Important note: We want to send free masks to some good people doing good things.
If you are one of our favorite types of people (list below), then we're going to send you a 5-pack of our Standard Masks on the house. Simply use promo code TheHelpers and we'll send them out at no charge. (if the system still charges you shipping, we'll hit the refund button on this end... we're good at making stuff, but the technical stuff notsomuch)
Active Duty Military
Deluxe Masks (The Calavera) are in stock and ready to ship!
But first, a little about our Donated Masks!
Thanks to generous support from the community, we have donated over 2500 facemasks to local VA's, first responders, homeless shelters and many other folks doing hard work with limited resources. Thanks for helping make this a reality!
What we're making and why we're making it.
Calavera Facemasks are made from a material that was originally designed as part of a HEPA filtration system and stitched together with a whole lot of love and care by someone closely resembling your grandmother.
We've tested our own masks through over a dozen wash cycles. Keep them clean and swap in a fresh one as good judgment dictates. Be safe.
The Calavera (aka The Deluxe)- The Calavera is built around our Standard design, while incorporating features that should result in a better fit across various sizes and shapes. An integrated aluminum strip forms to the nose for a tighter fit across the top. We've also sewn a dart underneath the chin for a better, snugger fit overall. The Calavera attaches around the ears via 1/4" elastic.
Standard Facemask - Our Standard Facemask is made from all the high-quality materials referenced above and features 1/4" elastic for attachment around the ears. The Standard Facemask could best be qualified as a one-size-fits-all design.
The main panel is cut from a high-filtration vacuum bag. And though this is some seriously high-grade material here, the fit and resultant seal will be different for every single person.
Our masks feature an around-the-ear fit using a 1/4" braided elastic, which is cut/sewn for a generous fit, You may wish to adjust for fit by tying or adding a small rubber band to excess.
Very important note on the materials:
Though the filter bag material may look like it has perforations, please rest assured that these are only on the outer layers of material. There is some really great filter material in between those two layers that does all the work. So no, we're not selling you masks with holes in them.
How they fit
All masks are designed as one-size-fits-all. They are a little looser on some, though we have found more than a few hacks to shorten the elastic for a better fit (knotting, crimping or otherwise pegging the elastic seems to work best).
The Calavera Facemask incorporates features that will enable a better fit, including an aluminum nose strip and a more form fitting design for under the chin.
Yes, our masks costs more than you would pay for an N95 or other agency-approved mask. But to make this essential, yet extremely scarce piece of gear a reality, we're paying retail for the most expensive vacuum bag known to man. We're also putting cash into the pockets of about 20 folks who would otherwise be unemployed, which is nice.
So, you'd like to help the cause...
Thanks to generous support from the community, we have donated over 2000 facemasks to local VA's, first responders, homeless shelters and many other folks doing hard work with limited resources.
If you are of a mind to do such a thing, feel free to add a big box of Donate to your cart. Heck, we've got a virtually unlimited supply of Donate, so feel free to order as much as you'd like. We'll allocate those funds to cover the cost of masks going to good homes, whether that means first responders, medical staff or low-income high-risk individuals.