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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Psolar face mask on 07/11/2007 16:42:56 MDT Print View

Any experience with this type of product ?
"body warming face mask"
http://www.psolar.com/

Franco

James Schipper
(monospot) - MLife
Re: Psolar face mask on 07/11/2007 18:55:28 MDT Print View

There are several reviews on BackpackGearTest.org including one by BPL staffer Carol Crooker. I don't have any personal experience but thought it looked interesting.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Found it on 07/12/2007 03:11:59 MDT Print View

Thanks James. I never thought of looking there ! (Under accessories....)
Franco

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
A good product on 09/25/2007 20:47:38 MDT Print View

I use my Psolar warmer for sleeping in bitter weather. It prevents my nose from getting too cold and actually keeps me from getting as thirsty as I normally would without it at below zero temps.

Eric
P.S. One caveat when using ANY face mask. You need to wash them in soap and water almost daily to get out the bacteria that build up in use. Or dipping them in boiling water would do as long as it doesn't hurt the materials. This would be faster than washing and rinsing and is what I most often do. Drying is accomplished by quickly shaking the water out by twirling it over your head & then putting it an inside parka pocket.

Fail to clean them and you risk getting a mild sore throat. Don't ask how I know.

Edited by Danepacker on 03/13/2008 22:29:36 MDT.

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Works on 03/04/2008 22:49:56 MST Print View

Franco - It works exactly as advertised. Hiking, skiing, hanging in camp or sleeping. It saves water and heat so is definitely UL. Think of all the energy you have to use up to heat the cold air that you breathe in 24 hours.

Wade Henrichs
(WadeHenrichs) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Sure sounds good... on 03/05/2008 12:07:29 MST Print View

Al is right. Some physiologists estimate that up to 30% of heat loss is from respiration. (See 2nd paragraph under "Physiology" at http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/TOPIC279.HTM.)

The Himalayan Rescue Association (an organization I once worked for) seems to recommend devices like this to prevent "Khumbu cough" and such devices seem to be more common among high altitude climbers and trekkers. (I wasn't aware of them when in the Himalayas in '87)
(http://www.basecampmd.com/expguide/khumbucough.shtml)

I just acquired a Psolar EX face mask (39 gms or 1 3/8 oz size large/XL). It is surprisingly easy to breath through. It is too warm at sea level here in Bellingham right now to really test. Hope to get up in the Cascades to give it a try soon.

Had I seen this product first I might have gotten it instead or might try it against the psolar. A little more expensive and strange looking but half the weight at 20 gms. http://www.humanedgetech.com/shop/product.php?productid=177&cat=17&page=1

I have read that these devices work better as it gets colder and at increased altitude. 20-39 gms to stay/sleep warmer, loose less body water, and have less condensation around your bag/quilt/shelter seems too good to be true.

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Psolar Alternate on 05/12/2008 12:06:27 MDT Print View

I used an old wool shirt to sew a 3 x 3 inch pouch that I put some sort of synthetic insulation in. It cost ~$1. I use it at night when it's really cold and it makes a big difference in keeping me warm. Wool does have some anti-bacterial properties and I've never had any obvious problem despite using it 3 days straight. I've never used it during the day.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Psolar face mask on 05/12/2008 13:40:02 MDT Print View

There was an article in TGO a month or so ago dealing with face masks. The author found that the disposable dust mask type worked as well as the purpose made one. Try a cheap one out and see what you think. I couldn't sleep with it on my face. Kept thinking about drowning.