Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. Adjusting the conforming nose piece. Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. The mask is resting on their sternum thanks to the convenient lanyard. Person wearing the V5 Mask, True Grey, in size Medium/Large. Person wearing the V5 Mask, True Grey, in size Medium/Large.
Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. Adjusting the conforming nose piece. Person wearing the V5 Mask, Pacific Blue, size Small/Medium. The mask is resting on their sternum thanks to the convenient lanyard. Person wearing the V5 Mask, True Grey, in size Medium/Large. Person wearing the V5 Mask, True Grey, in size Medium/Large.
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V5 Reusable Mask

$18.00

Breathable, comfortable four-layer non-medical mask. Adjustable ear loops, lanyard, and customizable conforming nose bridge.

Pacific Blue Small/Medium
True Grey Medium/Large

Description

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. 

Spunbond Polypropylene

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

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, emailus@tombihn.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.

Materials

Four layers of the following non-medical-grade materials:
  1. Outermost layer of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth
  2. Interior layer of Spunbond Polypropylene (66 grams/square meter)
  3. Interior layer of Spunbond Polypropylene (66 grams/square meter)
  4. Outer face-side layer of 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Broadcloth

Specs

Cut & sewn in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. with fabric & materials from Korea / China / U.S.A.

Thanks to your purchases, we've donated over 200,000 V1 Masks.
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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 for over 30 years 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.

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Reviewed by Kevin O.
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Rated 2 out of 5

Fit is not the same

This is the second one I've bought, the first one has lasted me the entire pandemic and I love it. So, I bought another when they were recently restocked. Unfortunately, it fits super tight. It is the lanyard/ear straps. Maybe it will stretch out but right now it just smashes my nose and is uncomfortable. The original didn't require a break-in period of uncomfortableness. Pretty disappointed because I am a big Tom Bihn fan, but this seems to be poorly crafted.

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Rated 3 out of 5

Reallly good mask but one issue

The masks are very breathable, the lanyard is comfortable and a very nice touch. I like the north/south orientation of the seam - it looks sleek. The nose pin is firm and adjustable and forms a tight fit to keep the mask as snugly against your face as possible and prevent air escape holes

The biggest issue is the ear loops. After using it for a while of they really dig into the back of my ears and are not comfortable at aI. I find myself having to remove them for a minute or two to give the back of my ears some relief. The material, for me, is just not very comfortable. I do not remember this occurring with my V1 or V2 masks. So while I have this issue, it could be just the sensitivity of my skin to the material and might feel differently for someone else

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Thanks so much for this feedback! I'm sorry those masks aren't working out better for you! I just emailed you a quick follow up to this review too :) -Mike

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Reviewed by willo L.
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Rated 4 out of 5

Most 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.

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Reviewed by ravi
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Rated 1 out of 5

V5 masks

We got these masks two days back, after using them for just two days, the nose pins broke on them. Have reported to customer service.

Have used masks last year never had issue with nose pins

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TOM BIHN

I'm sorry your nose pieces broke so quickly! We're always happy to send replacements when that happens and they're very easily swapped out on our masks- I already sent you an email to get that set up! -Mike

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Reviewed by Jacquie
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Rated 5 out of 5

Great mask!

We have every version, save V1, for a total of 28 masks. Love all of them. This version is lightweight, close fitting, and breathable. Purchased several for a family trip to Hawaii. Felt very safe on airplane and no lost masks. Washes well and dries quickly. Nosepiece is a game changer! It's stronger than the original wire and blocks air from blowing into my glasses. LOVE! My teens are sad that the V2 was discontinued as it was great for outdoor activity. Thank you Tom Bihn.

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