In this ASICS Runners Face Cover review we try to answer the question: is the ASICS Runners Face Cover the best face mask for running? Is it any good for workouts? Is it better in any way than the Under Armour UA SPORTSMASK? Can it be cleaned? And, most importantly: can you actually drink in the ASICS Runners Face Cover without taking it off?
We had quite a few requests to review the ASICS Runners Face Cover. Seemingly, people were most curious whether or not you could actually drink through this mask, and I’m happy to report you can. But the ASICS Runners Face Cover has so much more to offer than just this one feature. Once I’ve run in it a few more times, rest assured this will be updated but it’s already clear this is a great running face mask.
As mentioned before, even the best face masks are not well-suited for exercising as they sit very close to the face, not giving you enough room to breathe when you are are working hard and need all the air you can get. Performance face masks, such as the ASICS Runners Face Cover, try to doctor this issue by creating a bit of extra room between the mask and your face.
• Pre-order the ASICS Runners Face Cover for £35 directly from ASICS, available from mid-September
The ASICS Runners Face Cover is a simple yet very effective face mask for running: it is comfortable, secure and adjustable, light and most importantly, it dries very quickly. It also feels sturdy and and item that will last long enough to justify its asking price.
Just to clarify: although the fabric of the ASICS Runners Face Cover is anti-bacterial, it won’t filter viruses or bacteria, as you inhale through the mask; ASICS never claimed it would. What it will do, however, is making it less likely that your cough droplets will spread as you exhale.
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ASICS Runners Face Cover review: fit and ergonomics
The ASICS Runners Face Cover is comfortable to wear despite the fact that it only come in one size. This is at least partially due to the adjustable cord that can be used to tighten the mask as close to the face as you wish. And the same cord also helps keeping the mask around the neck when not in use, so you don’t have to shove it in a pocket or the best gym bag either.
There is no wire above the nose bridge to adjust the fit and the ASICS Runners Face Cover also sits higher up on the nose than the the UA SPORTSMASK, which in my case meant that the bottom of the mask was above my chin. Nevertheless, the mask still covers the mouth and the nose and there is ample amount of space too in between the mask and your face. Well, considering you are wearing a mask, that is.
The harder plastic mesh at the front helps the mask keep its structure even when the ASICS Runners Face Cover is tightened behind the head. There is quick-drying soft fabric covering the front of the mask from the outside, and both sides around the cheeks.
As for drinking in the mask, it is…