There’s nothing that ruins a beautiful day out wheeling quite like a big mouthful of dirt! Dust is one of the unfortunate side effects of off-roading, and most wheelers aren’t big fans. It can be made even worse if you have allergies or asthma. Luckily there are tons of ways to keep the dust out of your lungs while wheeling. Here are some helpful tips to keep the dust out of your face.
Bandanas are great low-cost way to help ensure that you don’t get a mouthful of dirt. They are easy to use and can be worn in multiple fashions to prevent inhaling dust. The easiest and most common way to wear your bandana is bandit style. Simply fold the bandana in a triangle, cover your mouth and nose with the cloth and tie it around the back of your head.
Bandanas are typically made of a cotton blend. This is great since it will filter out the dust, however it is also a drawback because the cotton blend will hold in heat and moisture. This can make your face feel hotter than normal. However, in a pinch, these simple cloth squares will work great!
Charlene Tip: When you cover your face, try to cover your ears as well! It may make everything sound slightly muffled, but it’s better than walking around with dirt and grime in your ears until you’re able to shower!
Tube Bandanas are great because they are multipurpose and usually made out of a thinner stretchy silky material! Tube Bandanas are great for keeping dust out of your face, and when the weather is cooler you can bunch your tube bandana around your neck to keep it warm. The thin, breathable material is also ideal for hot weather as it works to wick away sweat and moisture. This allows for air flow while still filtering out the fine dust particles. Tube Bandanas are a smart choice to bring wheeling with you if you don’t know what type of weather you might encounter.
Charlene Tip: Tube bandanas are a handy accessory both on and off the trails! When not keeping dirt from your face, you can also use your Tube Bandana as a scrunchy or headband! They come in a ton of cool colors and patterns too! (link)
Face Fit Face Masks
They may look like a bandana or a tube sock, but there is actually technology involved in these form-fitting masks. The top to the mask usually has some kind of forming power that helps hold the mask on your nose reducing the possibility of sliding and fogging of eyewear. Usually you do the forming yourself so it fits your face specifically. (Schampa is one of Ladies Offroad Network supporters and has all types of styles and patterns!)
and ATV Tek makes masks that have built-in filters. These masks come in a variety of patterns and styles as well. ATVs masks work like a clinical mask; they have a tight fit against your nose and mouth to prevent dust from getting in, and are made with a one-way valve that lets in filtered air. These masks work the best for filtering the fine dust particles out of the air, and the different styles cover your neck and lower face as well! This is ideal for those with asthma or allergies who still want to enjoy off-roading!
If you want to have a lot of fun, there are different designs that you can get on your mask. The most common may be the skull or smiling tattoos. Do some searching and have fun finding something that fits your style!
Author: Ladies Offroad Network Staff
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