Best Face Mask Award

The editors selected our Essential Face Mask in their Gear of the Year awards.

Would you ever have guessed a face covering would become a necessary part of our everyday gear? Now we know how crucial it is to have a high-quality covering that fits great. We worked hard to create just that—and we’re proud to announce Popular Mechanics agrees. The iconic magazine, founded in 1902, named the Outdoor Research Essential Face Cover “Best Face Mask” in their Gear of the Year awards.

Out of all the face covers they tested, the magazine’s editors said the Essential performed the best. “It’s tall enough that it covers our nose and chin comfortably, and the adjustable ear loops keep it snug but not too tight,” they wrote. “We were fine wearing it during moderately strenuous exercise, since the polyester is thin enough to not make us feel smothered.”

Of course we weren’t surprised they thought we make the best face covers—they’re not alone. Our protective gear has been recommended by many other magazines and websites, too.

We’ve been making protective outdoor gear for 40 years—and we applied all that know-how to our face masks. You’ll find the same attention to detail and high-end materials you see in our alpine climbing jackets in our face masks. They’re meant to be so comfortable and functional you forget you’re wearing them. But of course, you don’t have to take our word for it.