For every Buy 1, Give 1 Mask purchased, AFTCO will donate a mask to an organization in need.
Limit 10 per customer
After the CDC updated their guidance recommending that the public wear a non-medical cloth face covering, AFTCO received an avalanche of requests for our fishing face masks. This opened our eyes to the far reaching need for masks of any type. We also realized there will be a lot of masks that end up in the trash bin when this is all over.
We are in a unique position to address the urgent need for masks while keeping waste at a minimum. Our reusable fishing face masks perform double duty as face coverings and functional UPF 40+ sun masks. This fishing mask includes set of 3 masks, varying in colors depending on current inventory. In addition to selling our fishing masks online at reduced prices in order to get them in hands of the public ASAP, we wanted to go one step further. After looking at many successful 1:1 give-back models, we felt compelled to create AFTCO's own Buy 1, Give 1 Mask Program. Each mask purchased results in a donation to a community member in need.
As we take time to reflect upon what’s ahead, we’re reminded that fishing is America’s true national pastime. We hope that you are taking this opportunity to spend valuable time with your immediate family, on and off the water. Please also remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation to keep our outdoors open during this pandemic.
Below I have answered some questions that you may have.
Do I need to buy a fishing mask from AFTCO?
NO! Especially if you are buying a mask only for COVID-19. There is no reason to believe that our masks will be better than a free mask you can make at home. Infact, the CDC recommends a tight weave cotton fabric, and there are some studies that suggest the thicker the fabric the more effective it is. Our mask is a fairly lightweight polyester / elastic.
There are many great resources on this topic, but we’ve found the CDC’s DIY guide to making your own cloth face covering to be a helpful starting place. As a clothing company, we have a lot of in-house sewing knowledge. If you have any questions on a DIY mask please feel free to email Norma Herrera (email@example.com). She is our inhouse cut and sew expert and will be answering questions as fast as she can.
Where is my "Give 1" donated mask going?
Web sales have resulted in donations to local law enforcement and retirement homes in need. We are currently in contact with our county and city officials to determine additional needs throughout our communities.
We are also making this program available to our wholesalers. We ship the "Give 1" face masks along with their orders for them to distribute in their local communities. They've distributed the fishing masks to essential staff, marine patrol, nurses, first responders and even public employees. Join our newsletter to receive our updates on where the donations are going.
Can I return my purchase?
Due to health concerns, we are not allowing returns or exchanges on face masks. If you are unable to use your mask, please wash it and then donate it to those in need.
What if I have a specific donation need?
We want to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I buy in bulk?
As stated above, if you’re an organization that needs a donation, please contact email@example.com. In special cases, we are selling bulk quantities to essential workers and programs at reduced pricing but are evaluating needs on a case by case basis.
Is this fishing mask medical grade or approved PPE equipment?
No. It is not a considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), or a particulate filtering N95 medical mask. This fishing mask is not approved by the FDA, NOISH or any other government or regulatory standard.
This primary use is a fishing sun mask. Our recommendation for using it to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is based entirely on our interpretation of the CDC's most recent guidelines. We have done no testing or any other studies on the actual effectiveness of this mask in response to COVID-19.
What else can I do to limit exposure to COVID-19?
Wear mask properly. Make sure any mask that you wear is covering both your nose and mouth. A common mistake is only covering your mouth, but you need cover both your nose and mouth to prevent exposure.
If using a fishing face mask, you might want to consider doubling up the mask material when wearing. Experts are recommending that by doubling fabric on any face covering you can increase your protection significantly in both synthetic materials and cotton.
When wearing the mask on your face, do not fiddle with the mask when out in the public.
No matter what kind of cloth mask you use, when you get home, it needs to be considered contaminated and removed for laundering. After contacting the mask, please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.
- FINAL SALE: Due to health concerns, No Returns or Exchanges
- Can't use your mask? Wash and donate it to those in need!
- 100% Polyester
- AFBLOCK UPF 40 Sun Protection
- Flatlock stitching
- One size fits most
- Assorted Colors
- Colors May Vary
UPF 40 blocks 97.5% of the sun's harmful UV rays.
I just finished a 4 day tuna fishing trip. I found these face mask/neck gaiters to be cool and comfortable. I was able to use less sun screen and not get burned. These masks also met covid-19 requirements for off shore fishing.
I use these for fishing and they block the sun super well and they are very breathable!! Also no one can top the conservation and community help from aftco !!
Great mask, breathable and easy to clean.
ordered a set of 3 and received them within a week. much better than their competitors which can't fill an order in 2 weeks.
Far exceeds any similar products out there. More flexible so they don’t mash your nose down when you cover your face. More breathable so it doesn’t feel like you are wearing a scarf around your neck all summer. More length so even when you pull it all the way over your ears and face there is plenty left over to completely cover the back of your neck. It just flat out the best out there and I have owned 4 others similar products all from major brands. They aren’t even close to this good!
Appears to be of good quality. I did not know there was going to be a sewn seam in the fabric. Most neck gaiters are tube type.
Light weight. Comfy.
I had some of these buffs in the past and was pretty happy with them. But the last order of them I received started falling apart after the first wear and wash. The stitching just started coming unraveled across the top. Not sure if I’ll buy again unfortunately.
This is our third order of the Fishing Mask. We think they are easy to wear and provide good protection.
they work great especially during these trying times. Comfortable breathable and nice looking