that it can be modeled using heat to fit perfectly everybody’s face, and the “Watermark Seal Check“, a technology that helps understanding when there are no gaps between mask and skin, by turning the frost internal surface of the material into transparent.

Oti wetting her face to check the fitOti wetting her face to check the fit
When there is a continuous transparent line in the contact interface face-mask, then a perfect fit is obtained.

A gap is visible on the top left next to the nose: tha mask needs to be reshapedA gap is visible on the top left next to the nose: tha mask needs to be reshaped

A continuos line on Oti's maskA continuos line on Oti’s mask
The filters available come in 3 different grades: N96, N94, N92. The number basically indicate the percentage of particles over pm 2.5 that are blocked by the filter.
The most effective filter of the line, the N96, would block at least 96% of the contaminants. While it is more performant, it can make more difficult the breathing operation and it’s more expensive than the others, so that while some customers might prefer the most effective option, others might find more convenient the N92 filters.
Totobobo mask comes in different sizes, and can even be trimmed to fit smaller faces.

Using Totobobo mask

Mr. Francis started our educational visit by showing us how to use his product.
The main operations that can be performed are:
– modifying the shape to perfectly fit the contour of the face;
– correctly wearing and adjusting the mask;
– replacing the filters.
There are plenty of tutorial and videos on their website on how to do that. That’s where I suggest you to go for a more detailed explanation.
Heat is needed to reshape the mask, and it can be provided by an hair dryer or hot water. Thesuggested mixture to obtain the perfect temperature is 3/4 of boiling water and 1/4 of room temperature water.
After warming up the masks for a few seconds by immersing them, the elastomer becomes softer and it can be reshaped until it gets cold (a matter of a few seconds) and “freeze” in the new shape.

Immersing Totobobo mask in warm waterImmersing Totobobo mask in warm water
It is actually easier said than done, and the whole process needs to be repeated several times after verifying the watermark until a perfect fit is found.
The first time it can get frustrating, and it might take as long as one hour of trial and error until a satisfying solution is found, but don’t give up! A perfect fit is ESSENTIAL for the efficiency of the mask!

TIP: You better exaggerate the deformation you want to impress, since after releasing the mask, it will partially go back to the previous shape.
You can also help yourself with tools, like a pen to wrap the mask around for the top tight curve of the nose, or a flat desk to flatten an angle.

Reshaping Totobobo maskReshaping Totobobo mask

It’s possible to adjust the length of the elastic straps, by wrapping them around the plastic holders.
Reposition of the mask should be better done by pulling it in front and placing it back on the face, rather than pushing it to fill the gaps. If repositioning doesn’t work, it means that it needs more reshaping.

Changing the filters is extremely easy, it’s just about releasing two elastic bands, removing the used filter and placing the new one into place.

Changing the filters of Totobobo maskChanging the filters of Totobobo mask

Testing Totobobo mask and its competitors

While at the Headquarter we had the chance to do a lab test analyzing the efficiency of Totobobo’s mask and 2 of its competitors.

Oti testing N95 maskOti testing N95 mask

Davide testing Respro maskDavide testing Respro mask
Totobobo was the winner with a reduction of 200+ times, 3M N95 reduced the pollutants around 30 times, and surprisingly Respro mask only 3 times!
We have written a separate article with the detail of the test and photos of the result: Comparison of 3 anti-pollution mask models.

This test was so educational for us. We understood how important is to find a perfect fit of the mask (Not only Totobobo, but any mask!) and that we were basically wasting time in Indonesia when wearing our simple Surgical masks.

Totobobo’s packaging and enviormental approach

The packaging of Totobobo mask is really minimalistic and completely recyclable.
Fancier, more sellable packaging have been discarded to reduce at minimum the waste created by the product: Mr Francis preferred to stick to his environmental beliefs, rather than selling a few more masks.
The plastic bag of the case is actually a zip-lock bag, that can be easily reused.
Also the filters packaging uses a similar zip-lock bag, and contains a single simple paper presentation with an image to be used as a reference to understand at what moment to replace the filters, e.g. when they reach a 50% gray color (but no later than after 2 weeks).

