Camo Surgical Masks, Respirators, and Face Coverings
Updated: Aug 31, 2020
COVID-19 has caused many industries to adjust production, and one of the side effects of that is tactical manufacturers are now producing surgical face masks and face coverings in their factories. This is great for those looking to buy something more elaborate than a blue or black surgical mask, because many different camouflage pattern options are now available. With Blackline requiring all participants have face coverings at their military simulations, it made sense to round up some of the options available to you. To do that, we've broken this article into three sections.
Surgical Masks and Fitted Masks
Balaclavas, Gaiters, and Scarves
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**Blackline provides this list for reference purposes only. Ensure your mask always covers your nose and mouth. Do not assume any of the products below meet standards for particulate protection. Please visit their website and seek out certification if that is important to you.**
Surgical Masks and Fitted Masks
Crye Precision - SDNY Mask
A perennial favourite of those who love gear, Crye began production of a mask using a 4-way stretch material. Laser cut, machine washable, and available in multicam, coyote, and grey. Two per package. (Images below from the Crye Precision website)
**AUTHOR NOTES** The author received two of these masks. The lack of a nose wire prohibits a secure seal to the face and I find that it doesn't stay on my face that well. The interior filter is sewn into the centerline of the mask, but not on the edges which creates a flap you must properly seat before wearing.
Mystery Ranch - Traditional Mask
Backpacks to surgical-style masks, Mystery Ranch created a simple mask that will stand up to repeated laundering. The addition of an internal sleeve for N95 filters and a bendable nose piece makes this a bit more versatile than the Crye option. Only one colour, and only one per package. Maximum of 25 per order at the time of writing. (Images pulled from the Mystery Ranch Site)
Mystery Ranch - Street Mask
For a less bulky option, Mystery Ranch is also producing the Street Mask. A more contoured version that has been tailored to not rub against your lips, it does seem to be missing an extra pocket for filtration. The Street Mask still has a metal nose wire to help it conform to your face. Colour options include Navy and Forest Green. (Images pulled from the Mystery Ranch Site)
PERSEC Gear (CANADIAN) - Face Mask
Produced out of Multicam AGILITY two way stretch material, the PERSEC Gear facemasks are perhaps a bit more flexible than other options. The straps will work as ear loops or can be configured to tie behind the head. Hypalon material is used on the edge for durability. Includes a nosepiece for better fit but no filter pocket. Hand made, so stock goes quickly. (Pictures pulled from the PERSEC Gear site and messaging)
**AUTHOR NOTES** The author purchased two of these masks. This is my daily wear mask. While the back of neck and back of head strap relieves ear strain, it is slightly more complex to don/doff. The strap can be reconfigured to the ear loops if required. I also have quite a long face large beard, and although the mask fits well, it could use an extra inch or two in the width/height. Others that use this mask have no complaints and it works well.
CP Gear (CANADIAN) - Fabric Face Mask
CP Gear offers up a simple two layer mask. The outer layer is a tight weave with the inner layer being a softer cotton for comfort against the face. Machine washable, but minimalist on features. No nose wire or filter pocket mentioned in the description. However, it does come in CADPAT TW and CADPAT AR as well as standard black. (Pictures pulled from the CP Gear Site)
Outdoor Research - Essential Face Mask
While OR isn't making them in coyote brown, the black, grey, and fatigue colour options are perfectly suitable. Like the other masks here, the Essential Face Mask is machine washable. OR has also added a nose wire to help create a better seal around the nose, and includes three mask filters with purchase. (Images pulled from the Outdoor Research Site)
DS Tactical (CANADIAN) - Social Comfort Mask
Like CP Gear, this is a Canadian company offering up their own mask type. Machine washable and in a good selection of colours including Multicam, Ranger Green, CADPAT TW, Navy, and Black. Also contains a pocket for extra filtration. (Images pulled from the DS Tactical Site)
SOTECH Tactical - Face Mask
SOTECH was one of the first to market with a camouflage surgical mask, but competition has heated up since then. Masks are available in M81, ACU, and Khaki Tan. These surgical-style face masks include internal pockets for filtering. A metal nose contour piece is present to keep a good seal at the top of the mask. Available in 3- or 10-packs. (Images pulled from the SOTECH Tactical Site)
Perroz Designs (CANADIAN) - Face Mask
Simple design, but limited run. The Perroz Designs face masks come in a good selection of colours, including some interesting reversible options. Surgical style with no nose piece. Just make sure you wash them before reversing! (Images pulled from the Perroz Designs Site)
Titan Strategic - Face Mask
Titan produces some neat patch panels and woobie-type blankets, but like many manufacturers they've added facemasks to their catalog. They produce fitted-style masks with a nose wire, but no filter pocket. Only a few camouflage surgical face masks are available but they're also producing some in more civilian-friendly patterns. (Images pulled from the Titan Strategic site)