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Works great, but uncomfortable on the upper cheeks
on June 4, 2012
These respirators are extra thick, so they're a lot better at filtering than the cheaper ones you find in big-box stores. It's really nice not having to smell sawdust for hours or days after a little woodworking. The breathing valve is an awesome feature--if you wear glasses, you don't end up fogging them up as much, and you're not stuck just rebreathing your own stale breath. When I've bought cheaper respirators, they've always fallen apart pretty quickly--the nose clip falls off, and the elastic pulls out of the staple or just breaks. These heavier-duty 3m 8511 respirators hold up better and still seem to do a decent job filtering after a few uses.
Because of all the extra padding, you'd also expect them to feel really comfy, too, but unfortunately, that's not the case. It might vary based on your head size or face shape, but because of the way the top strap fits, the textured pattern around the edge gets pressed into my upper cheeks and makes them sore after wearing the respirator for an hour or so. Then the irritation feels a little more pronounced after I take the respirator off. I might try loosening or extending the top strap as suggested in the comments on one of the other reviews. If that doesn't help, I'll probably try a different respirator after I use all of these ones up and need to buy more.
I'd definitely recommend this respirator over going without or using a lower-grade dust mask; I just wish it fit me a little more comfortably.