Totobobo mask packagingTotobobo mask packaging

Totobobo and cyclists

Totobobo mask is s cyclist friendly product, not only because cyclists are one of the major supporters, but also because Mr Francis is a cyclist himself and the only extra bit of paper in the packaging is a nice heart shaped recyclable note addressed to car drivers, asking them to respect cyclists since they are making the air less polluted also for them.
By the way drivers! Some studies shows how pollution inside the car can get even higherthan the one outside, since somehow it gets stuck in the cabin: so car drivers shouldn’t thing that masks are something only for cyclist or pedestrian and that they are immune to the pollution that they are creating!

Cons and possible improvements of Totobobo mask

While the mask works amazingly when perfectly set up, the learning curve to understand how to reshape the mask is quite steep, and we are scared that some people might get frustrated and misuse the mask or just give up.

While wearing the mask in warm and humid tropical climate, there is condensation inside the mask, that can feel annoying at the beginning.

That’s a common problem to several masks, and to solve it Totobobo propose the possibility to trim the mask to the “SuperCool” design covering only the mouth, so that exhalation can be done through the nose with no condensation. This design is particularly suggested for cyclists that wants to inhale more air using the mouth instead of the nose.

As a secondary cons, we realized that the look of the mask is so unique, that many people were staring at us. Some people might feel uncomfortable and stop wearing the mask. A suggestion is to propose a customization pack with a thin personalized cover to put on top of Totobobo mask, or if you feel uncomfortable just wear a cheap standard mask on top of Totobobo’s.
In any case we of course prioritize our health over our look.

As a suggestion for the future we would also like to see a “family pack” with maybe 50 filters at a discounted price, to decrease the operational cost (already quite low compared to other brands at around 2-5$ per month) for people permanently living in polluted places and to also reduce transportation costs-emissions and packaging.

Davide and Oti with Totobobo masks in front of the Petronas towersDavide and Oti with Totobobo masks in front of the Petronas towers

Our final conclusion

We have started using our Totobobo masks, and changed the filters for the first time after 7 days of usage in Malaysia, plagued by the haze coming from Indonesia. So far we are satisfied, it works well and the filters are getting gray as expected!

One week usage in Malaysia: on top Oti's filters, used less constantly, on the bottom Davide's filters ready to be replacedOne week usage in Malaysia: on top Oti’s filters, used less constantly, on the bottom Davide’s filters ready to be replaced

We are so grateful to have met Mr. Francis Chu and directly experience the lab tests on the masks! Now we understand much better what are the important parameters to choose an effective pollution mask, and how to correctly wear it.
At the end of our visit to Totobobo’s headquarters, we were happy to support their productsnot only because they are effective, but also because we believe in Mr Francis mission and we liked a lot his approach of doing business, not putting money and success as the main priority if it’s colliding with higher purposes.

Quoting Totobobo website:

“However, face mask is not a sustainable solution, reduce consumption is.”

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and we received free sample masks to write this article, but what we wrote represent our honest opinion, including not only pros but also cons.This text first appeared on “Nomad Travellers”. Read more on: https://www.nomadtravellers.com/travel-gear/totobobo-mask-review

Dr. Hewitson’s advise on air pollution for Taiwanese

Possibly due to air pollution, healthy non-smokers in Taiwan are much more likely to get lung cancer than smokers in the USA.

A recent purchase from Taiwan triggered my curiosity. I ask the customer, Dr. Hewitson, why he choose Totobobo mask. His answer surprised me. I didn’t realise the fact that healthy non-smokers in Taiwan are much more likely to get lung cancer than smokers in the USA!

“As I’m in a research institute here in Taiwan, some of my colleagues have done studies on the effects of air pollution on both the lungs and the brain of mice.
As it stands, people in Taiwan who do not smoke are three times more likely to get lung cancer than smokers in the United States. Many Taiwanese are not aware of this. I am constantly educating my students on the dangers of air pollution and actually I recommend your company to them all the time whether or not they purchase, is another question but I have faith in what you guys are doing.”

