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8 Comfortable Face Masks to Wear While Working Out

A woman wearing a face mask in a gym.
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Looking for a face mask that’s comfortable enough to wear while working out? We’ve got you covered (literally) with these eight designs.

Nobody’s thrilled about the idea of covering their mouth and nose while exercising. If you ditch the face mask while working out, then you should only do so in the privacy of your own home or backyard.

Fortunately, there are some face masks made with working out in mind. The key is to find one made of a breathable material that fits well without feeling suffocating. A face mask without proper ventilation can make it more difficult for you to breathe when you’re already exerting yourself. It can also affect your pace and make exercise less effective.

The lightweight masks below aren’t just good for working out, either—you can also wear them outside the gym.

UnderArmour SportsMask

The UnderArmour SportsMask.
UnderArmour

If you’re looking for an elevated face mask, opt for the UnderArmour SportsMask. Designed specifically for active people, this mask offers lots of airflow, and it’s comfortable. It fits securely, without feeling too tight. The adjustable nose bridge and special design allow the fabric to sit off of your face and lips.

Inside, there’s even an antimicrobial layer to keep the mask fresh. Plus, the open-cell foam lets enough air through to keep you comfortable and wick away sweat. The ear loops are nice and stretchy, and the side panels offer more protection.

The fabric is soft and smooth, and the inside is made of UA’s Iso-Chill technology to disperse heat, so it feels cool. It’s also durable, machine-washable, and meant to be worn over and over again. Basically, it has it all!

The Well Movement Mask

A woman wearing The Well Movement Mask in black.
The Well

The Well Movement Mask is made of stretchy, comfortable cotton that doesn’t feel oppressive while you’re working out. It’s a one-size-fits-all option, but the ear loops are adjustable, making it really easy to get the fit you want.

It’s also protective. There are two layers of fabric, one of which is antimicrobial, and they’re both odor-resistant and anti-dust to help the mask last longer.

You can machine wash and re-wear this one. Customers love how the soft fabric feels and that they can adjust it to fit their face.

Adidas Face Covers

A man wearing a blue Adidas Face Cover.
Adidas

The Adidas Face Cover doesn’t include any bells and whistles, but it works and it’s comfortable. Made of a soft, stretchy material, this one fits tightly to protect you.

There are two layers of breathable fabric, and it’s washable and reusable. It’s also eco-friendly and made with Primegreen, meaning it’s made of up to 40 percent recycled materials.

Wolford Stay Safe Face Mask

A woman wearing the Wolford Stay Safe Face Mask in black.
Wolford

If you exercise outside a lot, you’re bound to get caught in the elements sometimes. Jogging in the rain is no fun, but jogging in the rain while wearing a face mask? That just sounds extra uncomfortable. However, the Wolford Stay Safe Face Mask has a water-repellent finish that wicks away any moisture that comes its way.

It also features a high-quality, double-layered design, made of breathable fabric that doesn’t feel suffocating. The ear bands are thin and elastic for a great fit, while the aluminum nose wires make it easy to adjust, so you stay safe and protected. The only downside is it’s a bit pricey.

Page One 12-in-1 Multifunctional Face Mask

If a regular old face mask isn’t really your thing, you might want to try a variation, like the Page One 12-in-1 Multifunctional Face Mask. It’s kind of a mix between a bandana and a gaiter, but it’s made with being active in mind.

Thin, lightweight, and made of quick-drying, moisture-wicking polyester microfiber, it’s incredibly comfortable and breathable. As the name implies, you can wear it 12 different ways, including as a face mask, headband, or beanie.

It’s stretchy, so it will fit anyone, and it’s also durable. The only downside is it’s hand wash only, but it’s so versatile and easy to use, we’ll let that slide.

Athleta Everyday Non-Medical Masks

A woman wearing a brown Athleta Everyday Non-Medical Mask.
Athleta

The Athleta Everyday Non-Medical Mask has over 2,000 positive reviews! Customers love how comfortable it is and how great it fits. Made of soft, breathable polyester and spandex with a cotton lining, it’s stretchy in a good way and feels very lightweight.

It also has three layers for additional protection. The ear loops are adjustable, which is a huge plus for getting a perfect fit. There’s also a nose bridge to keep it secure no matter what you’re doing.

A pack of five is $30, which is a pretty great price. Oh, yeah, and they come in some nice colors, too.

Onzie Mindful Masks

One animal print Onzie Mindful Face Mask, and one floral print.
Onzie

If you want a mask that will get you through your workout, but also look good enough for an Instagram selfie, then Onzie Mindful Masks are for you. The beautiful designs are colorful and fun, but these will still get the job done when it comes to protection and breathability.

These multilayer masks are made of Full Flex Spandex on the exterior, with a high-performance inner lining, and comfortable elastic straps. They feel lightweight, soft, and stretchy, and it’s no wonder why, as they’re made from upcycled fabrics that are also used in the brand’s yoga clothing.

Onzie Mindful Masks are quick-drying, breathable, and very comfortable. The only downside is you can’t choose which patterns or colors you’ll get.

Carbon38 The Mask Kit

A Carbon38 Mask.
Carbon38

The Mask Kit from Carbon38 comes with two breathable face masks and a little laundry bag so you can safely wash them in the machine and use them over and over again. Made with an antibacterial, antimicrobial fabric that also offers UV protection and features quick-dry technology, they’re comfortable and will stay cool.

The ear straps are adjustable, so you can find your perfect fit. They’re snug without being too tight. However, reviewers have noted that they run a bit small, so keep that in mind.

Jessica Booth Jessica Booth
Jessica Booth is a freelance writer for Review Geek. She has been working in the editorial world as a freelance writer for over two years and previously worked as an editor for over eight years.  Jessica writes about travel, beauty, wellness, health, food, home decor, and parenting, and has reviewed and tested out products for all of those verticals over the course of her career. Read Full Bio »

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