Maybe it’s time to get yours, too.
With myriad of colours, designs and patterns for face masks in the market, everyone should have more than enough reusable masks to last them a lifetime by now. Yet, when the Under Armour Sportsmask was launched in SG on July 24, it sold out online and in stores within an hour – just like what happened in the US.
What gives? This mask is not just designed for day-to-day use. It’s specifically designed for sports, hence the name Sportsmask. Its claim to fame? Breathability.
“The Under Armour Sportsmask is structured to sit up and off your face, which makes breathing and talking easier. It doesn’t move in and out as you breathe as cloth masks can,” says Cara McDonough, vice president of accessories and licensing at Under Armour. “Also, moisture-wicking fabric moves sweat to an inner layer so that sweat doesn’t build up on the mask in front of the nose and mouth, which might limit breathability.”
Currently, those engaging in strenuous activities such as running, jogging, cycling and HIIT workouts are exempted from wearing a mask. But based on rave reviews we’ve heard so far, we can expect to see more people donning the Sportsmask for exercise.
Celebrity yoga instructor Denise Keller, for instance, has been using the Under Armour Sportsmask for light walks, jogs and yoga in the park. “I love how the Sportsmask is structured in design. This is the first mask that moulds perfectly around my face. It’s very spacious and gives me enough room to breathe heavy and hard without struggle. It also doesn’t stick to my face after a sweaty session,” she says.
Another one who praises the fit of the mask is MMA athlete Tiffany Teo, who finds the mask ideal for yoga, weightlifting and other indoor workouts. “The fit of the mask is great. It was easy to breathe, and I didn’t have to make any adjustments to it while working out.”
For swimmer Amanda Lim, the mask is so comfortable that she wears it everywhere she goes. “Comparing the UA Sportsmask with other reusable masks I’ve tried, the breathability of the UA Sportsmask is optimal. It doesn’t stick to my mouth when I talk or do light exercises in it. And because of this, I don’t sound muffled and actually want to wear it everywhere I go! Versatility wise, it is awesome.”
Obviously, the Sportsmask is flying off shelves for aesthetic reasons too.
Amanda calls the design “super cool, looks like I’m part of a Star Wars movie!”, while Denise says “I get so many people asking me where I got my UA sportsmask from; it gives me an extra cool when I’m a sweaty mess out there”.
Given the popularity of the Sportsmask and the fact that mask wearing is here to stay, we can only hope to see more colour options being offered next.
For now, the only question is what size to get.
Before racing to get your mask, check out the charts below to figure out your sizing.
Here’s a tip from Amanda: “It is very important to follow the sizing chart. My measurement on the chart is actually an M/L, but I got an S/M because I was worried that it would be too big. As a result, the mask tugs on my ear a little. Even so, the material for the ear loops is very thin and stretchy, and I still feel very comfortable in it.”
UPDATE ON AVAILABILITY: The Under Armour Sportsmask ($35) will be next restocked on August 14. It will be available at Under Armour stores in Orchard Central, Bugis Junction, Paragon, Funan and VivoCity.