R-PUR Impression

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Coming from the land of baguettes and croissants is the R-PUR, or what can be described as a “smart mask”. We’re all living in unprecedented times; so much so that our current situation is being compared to those depicted in video games like Death Stranding and accessories to help in these times that can entice tech adopters feels relevant. As such, when R-PUR got in touch regarding their mask, I did not hesitate to take on the opportunity to test one and let you know more about it as we're all better off heeding to public health measures rather than ignoring them. While it's not gamer-oriented, the R-PUR is supplemented with tech features. Indeed the R-PUR has something for the techno-optimists in the form of its companion app. But we'll get to that in a bit, let’s see the mask in question first.

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From a design perspective, much thought has been given to the R-PUR to make wearing it better than wearing regular masks. The R-PUR can be considered as a two-part device: the first being the replaceable filter which velcros onto the inside of the second part (the mask's outer fabric). The latter is waterproof and washable and also has two velcro straps to fix it on top of your head and behind your neck. No need to fear of hurting your ears over wearing it for extended periods and the soft material of the mask makes it comfortable to wear. As for bespectacled users like me, you’ll be happy to know that the R-PUR can be worn without causing fogging of your glasses. It takes some getting used to at first but it is indeed a fog-free experience. I found it best to wear my glasses first and then slipping and strapping the mask over.

Personally, I like the R-PUR's unique design, how comfortable (and safe) it feels and that it does not fog my glasses nor hurts the back of my ears like those masks with ear loops. The fact that I can also reuse it, replace the filter and wash the outer fabric are added bonus that I haven't seen in other masks.

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Wearing it for the first time shows that the R-PUR is much different than regular masks. It's not just because of its looks; I've been told that the R-PUR compares to a "military mask", probably due to it aggressively hugging my face. It’s indeed a tight fit, and even feels claustrophobic at first but this feeling wears off after the first few tries. This might sound like a turn off but I didn’t mind this hermetic face-hugging experience because wearing the R-PUR made me feel safe; safer than other masks I've worn. You might be familiar with people “wearing” masks but pull it below their nose or even under their chin; "styles" which effectively defeats the purpose of wearing a mask altogether. What’s worst, while sporting this “mask fashion”, I’ve come across many people who unapologetically cough and sneeze in public. But wearing the R-PUR shields the wearer from such airborne hazards as the filter filters upto 50 nanometer particles in size, which is even smaller than the particle size of COVID-19. Moreover, the hermeticity it offers is able to filter 99.98% of the ambient air.

The R-PUR's filtration ability is thanks to its multilayered, replaceable filter and that's where the tech aspect comes in. The mask comes with a companion app that registers the filter once you start using it by scanning its QR code. This will allow you to track the duration you wear the mask, how you used it (for example, while running, biking or walking) as well as the lifetime of the filter. It's useful as you might have experienced forgetting if it’s time to throw away your reusable mask or not. There’s also the handy feature of informing you of the pollutant levels in your area and the app can even alert you to wear your R-PUR if the pollutants levels are particularly elevated in your region. In fact, the R-PUR launched prior to the pandemic to help filter the air for those living in polluted areas.

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But my issue is that the tracking has to be done manually. It’s easy to forget to log in the duration of wearing the mask and would have benefitted from an automatic tracking method, like say with an NFC tag. But that might inflate the cost of the R-PUR and it does not come cheap as it is. The company offers several models of the mask and my unit is the Nano Light. It costs €129 and subsequent filters cost €29. The pricing might be a deterrent to purchasing an R-PUR but in this package, you pay for the quality, comfort and, importantly, the safety it offers.

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Does this mask also give this warning, "will not provide any protections against COVID-19 (coronavirus) and other viruses or contaminants" like all other masks? Regardless, this is just another symbol of oppression for the masses. No thanks, I'll just use a cheap/free mask instead of wasting my money on something that won't keep me safe from a disease that is harmless to 99.93% of the population.
 

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I'm kind of a sucker for all sorts of "smart"-gadgets and technolyzing my life for the fun of it (from smart bracelets to bike computers to LED cubes etc.), but this thing seems too unpractical - I can just buy lots of professional respirators and replacement cartridges for that money. Besides, I feel iffy gambling with my health by putting viral protection on unproven tech thingies.
 
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Lol, wasn't expecting to see a review for this mask here !:D

I bought one last January in order to make my daily 20 minutes bike sessions station/workplace more breathable (Toulouse has heck of a traffic).

