Think a scarf is just a fashion accessory?
Most probably are. But when the Shinola Hits The Fan, this BioScarf™ might also be a survival tool
by Leon Pantenburg
Disclaimer: Bioscarf supplied the product for this review. I was not paid to write this review, and BioScarf™ had no input into the review. At the time of publication, there is no promotional relationship with Survival Common Sense. These are my opinions, and all I ever promise is a fair shake.)
My first winter in Washington D.C. required a significant investment in the proper warm clothing. My commute to work at Fort McNair, in downtown D.C., was 45 minutes on a good day. On icy, snowy days, it could be considerably longer.
I already had quality cold weather gear. But I would have looked really out of place in my duck hunting camo coat, neoprene insulated boots and insulated hat. Not to mention that the guards at the gate would probably have stopped and shook me down every day. And forget about getting into the Pentagon.
So I invested in a wool overcoat, fedora and gloves, L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Shoe and a scarf. In this outfit, I could cope with the frigid temperatures pretty well. I was surprised at how much the scarf helped cut the cold and wind on icy walks from the metro to the office. And I frequently take along a wool scarf on winter campouts, hunts and outings.
So I was open to the idea of checking out the BioScarf™. This product looks like a normal polyester scarf, but according to the manufacturer, this is the first scarf with built-in air pollution, and cold and flu protection built into it.
Here are the BioScarf specs, according to the company website.
- BUILT-IN N95 AIR FILTER: The air filter is integrated into the design of the scarf. This means that between the layers of polyester is a proprietary air filter that keeps out all the airborne pollutants that can make you sick.
- TESTED AT NELSON LABORATORIES: Tested at one of FDA’s premiere laboratory and certified to filter out 99.75% of airborne pollutants like smoke, pollen, pollution and germs that cause cold and flu.
- REUSABLE FILTER: No need to buy replacement air filters every 3 months. BioScarf’s built in N95 air filter is reusable. Simply hand wash to reuse over and over again.
- VERSATILE, FASHIONABLE, COLD WEATHER SCARF: Great for daily commute to work or school, on the train, bus or plane, while cycling or riding, for international travel. Perfect for designer scarf for men and women.
- LARGE SCARF – ONE SIZE FITS ALL: Gear up in seconds with a super stylish air filter scarf for Fall and Winter. Wear multiple ways for maximum style, comfort and warmth, while getting the protection you need. Measures 84’’ x 9’’.
Here’s what I found:
I live in Brandon, Mississippi, and we don’t have air pollution. There is no place to test the air filter aspect unless I go to some smoggy city and walk around wearing the BioScarf. Not happening anytime soon. Or I could build a campfire, wrap the BioScarf around my mouth and nose and stick my head in the smoke and try to breathe. Also not happening.
But in a situation like the wildfires in Paradise, California, this scarf could be a lifesaver to someone fleeing from a forest fire. And how many people on 911 could have benefited from such an air filter as the Twin Towers collapsed? And during cold and flu season, the people riding the commuter trains to work might need some sort of air filter to screen out the nasty germs.
So while I can’t test this product during a survival situation, I can check out the other aspects of the product. Here are a few situations in my world where a scarf worked really well:
- The temperature was in the high 40s and the 30 mph wind whipped off the Mississippi River, making my eyes water and hands cold. But the scarf over my nose and around my neck kept me warm and prevented windburn. The scarf also offered protection from too much sun later in the day.
- I gave a feeding cackle on my duck call, and watched as the flock of mallards, circled and headed for the decoys in front of the blind. A shiny face could spook these late season ducks. The scarf was pulled up over my face until only my eyes were showing. Now it was just a matter of waiting.
- Mosquitoes on the islands of the Mississippi are enthusiastic and numerous. Often, the best way to discourage them is to wear a fleece jacket with long sleeves. The scarf can keep them off your neck and face, without being too hot.
- My buddy’s car slid into the ditch off an icy road. The temperatures were in the teens, and the wind chill was awful. My scarf was loaned to a person with no head protection, and she wrapped it around her face and ears.
- Make your sleeping bag warmer. Wrap the scarf around your head and neck before getting into the bag. The difference is very noticeable.
Do you need a BioScarf™ ?
Well, I don’t ride subways or take public transportation much anymore, but I can certainly see the need for some sort of breathing filter to protect you from nasty germs. And a scarf is an easy way to regulate body temperatures. If you want to combine both of these aspects, the BioScarf is worth looking at and consideration.
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