Motorcycling isn’t for the faint of heart. On a bike, you deal with the temperatures, wind, rain, bugs, and traffic. Even if you wear a helmet, you can still breathe in dust and smog. You might even get a fly if you open your mouth at the wrong time. Before COVID-19, face masks were part of biker clothing. Although many bikers wear face masks for style, that’s not the only reason to use one when you’re on the road.
Benefits of a Face Mask While Riding
Wearing a protective face mask can bring to mind images of bank robbers and other nefarious crimes, but motorcycle face masks, sometimes called balaclavas, refer to a piece of cloth that covers your neck and mouth and may even cover your entire head without inhibiting your vision.
Protection From Pollutants
Breathing in dirt and smog while you ride can lead to respiratory problems. You may cough or have an itchy throat after just a few hours of exposure. If you ride every day, your lung functions may be reduced. You may aggravate asthma or bronchitis. When you ride in rural communities, you may not be exposed to as much pollution, but you can be exposed to pollen. A face mask can reduce your exposure.
Protection From Weather
Fast Masks provide SPF 40 sun protection. When your face is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, you want extra protection against sunburn and skin cancers. Your face mask helps you stay warm when it’s cooler. Our fabric wicks away moisture and sweat for a safer and more comfortable ride.
Performance & Comfort
Face masks fit comfortably under your helmet for a smooth ride regardless of the weather. By keeping dust and dirt out of your mouth, you can ride for longer without discomfort. While there’s no requirement for motorcyclists to use face masks while riding, using one can certainly give you added protection.
Choosing a Face Mask for the Way You Ride
You’ll find face masks in many types of fabric. Winter face masks are often made of fleece or another microfiber that offers more warmth. For year-round riding, our high-quality 100% polyester microfiber keeps you from getting too sweaty while also providing warmth. Fast Mask protective face masks are stain and odour resistant. They’re machine washable and dry quickly in the dryer. Here are some things to consider when buying a face mask for riding.
- Buy a mask that is a little larger than your face. You want coverage, but you don’t want the mask to fit so tightly that it is uncomfortable.
- Look for a face mask with a thin fabric that you can use in any weather. Thicker fabrics tend to bulk up under the helmet and may be uncomfortable under the helmet. If you do ride in the colder months, a fleece face mask can have added warmth.
- Get a face mask with UV protection.
- Make sure the fabric is soft and flexible.
- Choose a design that you love. Pick up a few different face masks to have an assortment. Let your personality shine through.
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get out into the world during the COVID-19 pandemic without much risk of contamination. A face mask is one recommendation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Still, you should use sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water before removing or putting masks on your face, and ideally, before you touch your helmet. Use local guidelines to know when to wear your mask when you’re around others.