' I can actually breathe properly': The $30 mask our editor wears to workout

Alyssa Tria
·2-min read

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UA SPORTSMASK
UA SPORTSMASK

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There is no evidence to support that wearing a face mask will protect you from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds using warm water and soap and practice social distancing.

While I’ve never fought adapting to wearing a face mask, I never thought I’d be sitting here writing a review on one particular mask. After all, I always thought of reusable facemasks to have one initial purpose: preventing the spread of COVID-19, while also preserving medical-grade face masks intended for healthcare workers such as N95 respirators.

But, of course, this was until I decided to hit the gym again when they finally re-opened across the GTA a few months back, and needed something a bit more specific.

Enter the Under Armour UA Sportsmask. Specially made for athletes and those with super-active lifestyles, the technology behind the design of this mask is designed to help you get the airflow you need while fitting comfortably.

UA SPORTSMASK

UA SPORTSMASK
UA SPORTSMASK

SHOP IT: Under Armour, $30

While it may look a lot thicker than your typical reusable cloth mask, it’s made with Polyurethane open-cell foam that allows air to go through but makes it hard for moisture and sweat to absorb in the mask, while the brand's signature Iso-Chill fabric on the interior lining offers a fresh feeling and is cool to the touch — even during hours of training and running.

I can confidently say that, unlike the rotation of reusable face masks I have, I can actually breathe properly wearing the UA Sportsmask — and it does stay cool and fresh as promised. So much so that I have multiples of this mask that I wear outside of my workouts.

It offers a secure but not tight feeling. It comes in five sizes with to fit unique face shapes and features a soft, adjustable nose bridge for a more snug fit and cool-to-touch ear loops that barely feel there. I wear the size XS/S.

I’ll admit, this mask isn’t for everybody. Because of how thick this face mask is it does take quite of time to get used to — but I think it really proves its worth when you’re on-the-go or working up a sweat.

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