I am basing my opinion and feedback on my currently owned Halo masks, multiple Outdoor Research masks, a few Inex masks, two of the different Respro masks, and one Ar mask. The Gill masks far surpasses them all with one exception.
- That singular exception is if you wear it while exercising both the Respo and OR filtered running mask will allow easier respiration and greater breath volume with less effort. I currently live in Asia and the pollution can be an issue if trying to go for a run. Due to the size of the filtered intake area this mask is NOT suitable for exercise BUT I would definitely buy one (or be happy to test it for you) if they had a workout model with two filter areas or a bigger filtered area. For day to day work and school this single filter model is perfect.
- It works with glasses without fogging up!!!!!
- The the Gill mask sticks out in terms of looks, I don't mind but my children took some convincing to get them to wear it over their OR masks. (this was solved by the "how cool is it to be the first one" approach). I also suspect this is the direction most masks will go eventually with a rigid shape help away from the mouth.
-Speaking of mouth it provides enough stand off to be able to speak clearly.
- The mask is extremely comfortable although is does get wet in hot weather or if you tend to sweat.
- The mask is reusable and I can confirm after dipping 2 of our different masks and their filters into boiling water we have had zero issues other than the cords dry slowly. The is an improvement over the other masks which break apart after washing, get their cords caught, or in the case of the Respro the valves melted when we forgot to remove them.
-Gill's filter 10 pack are much more cost effective than everything else out there.
- Gill I am curious about sterilizing one in a UV station and the effect that would have on the silicone. Any input?
- This mask, its use of silicone and ease of cleaning, has helped out greatly with my sons mascne.
Overall this is an excellent product and I would highly recommend it to anyone for either pollution or school/shopping, travel environments. My recommendations to Gill are the above mentioned dual or larger filter sport model and please include a card that explains how your mask works. I have had to remove mine few times to argue with different access control entities and had to demonstrate that it doesn't have a "valve". This isn't a Gill issue, its a newness issue but a card form the manufacturer might keep folks from being forced to remove their masks in public AND what an awesome way to showcase the Pro masks medical grade certification. Well done folks. Keep up the good work!
Kenneth M Thompson
This review is partly objective and partly subjective. The fit of the mask itself is good, at least for me. Breathability is quite good and excepting the lack of exhaust valve is about as good as my Honeywell/North half-mask respirator. It also seals as well and is much better than masks or gaiters. It absolutely solved my "runny nose" syndrome that comes with direct-contact face coverings. I'm a sweat-er (I fill surgical gloves in under half an hour) and there is an issue of sweat buildup at the seal but I can live with that. The straps appear flimsy but aren't. What they are is a bit too tight even when loosened but this proper adjustment may require more wearing time than I have invested. I am considering using two straps, one for top and one for bottom to see if that improves long term (> 2hrs) comfort. I wear the Gill under a washable Mission multi-layer gaiter for appearance more than efficacy, but it certainly does no harm. Bottom line: best mask I've used.