SALOMON MASK: FOR RUNNERS AND WINTER SPORTS, 90% FILTERING CAPACITY.

SALOMON COVID19 MASKS: 90% filtering capacity for runners and winter sports. Our SPORTS and CORONAVIRUS section brings you good news today from SALOMON.

This February the French giant launches reusable sports masks from France, for running and winter sports with a price of 18€. This is the project of the French brand.

REUSABLE SALOMON COVID19 MASKS.

Salomon thus joins the developments that we already brought you here announcing a few days ago also by New Balance from its factories in the United States, La Sportiva from Dolomites Asics from Japan, Raidlight from Chartreuse or Spanish brands like UYN, each in its style.

The Annecy Design Centre, the heart of Salomon’s innovation at the foot of the French Alps, is still underway these days, focused on new challenge. This installation that we visit for you every year, bringing the key news of next season, is now focused on a different project.

His priority over the past 12 months has not only been the usual collaboration with elite racers such as Kilian Jornet, Francois D’haene or Courtney Dauwalter for a better backpack, or a more comfortable lining for a Nordic ski boot.

In fact, while the variety of outdoor products we see them working on each year when visiting them is mind-blowing, the design team has worked for several months to create reusable SALOMON MASKS against the coronavirus.

SALOMON COVID19 MASKS:
FIRST RESPONSE CALL (APR 2020)

In the face of a shortage of protective masks in the country, the French government launched a national appeal to the French textile industry. With industrial tools to help, a French company called Chamatex proposed a solution: washable and reusable multilayer textile masks. The masks are certified by the DGA (Direction Général de l’Armement) and will be intended mainly for administrations and industrialists in all sectors of the business community in the near future.

As mask requests increased in recent days, Salomon received a call from Gilles Reguillon, CEO of Chamatex, because of the relationship between the companies and because Salomon has the ability to produce prototypes of all kinds. Within five days of the initial request, Salomon’s team was at their workstations at the ADC making masks. The French brand was then targeted to deliver 90,000 masks from April to June 2020.

SALOMON COVID19 MASKS:
THE SECOND PHASE (FEB-2021)

Last 5th February Salomon’s public relations team confirmed the launch for sale of new sports masks for the Covid-19. For this second phase, Salomon has also continued to work with textile designer Chamatex and Zebra Group on the joint production of masks.

The aim was for these sports masks to go on sale in France from 15th February. They will do it with two different models, which you can see in the photos: The one for running and the other, more tubular type, to use winter sports. These masks include a small plastic grille between the mouth and fabric that prevents the mask from getting wet when exhaling.

Salomon specialists have worked on the creation of these masks during 8 months of development. Now, they claim that they will allow people to exercise at intense levels without risk, as the material used uses world-class filtration technology. According to them, this mask meets ‘the health certification criteria related to airflow and expulsion of Co2 produced by the breathing of athletes’.

Initially, the masks are intended for high-level athletes, who need to continue training while remaining protected from the Covid-19. About 10,000 masks will be produced each month, and the models will be sold with a price of 18€.

Guillaume Meyzenc, salomon’s vice president, said they thought the mechanical ski lifts would be open this winter and that they had started thinking about making masks to wear on the closed ski lifts.

“We also thought that even when the epidemic is in decline, race and marathon organizers could still require competitors to wear masks. Our tests have shown that you can run with them for 45 minutes at an average speed of 15 km/h»

SALOMON COVID-19 MASKS: 90% FILTERING CAPACITY

Salomon masks will be classified into category 1, meaning they offer the highest level of protection for fabric masks, with 90% filtration.

The French government now recommends wearing at least Category 1 cloth masks to protect against the Covid-19 virus. But as fears about new highly contagious Covid variants increase, the general population has increased the purchase of FFP2 filter masks, which offer 94% filtration.

SALOMON COVID19 MASKS: THERE WILL BE A THIRD PHASE, FOR MORE SPORTS AND WORKERS

Gilles Réguillon himself, president of Chamatex, said there were plans to expand the range. Said: “We will extend this technology to other applications for all people who require performance and breathability. Therefore, for cycling and racket sports, but also for other professions, such as the catering industry and people working in challenging environments.”

They also plan to produce a mask for indoor gyms.


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