I did some research awhile back on the best basic surgical type particulate masks to get for me and my family for things like SARS, Bird Flu and other things. Seems like a relevant subject given todays Mexican Swine Flu problem. I came up with the 3M Health Care Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask which is rated NIOSH 95 and meets the Centers for Disease Control standards for Tuberculosis Exposure Control. Sorting through the fads and fashion of the outdoor equipment industry to identify and promote the very best wilderness gear for high end recreational users, backcountry professionals and government agencies. Hardcore Outdoor is dedicated to those who won’t or can’t turn back.
You can buy better more expensive masks but it is probably overkill for this kind of thing. These are very good quality and come in adult (#1870) and children (#1860S) sizes. These masks are fairly comfortable to wear all day and have a nice degree of adjustability. I especially like the #1870 models for things like kits or BDU pockets because they are individually wrapped and lay flat.
You might have a little trouble finding them right now but when you get a chance pick up a couple cases and store them with the rest of your “just in case” stuff. You do have “just in case” stuff right? If you don’t you should because grocery stores don’t have nearly as much back stock as they used to. Everybody does their computer managed, just-in-time restocking at night and any sort of a disruption in that supply chain could result in bare shelves and empty cupboards.
I have seen it happen. Don’t get caught short. Take a look at the everyday things you need to run your house and then consider how you would do it if you didn’t have any power. Stock up accordingly so that you can be self-sufficient for a couple of weeks. Be prepared to take care of yourself, don’t end up like this.
Sorting through the fads and fashion of the outdoor equipment industry to identify and promote the very best wilderness gear for high end recreational users, backcountry professionals and government agencies.
Hardcore Outdoor is dedicated to those who won’t or can’t turn back.