The best face masks for exercising are breathable and won’t fall off your face while you’re working out at the gym or playing sports. But not all sports face masks are made equal.
If you’re looking for an exercise mask to wear to the gym, you’ll want one that meets all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidances. The right mask should completely cover your nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps, and feature a nose wire for a perfect fit around the bridge of the nose. Look for masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. When it comes to gaiters, the CDC recommends wearing one with two layers, or folding a single-layer gaiter to make a second layer.
Some vented face masks, sometimes called elevation training masks, are advertised for working out. But these masks are designed to train you for optimized breathing, and not for protection against— they allow virus particles to escape.
Reebok face covers (3 pack)
These 4.3-star Reebok face masks are made of breathable fabric, comfortably stretch around your ears and are washable. Find them in two sizes: XS/S or M/L. Their black hue won’t clash with anything you’re wearing.
Asics Runners mask
This well-reviewed athletic face mask by Asics wraps around the back of your head so it won’t budge while you run. It’s made of a quick-dry fabric and doesn’t get too close to your face, making it easier to breathe. It has an adjustable fit and water-repellent exterior.
Athleta Activate face mask (2 pack)
The reviewer-loved Athleta Activate reusable face mask two-packs come in a variety of colors. They mold around the nose and cheeks and have adjustable ear loops. They’re made of a breathable fabric that’s quick-drying.
Outdoor Research Adrenaline sports face mask kit
This 4-star wraparound face mask from Outdoor Research has adjustable ear loops and a nose wire. It comes in black or gray and has a moisture-wicking lining that has a cooling effect. Its mesh material lifts the mask off the face and nose for better breathing. It also has replaceable filters. Its material is microbe- and germ-resistant.
You can find the mask on Amazon for $29, but it’s available through the Outdoor Research site for just $15.
Under Armour Sportsmask
This Under Armour face mask has a bendable nose piece and stretch ear loops. Its material prevents moisture build-up and has an anti-microbial treatment. This water-resistant mask, available in three sizes, offers room between it and your face for easier breathing during workouts.
“It stays cool, has comfortable ear loops, fits well, looks good…what else could you ask for?” a reviewer says.
Under Armour Sportsmask fleece gaiter
An excellent choice for colder winter months, the anti-microbial Under Armour Sportsmask fleece gaiter offers a more-protective take on traditional gaiters. Like the mask version, it’s designed to stay off your mouth and nose. The fabric is designed to keep the inside of the mask feeling cool, while keeping the rest of you feeling warm in chilly temperatures.
The North Face Nano mask
These top-rated The North Face masks have adjustable ear loops and a nose strip. They’re super breathable.
Borgasets breathable sport face masks
These affordable, 4.3-star sports face masks available on Amazon come in a variety of colors. Pick from a two-pack, three-pack or five-pack. They’re made of a quick-drying fabric and have adjustable ear loops. They also come in kids’ sizes.
Yeti neck gaiter by Buff
This seamless, 4.5-star gaiter by Buff with Yeti branding has a cooling technology and can be worn in more than 12 ways. In addition to serving as a face mask for exercise, this buff can be used as a headband, hat and more. Buy it in six colors and prints.