Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thank You Pollution Mask

If you've been around northern Utah lately you've noticed the air looks like this:

It's an old photo but it's actually a little worse than that. When the air looks like that the air quality forecast looks like this:

Kind of bad when they say that "healthy individuals" shouldn't go outside.

This year I decided to buy a pollution mask. Knowing that I'd be biking through the winter I knew I'd face quite a few days with less than stellar air quality. Concerned for the health of lungs I took the plunge. At the start of the winter a lot of people kind of mocked me and made fun of me. Now that they see the air as bad as it is they are kind of eating their words.

Pollution mask you say? What kind of pollution mask? Is it a gas mask? Does it look like it came from WWI? Well no it doesn't. It likes like a modified neoprene ski mask from the 80's. Check it out:

It's the Respro Techno Mask from This thing is money. I've worn it everyday this winter while bike commuting. The past two weeks when the air has been wicked bad this thing has been well worth the money. It fully works and I don't feel the effects of exercising outside. It may look a little cheesy to some but I don't care. I highly recommend it everyone.


Mrs. Olsen said...

I think you look like Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!! But I don't blame you for wearing it. There were definately days in California where I didn't go for a run because it was healthier for me not to!

Jessica said...

That's awesome, Bravo for being brave enough to wear it in public.