There are also many other respiratory concerns for a prepper. Something as relatively harmless as an influenza virus can turn deadly very quickly if your immune system is compromised by another condition or if you don't have access to adequate sanitation. Also things like having to evacuate a crowded building during a fire exposes you to smoke inhalation which can kill you faster than the fire itself.
Most serious preppers would have gas masks already for themselves and their loved ones, ready to go with spare canisters on the side for when things get bad, but to carry one around with you is tricky. They're bulky and awkward, and it's a lot of inconvenience and attention for something that - while out and about - you'd realistically only need for a very short period.
Enter the ReadiMask - touted as a sleek, portable protective mask, not only does it filter viruses and bacteria at 99.9% in accordance with ASTM F2101 standards, it will also filter over 99% of dry spores and latex particles, and all of this while being small enough to slip into your back pants pocket or an easy-to-reach sleeve of your day bag.
What it CAN do:
The ReadiMask is a single-use design, and so it compacts VERY small. It's so small that you can have it in your pocket and still retain full use of that pocket. I keep three in the front slide pocket of my 72 hour bag and it still doesn't take up enough room to stop me putting other things in there. Small also means light, so you won't even know you're carrying it.
It will stop a good range of things as listed above, but you don't quite grasp the power of this bit of kit until you've watched a wearer cop a face full of pepper spray without flinching.
It also goes on quickly and easily, and I mean REALLY quickly and easily. Peel the packet open, lay it evenly over your face and press down the adhesive seals around the edges. That's it.
What it CAN'T do:
It can't block gases, and as such is not a full-blown gas mask, although in a phone chat with the president of the manufacturing company who was kind enough to call us internationally to discuss the product, he told the Informed Preppers about new trials being run in a simulated prison environment which involved teargas. We haven't heard back how these trials went and it's not showing up on their site yet, so we're not sure how they're progressing with that. That being said, I have a lot of confidence that they'll manage to pull it off, as after speaking with them we can confirm that there are some smart people as the brains behind this product.
Where would this be useful?
Protests are becoming more and more common throughout the world, and when they turn ugly police resort to using pepper spray and teargas. If you need to make your escape from a situation like this, or just move through an area that is going through this sort of turmoil, you need to be able to breathe and see.
What if you were at work in a high-rise building and a fire broke out? Those fire escape stairs can become a death trap with that many people moving through them, and if you get caught in the smoke you can pass out very quickly. Pop on a ReadiMask and you'll have a definite advantage to your escape time compared to those around you.
So what's the score?
The short version of this review is that the Informed Preppers no longer travel anywhere without a few ReadiMasks in our packs or pockets. Being able to breathe cleanly and clearly at a moments notice is something you will take for granted until you need to. These masks are cheap, readily accessible and come in various configurations for adults and children, both with eye shields included and without. It's a great product from a great company and it's so affordable that you have no reason not to get a few! Pick them up from ReadiMask today.
- Small and easy to pack
- Comes in great covert charcoal colour
- Hard to get outside of USA. Company needs to go international. Took us literally months to get some here in Australia. In all fairness, though, they are a small company and given the quality of their product I'd say it's only a matter of time.
RRP: USD$3.99 to USD$8.99
Rating - 9/10