Some manufacturing companies created masks for the public as well as healthcare workers, brands like Kanuk, Little Yogi, Naked & Famous and Keen. Their experience and craftsmanship was put to work to make beautiful, high-quality face masks we’ll actually want to wear. And with many provinces making masks mandatory in closed public spaces, the timing couldn’t be better. While you’ll find an extensive collection on altitude-sports.com, here are some of our faves.
Kanuk: Health Regulations with Elegance
Well-established in Montreal since 1970, Kanuk was born out of a local entrepreneur’s desire to make winter coats for our cold and humid climate. Armed with its local expertise in the realm of fabric, Kanuk crafted its famous Silver Thread Face Masks for the public.
The silver thread is what sets Kanuk’s masks apart. Used by NASA and work garment companies, silver thread had long been renowned for its antibacterial, antifungal, and thermoregulating properties, as well as for its ability to limit odours and humidity. The result is a mask that is thick, but more breathable than most fabric masks.
Little Yogi: Organic, Colourful & Fun!
We realize wearing a mask isn’t always comfortable. We can’t always breathe that well, glasses get fogged up, etc. This can take away our motivation to wear one, but these are also reasons to invest in a reliable, quality option. Masks like Little Yogi‘s. Original, perfectly adjustable and cute, they’re a great fit for the whole family.
Made with bamboo and organic cotton, they are reinforced with polyester on the inside. They even come with an internal pocket allowing you to insert a piece of fabric if you wish to add a filter. Little Yogi masks are available in adult and child sizes.
Naked & Famous: Fashion Serving Society
Naked & Famous is a Canadian company unlike any other. Entirely focused on the quality of their clothes (particularly their famous Japanese denim), the brand started creating masks for the public at the beginning of 2020.
Why do we love them? First of all, because they are made here in Canada. And because they're more comfortable than homemade ones, thanks to their dual-layer design that still allows you to breathe with ease. Made of 100% cotton, these reusable masks come with ear loops and stay securely put.
Keen: Comfort & Planet First
Keen is renowned for its comfortable shoes. When the pandemic broke out, The Oregon-based brand started creating face masks to keep their employees safe. They then decided to keep going, and created masks for the public. “Made with love,” they are both comfortable and durable, just like the everyday shoes we slip on before leaving the house.
Made from sustainable BCI-Certified cotton, the Keen Together mask is the only one we’ve seen with adjustable ear loop slides, to get just the right fit. Available in a variety of colours in adult and children’s sizes.
Buff: the Face-shaped filter
How could you not be intrigued by a face mask shaped like a face, and with '98% bacterial filtration efficiency'? Buff has got a wide array of colour schemes and patterns, from distinctly sober to popping pastels. They adjust and have built-in stretch, allowing for all sorts of faces. Plus, with five filters thrown in for extra precaution, you'll find yourself reaching for the mask frequently.
Help Protect Yourself and Others
Wearing a face mask can help protect you, especially if you have a tendency to touch your face often. But masks mostly protect others and can help limit the spread of the virus. Also, with masks now being mandatory in closed public spaces in some provinces, it will be useful to have one on hand. With elegant, quality models available, it’s now easier than ever to find one you will be happy to wear.