Wearing a respirator mask usually involves fumbling with irritating stretchy straps, followed by muffled grumbling. AO Safety eliminates this frustration with their Quicklatch respirator — instead of grabbing for nylon bands, you tighten and loosen the mask with a flip latch.
It works a lot like a normal mask, but the upper band is hooked into a latch that, when in the closed position, tightens the mask snug to your face. When you open the latch the band slides loose, releases the tension on the mask, and allows it to slide free.
It’s at the very least an interesting idea. The casual user might not find the Quicklatch respirator a worthwhile addition, but it doesn’t cost much more than the standard models, and the lack of hassle could mean a lot to guys who use one every day.
Street pricing starts at $35.