If you want to reach your destination faster despite traffic jams, you'd better ride a motorcycle. While this isn't true at all times, one cannot dispute the fact that motorcycles can easily be maneuvered to overtake cars in traffic jams. However, a motorist like you needs to be always ready for any change in the weather because the bike doesn't have a roof to serve as your shield during downpour.
Besides rain, you will also encounter blowing dust or drifting sand during your daily commutes. This problem can be solved by wearing a face mask. While you can use a bandana or a balaclava, face masks are always the cream of the crop as they are primarily designed to protect your face and head against the effects of wind, dust, and nasty weather.
When choosing a motorcycle face mask, there are two factors that you need to consider to get a hold of the mask that perfectly meets your needs.
Depending on the coverage, there are two types of mask.half mask and full mask. A half motorcycle mask covers your cheeks, nose, mouth, as well as the upper part of your neck. It usually comes with Velcro closure at the back to ensure snug fit. It keeps your face warm and protected and can be comfortably worn with goggles or even under a helmet.
A full motorcycle face mask, as its name implies, offers maximum protection as it wraps the whole face and forehead, revealing only the eyes and the top of the head. This is perfect during cold season, when you need additional layer of protection under your helmet to keep your face warm.
Face masks are also available in different types of materials such as neoprene, fleece, leather, cotton, and polyester. Each type has its own share of advantages and disadvantages that you need to consider before making a purchase.
A neoprene face mask is said to be the warmest mask you can get because of its heat retention quality and its capability to ward off cold wind. This is perfect for riders who live in regions where the intensity of rain varies from an early morning drizzle to a gentle spring shower to a heavy downpour.
Leather face masks do a very nice job of protecting your face and neck against strong winds and other natural elements, but they are mostly available in a half mask. So if you're planning to use one on cold weather, you might as well consider getting additional protection for your ears and forehead. You should also make sure that the leather face mask you'll get has a lining because if it doesn't have any, the leather material can leave black dye marks on your face.
Masks made out of these materials offer the same level of warmth.pretty much like the warmth you'll experience when you wrap a t-shirt around your face. The good thing about face masks made from polyester and cotton is that while they aren't the warmest mask available, they do offer a decent amount of protection and they can be worn comfortably during cold and summer seasons.
This soft material is warm because it is thicker than other materials used in making a face mask. While it's perfect in keeping your face warm, it's too thick and may not work well when worn under a helmet. Riders who live in places where wearing of helmets aren't strictly required on motorcyclists may find fleece face masks handy.