Review: O2 Canada Respirator Mask

Have you ever wondered which respirator can achieve the best insulation around your face? In my research for a respirator mask that won’t allow any leakage, I think I found a pretty good one, the O2 Canada Respirator.

The O2 Canada respirator has an elastic Japanese grade silicone seal all around it so it adapts around your face tightly and it prevents air to come into your lungs unless it passes through the filter first.

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The respirator is made of two plastic caps, the exterior swappable cap the Shell comes in different colours such as White, Red, Black and Blue and the interior cap which holds 2 valves and the elastic rubbers. In the O2 Curve 1.2 version the inter cap features 2 straps which go around your ears and then they snap together with magnets behind your neck. This mechanism allows the mask to stay tight and still around your face even if you move or talk.

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The Filter

filter_mailer_and_3_filteres_cutout_FOR_WEB_SHORT_980xO2 Canada electrostatic filters are charged with pockets of both negative and positive ions, which attract and trap small particles. They efficiently filter particles at 0.1 microns and larger. It is a small filter designed to fit precisely in between the caps. They are quite inexpensive and the respirator comes with three filters. As all respirators, the filter can last up to 2 weeks in an average use.

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The O2 Global AQI app complements the O2 Canada mask. The application is designed to alert users when they have entered area with high air pollution levels. A notification will advise the user to protect themselves by wearing the mask. Once the user is in a pollution-free zone, the APP will also provide reminder notices when the filter life is running out by an estimation based on the pollution data in your area. The app will be available for Android early 2019.

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My Personal Experience

When I first unpacked the mask I was a bit unsure about the ear straps but after I adjusted them to my size then the respirator fitted nicely around my face without making me feel uncomfortable and the ear loops are really soft, so don’t feel intimidated about its unique design. The valves really make a difference when you exhale and I could not feel accumulated moisture between the mask and my skin. The respirator comes with a nice bag to store it. It takes a bit of time to set it up but only because each person has a different head size and because you need to be 100% sure it fits you well. Lastly, the mask can be worn with glasses and the ventilation system is designed to prevent glasses from fogging up while wearing it.

Tips: This video is part from a series of clips which will definitely help you set it up.

Finally, an observation that I made led me to the conclusion that wearing a respirator is like making a statement to people around you that the air is contaminated and unsafe.

The mask is available worldwide at https://o2canada.com, but it is also sold in stores across Canada and will be available in pharmacies in California, New York, and Florida in February 2019. A nice addition is that they offer free shipping in North America and China.

 

24 thoughts on “Review: O2 Canada Respirator Mask

  1. Thanks for the review! The mask seems really interesting. I’m thinking in buying one to try it myself but I’m a bit afraid of having to pay import taxes as the value is over the exempt limit and I suppose they ship from Canada. Do you know if an order to Spain could be retained at customs?

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    • Thanks for the good words.
      Customs is a question of luck or not. It depends each time. They ship from Canada or China. China goods sometimes don’t pass customs control. I will recommend you to email O2 Canada directly.

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    • I saw an article about the mask and thought it worth a try. I am an asthmatic and live in Sydney, Australia, which can have awful air pollution especially when the rural fire service carries out back burning and the city is covered for days in thick brown smoke. At the moment I am using it in drawing classes to prevent me inhaling charcoal residue which can settle in my lungs and cause coughing. Overall I have found it comfortable. I wear glasses and it is the first mask I’ve tried that doesn’t cause my glasses to fog up when working with art materials. I am happy with it and a few people who have seen it have asked me about it. I don’t think they are available in Australia but I had no trouble ordering it online.

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  2. Asians should be aware that this mask was designed for Westerners. Bought one and the fitting is loose probably because I am petite

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  3. Watched video and played around with it. Still can’t make mask fit with straps. Gaping at neck strap and cannot tighten further. Will have to design something myself in order to fit properly. Ear pieces uncomfortable for long use. As a healthcare worker and regular user of masks I believe normal straps would have been better. I’m not the only staff member i work with that is having problems with the straps.

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    • I have the same problem with the straps! The customer service team have been responsive and are trying to help but cannot offer returns or refunds due to the hygienic nature of the product. I am asthmatic and also tend not to tolerate cloth masks unless sitting still, otherwise I feel like I can’t breathe! I really want to love my O2 mask. The ear straps irritate the back of my ears and force them to bend forward, and the is not enough room behind my ears for the straps and my glasses. It is very uncomfortable. The neck strap is very loose and cannot be tightened any further and as a result the mask does not seal properly to my face. It literally bounces against my mouth and chin as I walk. Per the video in the post above, it appears that they used to sell a sports strap that went over the top of the head and adjusted at the neck. It looks far more adjustable than the ear loop strap and it didn’t go over the ears at all. I really wish I could try that option, it looks like it might solve my problems with the current straps. I’m currently waiting to hear back from customer service after sending them photographs showing how the the mask is not useful to me as it currently exists. I am not hopeful that they will be able to do anything, but we’ll see. I have attempted to rig it with elastic bands in the meantime, but I am very disappointed. I might try to make my own sports band if it comes to that.

