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Protective Wear for Baseball and Softball Players

As sports teams resume practice and play, 3N2 is providing protection to keep you safe.

29 Jul 2020

Life has taken some strange turns over the last few months. Not so long ago, we were all gearing up for our upcoming baseball and softball seasons only to have the proverbial rug suddenly pulled out from under us.

As we all try to establish a new normal and attempt to get back in the swing of things (pun intended), it’s important to find ways to return to the things we love with safety at the forefront.


3N2 Pivots to Support Health Care Workers

When spring sports were cancelled and the very future of sports was suddenly in question, 3N2 Sports found that demand for its footwear, apparel, and custom uniforms dissipated almost immediately. Online orders and team apparel business vanished overnight as people stayed home and hunkered down.

Worryingly, demand for PPE surged and the supply chain was overwhelmed. 3N2 recognized that we could help meet the demand for these items to alleviate the shortages in the healthcare industry, where these life-protecting supplies are most needed.

Leveraging our experience with manufacturing and sourcing, 3N2 made a pivot toward sourcing and manufacturing PPE. From sourcing N95 certified masks to developing a line of custom protective masks and neck gaiters, 3N2 is helping meet the demand for personal protective gear which helps ensure the medical grade masks are available for healthcare workers who are on the frontlines every day. This pivot also allows 3N2 to keep their full-time staff working with full pay and benefits during the current crisis.


PPE for Everyday Wear

Mask mandates are becoming the norm and it looks like we’ll be wearing masks in public settings for the foreseeable future. 3N2 is making it easier – and more stylish – to follow CDC mask-wearing guidelines with new protective masks and neck gaiters.

Developed to keep you safe while providing options to suit your tastes and lifestyle, 3N2’s protective wear helps meet the public demand for PPE and keep medical grade supplies in the hands of frontline healthcare workers where they’re needed most.

You can wear our masks and neck buffs comfortably while you do your shopping and other essential errands and also in everyday situations as life begins to ease back to some sort of normal.

3N2’s masks and neck buffs are fully customizable so you can outfit your family, your team, or your organization in matching protective gear. Don’t have time to wait? We also have in-stock masks ready to ship the same day if you order by 12PM EST.


Playing Baseball & Softball While Wearing PPE

In some places around the country, summer camps, sports camps, team practices, and even some competitions are beginning to resume. As much as we all want life to return to normal, it’s vitally important that we make safety our first priority.

When you decide it’s time to go back to the diamond, make sure you wear your personal protective gear to keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible. 3N2’s masks and neck buffs are both perfect for protected play, but you should consider their differences before choosing between them.


3N2 Reusable Protective Face Masks

As with all of our products, 3N2 has put careful thought into the materials and design of our PPE. Although non-medical grade, our masks help keep you and others safe when you can’t maintain the minimum distance while out in public. Features of our protective face masks include:

  • 2 Ply Fabric Construction
  • Washable Fabric
  • Reusable
  • Cotton Inner Layer
  • Polyester Outer Layer
  • Both Youth and Adult Sizes Available
  • Behind-The-Ear Adjustable Toggles That Ensure Your Perfect Fit
  • Full Customizable Front Panel
  • Unlimited Colors
  • Elastic Straps Available in Black or White
  • Four In-Stock Styles Available

3N2 masks are a great choice for both players and coaches alike, as they can be adjusted to fit nice and snug by using the toggles on each side. This means your best fit is easily achieved and you can feel confident that you’re properly protected. They also stay on well even when wearing a hat, so you won’t be fussing with it as you’re working on your game.


3N2 Neck Buff (Gaiter)

Neck buffs are becoming more and more common the longer we all wear PPE. Since they can be lifted over the mouth and nose and lowered easily they’re a little more convenient than taking a mask on and off on a regular basis. 3N2’s neck gaiters:

  • Made of Comfortable Dri Fit Material
  • One Size Fits All, So You Don’t Have to Worry About Fit
  • Full Custom Print Available, with Unlimited Colors and Logos
  • UPF & Uv Protection Available, to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage
  • Washable
  • Reusable

Neck buffs are often more comfortable than masks since you don’t have anything behind your ears that may become irritating. Neck buffs also don’t fit as closely to your face as a mask might, which gives you a little more breathing room. Pulling them up and down is a cinch when you’re going from being close to people to being further away and you don’t have to find a place to put your gaiter when you take it off of your face. Since it stays around your neck it’s more convenient than a mask when you aren’t wearing it.

For sports, neck gaiters seem to be the obvious choice. But keep in mind that they have less protection than a mask, with only one layer of fabric rather than two. There is also some concern about touching your face too much as you pull the gaiter up and down, over and over again. If you choose a neck gaiter make sure you still wash your hands often and try to limit the amount you pull it up and down. Better to put it on and leave it there until you’re no longer around other people.


Good Practices

Whether you choose a mask or a neck buff, there are good practices that apply to help keep you and others safe. These include:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water often, and especially before and after touching your personal protective garment on your face.
  • Wash your protective garment before and after each use. Don’t reuse it over and over again without washing.
  • Don’t share your protective mask or gaiter. Make it yours and yours alone.
  • Remember that these items offer limited protection; they are not specialized medical devices and are not meant to be used as such.


3N2 Full Customization

As you’ve come to know with many of our other products, 3N2 offers the best in full customization. We can customize your masks and neck gaiters with whatever design you can dream up, including team logos, company logos, or any other design you’d like for your group. Here’s the scoop on 3N2 customization for PPE:

  • Order minimum: 50 units per design
  • Quick turnaround time of 4-6 weeks from approval and deposit
  • Designed and shipped from our headquarters in Maitland, Florida


Order Your PPE Today

Whether you’d like a quick shipment of in-stock masks or neck buffs or you’re going for an order of fully customized PPE, 3N2 has you covered. Place your order today so you can have stylish protection on and off the field.

Visit 3N2’s website to learn more and to place an order.