Our new non-medical V5 Mask features our original mask design. It's a lightweight, breathable four layer mask that includes two sewn-in and reusable filter layers.
Why did we choose sewn-in filter layers instead of a user-inserted filter? Because the interior filter layers can be machine washed and machine dried, there’s no need for a separate, removable filter. And, because the filter layers are sewn-in, they cover nearly all of the surface area of the mask and don't slip out of position. There’s no need to handle separate filters – simply machine wash and dry the entire mask. Plus, speaking for ourselves here: having to purchase, replace, and keep track of new filters is one thing we’d rather not add to our already long to-do list.
When new, the V5 Mask may feel slightly stiffer or even larger than our other masks — simply machine wash/machine dry your mask a few times to help it conform to your unique face shape.
Like all of our face masks, the V5 Mask features soft, comfortable adjustable ear loops, a customizable conforming nose bridge, and a lanyard for convenient wear.
The four layers are comprised of the following non-medical-grade materials:
Outermost layer of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth
Interior layer of Spunbond Polypropylene
Interior layer of Spunbond Polypropylene
Outer face-side layer of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth
We recommend following the CDC washing instructions — machine wash and machine dry.
The mask guidance issued by the Canadian government and the World Health Organization both suggest middle layer(s) of a non-woven material such as polypropylene. Note that no mask provides 100% filtration.
100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth
Our 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth fabric is a high-quality, beautiful, and natural cotton woven and dyed especially for us by our OEKO-TEX Certified fabric mill in South Korea. It’s comfortable and soft next to the skin. Organic isn’t just better for us humans — it’s also better for the environment.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE, SIZING, SHIPPING OPTIONS & MORE
- Comfortable, stretchy adjustable ear loops and neck lanyard
- Choosing the right size of mask
- Customizable nose bridge
- Returns and Guarantee
- Made in U.S.A. (and what that means)
- Instructions for use & warnings
Comfortable, stretchy adjustable ear loops and neck lanyard
Our innovative ear loop and neck lanyard material is comfortable, conforming, and stretchy — but it’s not the scratchy elastic that’s typically found on masks. Even when worn around the ears, we (and others) find our material to be quite comfortable for longterm wear.
As we mentioned, the ear loops and neck lanyard are both adjustable; you can shorten or lengthen them. To adjust, gently tug up on the ear strap (lengthens ear strap, shortens neck strap) or down on the neck strap (shortens ear strap, lengthens neck strap) at the point where they are knotted together.
We find the neck lanyard to be a convenient feature when we go out for walks. If no other people are around, we can let the mask hang around our neck and against the sternum; if we see another person coming our way, it's easy to very quickly grasp the ear loops (w/out touching the fabric of the mask) and put the mask on.
Choosing the right size of mask
When tightly and properly secured via the adjustable strap, our V5 Reusable Cloth Face Mask will provide a good, secure fit and reduce gaps.
To determine which size you need, take a flat ruler and place it next to your nose. Measure from the bridge of your nose to the point of your chin.
Choose Small/Medium if you measure LESS than 4.5” / 115mm
Choose Medium/Large if you measure MORE than 4.5” / 115mm
And if you measure exactly 4.5": we'd recommend choosing the Medium/Large size.
Customizable nose bridge
We’ve added a fabric slot over the nose bridge; your mask will arrive with a metal nose piece inserted into the slot that can be bent to conform your mask over your nose.
Part of the reason the open nose bridge slot is so great is that you can effectively customize the firmness of the conforming metal piece to be what works best for you: replace the metal nose piece with a twist tie or vice versa, or choose a different wire altogether.
Additionally, we determined that the first component on a mask most likely to fail after repeated machine washing and drying is the bendable, metal nose piece; by making that piece removable and replaceable on our masks, we’ve increased the longevity of the mask and have allowed you to replace that part if/when it does fail at little to no cost (most of us have extra twist-ties at home… you know, the things produce comes bundled in or bakery bags are tied with.)
We recommend removing the metal conforming nose piece prior to washing your mask. That will help the metal piece last as long as possible.
Returns and Guarantee
Just like our bags, our masks are satisfaction guaranteed. If you're happy with your mask, if you'd like help troubleshooting fit, or if your mask isn't working for you, email@example.com and we'd be glad to help.
For the health and safety of our crew, we can’t accept returns, repairs or exchanges for/of these masks. Any issue with materials or workmanship on these masks will be evident immediately; beyond your immediate inspection of the mask upon its arrival, the mask is not covered under our Lifetime Guarantee.
We recommend following the CDC Instructions for washing face masks and we recommend washing your face masks in a reusable mesh laundry bag; this will prevent the ear loops from getting caught on other stuff in the washer and dryer and will help protect your mask.
Made in U.S.A. (and what that means)
Some of you will ask why our masks (or our bags, for that matter!) are more expensive. Our business model is unusual: we are designer, manufacturer, and direct retailer and our entire company shares the same 16,000 square feet in Seattle, the city with the highest minimum wage in the United States. We're also a Certified B Corporation. The contract manufacturers we work with are also in Seattle. In short, our labor and overhead costs are likely significantly higher than that of a business who manufactures their products overseas.
