Respro Techno Mask Review

respro techno pollution mask

As winter approaches and factories begin to ramp up production, that familiar grey haze returns to those of us living in China. If you’ve lived in China or a heavily polluted part of the world for a while, you probably already have a preference for when it comes to masks, but either way, it’s always good to stay up-to-date right? When it comes to taking care of your cardiovascular health, you don’t want to skimp on price or try to save a buck without doing proper research first.

The first proper mask I ever bought was the Respro Techno. Being a daily cyclist and bicycle commuter in Shanghai, I was attracted to this mask as it’s advertised as optimized for general use in an urban environment. Sounds like me, since I commute about 15km daily on my bike and often commute via foot. Living in the center of Shanghai, wanted something that gave me a nice mix of value for money and protection from both smog and PM 2.5.

Before picking up the Techno, I had been using simple cloth masks that I’d get at Family Mart or Lawsons. Being pretty new to China and levels of smog here at the time, I figured that these were probably effective enough. I was also pretty broke after dumping a bunch of money into other moving expenses. Being a non-smoker from a mountainous area of the United States, I quickly noticed the adverse effects of breathing this crap in on a daily basis. The first winter I was here I was hacking up nasty loogies and phlegm just like the locals, except I’d only been here for a few weeks. It probably didn’t help that I moved to China in the dead of winter, historically the most polluted season.

Not to go on too much of a rant here, but I was green to this type of city living environment. Even if there wasn’t visible pollution particles in the air from factories, there was smog and exhaust constantly surrounding me while riding my bike. It could be a bluebird day with big puffy white clouds and I’d still be sucking down clouds of black smoke every time I was passed by a diesel bus or stuck in traffic. The first couple months of this were very hard to endure for me.

So if you’re in the market for your first pollution mask, I would highly suggest taking a look at the offerings from Respro. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Respro Techno.

The Mask

As I mentioned, the Respro Techno is a general use mask designed for urban environments. The mask itself is comprised of a Hepa-Type filter for sub-micron particle pollutants combined with a layer of DACC for blocking out various vapors and gasses. The Hepa-Type filter combined with the DACC layer help to target and reduce exposure to the laundry list of pollutants you’ll come across in an urban environment.

One of the nicer things about the Techno is the breathing valves that are designed to increase airflow outwards, while helping keep the air you breathe in clean and filtered. I found this feature to be a real treat after being used to cheap cloth-type and surgical-style masks. If you breathe heavy in those, you’ll get an excess of condensation build up which really sucks.

The mask comes in a few sizes: medium, large and extra-large. You’ll want to make sure that you get the right size; not too big, not too small. Your mask should fit snugly as to prevent any non-filtered air from leaking in. I myself, being a 5’10” (180cm) male, use a size large and it seems just fine. The neoprene structure is stretchy and fits the form of your face pretty well as long as you select the right size.

What I like

  1. Replaceable filters – yeah yeah yeah, I know. If you’re paying $$$ for a mask, you’d expect it to have replacement filters. This was one of the biggest selling points for me and the main reason I chose Respro. It’s an obvious advantage over other filter masks, but I had to highlight this. I’d recommend picking up a 3-pack of replacement Techno filters so that you can easily switch them out when needed, depending on how polluted your environment is.
  2. Low resistance for breathing – the exhaust blow off valves are a really nice touch. When you’re riding a bike or power walking your way to the metro, you’ll be breathing at an increased rate. So, having an easy exit for exhalation is a really nice benefit. Condensation will build up less quickly and you’ll be breathing much easier with less resistance.
  3. Easy to put on – it’s one strap with velcro and made of neoprene. Super easy to put on and stays snug.
  4. Comfortable – as mentioned, you’re going to want any pollution mask to fit snugly. With that in mind, the Techno is pretty comfortable and doesn’t leave your face looking like Homer Simpson’s after extended use (results may vary depending on your face’s shape).
  5. Colors – be boring and get black, or mix it up with red or blue. Or get all three and match your outfit.

What I don’t like

Filtration could be better – these masks are made for urban environments and do very well if used within such environments. However, they’re not intended to be used for industrial applications and don’t meet the European Directive 88/698 or 89/656. So, if you need your mask to meet those requirements, then keep shopping.

If you have a big nose, that little aluminum pincher might have to be bent to fit the profile of your nose.

Conclusion

The Respro Techno is a solid anti-pollution mask that is at home in the urban environment, especially if you’re a cyclist, jogger or walk like a New Yorker. It fits snugly, filters out most particles, fumes and gasses,

Check out our shop for the best prices on the Respro Techno as well as other choice pollution masks from Respro.

The Techno™ mask combines the Sportsta mask’s Hepa-Type filtration for sub-micron pollutants with the City mask’s Dynamic ACC (Activated Charcoal Cloth) filter. This combination provides increased performance ability covering a broader spectrum of dusts and odours than either filter on its own. Working in combination with the Techno filter, are two new Techno valves specifically designed to improve airflow performance on exhalation. With these new features, the Techno™ mask is at the top of the range.


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