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Need a Mask? These Outdoor Brands Make Them

Protect yourself, protect others, and rep your favorite outdoor brand at the same time with these face masks.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or out at sea, you know that something’s going on. Masks are essential right now, whether you’re running to the store or just running.

Now, instead of buying polyester disposables or cutting up an old shirt, you can shop these top outdoor brands for alternative (and more fashionable) options. We tested as many of these as we could get our hands on to see how they’d work with outdoor and everyday activity.

So if you want to rock a face covering from an outdoor brand, check out the list below.

Face Masks for Sale by Outdoor Brands

  • Black Diamond Mask ($13): For each one sold, Black Diamond will donate a mask to a healthcare worker. These are a standard 2-layer cotton cloth mask, made in the USA.
  • PackTowl Mask ($5): Buy one of these double-layer cloth masks, and PackTowl will donate to the CDP COVID-19 Relief Fund. At just $5, these are an awesome option.
  • Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask ($25): OR’s Essential Face Mask Kit comes with one washable mask and, unlike many others on this list, three filters if you choose to use them. (With the filter, this mask will protect against 95 percent of bacteria and virus particles.) We love the sleekness and weight of the black mask, and the optional included filters as well.
  • BlackStrap Civil Mask ($16): For each mask sold, BlackStrap will donate a face covering to someone in need. What’s more, BlackStrap has a wide variety of neat designs to help you find a mask you actually like to wear. We also found the Civil Mask one of the more breathable options we’ve tried, making it a suitable choice for daily jogs and bike rides.
  • Cotopaxi Do Good Face Masks ($13): These cloth masks are washable and reversible. They come in 10 color combinations. One mask is donated for each purchased.
  • Kitsbow Cycling Reusable Face Mask ($25): Kitsbow’s take on a protective face mask is both reusable and washable, and it has a HEPA filter pocket. The masks are made from upcycled solid and plaid fabrics. And although $25 is a bit steep, the price includes free shipping.
  • Hyperlite Face Masks ($20): Definitely some of the softer cloth masks we’ve seen, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s masks are made from tightly-weaved interlock micro polyester with a skin friendly DWR coating. The masks are also super budget-friendly — $20 will get you a pack of 5.
  • ASICS Runners Face Cover ($45): ASICS made this mask with strategically placed air vents and a new design to hopefully provide more breathability for runners and others during higher levels of activity.
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  • Phunkshun PH Mask ($20): Phunkshun will donate one mask to the Colorado Mask Project — which provides them to frontline workers and vulnerable populations in Colorado — for every one it sells.
  • VOORMI Everyday Gaiters ($35): Want to avoid a face mask tan this summer? Go with VOORMI’s versatile cloth everyday gaiter face cover for all your outdoor pursuits. (Fishing, hiking, and so much more.) The masks sell out quick, so be sure to check back each week.
  • Ball and Buck Face Mask ($18): This is the first cloth mask that we’ve seen made out of a camo cotton fabric. Ball and Buck makes them in the USA, and they’re machine-washable. For each purchase, the brand will donate a mask to someone in need.
  • Backcountry Face Masks ($13 and up): Backcountry now makes 2 types of face masks: a basic cotton 2-pack, and a more official double layer mask with activated carbon filters. These face masks are also the non-ear type, which use a length of polyester to secure around the back of the neck and head.
  • Colorado Threads Face Masks ($16): This Colorado apparel brand is making face masks from upcycled fabrics. They have elastic ear loops and come in the largest variety of styles we’ve seen. A portion of each mask sale is donated to the Caregiver Emergency Relief Fund and Direct Relief.
  • OURA ($50): While not an outdoor-specific brand, OURA introduced us to the “first reusable antimicrobial mask.” Heavier-duty than most, the OURA has antimicrobial agents like silver oxide and titanium dioxide permanently embedded in the mask’s fibers. It also comes with an optional N95 filter for added protection. Plus, it can be washed without impacting its germ-killing properties.

More Cloth Masks: Buy a Pack

  • KEEN Harvest and Together Masks ($14-16/2-pack): KEEN offers adjustable, upcycled, washable, cotton canvas face coverings, sold in sets of two so you can wear one while the other is in the wash. The Together Masks are color-coordinated with the brand’s Elsa shoe line, and are good for casual wear. What we really love is the Harvest Mask’s simplicity — simply slip the elastic loops over your ears and go. They work well while wearing sunglasses. We used it for hiking and bike commuting.
  • Po Campo Breathable and Reflective Masks ($25/2-pack): Po Campo’s masks were the most lightweight and some of the most unique we tested. The masks are designed for cyclists and those on the move and are made of 2 layers of recycled, antimicrobial fabric with a nonwoven microfilter layer sandwiched in between. They also have reflective striping to ensure you can be seen in the dark. To top it off, Po Campo donates medical-grade face masks to NYC working cyclists for each purchase made.
  • Turtle Fur Face Masks ($35/2-pack): The folks at Turtle Fur have been making headwear and neck tubes for over 38 years, and now they’re making masks too. The new collection features four different styles depending on your activity level and preference, and come in packs of two, four, 12, and 24. The masks have internal HEPA filters and come in adult and youth sizes.
  • Chrome Industries Citizen Face Masks ($14-16/2-pack): Chrome’s cloth face masks come in a pack of two, are two-layer construction, have elastic ear loops, and come in a variety of color combos.
  • Western Rise StrongCore Face Mask ($50/3-pack):  WesternRise’s face masks are made from the same soft merino material as many of its other apparel products. The StrongCore mask is double-lined, lightweight, odor-resistant, and antimicrobial.
  • Huckberry Face Masks ($32/2-pack): These simplistic, one-size, one-color masks have a lot going for them. Made in the USA, the Huckberry masks have a tri-fold design that creates a comfortable pocket around your nose and mouth. You can also customize the fit on the nose bridge. Huckberry will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Small Business Relief Fund.
  • Salvaged Hemp Face Masks ($20/3-pack): United By Blue, a brand that has a big focus on sustainability, is making everyday face masks out of deadstock fabric, including hemp and organic cotton. The masks are double-layered with space for a filter and come in two different sizes.
  • PrAna Reversible Face Masks ($20/3-pack): PrAna’s non-surgical face masks are a blend of organic cotton, Tencel, and recycled polyester with an organic cotton lining. Each mask is washable and reusable, and they come in two different sizes.
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Mary Murphy
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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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