Outdoor Research Face Mask Kit

Outdoor Research Face Mask Kit

HOW DOES THE OR FACE MASK COMPARE?

As it became clear that the global pandemic was not going away quickly, Outdoor Research realised their customers would need long-term solutions for personal protective equipment. People were heading to work or out for their daily errands wearing everything from bandanas to disposable surgical masks and respirators. But what kind of protection do most of us really need on a daily basis? OR researched and listened to their customers, and designed a durable, comfortable and safe solution for anyone who leaves their home.

Outdoor Research Face Mask Kits are built to save you money over time by being durable, washable and highly effective—to keep you and others protected. OR worked hard to produce the most comfortable face mask possible. Here is how their face mask stacks up against other types of protection on the market.

A person wearing a reusable face mask shops for plants at an outdoor market.

Outdoor Research Face Masks V. Bandanas or Simple Cloth Masks

A homemade fabric face mask or bandana may have worked as a quick fix, but OR durable face masks offer significantly more protection and are designed to last longer.

  • Bandanas have been shown to be the least protective type of facial covering. They may stop aerosolized respiratory droplets to some degree, but leaks and gaps in the fit keep them from being more effective. OR face masks are designed for a customizable fit, closing the gaps left by bandanas and fitting snugly over the face and mouth.
  • Better fitting homemade cloth face masks with multiple layers of quilting fabric or off-the-shelf cone-style masks offer increased protection compared to a bandana—but OR face masks go several steps further. OR added a filter inside, tested to ASTM standards, and added HEIQ V-BLOCK® NPJ03 treatment (which prevents bacteria and virus contamination) to the fabric mask itself, as well as a customizable fit that helps close any leaks or gaps.
  • The durable polyester fabric our reusable face masks are made of outperforms cotton in a 10,000+ cycle abrasion test, and is faster to dry and wick moisture.

Outdoor Research Face Masks V. Basic Paper Face Masks

Disposable paper face masks offer some physical barriers, but are not rated for any sort of filtration efficiency and are not designed to protect against transmission of fluids, sprays or aerosols.

  • In contrast, OR face mask filters are tested to the ASTM F2100-2019 medical face mask standard (although not intended for medical use).
  • They are made in the U.S. and filter greater than 95% of virus, bacteria, and particles in accordance with ASTM test standards.
  • Compared to single-use disposable masks, Outdoor Research’s durable, reusable face masks reduce waste.
  • Outdoor Research face masks are washable and treated with HEIQ V-BLOCK® NPJ03, offering increased safety by reducing the chance of bacteria or viral contamination, in comparison to reusing a disposable paper mask.

A person wearing an Outdoor Research face mask looks at their watch while out trail running.

Outdoor Research Face Masks V. Disposable ASTM-Rated Surgical or Procedural Masks

Disposable, single-use face masks rated ASTM Level 1, 2 and 3 are designed for medical use. ASTM Level 1 is the most common type of medical face mask, and offers 95% filtration at the .1 micron level. Masks rated ASTM Level 2 or 3 are also single-use medical masks, but are rated for “procedure” or “surgical” and have filtration efficiencies of 98% at the .1 micron level. According to the Centres for Disease Control, these types of surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

  • From a filtration point of view, Outdoor Research mask filters are similar to ASTM Level 1 masks. However, they are not intended for medical use, so they are not manufactured to pass the “fluid resistance test” involving a synthetic blood sprayed at the pressure of blood vessels, which is higher than the pressure of a sneeze or cough.
  • Outdoor Research face masks are designed to be reusable, with filter inserts being changed around every 5 to 7 days depending on the amount of use and facial hair, make-up, sweat, humidity, etc. Our moisture-wicking face masks dry quickly and are perfect for indoor and outdoor use.

Outdoor Research Face Masks V. N95 Respirators

The highest level of filtration efficiency is found in NIOSH-approved particulate respirators, N95 being a common type. Respirators function differently from face masks, and this type of PPE is currently in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, according to the CDC.

  • Outdoor Research masks filter greater than 95% of virus, bacteria, and particles in accordance with ASTM test standards, but this does not equate to an N95 rating as this product is not a respirator nor has it been tested to that particle standard.
  • Unlike disposable respirators, Outdoor Research’s breathable face masks are reusable and also microbe and germ resistant.

Two people walk down a trail while wearing reusable face masks by Outdoor Research.

What Sets Outdoor Research Face Masks Apart

OR’s designers applied the same attention to function and comfort while designing these face masks as they do designing the meticulously crafted ski gloves and perfected rain jackets we’re famous for. Here’s what makes the Outdoor Research face masks unique.