By Dr. Justin Hewitson

The study:
Higher than Usual Lung Cancer Incidence in Taiwanese Non-smokers

An ongoing study suggests environmental factors in Taiwan are contributing to a rising number of cases in otherwise healthy non-smokers.

After four doctors at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) had suddenly collapsed on the job during the previous two years – with one of them failing to recover – the hospital in the second half of 2013 ordered all staff physicians 45 years of age and older to take a physical examination.

The comprehensive health checks included low-radiation computerized topography
(CT) scans of the lungs. The results were chilling. Of 300 physicians tested, 12 (4%) were found to have a small lung nodule (less than 1 centimeter), which subsequent testing confirmed as lung carcinoma.

The study on lung cancer in non-smokers is groundbreaking because it highlights the risk that the disease poses to the wider population. For decades, lung cancer has been associated almost exclusively with cigarette smoking. 

In Taiwan, non-smokers may be at a much higher risk of developing lung cancer than in the United States. The ongoing eight-year study has found that non-smokers here are twice as likely to develop the disease than are heavy smokers in the United States and Europe.

Scott and his SuperCool mask in Chiangmai

Scott’s Supercool mask for MTB in Chiangmai high AQI >400

Thanks to Scott sharing his Supercool mask experience for MTB in Chiangmai high AQI >400

Scott wearing his SuperCool mask in Chiang Mai
Scott wearing his SuperCool mask in Chiang Mai

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.

Filter turns dark after ONE 30 km ride in Chiang Mai (AQI-424)
Filter turns dark after ONE 30 km ride in Chiang Mai (AQI-424)

Dear Totobobo,

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 !!

Thanks, Scott (Strava)

More Totobobo SuperCool mask testimonials

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Air pollution in Singapore

Air pollution does not normally associate with the Garden City Singapore. However, you may be surprised that the air is not that clean either.

Source : TheSmartLocal

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?

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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.

Thailand, Bangkok, “From Crisis to Solution”

It was the end of the Lunar New Year and it didn’t spare our neighboring country, Thailand, from the air pollution. The authorities were concerned as well as the citizens and the tourists who were traveling there. During this critical period of time, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation decided to invite us over to give a seminar and a demonstration of Totobobo Mask in Bangkok.

We decided to name the event, “Air Pollution: From Crisis to Solution.”

Photos before the event:

Francis Chu, the inventor of Totobobo Mask.
Receiving the interview from the media crew arranged by art4d and the Thai Health Foundation

Photos from the seminar “Air Pollution: from Crisis to Solution”.

Demonstration of Totobobo mask in Bangkok:

After the speech, we proceeded to explain how the TSI Portacount Pro fit-tester works and asked for volunteers who wish to participate. We are thankful for the volunteers (Mr. Apiphu and May) who came forward and help us demonstrate how Totobobo mask can be ReShaped to fit, and validate the result with the Portacount Pro.
First Mr. Apiphu wanted to test his own cloth mask. We use the Portacount Pro and obtain a Fit Factor of ~3, which is similar to surgical mask. Then we tested the Totobobo mask he brought with him, The Fit Factor was initially 12 before ReShape and improved to 200+ after ReShape, that demonstrate how important the ReShape function for improving the protection is. Finally we change the F96 filter on Mr. Apiphu’s Totobobo mask with a pair of cotton pad. The Fit Factor dropped to 2.5 immediately! That shows the significance of choosing the right filter for the job.

To finish the day off, we had 2 really cute kids who came up to try out with us too!

All in all, we would like to thank the Thai Health Promotion Foundation for inviting us over to share our story with and demonstrate Totobobo mask features to our users in Bangkok! We would also like to thank the media co-ordinator art4d for planning out the event in such a short period of time!

