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Why did this mask fail?
All right guys. Thanks for joining us. We are testing every single mask on Amazon. And when I say every single mask, I mean every single one. Here is a mask from Kenneth Cole that has a Bluetooth microphone and speaker embedded inside it. That's right. Some sort of a Bane situation, I'm thinking?
Like, "I was born in the darkness". You know, you get a voice modulator, something like that? Let's get this. 'Wear' in this together. I don't [inaudible 00:00:36]. Okay. Face mask... Let's see. Accommodates all facial movements. That's great. I love marketing. I love the marketing folks for these. Splash resistant, super breathable, reusable. They're making any claims? Oh, and look at this. They come with PM2.5 filters. Fun fact about PM2.5 filters... We actually make them. They are not designed to protect you against something as small as the coronavirus. The coronavirus is as small as 0.1 microns. PM2.5 stands for 2.5 microns. That's 25 times larger than what's meant to protect you. So I don't know how well we're going to be able to test this thing. And it's 'Wear' in this together.
Get it? Get it? I'm going to go ahead. Since they did the PM2.5 filter, I'm going to go ahead and add it. This is very thick. Oh my god. I got the speakers. The speakers got to go on my ear. What do you think? Is that good? You need that (beep) microphone, 'cause I can't hear (beep). I can't hear myself. Can you guys hear me? This is the wor-... Are you kidding me? Jeez. All right. Right. Okay. Let's try it. Let's do it. All right, Kenneth Cole, what you got? You know, I used to love their watches, but every time I would use their watch, it would break after a couple of weeks. I'm really hard on my watches. All right. Holy... That's crazy. So this is the worst breathable mask that I have seen so far today. Airflow resistance of 155.
No, wait, there's one that was worse, wasn't there? That's pretty bad, though.
Actually might the same as one other one.
So it says super breathable. We're not going to be (beep) on that, Kenneth Cole. This is the least breathable mask that we've tested on Amazon. And actually it's spiking. It's spiking to 157. So anything over 150 pascals is going to be really hard to breathe in for more than even an hour. I wouldn't recommend it for more than even 15 minutes. So this is just above that. It's not extremely above it, but I wouldn't use this for human consumption. So I think they were just trying to get something gimmicky out there and they freaking hit the... What's the sports term? Balls out of the park? All right, we're coming to the end of this and 159 on the airflow resistance. What do you think this baby came in at?
85? It's basically cloth with a PM2.5 filter. You're giving this too much credit. Okay, now we're on it. This machine is meant to test the lowest American standard, which is at 95% filtration. That's an ASTM level one mask. The highest mask you're going to find for disposable masks is ASTM level three mask. This is of course a reusable mask. There aren't a lot of rules around this, except ASTM actually just released new rules around it. And what they're recommending is a mask that is above 50% as a level one mask or above 80% as a level two mask, for a reusable mask. This one did not meet the minimum standard. 48.57%. So with all of that cloth and [inaudible 00:04:26] like that, I couldn't even hear myself talk. I don't know who would use this thing. It still doesn't filter that much. Although it is better than about five gaiters. So, if you want to have the efficiency of five neck gaiters, I actually think you could still breathe and talk better with five neck gaiters than using this mask. I don't know. I wouldn't recommend it. Thank you for watching this show. Please like and subscribe and send me your weird masks. I will test them on this machine. Ha, ha, ha, ha.
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