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[Covet]: Gas Masks

The air quality situation has not improved. Here are a couple more fashionable suggestions to complement this hazy shade of winter...
By Jan 24, 2013 Shopping
"Covet" is a celebration of the mass accumulation of commodities. Basically, it's just seeing purchase-worthy stuff around Shanghai and sometimes purchasing it.

Last week, we posted an article on The Wire about the dreadful air quality we've been experiencing lately. And one need only take a quick glance at the U.S. Consulate's website to see that the situation has not improved. Given the consistent cold fronts and relatively windless weather, things don't look likely to change anytime soon either. If you're truly concerned about the havoc all this could be wreaking on your lungs, you can, of course, take the advice that Dr. Yong Lee of the American Medical Center gave us last week. An array of N95 facemasks (kou zhao, 口罩) are available at your local drug store or on Taobao. We thought we'd throw in a couple of suggestions of our own as well.

Our first choice is this little surplus civilian grade piece from Israel. It comes in black, which, as we all know, is making a massive comeback in 2013. Sleek, form-fitting, high density rubber and quick-adjust nylon straps make it the perfect accessory for the busy Shanghairen on the go.

Yet its playful, whimsical stylings by designer Moishe Mizrahi (no relation to Isaac) say, "I'm not afraid to cut loose and have some fun."

But it's also comfortable enough for those times when all you want to do is just kick back and relax.

Additionally, the mask comes equipped with a convenient hydration system. Hook it up to your favorite bottled soft drink, beer or even a venti double mocha skinny latte, and you'll stay hydrated without ever having to take it off! The filtration canister attached to the muzzle comes courtesy of N.A.T.O. It's simple and compact, and the tan matte finish complements the mask beautifully. Moreover it's N.B.C. compliant. That stands for "nuclear, biological, and chemical." So even a doomsday scenario won't cramp your style!

Price: 380-450rmb
Purchase it here.

What the 3M 6899T full-face respirator lacks in style it more than makes up for in practicality. Soft and supple silicone provides an air-tight, yet surprisingly comfortable seal over the entire face. But a pane of contoured plexiglass allows for near-panoramic visibility -- a definite advantage when navigating your typical Shanghai crosswalk. Plus, that subdued shade of gray really makes your eyes pop. It truly is the best of both worlds.

As an added bonus, it comes with two 3M 6006 series NIOSH-approved, multi-acid gas/organic vapor cartridges already attached. These can withstand fumes from chlorine, hydrogen chloride, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen fluoride, formaldehyde. That covers pretty much everything in town from sewer gas seepage from your bathroom drain to chou doufu to your taxi driver's feet. It's also certified to protect against methylamine, which means that, if you wanted to, you could cook a shit-ton of blue meth with supreme confidence that you won't scald your lungs.

Price: 418-532rmb
Purchase it here.



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  • daoh

    Been down for the count with an acute upper respiratory tract infection for the past few days but this article gave me the best laugh of the whole week! (Then, lo and behold, I discovered that the links to order the masks actually worked! Cool.)

  • kurtbraybrook

    get the medicine called Mucosolvan ~ it will clear out your lungs right away.

  • liletong

    if you got a bad cold, try a traditional chinese massage (the expensive one, tui na) with fire cups, that can help bring out the nastiness in your body.

  • Justin Fischer

    In addition to a fierce wardrobe. Here is one more advantage to China's air pollution:

  • cashpiles

    Speaking of gas masks... me and local Shanghai musician, Ivan Robert created a multi-song music video short film featuring a disturbed and deranged character named Gas Mask Man who stalks attractive Chinese women.

    You can check it out on SINA here:

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