Presentation file (pdf): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ikl0PtdD97PIBEz36VlDofN7J4BqdJQCYeDZCC2FSac
Reviews from our users : https://totobobo.com/blog/2018/09/compilation-reviews-on-totobobo-mask/

Totobobo Mask for children : https://totobobo.com/blog/2018/12/totobobo-mask-the-choice-for-children/

Totobobo Mask Singapore: https://totobobo.com/shop.html
Buy Totobobo mask in Thailand: https://totobobothailand.com/

Air Pollution- from Crisis to Solution (Bangkok)

If you are in Bangkok this weekend, come visit us at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC).
We will be sharing the story of Totobobo mask (Air pollution: From Crisis to Solution).
We will also take the opportunity to demonstrate the Reshaping and fit-testing, using the TSI Portacount PRO 8038 fit-tester.
The event is sponsored by Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Following this link to get your free ticket:
https://www.facebook.com/events/549979362150328/

Totobobo for riding a scooter in Taiwan

Using Totobobo mask in KaoShiung city for cycling and scooting.

This nice comment is from Stephanie H. from Kaoshiung, Taiwan. She has been using our mask since last year and recently purchased some filter refills.

“My husband and I have been really happy with our Totobobo masks. Often, we recommend them to our coworkers and friends who would like some protection on days when the air quality isn’t so good in the city. My husband and I use ours when cycling in the city or on a scooter. We’ve been using them for it seems like over a year now and we are still quite happy with them! It’s really nice to have an alternative to the disposable masks.”

Thank you Stephanie!

Totobobo Mask, the choice for children!

How to choose a mask that is suitable for children?

WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing a high level of pollutants. Air pollution estimated kills 7 million people worldwide per year. In cities with heavy air pollution, most people will need to carry a mask with them, or keeping it at home for times of emergency. That doesn’t exclude children, in fact, they need them more than adults do to protect their bodies and organs because they are still growing. So, what’s the issue here? It isn’t hard to find a pharmacy that sells masks, they’re almost everywhere, but the question is, will they fit your children?

How we wish that it was as easy as heading down to the pharmacy, purchase the mask and letting our children wear it. In reality, it’s tougher than that, buying a mask isn’t tough, but getting one that will really fit and protect your child is the main issue here.

Here are some simple guidelines that will explain what makes a good mask and how do you tell if the mask will fit your child!

To get good protection is to have a good filter with a good face seal. You have to make sure that the air your child breathing were only able to enter through the filters and not through any gaps under the mask. Effective protection only happen when the mask forms a good seal on the user’s face.

Surgical masks and the well known 3M N95 masks are commonly seen worn by the public these days, however, most of them do not know that these masks are not protecting them. We’ll explain why :

Surgical Masks

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To begin with, commonly seen surgical masks were not designed to protect the users from air pollution, they were only made to prevent direct contact with sick patients. These masks do a great job at preventing viruses from spreading, but it doesn’t protect you from air pollution. The gaps between the mask and the user’s face are too big to protect the user, letting pollutants enter easily.

N95 Mask

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Alas, the very well known N95 Mask by 3M and other major manufacturers. These masks are proper air pollution masks, they do a great job with filtering out pollutants and particles, that only applies if the mask forms a good seal on the user’s face. The mask only comes in adult size, which usually only fits a grown adult’s face, a child’s face will almost never be able to have a good fit with such mask. Another issue is that there’s no way to check whether it’s providing a good face seal, unless with professional equipment which are costly and usually only owned by trained professionals. Simply holding onto the mask while blowing into a mask is a very inaccurate and unreliable way to check on the face seal for leaks, this technique that is recommended by manufactures is too ambiguous.

Hygiene is another issue, consumers often reuse these disposable N95 masks. The germs and bacteria accumulated on the mask after each use can be a threat to health. A disposable mask can’t be washed and are tough to dry if wet.

Why is Totobobo Mask better than the rest?

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Firstly let’s take a look on the background and history of the company.

Francis Chu, the inventor of Totobobo Mask, faced the same problem that most parents face when looking for a respirator for their children. He was then aware of the difficulties and decided to come up with a solution for others and himself. Being a product designer in the past, he experimented with many different prototypes before coming up with an ergonomic design that fits most users and more importantly, customizable while being children friendly. Apart from a good seal and filtering, the comfort, ease to clean, portability and other factors are also important points to take note of, before the product is considered “Child Friendly”.

Why Totobobo Masks are superior?