About the Face Mask

  • Fully customizable fit. Adjustable ear loops and nose wire for a comfortable fit and tight seal. and snug fit.
  • Microbe and Germ Resistant. Water & stain repellent, the mask can be laundered up to 30 times while maintaining 100% of the HEIQ V-BLOCK® NPJ03 performance.  After 30 washes, the HEIQ V-BLOCK® will slowly diminish.
  • Built to last. Durable polyester fabric outperforms cotton in a 10,000+ cycle abrasion test, and is faster to dry and wick moisture.

About the Filter

  • Filters greater than 95% of virus, bacteria, and particles in accordance with ASTM test standards.
  • Reduces the risk of contaminant transmission .
  • Made in the USA.
  • Breathable & Non-Irritating.

ENQUIRE ABOUT THE  OR FACE MASK KIT HERE…

 
La Sportiva 2020 News

La Sportiva 2020 News

La Sportiva in 2020 releases a number of new products for the climber and mountain runner! A revolutionary new indoor competition shoe in the Theory will be a favourite for not only the plastic comp climber, but its adaptability will cater for all levels of climbers no matter the surface or steepness of the terrain! The Jackal is the new Ultra trail shoe with its combination of different cushioning insert in the sole unit, this shoe is super responsive and offers endless comfort for the distance runner!

Theory

La Sportiva Theory

Solution Comp

La Sportiva Solution Comp

Jackal

La Sportiva – Jackal

Theory W

La Sportiva Theory W

Solution Comp W

La Sportiva Solution Comp W

Jackal W

La Sportiva – Jackal W

TX Guide

La Sportiva – TX Guide
Climb-in-Gym Tour 2019

Climb-in-Gym Tour 2019

Dan Fisher’s reflection on his Grampians Tour 2018

Dan Fisher’s reflection on his Grampians Tour 2018

Being back in little old Canberra is always a bit of a drainer after a trip down to the Grampians. Pre-trip I had written up a tick list of about 15 boulders I wanted to get on, not just for this trip but future trips as well. I also had two major goals in mind- flash a double-digit climb and also send a V13.

Climbing is a funny sport; we spend countless hours driving to remote and beautiful locations only to get stuck focusing all our time and energy onto a 1m wide pathway to the top of a boulder. We don’t look for the easiest way to the top of the boulder but the hardest most aesthetically pleasing point in which we are able to drag ourselves up, only to climb back down and look for another line that matches our ridiculously specific set of standards. If it doesn’t match these criteria the climb is boring, not a classic, sharp, un-enjoyable, doesn’t match my body type, too hard or any other of the plethora of excuses we make up on the spot. My favorite excuse is that I am too weak, especially in the Grampians as the rock there is pretty hard to fault.

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I had an amazing trip, not just because of the rock but because this was the first trip to the Grampians in which I wasn’t coming out of an injury/break/outbreak of weakness. I was able to focus in on a few key meters of rock and haul myself to the top of quite a few classics. I accomplished half of my tick list, and one of my 2 goals which means I’ll be back down there as soon as the weather starts getting cool again. I got lucky on a few sends and managed to flash quite a few amazing lines.

 

Tick list for the trip:

Roobix Cube                                                    V12 Flash

Last Action Hiro                                              V12

In the Cloud                                                     V11 Flash

So You Think You Can Dance                      V11

Point and Shoot                                               V11

100 Pound Club                                              V10 Flash

Grip Master                                                      V10

Etch-a-Sketch                                                   V10

 

Etch- A-Sketch V10

A nice anecdote that I would like to finish with is something that a friend mentioned to me while we were training. We were talking about the mindset of top-level athletes in other sports. Top-level athletes in every aspect of their chosen sport aren’t seen to be making excuses like I find myself doing, instead they try their hardest every single time – even when they are just training. When I think back to every hard climb or boulder I have done, I remember trying as hard as I possibly could – which is something I consciously strove towards throughout my recent trip to the Grampians. So to the smart ass at the crag that offers the sarcastic advice- “Maybe you should just try harder’”, you’re right, we should all just try harder. However, instead of telling people to try harder I am testing a different approach. – I explain this concept alongside a great athlete who is always seen to be trying his hardest– Roger Federer. Thus when you hear me shouting encouragement at the gym or crag from now on I’ll be telling people to “Roger it”. Because if we all focused and tried as hard as Roger Federer does every single attempt; I am pretty certain we will all be sitting on top of a 1 meter wide pathway that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but matches all of our ridiculously specific standards.

Roger that.

Daniel

Dan Fisher is apart of the La Sportiva and Edelrid Australian climbing teams. He is know for his hard first ascents at Nowra and many of his routes are still waiting for second ascents! Not only on rock has he pushed the limit, but he has national titles in both lead and bouldering to his name. He is one of Australia’s best new generation climbers, and is one of only a handful of Aussie climbers to crank that hard grade of 34 (8c+)….

