Why We Got Into The Mask Game
COVID19 has changed the way we look at personal protective equipment. With global shortages of both surgical masks and N95 masks governments around the world have asked their citizens to leave those masks for front line medical workers. Yet, masks will be required in many aspects of public life. Fabric masks are the go to option.
Like any new product, there is a spectrum of masks from all levels of quality of materials and craftsmanship. It was seeing so many masks on the lower end of the spectrum that made The Danger Team decide we had to step in the arena and start making fabric masks. Seeing someone selling a mask made from polyester with unfinished edges and cheap elastic ear loops was a wakeup call that we had to spring into action.
We leveraged our network and experience to understand the current recommendations and research in the area of fabric masks with regards to coverage requirements, most optimal fabric choices, and usability considerations.
We sourced the optimal fabrics needed to construct the mask and to be able to avoid any supply chain issues in these troubling times when most supply chains have been interrupted.
After creating a half dozen prototypes and iterating the design we are proud to introduce The Dangerous Mask. Safety for the wearer, danger for the viewer.
In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, NHS our mask has been designed using a mix of 100% cotton weaves. The outer layer is made from the tightest weave of all the fabrics in the mask, providing the most resistance to particles as well as the stylish exterior. The two inner layers are made from cotton gauze that has a natural resistance to absorption while the inside of the mask is made from a black muslin that offers more filtration via its natural ability to trap moisture.
Each of these 4 layers is made from a single piece of fabric, this allows us to avoid having large seams right in front of the mount like you would see with some two-piece masks. And just like a handmade suit, this mask is able to take on its three-dimensional shape through craft applied to the cut and construction techniques.
In addition to these 4 layers, our mask offers a two-layer muslin pocket in front of your mouth where additional filter materials can be placed.
More important than construction is fit, ultimately our mask would be useless if it doesn’t fit you properly. Proper coverage of the face is paramount to the function of any mask, as such the majority of our design decisions were motivated by fit.
To ensure the mask contours to the nose and creates contact there is a malleable wire support that can be press molded to match the bridge of the nose.
To prevent the mask from being too tight or too loose there are adjustable elastic ear loops. Adjust their length until the mask is snug against the face but not pulling on your ears.