Easy seal check

Unlike many other respirators out there that are made with opaque materials, Totobobo masks are made with a transparent material. With a transparent mask,  the user can easily check the seal it provides with a bit of water. Here’s how: https://totobobo.com/blog/2015/11/how-to-perform-a-seal-check-with-the-water-mark-method/

Hygienically reusable

The Totobobo Masks are made of soft plastics, embedded with anti-bacterial silver ion, disallowing the growth of germs and also making it easy to wash and dry for reuse.

Flexible size and shape

Most Respirators come in 3 sizes like S, M, and L. However, it is not easy to decide on which size to get without opening the package and letting your child try the mask. Most shops do not accept returned products as it compromises the hygiene. What Totobobo Mask offers is the flexibility to shape and/or trim the mask down according to the shape and size of the face. We even have a template for you to construct a “dummy mask” for testing before trimming the real mask.

All around the world, parents and teachers have discovered us along the way and have never looked back. If you’re looking for a Respirator that will fit your child, Totobobo Mask will be exactly the one you’re looking for!

Buy yours now! 

Choosing the perfect mask for cycling in the City

Cycling is a mode of transportation that’s growing in popularity and relevance in our Green-Oriented world.

Worldwide, the numbers of commuters forgoing motor vehicles and switching over to bicycles are increasingly growing. While riding a bicycle is a healthier alternative when compared to driving or taking a bus, due to it’s difference in physical activity, the poor air quality in urban settings contradict the benefits. Heavy traffic spews toxic gases and many fine particles which will then enter our respiratory tract eventually. Aerial pollution causes both short and long term damage to our lungs and the upper respiratory tract, therefore, cycling under these conditions will pose problems in the near future. In order to ride safely without inhaling these harmful particles and gases, a protective mask that is capable of filtering the air you breathe is the best solution.

Things to consider:

An ideal mask for cycling incorporates a number of considerations, specifically for cycling, to ensure it’s effectiveness. 

  • Comfort
  • Filtration Capabilities
  • Ease of use
  • Cost

The selected mask should form a tight seal on the user’s face, so as to make sure the air he/she is breathing, will only get in by passing through the filters. The filters must be capable of keeping microscopic particles and noxious fumes, out of the user’s mouth and nose. Wearing the mask shouldn’t inhibit the breathing of the user during vigorous activities, nor should it cause any discomfort to the user. Cyclists will need to breathe harder than pedestrians, high resistance masks (those that are best for filtering the air) increases the strain on the lungs. An ideal mask for riders will be something that balances between both filtration power and breathability.

During a cycling workout, blood is pumped vigorously through our bodies and heat is generated. A mask that traps heat is a major problem, it reduces the intake of oxygen and compromises the ability to breathe easily. Unfortunately, most masks on the market are “heat-traps”.

After a long ride, the mask will be sweaty, damp and dirty, the last thing you would want is to reuse such a mask on your next trip, not knowing what kind of bacteria will be growing in it. The filters should be quickly replaceable and the mask itself should be easy to disinfect.

TOTOBOBO mask in Bangkok

For cyclists, being able to mount and dismount the mask quickly is critical. While riding in traffic, the rider should be able to remove the mask singlehandedly with a single motion and vice versa, to minimize distraction and lost of time. Weight is also another important factor to consider, anything heavy or cumbersome will only make the ride laborious and difficult. Ultimately, the most important factor for commuters, is the cost of the product. For those who rides and needs a mask daily, the masks and it’s filters should be reasonably priced and easy to come by.

Other neoprene masks, like some cyclist-intended masks, are heavy duty equipment that digs a hole in your waller. In addition, they are heat trappers and turn smelly quickly, yet difficult to clean. All the more so, it is larger and troublesome to carry around. It is a product designed for professional looks, but it would be a little too much for a daily user.

Why Totobobo?

While there are a mountain of masks out there, all offering a range of protection, comfort and price, only one provides the balance between the factors that best benefits the user, TOTOBOBO.

Design:

Our mask is specially designed and moulded with a unique material that allows the user to custom fit the mask to their face, help firmly onto the face by a pair of ultra elastic and flexible straps. The straps are made from elastic polymers and is friendly on the skin. One mask fits all and it can be folded up when not in use, comfortably keeping it inside our pockets.