DMM – BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

DMM – BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Expedition Equipment has teamed up with DMM to produce an Australian exclusive limited edition of pink climbing hardware and giving $2 of each sale to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. For Australian women, the most common cancer is breast cancer, with eight women dying from the disease each day. Research is the only way to prevent deaths and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated.

By funding only world-class research, NBCF is working towards a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

Together we can beat breast cancer, support the cause and purchase the pink DMM gear from these stores:

 

Climb-in-Gym Tour 2018

Climb-in-Gym Tour 2018

Climb-in-Gym Tour 2018 is the Test & Feel Tour

organized by La Sportiva in 68 of the most famous climbing gyms in Europe & Australia!

It will be your chance to discover the latest La Sportiva rebooted climbing shoes:

Solution Men, Solution Woman & Otaki.

 

Are you ready?

 VILLAWOOD // SYDNEY INDOOR CLIMBING GYM // 4th SEPT

KATOOMBA // CAMP STREET // 5th SEPT

ST PETERS // SYDNEY INDOOR CLIMBING GYM // 6th SEPT

BRISBANE // ROCKSPORTS // 11th SEPT

ST LEONARDS // CLIMB FIT // 13th SEPT

BRUNSWICK // NORTH WALLS // 4th OCT

NEWCASTLE // PULSE // 10th OCT

CENTRAL COAST // PULSE // 17th OCT

CANBERRA // BLOCHAUS // 19th OCT

Lowe Alpine – NEW Aeon

Lowe Alpine – NEW Aeon

AEON

Welcome to The Aeon – A new series of lightweight, versatile, technical daypacks. A go anywhere, do anything pack, take it hiking, mountain biking, climbing or trail running. It will even stand up to the daily commute. Pick up an Aeon and find your footing in a world filled with Infinite Possibilities™.

The Aeon range is available now from a select number of our most revered independent stockists.

 

THE AEON RANGE

 

FEATURES IN FOCUS

AIR-CONTOUR BACK SYSTEM

FLEXION™ HARNESS

MULTI-LOCK TOOL™

“The Flexion™ harness has taken many months and hundreds of development samples to get to where we wanted to be – the result is something that is truly innovative and redefines pack harness construction. Allied with the rest of the Air Contour back system and great packs that mix up style and outstanding performance we believe we now have a range that can be category defining.”

TIM FISH | BRAND DIRECTOR

Outdoor Research Scotty Hawker’s UTMB Journey

Outdoor Research Scotty Hawker’s UTMB Journey

Outdoor Research in it’s element at UTMB, words from Scotty Hawker OR brand ambassador.

OR Helium II Jacket – The Perfect Light Weight Answer

First and foremost the Helium II Jacket was in it’s element in the severe weather conditions at race. I had a back up jacket with my crew just incase the Helium soaked through with all the snow and rain that we had, but I never had to change over jackets throughout the 21hr 55mins I was travelling around Mont Blanc. I knew it was a great piece of kit but this even surprised me! My crew were also loving the bright lemongrass colour as they were able to easily pick me out within the pack of runners early on at checkpoints. This is the go to rain jacket for ultra running, and I would recommend the Helium to all that venture into the sport. Its not the lightest jacket out there, but only a few extra grams of tape sealing and more durable fabrics it does the job and more…

Outdoor Research Sensor 150 Gloves – A Must Have

A big concern for me was cold hands! So alternating throughout the race between the PL 150 Sensor and the PL Base Sensor gloves enabled me to help regulate my body temp and stay warm. Through the night the PL150 were more than up to the job and then through the day the Base Sensor kept things comfortable and also prevented any rubbing from wet hiking pole straps! I’m not a big user of gloves when running as the cool temps both ready phase me normally, but the extreme conditions at this year’s UTMB I wasn’t going to leave the start without a set of the perfect gloves!

Echo Ubertube

The final item that was part of my kit was the Echo Ubertube. Like the Echo Tee the material is a dream to wear and the Ubertube is such a versatile and comfortable piece of kit to have. It was instrumental in helping me keep warm and also cool off where the outside temps ranged from -10 up to 12 deg. I will not be leaving home without the Ubertube no matter the weather conditions….

There’s not really a better test for trail running equipment than at the worlds most competitive trail ultramarathon and I can’t speak highly enough of how the gear performed!

 

Scotty Hawker OR brand ambassador. finished 11th place at this year’s UTMB in 21hrs 55mins! The 2017 edition was the most competitive ultramarathon in the history of the sport…..

