Many thanks for making these available!

Posted by Joe Klatte on

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Dear Steve and Joe - 
I just wanted to thank you again for so kindly having several RZ Dust Masks sent out for me to try out in my woodshop.  As I've mentioned after spending over thirty-one years as a Supervisory Wildlife Inspector and a Special Agent for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of law Enforcement, after retirement I immediately began my passion of woodworking in a separate woodshop on our property.  Given my background, I've always been concerned about eye, ear and dust protection and have always made these a priority while on the shooting range and even more in my woodshop.  After beginning with furniture making in 2008, I soon found that woodturning was the type of woodworking that is what I mostly enjoyed and continue to work on my skills.  Since I do a great deal of woodturning and sanding I have set up my shop with numerous dust vacuums and I also have worn various types of dust masks and even sealed helmets that operate off of batteries that require charging after each use.  Also, after wearing a heavy helmet for a while, it begins to strain one's neck...  Where your RZ Dust Masks are so light and comfortable.
I have found your RZ Masks and Filters to be extremely effective, easy to take on and off and exceptionally simple to swap out a dirty filter for a clean filter in just seconds, allowing me more time to turn and sand my pieces for an Art Gallery, while fully protecting my lungs from harmful to toxic wood dust depending on species.  Now, when I walk into my shop the first two things I do are to put on my safety glasses and an RZ Dust Mask.  I recommend your mask to everyone I meet that is involved in woodturning and I wish to express my appreciation for making your masks available to folks like myself.  I am confident that if my lungs could talk, they too would be thanking you for potentially preventing lung diseases further down the dusty road in my lifetime. 
I've attached a few pictures of your masks in use while sanding a large vase on one of my wood lathes in my shop.  
Again, many, many thanks for making these available!
With Highest Respect,
Woodturner of Los Altos
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RZ Mask Review from Pro Chainsaw Sculptor

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I work as a professional Chainsaw Sculptor...just bought the M1 mask as I heard good things from fellow professionals across the globe. Liked it so much I bought a backup.  
For years I struggled with fogging glasses and annoying inefficient face masks.  I finally dished out the cion to get one of these and WOW huge difference in quality when compared to various styles and brands!
I can now comfortably work inside and out with this mask no worries no issues!  Excellent for filtering small particles when sanding as well as paint and saw fumes.
No fogging glasses even on cold winter day.  Face is warm and air is Fresh!  
I now make a habit of putting my mask on when I would risk my health for the sake of comfort or visibility all too often.
RZ mask may have very well saved this woodworker from a lot of lung issues down the road.  For the sake of your health comfort and safety I'd highly recommend RZ masks.
My girlfriend is a lazer technitian specialist and I will be looking into ordering one for her to use in her clinic.
A great product with so many applications!
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RZ Mask deployed to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan

Posted by Joe Klatte on

I've deployed to Iraq for five years between 2003-2010 and Afghanistan from 2013-present and as a former U.S. Army soldier and current Defense Department contractor. Maintaining a high fitness level in deployed environments is very important as physical and mental stressors are numerous and constant. I retired from the Army after 22 years and I always choose to ship and ride a mountain bike for fitness to save wear and tear on a set of knees that have seen many miles and years of use and abuse. Three years in Iraq without filtration during constant dusty conditions and severe dust storms motivated me to find a solution to protect the set of lungs I was born with and hope to keep.
A contract gig I had prior to deployment to Afghanistan required research of dust conditions and composition to support air filtration system decisions for airborne platforms which required long term exposure. Main lesson was the dust in Afghanistan is a calcite/silica composition that is microscopically sharp-edged and detrimental to lung tissue during long-term exposure.
Researching air filter options for riding while deployed led to the discovery of the RZ Mask design which looked to be the solution. And a very good solution for sure! I ride a MTB 40-100 miles each week and wear my RZ Mask every time. The design and fit and price are one of the best investments I've made and I spend quite a few dollars on fitness equipment and protective gear.
The first RZ Mask I purchased endured 16 months of riding use, filter changes, and deployment/redeployment shipping. For my current deployment I purchased two more RZ Masks and extra filters with no degradation of any component on the first one used. I change filters after 8-10 weeks of use and NEVER have an issue with filter degradation due to moisture from sweat or breath condensation.
I'm very impressed with the RZ Mask design and function and would recommend these units to anyone needing a low cost, yet highly functional personal air filter device. Apologies for the long story but details driving the need for an RZ Mask device are key.
David Dougherty
Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan
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I really want to thank everybody at RZ Mask for helping to restore my quality of life.

Posted by Joe Klatte on

Hello RZ Mask,
To cut a long story short, I hadn't been bothered by asthma for over 30 years until I nearly died about 3 years ago from a massive and unexpected asthma attack. I had lived in San Bernardino County CA where it is desert like most of my life. Over the years I had shots and learned to live with the grass allergies and poor air quality issues of my childhood. I relocated to the Ventura County CA coast where I hadn't given much thought to the highly agricultural area that uses a tremendous amount of compost (mold spores) as a fertilizer for the crops. I was out on a 20 mile bicycle ride passing the strawberry fields one day when I had a massive asthma attack and nearly died. After a few hospital visits and a lot of medication, my battle just got worse. It took me about a year of immunotherapy (allergy shots) and continued medication to reach the 50% mark health wise. During this time period I ordered every kind of mask that I could find. I literally could not ride my motorcycle the 40 mile trip to work from Ventura to Santa Barbara without having a severe breathing issue unless I was wearing a breathing mask to reduce the pollens that were causing me distress. You can see from the pictures that my mask is getting beat up from use. My health has nearly fully recovered, but when it comes to home projects you will never catch me without my RZ Mask. I still wear it when I ride my motorcycle as I never know when a dust cloud from the fields is going to blow by and I'm not taking any chances. I do a lot of woodworking and sawing and the mask is a fixture, just like putting on a pair of gloves. Let me add one other comment. For years I used those disposable paper dust mask sold at home improvement stores when working around the house, but the poor quality fit and construction along with the cheap rubber band used to hold them in place rendered them useless when I had a serious need for filtered air. I really want to thank everybody at RZ Mask for helping to restore my quality of life.
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Your Customer Service Was Excellent!

Posted by Joe Klatte on

I just wanted to take a moment to write to your company and say how much my wife and I love your masks. We have been using them for a while now and love how they filter out the dust and particles in our wood shop.  Their ease of putting them on and taking them off is so much better than those disposable masks and those more cumbersome traditional face masks.  
Your customer service was excellent when I had an issue with my first order.  I am already recommending them to fellow woodworkers that I know would benefit from them. I even sent one to my brother who is a painter for him to try out on some of his painting needs.
Thanks again and take care,
Scott Pearson
Woodworker in Indiana
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