The ESPIRE full face gas mask was created for professional varnishers and engineers. The filter is located at the top of the mask, uncovering the transparent mouth section.
Air flow is now guided in a linear stream from the top of the mask to the outlet valve located at the chin. A divider between viewing and mouth section makes sure the visor's viewing area stays free from fog.
With this arrangement, the air flow is not only optimized, but the aesthetics and the archetype of a respirator are completely changed. The fully transparent front increases communication ability, comfort and acceptance for the user.
Full face gas masks' component arrangement has not been changed for decades. They consist of a small visor, an inner mask and an outer mask to keep exhaled air from the visor to prevent fogging. Both the filter and the outlet valve are always at the bottom of the mask. Additionally they always have a complicated strap system, to keep them in position on the head. Many users avoid using them whilst working, which is a real health risk. So, questioning these circumstances and creating something more user-orientated was long overdue. The ESPIRE full face gas mask was created for professional painters and varnishers who use masks daily.
ESPIRE's spin-on filter is located at the top of the mask and thereby frees the user's face with a transparent mouth section. Air flow is guided in a linear stream from the top of the mask, where the air first interacts with the visor to keep it free from fog. The air then flows through a valve in a divider between the viewing and mouth area. The divider assures that there is no trade-off in functionality. Afterwards, the air is exhaled through the outlet valve located at the chin, thus insuring no exhaled air comes into contact with the visor's viewing area.
This arrangement optimizes the air flow and drastically changes the aesthetics and the archetypal design of a respirator. The fully transparent front and compact design increases not only comfort and acceptance for the user, but also non-verbal communication ability, especially in noisy work environments. Additionally, the decreased volume of the mask reduces the risk of accidentally lifting the mask from the user's face.