Read Scotty journey around Monte Blanc here

New Product – Sterling WorkPro Static Rope

New Product – Sterling WorkPro Static Rope

For the WorkPro, Sterling have developed an entirely new approach to rope construction—one that makes for balanced elongation in the core and sheath so they share the load evenly. This makes the WorkPro Series stronger than other ropes of similar construction while retaining a small but important amount of elongation.

Sterling’s newest static rope is the direct result of a rigorous in-use testing and evaluation process with rope access professionals working in variable and harsh conditions. The final design incorporates their feedback and benefits from Sterling’s extensive experience working with nylon/ polyester mixed material ropes.

  • Polyester Sheath gives great durability including abrasion and UV
  • Nylon Core gives suppleness for good handling and tying knots etc.
  • All diameters are EN 1891 Type A & ANSI Z133 Certified
  • 10mm & 11mm are NFPA 1983: Technical while 12.5mm is NFPA 1983: General Use

11mm is now available from stock and the 10mm & 12.5mm diameters are available to order.

WorkPro has a great range of applications in Industrial, Rescue and Arbor settings. For a quick overview in this video Matt Hunt, Sterling Work Market Manager tells us about the features and benefits of the WorkPro static rope series that are ideal for rope access technicians.

There is a video for Rescue Technicians available HERE and for Aborists HERE

10 mm WorkPro

Specifications – 67g/m, MBS Rating 29.0kN

The 10mm (3/8″) WorkPro is ideal for Mountain and Backcountry Rescue Teams.

This rope is dual-certified, compatible with recreational climbing gear, light and packable. Uses: Rappelling, Anchoring, Light-Duty Rigging.

11 mm WorkPro

Specifications – 83g/m, MBS Rating 36.0kN

11mm covers all the bases very well indeed. Sterling’s newest static rope is the direct result of a rigorous in-use testing and evaluation process with rope access professionals working in variable and harsh conditions. The final design incorporates their feedback and benefits from Sterling’s extensive experience working with nylon/ polyester mixed material ropes.

12.5mm WorkPro

Specifications – 110g/m, MBS Rating 47.0kN

The 12.5mm (1/2″) WorkPro is ideal for Arborists, Window Washers, and Rescue Teams.

Arbor: This kernmantle rope is certified to ANSI Z133 and EN 1891. Compatible with popular hardware for climbing and descent systems, this rope is also easier to grip. Uses: Climbing line for SRS and MRS.

Industrial: This rope is strong and durable for Industrial rescue and safety applications, and is dual-certified to EN 1891 Type A and NFPA 1983 General Use. Uses: Tower Climbing, Window Cleaning, Stand-by Rescue Teams and Confined Space.

Rescue: This rope is certified to NFPA 1983 General Use, and compatible with most standard rescue devices and equipment. Uses: Standard Main and Belay System, Twin-Tensioned System.

 

La Sportiva Gore-Tex®

La Sportiva Gore-Tex®

NEW Core High & Primer Low GTX

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Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability

CORE HIGH GTX

An over the ankle, all synthetic trail assault vehicle with highly breathable Gore-Tex Surround designed for moving fast on all types of hiking terrain. The shoe adopts solutions that are part of La Sportiva’s mountain DNA combining them to technology and features deriving from the world of mountain running, approach and mountaineering.

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  • Innovative Nano-Cell™ Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection
  • Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability
  • STB™ Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit
WEIGHT: (M) 830g (W) 720g
LAST: Tempo
UPPER: AirMesh / Nano-Cell™ direct injection /PU Leather
LINING: Gore-Tex® Surround™
MIDSOLE: Compression Molded EVA / TPU Inserts
SOLE:  Vibram® Nano with Impact Brake System™
SIZES: (M) 38 - 47.5 (W) 36-43 (half sizes)
COLOR:  (M) Grey/Green (W) Grey/Ice Blue
RRP: $279.95

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PRIMER LOW GTX

The Primer GTX is the low cut shoe dedicated to the world of mountain/fast hiking: fast hiking with light packs off road and is fully waterproof with the new Gore-Tex Surround. The shoe adopts solutions that are part of La Sportiva’s mountain DNA combining them to technology and features deriving from the world of mountain running, approach and mountaineering.

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  • Innovative Nano-Cell™ Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection
  • Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability
  • STB™ Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit
WEIGHT: (M) 780g (W) 600g
LAST: Tempo
UPPER: AirMesh / Nano-Cell™ direct injection /PU Leather
LINING: Gore-Tex® Surround™
MIDSOLE: Compression Molded EVA / TPU Inserts
SOLE:  Vibram® Nano with Impact Brake System™
SIZES: (M) 38 - 47.5 (W) 36-43 (half sizes)
COLOR:  (M) Grey/Green (W) Grey/Yellow
RRP: $249.95

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