This disposable*, Canadian-made 3D mask for singers is surgical quality, packs flat with enhanced fit, and is comfortable, easy to breathe and sing through, and latex-free.
Its 3-layer construction includes a melt-blown polypropylene filter layer, with 3D shape (despite packing flat!).
This gives enhanced volume with filtration surface area everywhere in the mask (not just a smaller filtration panel) for better air flow, and with negligible impact on sound production. It has such good air flow through every surface that it doesn't need to be so large that you can't easily see your music over top of it.
It is extremely light (the weight of a nickel!) and comfortable to wear. One size (medium-large) available.
Each sealed package bears a QR code tracing back to manufacture and tracking lot code, date of manufacture and key information for safety and authenticity.
As we are seeing schools, colleges and universities ordering in the thousands, a master carton is 12 boxes (600 masks) in case you want to take an even number of full boxes for your organization or district.
*Though labelled disposable, they're robust and capable of many wearings (but not washing) if you choose.
- 1. Open the top and bottom panels. Rest the top panel with the nose-piece on your nose and secure the bottom panel under your chin.
- 2. Place an ear loop around each ear.
- 3. Using both hands, mold the nose piece to the shape of your nose.
Comfort, safety, weight of a nickel. Try them!
Some key points to remember in comparison to expensive alternatives on the market include:
- • Ours have better filtration
- • It's not like strapping a mid-weight hat to the side of your head for hours
- • Ours, while 3D style with volume, don't have to be enormous to get a good flow rate, so they don't project so far out as to be in the way of reading your music! Why? Because the whole mask is the filter, not just a panel (needing replacement) in a much larger mask.
- • You'll never have to jar-wash and hang-dry each time, or buy multiples of expensive varieties to avoid wearing a wet mask next day.
Finally, some tips for singers who wear glasses. These apply to ALL masks and you might know them already; may they be helpful:
- * 3M makes a brand of clear flexible plastic medical tapes (Nexcare™), choose their "Flexible Clear First Aid Tape". Take a 3-4" strip and put it half on the nose-bridge of the mask and half on you. Then you can sing Gilbert & Sullivan's "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" at top speed and full volume and contort your face any way you want...and never get a hint of breath escaping to fog your glasses. It works like a charm and is near-invisible under your glasses. We can't buy the huge minimum order quantity from 3M to offer it to you at a reasonable price so just mosey on down to your local drug store (while whistling airs from Pinafore?) for this item.
- * Alternately, glasses straps (a couple dollars at a 'dollar store' - match your hair color!) i.e. the ones for doing sports with glasses (you can cinch them tighter) ...will hold your glasses pressed back against your mask and do the same almost as well.
Here's a tip for shipping value with small orders: 1-4 boxes go for almost the same minimum tracked package shipping cost.
And finally (and I'd hoped to not need this "coffee is hot" type of notice) - 3 individuals - as of November, in the first couple hundred thousand masks we have shipped, have thought it's OK in a pandemic to expect to return and refund a torn-open, formerly sealed pack of 50, as if we could...responsibly re-sell them? It's not OK, I'm sorry. Once the seal is broken they're not returnable. If you are one of the rare (and valid) individuals for whom the fit and function of the masks does not work, given their immense popularity, the best thing to do would be to gift them to your choir.