Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Air pollution in China: Totobobo vs Respro

As I arrived in Beijing a few days ago. I witnessed the incredible. Check the pictures first:




When you look at these picture, you might think it was raining. Or you might think that this is a foggy wet weather. In fact the weather was very dry in Beijing. There was no rain but the sun behin a curtain of pollution...

That day the Air Quality Index value were above 300. And it is how it looks like from the sky.


As you remember, I told you how important it is to wear a mask.
I decided to wear a mask only when riding my bike or doing jogging.
The rest of the time it is a little bit hard:
  • No one wears a mask and people gaze at you weird
  • Wearing a mask is not confortable at all...
  • Indoors I have my window open and nothing to clean the air

This is a picture of my totobobo mask after riding a bike in Changsha one hour. As you can see the filter is already getting dark...



Totobobo only drawbacks is for my nose.
I feel there is a small gap that can let air come in when I breath in and out. Of course if you don't have such a big nose and long then face, it wouldn't be a problem for you.

I also tried Respro.
I would not advise buying this mask. I don't like it as compared to Totobobo:
  • It is too hot
  • Changing the filter is much more expensive
  • I had really difficulties breathing with this mask, while running or riding a bike. At some point I had to slow down from the lack of air... 
The only great advantage is the Techno filter I couldn't smeel any of the car fume.
Even you stand behind a bus in a cloud of diesel fume, you smeel nothing but fresh air!
But even this filter is more a luxury than anything. You don't really need it. In the end only tiny particles can hurt your health.

2 comments:

  1. Hi George, thanks for the interesting post and recommendation for Totobobo mask. You can reduce the gaps around the nose by "heat moulding" your mask. Check the video here:
    http://totobobo.com/blog/2013/08/heat-moulding-totobobo-mask-to-optimize-protection-and-comfort/

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    1. Hello Francis,

      Thanks for the link! It is very interesting.
      I will try this or buy the Totobobo that fits just for the mouth.

      These days I didn't wear the mask often as hopefully pollution is down.
      I check the pollution level everyday if it is really too high I wear Totobobo mask.

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