• Best respirator mask for polluted cities?

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  • I'm traveling to Bangkok and I'd like to not fill my lungs with exhaust every time I go outside.

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    Question by wayne
    04/09/2011

To actually do any good, you'd need a real respirator with the proper cartridges. This 3M web app should help you pick the right kind. http://www3.3m.com/SLSWeb/home.html?region=AMERICA%C2%AElId=20&langCode=EN&countryName=United%20States You're going to look rather silly wearing this around, though, and it would probably be a bit insulting to the natives. YMMV.

Answer by derek murawsky
05/23/2011

For years I used to use a Respro mask when cycling. It was a pleasant change not to get home and blow my nose to reveal a glob of black snot. I would post a link but the anti-spam measures on this board seem rather over zealous. Just search for Respro. (the only reason I don't use one any more is that I've moved somewhere far less polluted).

Answer by graemed
05/23/2011

There are a variety of respirator ratings offered by NIOSH (us) here. Most people just use a mask with the lowest rating - N95 - unless they have a clear need to use something better. You can pick up such masks at the hardware store for very reasonable prices, and from what I've seen, there are enough Asians who wear masks in big cities that you won't stand out.

Answer by nordsieck
05/23/2011

Most of the respirator products are passive masks and the lungs' muscles need to exert extra work to overcome the resistance to air flow thru the filter. Would recommend the active respirator like 'Ecbreathe' powered adaptor for respirator mask -This ECBreathe uses battery power to help overcome the resistance and you can breathe freely.

Answer by funwey
01/15/2014

Check for "cool max" or "coolmax" in the main CT site. I posted a comment with a link to a place that still sells them now.

Answer by roger knights
04/09/2014
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