3M Particulate igkRS Respirator, 10 Count (2 Pack)
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- 3M 9211, MMM9211
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The lightweight, disposable N95 particulate respirator is designed to help provide quality, reliable respiratory protection for the professional. 3M uses a variety of innovative technologies and features to help you meet your respiratory protection and comfort needs. 3M's proprietary filter media, 3M Advanced Electret Media, filters dust and other particles, while allowing for easy breathing. The proprietary 3M Cool Flow Exhalation Valve reduces heat build-up inside the respirator to help keep the wearer more comfortable. The soft inner material provides added comfort while the soft nose foam and adjustable nose clip help provide a custom fit. These features are designed to enhance user comfort and help increase wearability.
Top Customer Reviews
The mask comes in individual plastic bags and are folded flat. I like that they are individually packaged, as I have had problems both at jobsites and at my workshop keeping fresh masks from being contaminated with dust when they are all nested together in one bag. Not a problem when each mask has its own wrapper. Also, you know when you take it out that it hasn't been used by someone else and then put back.
These also have the comfort valve, as you see in the picture. A light, flexible flap opens when you exhale, but immediately shuts when you inhale. It is protected by a surprisingly sturdy plastic cage, emblazoned with the 3M logo. This valve makes a huge difference, especially in hot climates. It makes a huge difference in both heat and moisture retention; making the mask markedly more comfortable vastly increases the likelihood that it will be worn when needed by you, your employees, or whomever. This is a critical feature, in my opinion, and worth the extra dough over those without it. In colder climes, or when one only needs to use the mask for short periods, you might be able to do without the vent and save a few bucks.
One very nice thing about this mask over the pre-molded versions is that the chin portion opens up to actually cover my entire chin by snugging up under it. For me, this gives a better fit than the molded ones that just seem to sit on top of my chin. I've got to give the comfort edge to these. Like the molded version, these masks also have a thin metal strip that you can mold to the bridge of your nose. On the inside of this strip is a broad and soft strip of foam, sufficiently thick (about 1/8 inch) to conform to the contours of your nose when using the metal clamp.
My only complaint about these otherwise excellent respirators revolves around the straps. I think they could be more robust. While they are strong enough not to break, I find they stretch out too easily and lose elasticity, especially if you find yourself taking the mask on and off, or reusing it over time. It is true that these are extremely comfortable to wear - indeed they are the most comfortable I've found - I would prefer if they held the mask just a little tighter to my face. The straps themselves are held to the mask by staples, an arrangement I also don't prefer, but I've never had one snap or slip loose from this point.
These are more expensive than the pre-molded versions, but I the additional comfort and individual packaging makes it worth it to me. There are other brands that are also N95-rated, but I trust my lungs to these, which have never failed me. I do want to mention one cautionary note about any filter: They do clog eventually. When insulating my attic with blow-in insulation, my respirator got so clogged I could barely breathe through it. While they did their job and no dust got through, a clogged filter can be dangerous so check your filters/respirators often if you are in extreme conditions.
The issue over the straps is a minor one for me, really, and doesn't keep me from going back to these masks over others. They are well made and very comfortable. They are excellent for dusty environments around the home, and also for appropriate work settings. I also include these particular ones in my emergency kits for home, auto, and work. Recommended!
-I like the plastic on the outside of the moldex because I can grab it without it getting dirty from my hands. This 3M model gets fairly dirty.
-I like how this mask sticks out from my face because it makes it less sweaty.
-As others have noted, the rubber bands are weak on this model (and the others I've tried). But by the time they break (~2 weeks), it's usually about time to throw it away anyway because it's dirty.
-Ultimately, I prefer this masks because it has an adjustable metal nose piece, which gives me a good fit. The moldex does not, and I felt that the seal was not great.
My only minor complaint with these is that they don't hold their shape as well as the 3M 8511 N95 3M 8511 N95 Particulate Respirator with Exhalation Valve, Box of 10, so when I have to take them on and off a lot, like during a demolition project, the bottom tends to bunch upwards so I am always having to pull it down.
Overall these work great and are very good for the money.