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Face Masks

Face masks are the surprise essential gear trend of 2020, and outdoor brands have stepped up to supply us with a variety of options, whether we're prepping for a trip to the store or a trip to the mountains.

But how do you choose? Breathability? Material? Filters? Brand allegiance? Cool colors and patterns? Made in America? Giving back?

Check out our Outdoor Guide to Wearing Face Masks Hiking, Running, on the Trail if you're looking for face masks or coverings to protect from COVID-19. It includes:

Top Picks

How we choose: The best face masks highlighted here were selected based on 5 reviews of 4 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

How we test: Trailspace is powered entirely by our community of readers. The reviews posted here reflect the real-world experiences of outdoor enthusiasts just like you.

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Gator Sports Gator Duo

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This is awesome. It is microfleece on your neck and back of head (feels so soft and cozy!), and neoprene in-lined with fleece on face and ears(flexible and warm, good against wind, also soft and cozy). I have a small and it fits very well (I'm 5'7", 135 lb female), and the Velcro stick-together in back ensures a customized fit to your face no matter what your shape. The velcro isn't annoying at all, and makes it very easy to put on without hassle (personally, I like that it keeps my hair in place without wrecking it while putting it on :-).

Read more: Gator Sports Gator Duo review (1)

PolarWrap Exchanger II

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Helps keep core temperature. Reduces condensation inside tent or tarp.

Reasons to Buy

  • Feel warmer
  • Use more lightweight sleeping bag or sleeping quilt
  • Reduces condensation inside tent or tarp

I initially purchased the Polar Wrap Warm Air Mask for the heat exchanger, to use my out-breath to warm my in-breath because Montana winters are severe. This helps maintain my core temperature. For backpacking, it is my experience the Exchanger II does not impede my breathing at all. I also found out I am able to extend the sleeping bag or sleeping quilt comfort rating to lower temperatures. I also do not have the same condensation problem on my tent or tarp I had experienced. Now, if I site my tent or tarp properly, I get little or no condensation on the inside surface or my tent or tarp.

Read more: PolarWrap Exchanger II reviews (2)

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