Wearing a mask outdoors has become part of our identity for the year 2020 and also the norm. As with anything that has become the norm, different new normal-related products start popping up… becoming another avenue for revenue. #ThanksCapitalism !
Uniqlo finally released their long-awaited face masks made with AIRism fabric, their newly-created (we use this term loosely) fabric technology which was used for their AIRism range of underwear, shirts, athleisure and more. AIRism felt great for an undergarment! Cool, soft, comfortable. [Read our review about airy-fairy underwear here.] It seems a no-brainer to use this material for a face mask. We got ourselves some of the masks and we are… underwhelmed, to say the least.
For background info: the AIRism Face Masks come in 2 different colours: Black or White, which is to be expected, with Uniqlo being a very minimalistic brand. The mask is made with 3 layers, with the 1st and 3rd layer (front and back of the mask) comprising the ever-popular AIRism mesh fabric. What the middle layer comprises was not specified on their website. The masks come in 3 different sizes, S, M and L. I’m not exactly the smallest person, a white L size was my best fit.
The AIRism Mask is super light, soft and really smooth in your hands, which is great. When worn, it feels almost like there’s nothing on your face, thanks to being so light and thin. Sadly, this also means that there’s ALOT of movement. Every time you breathe out, it billows out like the sail of a pirate ship. When you breathe in, it gets sucked inward and drapes itself dramatically around your lower face bits… not ideal.
Without a doubt, breathability is a breeze with this mask. For the few days we tested this, I’ve never felt suffocated or out of breath, which was a huge step up from the standard free gov-issued mask. The amount of breathability made us wonder, “does it actually help prevent the transmission of droplets?”
We did a quick test, using cigarette smoke to illustrate the permeability.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE, ADVOCATE, NOR SUPPORT SMOKING IN ANY WAY. (except maybe smoking your meats in a BBQ)
Left to right: AIRism (White) vs Gov-issued (Black)
As you can see, the mask does filter much more than the standard masks, which makes this a reasonable alternative to protect you while still staying breathable 🙂
At $14.90 for 3pcs, the mask is reasonably priced. For what it’s worth, it is not that bad of a deal. As the average mask out there cost roughly around $5/pcs, we think Uniqlo did a great job of keeping these products priced affordably.
After a critical analysis of weighing the COMFORT, PRICE, & BREATHABILITY, it pleases us to decree this product with the verdict of a BRUTAL APPROVE!
Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask
Uniqlo’s AIRism Mask is not a perfect face mask. their biggest strength with the AIRism material is also the greatest weakness with it helping breathability and filtering yet still feel uncomfortable on your face. Reasonable pricing make this mask a strong contender to replace the one you are currently wearing.