One in three motorcyclists will continue to use masks to protect themselves from smog, dust and pollen even after the pandemic. According to an analysis conducted during Wildays by the Italian startup Narvalo with Wheelz Magazine, for 75% of motorcyclists it is important – if not essential – to protect their breath while in motion. From the study – carried out during one of the most important European events dedicated to two, four wheels and the outdoor lifestyle in Salsomaggiore Terme – if in 37% of cases motorcyclists admit to evaluating the use of a mask to protect yourself from smog in the city, this attention rises to 44% for those who want to protect themselves from dust and pollen.
So the masks are “become an essential accessory for all outdoor riders who intend to protect themselves from dust and pollen agents during their sporting adventures “underline the analysts of Narvalo, the Italian startup that produced the Narvalo Urban Mask in times of pandemic, considered the most comfortable Ffp3 on the market and able to protect motorcyclists – and in general urban commuters – from pollutants and pollen in the city and that now turns the spotlight on another way to use the masks as protection from dust and pollen even during off-road trips or during motocross activities.
From a technical point of view, the Narvalo Urban Mask, thanks to a layer of activated carbon and the Bls Zero filter technology of Bls, “they guarantee a filtration level of more than 99% of smog, bacteria, pollen and viruses and are equipped with an exhalation valve designed to maximize the flow of air, avoiding excessive accumulation of heat and humidity inside” explain the startup experts. To make the mask smart there is also the Active Shield, a proprietary IoT device which can be placed on the front of any ‘Narwhal’ mask “to track the respiratory rate and ensure a breathing experience even under exertion by constantly optimizing the flow of air inside the mask and reducing the accumulation of heat, humidity and CO2 “.
The trend and technology of Narwhal are also confirmed by motorcyclists as the blogger and influencer active in the world of motorcycles Giulia Arzuffi (@theblondepipes) that during Wildays he put Narwhal’s Urban Active Masks to the test on a dirt track, with the aim of testing the effectiveness of the mask even in a non-urban environment during off-road trips to protect in particular from dust and pollen. “Wearing the Narwhal I finally managed to breathe well while driving on off-road roads, where a lot of dust rises“explains Giulia Arzuffi.
Arzuffi assures that “the mask is in fact comfortable and able to ventilate the whole mouth, also thanks to the different speeds at which the fan can be set, unlike other goggles that sacrifice comfort and breathability in protecting “.” Solutions like this – adds the blogger, “I think they are essential to feel better even in a city context, where the motorcyclist has to deal with smog and pollen “. The test drives also took place on days during which high concentrations of pollen were reported in Salsomaggiore – according to the 3bmeteo pollen weather data – as regards fagaceae, grasses, oleaceae and pinaceae.
“The test drives have shown in the field how a performing mask can be an indispensable accessory for everyone outdoor motorcyclists who want to protect themselves from pollutants, dust and pollen during their sporting adventures, especially on dusty off-road routes ”
comment Venanzio Arquilla and Ewoud Westerduin, founders of Narvalo. “As well as helmet and back and chest protectors, even the mask can become an important protection device “ensure. Arquilla and Westerduin finally underline that” the pandemic has undoubtedly cleared the mask as a daily accessory and it is very important to note that its use is also considered in areas far from the health emergency. This is because, in any case, we have matured the importance of protecting the respiratory tract not only from viruses and bacteria but also from pollution, dust and pollen “.