An Introduction to Performance Face Masks

As we return to exercising and activity, safety should still be top priority. Here’s a brief guide to choosing and caring for the right face mask for you.

In early June, Under Armour released its UA Sportsmask, and it sold out within the hour. UA was the first major company to produce a face mask specifically designed with athletes and exercise in mind, and it is clear the demand was large. While those masks are now on back order until late summer, other brands have similar products that allow for maximum breath-ability and protection while working out.

Adidas Face Cover

These masks are made with 40 percent recycled material, are washable and reusable, and come in a sleek, sporty design. However, the best feature is that it’s available in different sizes, so you can pick the one that fits snugly to your face. Plus, $2 of every purchase goes to Save the Children’s Global Coronavirus Response Fund.

Three-pack, $16, Adidas Face Cover

Outdoor Voices OV Face Mask

Outdoor Voices, typically known for their ultra-soft yoga and outdoor crossover gear, designed a textured compression face mask using the same principles. They are adjustable, breathable and made for the sensitive skin on your face. All proceeds will be donated to Masks for the People.

Five-pack, $25, OV Face Mask

BOA Performask

Known for their quirky designs and patterns, BOA took a creative approach to face masks for runners. With a two-layer, four-way stretch design, they created a protective cover that’s guaranteed to stay in place during vigorous activity with elastic straps. Go with the solid black option, or opt for donuts, bananas or an American flag pattern.

$15, BOA Performask

Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hood

Admittedly, this isn’t the best option for summer, but it might be something worth grabbing now for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. The Hyperwarm covers the whole face and head, but uses Nike’s signature Dri-FIT technology to allow for airflow. Plus, it is designed with minimal seams to reduce the chance of chaffing. The garment is machine washable and reusable.

$30, Nike Hyperwarm 


One of the first brands to release a lightweight, sporty design with airflow in mind, Athleta’s layered mask comes in a variety of trendy colors that will complement your favorite work out outfit. They created their version using a spandex blend with a cotton liner. Like many others, they are machine washable and reusable.

Five-pack, $30, Athleta

Face mask care 101

Treat your face mask like any other piece of athletic gear.

  • Wash in hot water after every use.
  • When carrying, fold or roll it to keep the protective part on the outside.
  • Purchase multiple options, so you aren’t tempted to reuse without washing.

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