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Pollution mask for commuting

  • 01-03-2023 2:59pm
    Registered Users Posts: 259 ✭✭

    Does anyone here use a pollution mask?

    I find the traffic fumes are bad once I'm in the city centre and I'm wondering if it's worth getting a mask.

    On the other hand, I don't want to look like McBain. And I'm not sure how effective most of the cheaper ones are.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 19,692 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    Do you find them bad when walking around? If not it's probably a waste of time.

    You're at greater risk sitting in a car

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,856 ✭✭✭Marty Bird

    I have to admit in all the years cycling to work the other day I was thinking of getting one, some amount of really dirty cars of late.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,170 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    getting a mask can't do any harm - i used to wear one many years ago, which took carbon filters. one issue i found was that on cold mornings, they'd clog up with condensation after maybe half or three quarters of an hour (it was a 22km commute)

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 28,455 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cabaal

    As already stated there's a greater risk if you are sitting in a car and don't have recycled air on especially in bumper to bumper traffic, as a cyclist your biggest issue is likely from buses/trucks as you pass. Otherwise you likely have less exposure then a pedestrian since you are passing through an area faster.

    In saying that, wearing one of course won't do you any harm

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,260 ✭✭✭✭ednwireland

    Used to use a respro one when I commuted in England. Still have it. It was useful back in the day of leaded petrol. Sorted out my streaming nose.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,170 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    I still use mine in the shed for woodworking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,397 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    Pick a less busy route even if its slightly longer. That's what I did.