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The Cambridge Mask comes in a typical medical face mask shape (as you normally see worn in hospitals), but unlike medical face masks these masks have the benefits of being washed and re-worn. It has looped elasticated bands that go around the ears for secure wear, with one adjustable drawstring on either side of the mask so you are able to tighten it if neccessary for a tighter fit.
The Cambridge Mask is available in 15 different designs and 5 different sizes:
- Extra Small
- Extra Large
The size I purchased and photographed myself wearing above is – Medium: 150x190mm, 33 – 64kg (Adult)
The filter positioned on the front of the Cambridge Mask on the right-hand side is there for filtering benefits and not only does it clear the air of pollution via this particulate filter, it also removes potentially harmful gases and pathogens with the additional carbon filter that it’s fitted with.
Functionality & Ease of use
Whilst wearing this mask I found that it was OK for a few things such as when at hospital appointments in waiting rooms but didn’t live up to standards for other activites such as comfortable wear during arts & crafts session at home. As an asthmatic I already struggle to breath, when I wear this mask I feel as though I know scientifically I’m being protected from pollutants present in my vicinity but at the same time if I’m to wear this mask for more than 10 minutes I struggle to breath in any air at all and feel my airways are highly restricted.
I have really small ears so fitting the adjustable strap around my ears is a little challenge and uncomfortable as the elastic pushes down on the cartilige in my ear and eventually the face mask comes off as there’s nothing for it to grip on to (I’ve had this problem all my life, it’s the worst when it comes to using earphones because they always fall out as a result of how tiny my ears are).
• People in at risk groups for respiratory disease, including children, elderly, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions.
• Asthmatics and allergy sufferers including Hay Fever.
• Hobbyists and DIY such as woodworking and sanding.
• Anyone travelling to regions known for poor air quality such as China and India.
• Anyone seeking protection for airborne irritants such as Dust and mould.
Cleaning the Cambridge Mask is pretty easy.
After unpacking the mask it’s best to clean it by handwashing and drying it thoroughly before wearing and using it. After a couple days/after every use you can repeat the same process of washing and drying it.
Final Thoughts – Spoonie Friendly?
This Cambridge Mask gets a 2 out of 5 on the Spoon Scale from me. The main purpose of this cambridge mask is to be able to breathe properly and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do so easily with this on. I’m asthmatic and pick up infections easily so the idea of a reusable filter mask was something that sounds very helpful to me. I gave it a 2 because of how straight forward this product is to clean and use but then in the long run it’s unfortunate that I struggled to have comfortability which is very important especially when suffering with chronic illnesses already causes discomfort. I can still use this mask as it hasn’t been 6 months yet since recieving this item and the Cambridge Mask Co. Website recommends to change it after a 6 month period. I’m going to try again with another size and/or brand of re-usable face mask as it’s an item that is very neccessary for a spoonie to have in their Spoonie Survival Kit.
Let me know if you bought one of these or something similar and how you’re getting on with it.
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