Face Masks for Running: The 7 Best Buys of 2020!

Coach Rory · December 10, 2020

One of the great things about running is that you really only need a few simple pieces of gear to be successful. Get a good pair of shoes, grab some shorts and a shirt, maybe a watch, and you’re all set! Nowadays though there’s one more integral piece of gear that you should have…one, or many, face masks for running. Not only for your own health and safety but for that of those around you, it’s important that we as runners set the example and “cover-up.” No need to have the face mask up over your mouth 100% of the time if you’re mainly running in open, empty areas. However, keep one on you to quickly throw on as needed when passing or approaching other fellow outdoor enthusiasts. what are the best masks for running?

Here at Charge Running we always note the fine balance between fashion and function when it comes to running gear. We’re ALL passionate runners and we’re all running fashionista (to very largely varying degrees). So, with every recommendation of a functional piece of gear comes an element of fashion. With those goals and parameters, we’ve come up with a list of the best face masks for running in 2020! Read on and add one, or all, of these great choices to your holiday wishlist!

*For the latest scientific information on mask wearing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 please visit the CDC website.

7 Best Face Masks for Running in 2020! 

Training with the proper face mask for running is key!

Under Armour SportsMask

Designed specifically for athletic performance from one of the world’s top athletic brands, you’d expect nothing but greatness from the UA mask. It’s pretty close. Comfortable, breathable, and easy to take on an off. Add to that a variety of sizes for the perfect fit, and colors for the perfect matching accessory, and you’re good to go. The one con is price. Coming in at $29.99 it’s not cheap, however it will last, and should only be worn during your runs.

Adidas Face Covers

Not an Under Armour person? Looking to rep your own favorite athletic apparel brand? Adidas has a great alternative face mask option. While not as ergonomically and athletically designed as the UA masks, the Adidas face covers are very comfortable and functional. Plus, they come in at only $20 for a 3-pack!

BOCO Gear Performance X Mask

Simple, straight forward, and made for activity. The BOCO masks are relatively “no frills” and fit securely to your face. While not as breathable as the higher-performance options from the likes of UA and Adidas, they work well for less strenuous runs/activity. The big plus is that they comes in a variety of designs and patterns which make them a bit more unique and fun, plus they’re only $14!  

Bloch Soft Stretch Face Mask w/ Lanyard

Soft and stretchy! One of the top picks across the rankings for runner specifically. This mask goes the extra mile with a built-in lanyard so you can hang it around your neck when not in use. The structured nose also fits tight enough to go under your glasses and avoid any fogging of your lenses. The masks come in a pack of 3 for about $20. 

Get the best face mask for running that works for you!

Buff Original Face Covering

While not a traditional face mask, you can’t have a list of top face coverings for runners without mentioning Buff. A company that prides themselves on making great neck gaiters, the original Buff is great for the winter. It protects your neck and face from the conditions while also serving as a great face mask when needed.

Mission Cooling Face/Neck Gaiter

Similar explanation for the Mission Neck Gaiter as the Buff Original, it’s hard to beat the multi-functionality for runners. Breathable and durable, the Mission Cooling Face Masks is better suited for hot weather than cold, since it can stay very cool for up to 2 hours. However, it still is a great option across the board for a face covering to serve a variety of purposes while running.

WiseGuise 4-in-1 Mask

Speaking of multi-functionality, the WiseGuise 4-in-1 is just that, four different wearable options in one. When not being used in its primary purpose as a face mask, you can wear the mask around your neck, as a headband, or as a wristband. Each position is easy, comfortable and can quickly be converted back to the face mask position. This functionality and flexibility makes it great for runners who don’t need to have their faces covered at all times while out training.    

While your rocking your functional, fashionable, and societally conscious face mask while running, get the very best live, real-time training! Join Charge Running and get unlimited access to live runs and workouts coached in real-time from professional trainers!

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