3M 8000 Series Respirator 30 pack
- 3M particle respirator for light duty or short duration applications
- Patented filter media with advanced electrostatically charged microfibers make breathing easier and cooler for enhanced comfort
- Adjustable nose clip reduces eyewear fogging and helps ensure a better seal and fit
- 2-strap design with single point attachment helps provide a secure fit
- 22-by-4.5-by-6.5-inches at 10.6-ounces
Patented filter media with advanced electrostatically charged microfibers help make breathing easier and cooler for enhanced user comfort. Lightweight construction enhances worker comfort and wear time. Adjustable noseclip reduces eyewear fogging and he
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This mask is extremely comfortable to wear. I get a good, snug fit all around my normal sized adult male face. The nose bar bends easily to a snug fit around the nose. It's easy to breathe and inhale normally in this mask.
It doesn't have a valve, but condensation is not excessive and not an issue for me. It's actually easy to forget you are wearing this mask. So as for the mask model and mask design I'm totally pleased. I initially bought a trial box of 30, and after trying it out I've bought more.
The box and packaging, however, surprised me. A paper seal on the bottom was broken and the box appeared to have been previously opened. The masks are not wrapped individually. They aren't even placed in any sort of plastic bag, which I had expected, they're just loosely stacked "exposed" in the flimsy Kleenex-style cardboard box. A roll of toilet paper from the Dollar Store is at least shrinkwrapped in plastic. These have no protection at all.
If you coughed or sneezed into the open box, you'd have to treat every mask in the box as if it were contaminated. The seller could at least have put these in some kind of cheap plastic bag. I've never seen medical supplies come from a factory like this, and it's a red flag.
I'd give these 5 stars for the masks themselves, but 2 stars for dubious packaging and the possibility that these are being re-sold after being opened.
Be aware that the State of California in January-March 2010 announced it was junking its ENTIRE stockpile of these 3M 8000 model masks because of numerous complaints about poor fit to workers' faces. (These masks fit my adult male face perfectly, however, with a very good seal, so I have no complaints. But fit is crucial, so women or those with smaller faces will want to try these on carefully to ensure they fit, and follow the instructions for proper fitting if you're not already familiar with how to properly wear these masks).
What happened to all those zillions of 'junked' California masks is not known, but I assume some of them wound up back on the market for resale. I wonder if this opened box was part of the California 'recall'. These are available from numerous different vendors (each of the quantities is apparently offered by different vendors). This review is for the 30-pack, and I have just ordered (not yet received) from the seller of the 120-packs. If the packaging on that order is different/better, I'll add an update for you here.
*** UPDATE: My second order of a 120-pack (from a different vendor than the initial 30-pack) has arrived. 4 boxes of 30, taped together. The seals on all 4 of these boxes are broken also, the paper masks are once again just stacked loose in the cardboard box without any kind of plastic or airtight protection. The masks appear clean enough, but I don't like that they are not in plastic of any sort and that the boxes definitely appear to have been opened. There's no tape or any sort of seal to close the boxes, top or bottom. Are they re-sold out of the California stockpile? I have no way of knowing.
They do appear clean and I see no obvious signs of wear, no stains or finger smudges, etc. I'll keep them because the masks themselves seem OK, but the packaging does not inspire any confidence towards the vendor.
I like the mask, but I'd encourage you to inspect yours on arrival for quality assurance.
Hope this is helpful. Stay safe and be well, everybody.