Allergy Masks – Which Would You Choose?

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With nearly 80 degree weather here in Atlanta and everything in bloom, it seems like an excellent time to make sure you are set for this year's spring allergy season. One of the simpliest measures people take to protect themselves is wear an allergy mask.

_Masks come in a variety of styles and sizes, and being such a personal item, it can be difficult to find the one that balances all your needs: filtration, breathability, aethestics, and price. Here at Achoo, we focus on filtration and breathability first, then comfort and price.

_One big complaint about allergy masks is the look of them, but would you be willing to sacrifice some filtration for style? You may be familiar with some of the masks below, but browse our Andy Warhol-esque selection below and see which you would prefer.
_Allergy Mask Styles
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  • a. Vogmask (Microfiber) – Non-woven microfiber, 3-ply, that offers basic particle filtration, roughly equivalent to the Silk Mask.
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  • b. Vogmask (Organic Cotton) – Organic cotton, 2-ply, that offers slightly less filtration and the Vogmask microfiber.

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  • c. ICanBreathe Organic Cotton – This organic cotton face mask uses no latex, dyes, perfumes or plastics. The filtration is similar to the Silk Mask.
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  • d.Respro Techno – With the European equivalent of N95 filtration and activated carbon, the Techno filters chemicals, smoke and particles.
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  • e.Respro Aero/Allergy – Like the Techno, the Aero offers N95 equivalent filtration of particles with optional smoke/chemical filtration.
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  • f. ICanBreathe Silk – Very popular, the Silk is lightweight, easily stored and blocks medium to larger particles, like dust and many pollens, less than N95 filtration.
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_The Vogmasks are new masks that incorporates a lot more style into the design. The filtration varies, and both are washable and reusable. So for around $20 in price, would you sacrifice some particle filtration for a more stylish mask? Which mask would you choose? We'd love to hear your comments below.

14 thoughts on “Allergy Masks – Which Would You Choose?

  1. Daniel March 19, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    The Vog masks loog great. I'm glad to see that someone finally made it a bit more stylish. Living in the city, the fashion of particle masks IS important.
    I've bought 4 already to cover me for pollen season.

  2. Naomi Bayer March 19, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    I would definitely pick Vogmask, comfortable and stylish!

  3. Paul Hewitt March 19, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    b. organic cotton, yes, want the style and ease of reusing.

  4. Flip Wheatley March 19, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Gotta go with B–the Vogmask organic cotton looks perfect for every-day use.

  5. Lisa Castello March 19, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    I love mask B from Vogmask! Stylish, washable and comfy!

  6. Emma March 19, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I like the pink one from Vogmask, cool to look stylish, but yet get the protection

  7. Donna April 18, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    I like b” best for looks. The white ones look to me like she's wearing a jock strap on her face. The black one looks like it offers the most protection, but it makes her look rather frightening. The pink one looks like ladie's lingerie.”

  8. Kevin March 19, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Just going from experience, I like d – a little warm but great for biking.

  9. EA March 19, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    I love the color on the Vogmask, stylish. Ear bands look more comfy.

  10. Joanne March 19, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    They are the best! Can't be beat for comfort, style and efficacy!

  11. Sasha March 20, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    I'd have to go with letter A, for the style and protection combo!

  12. Mark Q March 20, 2012 / 3:49 am

    Hands down the coolest looking mask is the Vogmask. I went and checked out their website and saw a whole bunch of other styles to choose from. Super fresh, super cool!! A or B all the way for me!

  13. Sarah March 20, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    i like the pink one!

  14. Annie March 21, 2012 / 3:40 am

    I vote for the organic vogmask!

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