OURA Air Mask 2.0 review: the most breathable face mask

The Air Mask face mask also kills bacteria and viruses with its self-sterilizing technology

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Though more than 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered across the globe, our days of wearing face masks are not yet over. Experts still advise everyone to mask up, including those that have been fully vaccinated. Fortunately, compared to last year, people now have a wider selection of high-quality face masks to choose from, and one of those is the OURA Air Mask 2.0.

An update to the original OURA Air Mask, the OURA Air Mask 2.0 has advanced technologies that make it more breathable than its predecessor. While it allows for much more breathability when compared to the original OURA Air Mask, the OURA Air Mask 2.0 still delivers extremely high filtration efficiencies, thanks to its tightly woven protective fabric that blocks out pathogens and particles.

The OURA Air Mask 2.0 underwent independent testing by a leading third-party laboratory to ensure proper filtration. And according to the test results, the face mask achieved filtration greater than 90% for both bacteria and viruses without an N95 filter and greater than 99.9% with an N95 filter. An optional Honeywell N95 filter is available for purchase with the mask for additional filtration.

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Like the original OURA Air Mask, the OURA Air Mask 2.0 also features self-sterilizing technology that doesn’t simply filter out bacteria, viruses, and germs, but kills them. Through molecular level infusion, antimicrobial compounds like silver oxide and titanium dioxide are permanently embedded into every thread of the mask’s fabric. Those compounds are the ones that destroy bacteria, inactivate viral particles, break down odors, and continuously sterilize the mask.

The OURA Air Mask 2.0 has a water-repellent outermost layer that resists penetration from sprays, sneezes, and coughs. Its innermost layer, meanwhile, is made with skin-friendly fabrics that do not contain any harsh chemicals. The reusable and washable mask also offers UPF 50+ protection from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also moisture-wicking, so it decreases humidity and heat while you work out.

Featuring an adjustable nose clip that contours around your nose for a comfortable seal, the OURA Air Mask 2.0 is available in five sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra-large. It also comes in nine different colors: Arctic, Lime, Quartz, Orchid, Mocha, Celestial, Cirrus, Mesa, and Obsidian.

Priced at $55 without filter and $63 with filter, each piece of the OURA Air Mask 2.0 comes with its own self-sterilizing travel pouch so you can store your mask away when not in use.

Is it worth it?

The OURA Air Mask 2.0 is significantly pricier than most face masks, but its self-sterilizing tech helps justify the cost, as does its sleek design and comfortable fit. To that effect, while we loved the first generation OURA Air Mask, the Air Mask 2.0 does indeed take things up a notch by being more breathable and even more comfortable to wear than its predecessor. There are also some great new color choices available.