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  4. I would like to say that O2 Canada is an amazing company and are going the extra mile getting their product out to the masses. Their updates are informative and honest and yesterday, 04/28/20, I saw where they have a video posted with their Logistics Supervisor speaking about what they are trying to do to accommodate everyone. I’m an essential worker and need their product in the quickest way possible. However, in this time, complaining and giving companies a hard time just make things more negative. It’s important that we recognize this company, as well as others, are trying to deal with things on an epic scale. Have some appreciation and let’s not forget kindness. A little goes a long way. Thank you to O2 Canada for doing your best and keeping us all informed! Thank you to all the other Essential and Frontline Workers! Without you, goodness knows where we’d be! Sincerely and Gratefully, Stephen C.

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  5. I have just received my O2 mask. When I put it on, I could not find a way that my medium sized nose did not get squashed. I cannot go a whole day working with this mask and I am sad, because, if I could make it fit, I think it would be easier to breath with this than a N95. I also have air that enters as I speak and turn my head. Is there only one size available or are there other sizes that would fit my nose/face better?? Would really like to use these for myself and my staff, but with the poor fit I cannot use them.

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  6. Hello Janice,

    My wife and I are disappointed as well. The mask to us seem very tight even with adjustments. I understand that its suppose to be snug for a secure seal, but like you said we can not imagine wearing this all day, it’s even hard to speak with it on. Not to mention that it took 8 weeks for it to arrive after they advertise it would take 2-3 weeks. They now have some new straps on there websites that might give a better fit for $15 plus shipping. It has not been a great experience for us and for the price it is a real let down. It would be nice if they allowed returns.

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  7. This mask has two exhalation valves. They are not suitable for Covid19 as they allow air particles to be freely exhaled. Standard N95 and N99 masks can be purchased valveless. The O2 company does not highlight the fact that their masks have valves on them, though they do say they are developing, possibly, a mask where the valve can be shut down. It’s possible that in the near future masks with valves will not be allowed as they do not slow down transmission although they do protect the user. Hopefully o2 will figure out a way to shut down the valve, filter it, or create a model that does not have it at all.

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    • For TL, in response to the comment about the O2 being “not suitable for Covid19” because of the exhalation valves: Firstly, the company DOES highlight the fact that the masks have valves. I’m looking at their homepage and the valves are clearly shown in both the product video and the mask photos. If you didn’t see it, that’s on you. Secondly, did you bother to look at the way the mask is constructed? The valves are covered by the filter. Which means the air you are breathing out through the valves is being filtered before it is “freely exhaled.” Exhaled air is being filtered through the same filter that your inhaled air is. Both the wearer and others are protected. Again, not understanding this sounds like a you problem.

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      • JJ look again. The filter has cut-outs around the exhale valves; definitely does not filter the exhale. you can see this looking from the inside or from the bottom slits where the exhaust is released.

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      • You need to look at the video introducing the mask. The valves are not covered by the filter. You can see that in the shape of the filters. There are notches that go around the top of the valves. They do exhaust air unfiltered. They do not guarantee these to be effective against Covid-19. They do have a procedural mask adapter that may add some more protection since it allows a standard procedural mask to be worn over the O2 mask without plugging the intake holes. This may add that extra layer of protection if the wearer is infected. Clearly, an infected person should not be using this type of mask and they should be in quarantine. This mask is meant to protect the wearer, not the people around them.

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  8. As previously highlighted, DO NOT purchase this mask if you seek protection from COVID 19.

    I’m a nurse and decided to test this device. After carefully assembling the mask in accordance with the instructions I performed a standard fit test of this “respirator” using isoamyl acetate (aka banana oil). I immediately had a strong smell/taste of the banana oil when holding the ampule near the mask indicating no seal at all. I attempted to adjust the mask to no avail.

    I don’t know what this mask is supposed to filter, but it certainly is not filtering down to 0.1 microns as their marketing material suggests. It’s sad that they are aware of this and are profiting off of this pandemic (ex. they now sell an attachment to the mask so that you can wear a surgical mask over this mask, as if that will make a difference).

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