Seal:

The Totobobo Mask forms a snug seal on the user’s face, ensuring air to only pass through by the filters. Unlike other masks, the Totobobo Mask is a master in both high airflow and filtration. The patented body valve design allows low resistance exhalation so that you can easily take in clear air with each breath.

Simplicity:

Most protective masks need to be professionally checked for a proper seal, it is time consuming to do so as well, whereas the Totobobo Mask’s seal can be easily clarified in a short period of time. Both children and adults can get a good fit with it.

Pollutants collected by the filters from China and India

Filter:

Our filters are European designed and of the finest quality, capable of keeping out particulates as small as 0.1 microns. Using static electricity to snag the particles while they enter the filter, the Totobobo Mask keeps out all the toxic particles produced from motor vehicles, industrial exhaust, cigarettes, wood fire and charcoal fumes and also incense smoke. Biological components such as pollen , mold pores, dust mites and cockroach allergens, dust and common soil particles, can be filtered out as well.

Health:

The mask is anti-viral thanks to Biocote, a silver-ion anti-microbial agent, and important property to be taken into account when heat and humidity of the mask’s interior is involved. This way, you can further ensure the cleanliness and safety of Totobobo Masks. The mask is also easy to disinfect using soap and water. Best of all, the entire mask is reusable, all you have to do is to replace the old filters with a new pair and you’re good to go.

Cost:

As for being economical, the Totobobo mask can not be beaten when it comes to the bang for your buck. Compared to leading competitors on the market, our masks are unparalleled when it comes to value. As the chart indicates below, the Totobobo Mask is more cost effective than any of the leading alternatives, same goes for the replacement filters!

Prices comparison

Cambridge Mask The Admiral: USD 28
Vogmask                                      : USD 43
Respro Techno                            : USD 47 …… Filter : USD 34
TOTOBOBO                               : USD 33 …… Filter : USD 1 – 3.5/pair

User Testimonials:

Cyclists worldwide swore by the effectiveness and usefulness of the Totobobo Mask when it comes to riding in inclement environments. Here are some testimonies of a few elated users from around the globe.

Herve and Bonnaveira and Goska Romanowicz of Develotour, discovered an interesting way to measure and visualize air pollution. On a year long bicycle trek across the continent, the couple traveled through several Asian countries. They visited a number of major metropolises and first handedly experienced the respective air qualities. In each locale they wore our masks to protect their lungs from the polluted air. They wrote to us saying:

Goska and Herve on Develotour

“The TOTOBOBO anti-pollution masks came in very useful in India! Weve tested the masks in Delhi, the Indian countryside and Calcuttaused one filter for a days cycling in each placeand we got varying shades of brown.even far from cities and factories the air is very polluted.”

Herve and Goska appreciated the high quality of respiratory safety they enjoyed by using the TOTOBOBO mask on their journey. When they lectured to students along their trip about air pollution awareness, they also informed them of the TOTOBOBO mask�s unmatched quality and value.

Nagaraj Pudukotai of Bangalore, India, test out the Totobobo Mask during his daily commutes to work by bicycle. The air in Bangalore is terribly polluted, within forty five minutes, the filters were already black! Thankfully, the pollutants were trapped in the filters instead of his lungs. He commented :

“It is very effective. It seals your nose and mouth completely, although you can smell intense odors like that of petrol exhaust and diesel exhaust when you are very close to a vehicle, the emissions do not get in your lungs.”

Montgomery Tufeld of New York City regards the Totobobo Mask’s ability as an invaluable thing. Riding around the city on his daily delivery route, he comes across a lot of smog and dust in traffic. Before he started to wear a mask, he would get home everyday with a sore throat and blackened mucus from the soot he had been inhaling. He tried a number of different brands before touching on ours, since then, it has been life changing for him. He stated :

 

“The mask fits better than anything else on the market. It is snug and comfortable, and easy to put on and take off when riding through traffic. I barely notice it is there.”

Choose Totobobo for Safe Cycling!

Around the world, across the globe, cyclists are adding another item to their must have list, apart from protective gear, they added in the pollution masks. If you’re looking for one, don’t hesitate to try out our Totobobo Masks!