Stuart Forster reviews Snugpak adult face covers.
Disclosure: To facilitate this review I was sent face coverings by Snugpak, which did not review or approve this post.
Love them or loathe them, it looks like face covers are going to part of everyday life for the foreseeable future. They have become must-wear items in certain circumstances, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Face coverings seem set to be the fashion item of late-2020.
Sometimes incorrectly referred to as face masks, at the time of writing face coverings must be worn by people in England while on public transport, inside of transport hubs, at shopping centres and in certain types of shop. The regulations regarding the use of face covers may vary in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Not sure where or when you need to wear a face cover? The United Kingdom government’s website has a page entitled Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own.It’s kept up-to-date so is worth referring to if you’re not sure where you need to wear a face covering.
Face covers are not PPE
It’s worth noting that face covers are not classified as personal protective equipment (PPE). However, they are recommended to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Coverings help prevent the virus being distributed in droplets when people speak, cough and sneeze.
They are not designed to protect the wearer from COVID-19. The official explanation for wearing a face covering is to protect members of society from people infected by the virus. They are, in essence, a social obligation that responsible people must wear in accordance with government regulations.
Face covers from Snugpak
In common with many companies, Snugpak began making and selling face covers during the summer of 2020. The company’s factory, in West Yorkshire, has reopened but the coverings are made by Snugpak employees in their own homes using sewing machines.
Snugpak’s range of face coverings is made from lightweight, breathable nylon. The material, Paratex Light, is also used to make outdoor clothing and sleeping bags. Adult-sized covers are available in six different covers while Junior-sized coverings come in three colours. They are available with or without the Snugpak logo.
The covers are made from two layers of fabric and have a slit on the outside so that a filter can be inserted. (The filters are not supplied.)
Using Snugpak face covers
As someone with spectacles, I’d rather not wear a face covering. That is for practical reasons rather because of a lack of social responsibility. These covers, like all of them I’ve tried so far, are prone to making my glasses fog up. That means it’s difficult for me to see goods in shops. I wear them in accordance with government guidelines.
Specsavers recommend using surgical tape on the bridge of the nose to reduce condensation, something I’ll be trying. If you wear glasses, you may find it useful to watch Specsavers short video about using face coverings with glasses.
Additionally, over time, the elastic strap pulls my ear out of shape. I have unusually soft ears, so that’s an issue unlikely to impact many other wearers. Frequently repositioning the strap is the only way I can get around is.
I like the quality of the material and the stitching of the Snugpak face covers. They are machine washable at 60°C. I found that the coverings dried quickly.
In light of the circumstances I’ll be continuing to wear these Snugpak coverings for the foreseeable future.
See the Snugpak website for more information about the company, which specialises in outdoor clothing for the leisure and military markets.
Snugpak face covers are priced at £4 each without a logo and £5 with. The coverings are available in Junior (small) and Adult (medium and large) sizes.
Photos illustrating this post are by Why Eye Photography.
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