Utah Company Pivots From Snorkels To Personal Protection Equipment

Apr 20, 2020, 2:23 PM | Updated: 9:41 pm

DRAPER, Utah – After hitting record lows in sales, a Utah company has found success after finding their snorkels could be converted to N95 masks.

When outdoor adventure came to halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor retailer Wildhorn Outfitters in Draper got innovative.

“In order to preserve the business and provide a path forward, we looked at other ways we could help during the crisis,” said owner Mark Thomas.

After seeing a shortage of N95 masks, the company found their full face snorkel masks could be adapted as personal protective equipment to help those on the front lines of the virus, a move other countries were already making.

“We basically take the tube off. We print a plastic 3D adapter that slides over where the tube was, and then you can actually snap a filter on top. So now you have an airtight seal with a filtered breathing through the mask,” said Thomas.

Using their own 3D Printer and their technical expertise, the Utah small business has already donated 300 N95 masks to Mountain West Anesthesiologists here in the beehive state.

“We have two primary goals right now, the first is to help as many people as we can. The second is to build a future for our business and the jobs it employs in the community,” said Thomas.

The adapted masks have reached outside Utah’s borders.

“We recently partnered with a non-profit called and they’ve produced 5,000 units from us they are donating to hospitals throughout the country,” said Thomas.

Within a matter of weeks the five-year business has been completely transformed, and the company is working with big names like NASA to design a non-evasive ventilator, as well.

“At the end of it all, I think we’ll be stronger. We’ll have a better business, a more diversified business,” said Thomas.

He told KSL the masks are reusable, and anyone who already has their full snorkel mask and a 3D printer can download their 3D printing files.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Intermountain Medical Center (KSL TV)...
Emily Ashcraft

Pandemic led to increase in rate and severity of depression, Intermountain study says

The COVID-19 pandemic had a large impact on mental health, specifically depression, an Intermountain Health study using research from thousands Utah patients found.
19 days ago
Emily Ashcraft

Masks no longer required at Intermountain Health facilities, 3 years after pandemic started

Intermountain Health announced wearing masks will become optional for visitors and patients beginning March 15, following an anticipated decline in respiratory illnesses.
22 days ago
woman blowing her nose on a couch...
Paul LeBlanc

New assessment on the origins of COVID-19 adds to the confusion

Three years after the start of the pandemic, researchers are beginning to look more into how COVID-19 began and its origins.
27 days ago
Flu COVID test...
Jen Christensen, CNN

FDA authorizes first at-home test for flu, Covid-19

If you've got a fever and a cough, you don't necessarily have to go to the doctor anymore to find out if it's the flu or COVID-19.
29 days ago
Ashley Moser

COVID long-haulers push lawmakers to approve funding for treatment research

The request for $4,000,000 would help U of U Health’s Comprehensive COVID-19 Clinic, which has seen 1,800 long COVID-19 patients since July of 2021.
1 month ago
Katija Stjepovic

Utah arts and cultural jobs are surging after COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic pulled the curtains on most of Utah's arts and cultural jobs, but after nearly three years, they are reemerging. 
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Utah Company Pivots From Snorkels To Personal Protection Equipment