Warnings and Instructions For Use
We recommend that you read our Warnings & Instructions For Use. If you need more copies of the Warnings and Instructions For Use to distribute with masks that you are providing to others, please download this PDF and print additional copies on your home printer.
These guidelines are based on this FDA document; the guidelines may be subject to change. Please refer to the FDA website for the most up-to-date information.
Enclosed Face Masks are NOT Intended to Provide Liquid Barrier Protection
This mask is not a surgical device or a respirator and should not be used as a substitute for either of these devices.
Not for use in any surgical setting or where significant exposure to liquid, bodily or other hazardous fluids, may be expected.
Not for use in a clinical setting where the infection risk level through inhalation exposure is high.
Not for use in the presence of high intensity heat source or flammable gas.
An outermost layer of 100% Organic Cotton Broadcloth; two middle layers of Spunbond Polypropylene; and an innermost / face layer of 100% Organic Cotton Broadcloth. Note: These masks are not made of medical grade material
For adult use only. Wash these masks according to CDC washing guidelines prior to first wear. Wash routinely depending on the frequency of use. Do not microwave. Do not put in the oven.
Use of this mask is intended to be an addition to and not in substitution of all other measures recommended for the prevention of communicable diseases.
If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
If unsure, consult your personal physician before wearing.
When washed and dried, secure the clean mask to your face to cover both your nose and mouth.
WARNING: Gaps between the mask and your face, or a loose fitting mask, will reduce the effectiveness of the mask. Once secured, refrain from touching the mask and your face in order to adjust its fit. Any hand contact with your face, or the mask itself once donned, can increase your risk of contracting or communicating an infectious disease.
- willo L.Verified Buyer2 years agoRated 4 out of 5 starsMost popular TB mask style in my household of five who've tried them all
Looking back over my order history, my family has a couple each of Tom Bihn mask styles V2 and V3, and we've just all tried on a V4, V5 (this one), and V6. Different family members prefer different styles, so, unfortunately, I can't say there's one best mask for everyone.
Version V5 is the favorite of 3/5 in my house. If you liked V2, you will probably also like V5 for its fit. I prefer it for my family because if has those added filtration layers.
I agree with an article I read recently that Americans should not be wearing poor quality, homemade masks any longer, but I disagree with that article's author that disposable surgical masks are the best solution. I think we need excellent washable/re-wearable masks AND A SYSTEM BY WHICH TO COMPARE EFFECTIVENESS for non-medical products (like this V5 mask) on the market.
For my face--female, with a prominent, beak-y nose, yet a narrow chin--the S/M in V2-V5 feels just a little too small, yet the larger M/L mask "poked me in the eyes" (i.e., too tall top to bottom.) V6 in the smaller size is a better choice for someone like me. If you felt "between sizes" in a prior TB mask, skip the V5.
Overall, in my household, three people prefer V2/V5 styles like this (I'd call them TB's "minimal masks"), one prefers the V3/V4 ("greater volume" styles but similarly sized), and I'm the outlier with a strong preference for V6.
- Diane K.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Made in USA, Durable, Unique1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Made in USA, Durable, UniqueRated 5 out of 5 starsAwesome face mask
We have v2, v3, v5,v6 face from your company. Our family is very happy with all the different mask. The v5 is light weight yet breathable. Thank you for making great face mask. Even though a lot of states don’t require face mask our family still use when we go out. My husband and son love the v3. And wished you made more. But again thank you
- Danny F.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Easily Adjustable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Easily AdjustableRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat Long Lasting Mask
The mask is very comfortable to wear and last a very long time. This is my third one that I purchased and I cycled them in and out as I clean them and keep them in the car, in the house, and at work. Straps are by far the best feature. They are soft stretchy and help the mask fit snug and secure. I also like the extra neck strap so you can keep it down but have easy access to pull it back over your face when you need it, great for when you’re at work in your office and you have people walking in and out.
- Chloe L.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Unique, Easily Adjustable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Unique, Easily AdjustableRated 5 out of 5 starsConvenient
I really like the design of having the ear loops as part of the string that goes around the neck. It is extremely easy to adjust the ear loops, and because they made it that way, there are no annoying metal parts in the ear loops that irritates my ears (which I experience with another brand).
Plus, the ability to temporarily taking off my mask without worrying where to put it and where it will go is just genius. Genius.
- John M.Verified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Comfortable, Great Gift, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design6 months agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Comfortable, Great Gift, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsHome Run Gift
I got these as a gift for someone and they can't stop raving about them!
See their fulsome and ecstatic praise below:
"Seriously I don't know if you actually understand how amazing those masks are!"
"They feel great!"
"When you wear them it's like they're not even there"
I'm sure there are years of good, solid, comfortable use ahead.
UPDATE: The Giftee is in Canada where the wildfire smoke is really, really bad.
They put on the masks and this is what they said:
"I do not smell the smoke at all with the masks on. It’s wild"
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.