In a word, yes, they are. Of course, it will depend on the particular riding conditions you find yourself in. I mean, if you happen to live in a warm place like Auckland, New Zealand, where the weather is mostly great all-year-round, and the pollution levels are among the lowest in the world, then yeah, you might not see the utility in ever wearing a motorcycle face mask.
But if you ride in the streets of New Delhi, or, heck, even in the streets of London, then I can definitely suggest you start wearing one. See, motorcycle face masks are an excellent way to stop pollution from smashing onto your face as you ride. Not just that, they’re also a great way to keep your neck and face warm from the frigid air that will be… um, smashing into your face as you ride. I learned this the hard way one Swedish winter when my buddies and I decided to ride our motorcycles one late afternoon, only for the mind-numbing pain of the cold air blowing against my face at those high speeds to become one of the worst experiences I had to endure.
So, to answer the question about whether motorcycle face masks are useful: yes, they definitely are. They aren’t just something people wear to look cool—although there’s also that—but they’re also an excellent motorcycle accessory to protect your face against grit, grime, pollution, and the weather.
They’re also great to have during summer, too. A good balaclava will stop your motorcycle helmet from absorbing all the sweat that will come out of your head at some point during your ride. And, trust me, nobody wants to be lugging around a god-awful smelling helmet. After all, a motorcycle face mask will be easy to clean. Just drop the thing in the washer, and you’re good. Your helmet will be a whole lot more challenging to clean.
With all the motorcycle face masks available in the market, however, it’s not easy to decide which one to get. Each brand markets themselves as the best, but from our experience, a lot of them are no better than putting a stocking on your head. A lot of them break easily, while many of those that sufficiently protect against the cold isn’t as breathable as we’d like. Ditto the cheap ones, which you’d do best to avoid, as you’ll be lucky if they survive more than a few wash cycles.
From our experience, one brand that impressed us was Moto Flavour. They make excellent motorcycle face masks! And this is saying something since we’re not exaggerating when we say we’ve tried thousands of brands. Moto Flavour, if the name sounds familiar, is a company that manufactures motorcycle accessories. They’re pretty good at it, too. In fact, we own a couple of Moto Flavour helmets, and we can confirm they have exceptional quality.
Back to face masks: Moto Flavour masks come in a variety of designs, and they are simply the coolest-looking. Now, we know—trust us, we know—that many motorcycle face mask designs out there are similar-looking. Like, oh look, it’s a skull design; how utterly cliche is that. But one major difference comes down to the printing. Moto Flavour’s designs are printed so realistically—with this 3d effect, even—that, trust us, people will be doing a double-take.
Another thing; Moto Flavour face masks are made from real quality material, too. I’m not sure what kind of technological wonder they used in their masks, but they seem to dry water quickly, such that way, getting your mask wet will result in only a minute’s worth of discomfort. It must be because of the permeable microfiber material their masks are made from.
In any case, you can check out the multitude of designs they have on their website. These masks look cool, are made from quality material, thick enough to keep your face and neck warm, and are surprisingly breathable. They tick all our boxes, and we’re sure you’ll find them excellent, too.