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Published on March 3rd, 2011 | by Joe


RZR Mask Air Filtration for ATV, UTV, and Dirt Bike Enthusiasts

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Your love of outdoor sports
shouldn’t jeopardize your health

Avid 4-wheeling enthusiast shares his most
important advice for protecting yourself outdoors

Outdoor sports – from all-terrain vehicles and dirt bike racing to hunting, skiing, running and snowmobiling – are popular across all age groups. There are approximately 350,000 registered 4-wheelers in Minnesota alone. People love the thrill! But did you know that something as common as inhaling dust, fumes or even just really cold air can be dangerous?

“Your lungs are susceptible to airborne particles. Anything you breathe in has a direct pathway to inside your body,” cautions outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur Steve Torbenson has been riding everything from mini-bikes to go-karts since he was a kid. “People assume cheap dust masks or wet bandannas trap most of the harmful particles, but they can’t do the job as effectively as a mask that uses a carbon-activated filter.”

After seeing his children’s faces blackened by dust after a day of riding, Torbenson decided to make lung protection his biggest priority. “Dust is one of the biggest problems encountered by outdoor sports enthusiasts. People who enjoy dirt bikes, ATVs, etc. often wind up covered with grime – and they are still coughing it up several days later. Likewise, NASCAR enthusiasts hate breathing in car exhaust. Runners often battle high pollen counts. Air quality is a recurring issue among athletes and spectators alike.

“That’s why the neoprene RZR Mask ( is such a hot item. It has carbon-activated, replaceable filters that filter out 99.9 percent of all airborne particles (both gasses and solids), it is comfortable and sporty, and it fits easily inside a helmet.”

Reversing the mask’s filters blocks the wearer’s scent, which can be crucial for hunters. “Hunters may spend as much as $1,000 in scent-masking apparel but until now, they have missed this one big source of human odor – our breath.”

Torbenson began importing the RZR Mask more than two years ago, and says winter is a prime time for mask usage because breathing cold air can be hazardous. “Cold air can be hard on lungs, especially for seniors and those who suffer from asthma or COPD. It can irritate your airway causing the muscles around your airway to contract and making it harder to breathe. Also, breathing cold air into your lungs can cause you to lose up to 35 percent of your body core temperature, increasing your chances of getting the flu or a cold.”

People who use the RZR Mask can breathe air that is as much as 75 degrees warmer, increasing their safety as they enjoy outdoor activities in colder climates.”  And because of its specially designed discharge valves, the mask will not fog eyeglasses.

These comfortable machine-washable masks with Velcro straps, which come in a variety of colors from camouflage to pink, also are gaining popularity among those working in agriculture. Farmers, for example, now favor them when working around dusty grain bins. The masks also filter out toxic and hazardous fumes and odors generated by cattle, sheep, horses, poultry and pigs as well as pollen, pesticides and fertilizers.

“I’m proud to be personally involved with helping farmers, ranchers as well as outdoor athletes and spectators protect their health,” says Torbenson. Other precautions that he lives by include:

  • Slow down when sight lines are poor. “For example, cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream.”
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers. “Venture into areas designated as off-limits can be disastrous.”
  • Wear a mask that protects your lungs. “RZR Masks are versatile enough to use for any kind of outdoor sport.”
  • Buddy up. “This reduces your vulnerability if you have an accident or breakdown. Designate meeting areas in case of separation.”
  • Use common sense. This final safety tip is by far the best. Common sense can take you far, especially when it involves your safety.

“Our goal to provide the best protection we can to combat these pollutants, for everyday use as well as sports. RZR Masks will allow you to enjoy your favorite activities without jeopardizing your health.”


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