Under Armour is set to launch a new “Sportsmask” designed to keep wearers safe while they exercise.
The sportswear giant is expecting to launch the new £26 mask in the UK next month, following a lengthy design process which spanned 13 different prototypes.
Under Armour’s final product consists of three layers which allow air to pass through but prevent the passage of moisture and sweat.
The inside of each mask will utilise its ‘ISO-CHILL’ technology to ensure maximum air circulation keeping the user cool.
Each mask will also be treated with antimicrobial technology which inhibits the growth of bacteria and has been shown to kill COVID-19 in lab tests.
The UA Sportsmasks, which are machine washable and water-resistant, also come with a mouldable nose bridge to ensure they fit as closely as possible and prevent airflow to the wearers eyes, effectively preventing condensation of glasses.
“At Under Armour, we always want to be part of the solution, especially during this extremely challenging time,” Under Armour chief executive said Patrik Frisk said.
“We specifically designed this mask for athletes and for all of us who want to exercise and train while also keeping ourselves, and those around us, safe.”
Its vice president of materials innovation Kyle Blakely added: “As soon as we finalised the design of our face mask for PPE, we dove straight into the innovation process of optimising a mask for performance.
“We knew our athletes would need us to come through quickly with a solution to aid their return to training, one that would put health and safety first and adhere to current CDC guidelines.”