This mask is worth every penny, easy to put one, well designed for heavy breathing, beard friendly and FFP3 for covid-gruppen.
Gotta change the filter after a few months, it is slightly dismantling by itself (bad glue).
The neck fastener is getting really bad after six months, I added a button so it is way sturdier.


I paid 120~150€ for it before covid and I'm using it daily, no regrets to this day.
Essential to every biker exposed to exhaust fumes.:teach:


Thanks for the review.
 

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It seems like a good product, but I don't like how they're capitalizing on the current situation. The replacement filters seem pretty expensive, but that might be normal for this type of filter, maybe they all cost that much.
 
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I swear to God, people will try to apply the Keurig model to everything. After the Juicero fiasco I expected things to slow down a little bit in that department, but no - "sell an overengineered product and make money on perishable proprietary replenishment with DRM in the form of QR/barcodes" is apparently still an attractive proposition. For context (warning, explicit language):


Juicero failed spectacularly. Each unit was an engineer's wet dream with large molded plastics, CNC'd aluminium parts, enormous gears and an overall build quality you'd expect from Tesla, all to crush a proprietary bag of pulp into a glass - something you can do for free by just squeezing the bag.
 

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I swear to God, people will try to apply the Keurig model to everything. After the Juicero fiasco I expected things to slow down a little bit in that department, but no - "sell an overengineered product and make money on perishable proprietary replenishment with DRM in the form of QR/barcodes" is apparently still an attractive proposition. For context (warning, explicit language):


Juicero failed spectacularly. Each unit was an engineer's wet dream with large molded plastics, CNC'd aluminium parts, enormous gears and an overall build quality you'd expect from Tesla, all to crush a proprietary bag of pulp into a glass - something you can do for free by just squeezing the bag.
To be fair, N95 and N100 masks are not cheap nor easy to get so compared to that, this still seems attractive.
 
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To be fair, N95 and N100 masks are not cheap nor easy to get so compared to that, this still seems attractive.
I suppose that's one way to look at it - shortages are definitely an undeniable issue. I simply don't quite understand why the mask requires all the additional smart gizmos - its only function is to filter air. I suppose you can gameify any aspect of your life, you can make bets with your friends on who will clock in the most pollutants in the shortest amount of time, but from a safety perspective it serves no real function. The timer is pretty good, you don't want to wear old masks that are saturated with moisture and germs, but I feel like this is a job for the good 'ol mental note. Maybe I'm looking too much into it, but it seems like overkill. :lol:
 

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I suppose that's one way to look at it - shortages are definitely an undeniable issue. I simply don't quite understand why the mask requires all the additional smart gizmos - its only function is to filter air. I suppose you can gameify any aspect of your life, you can make bets with your friends on who will clock in the most pollutants in the shortest amount of time, but from a safety perspective it serves no real function. The timer is pretty good, you don't want to wear old masks that are saturated with moisture and germs, but I feel like this is a job for the good 'ol mental note. Maybe I'm looking too much into it, but it seems like overkill. :lol:
Eh, it’s good for forgetful idiots like me, though i gotta admit it’s overpriced
 

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I suppose that's one way to look at it - shortages are definitely an undeniable issue. I simply don't quite understand why the mask requires all the additional smart gizmos - its only function is to filter air. I suppose you can gameify any aspect of your life, you can make bets with your friends on who will clock in the most pollutants in the shortest amount of time, but from a safety perspective it serves no real function. The timer is pretty good, you don't want to wear old masks that are saturated with moisture and germs, but I feel like this is a job for the good 'ol mental note. Maybe I'm looking too much into it, but it seems like overkill. :lol:

Well, when it comes to features on a product...

 
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I suppose that's one way to look at it - shortages are definitely an undeniable issue. I simply don't quite understand why the mask requires all the additional smart gizmos - its only function is to filter air. I suppose you can gameify any aspect of your life, you can make bets with your friends on who will clock in the most pollutants in the shortest amount of time, but from a safety perspective it serves no real function. The timer is pretty good, you don't want to wear old masks that are saturated with moisture and germs, but I feel like this is a job for the good 'ol mental note. Maybe I'm looking too much into it, but it seems like overkill. :lol:
They're obviously trying to appeal to nerds/geeks. I agree with you, not everything needs to have "smart" functions. Although seeing how much life is left in the filter before it needs to be replaced is useful. Assuming that information is accurate, and they haven't actually set it to say it's worn when it's still got half the life left, in order to make more money selling the filters, which they definitely could.
 
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