Normally collaborating with athletes on future products, a small team at the Salomon HQ is changing its focus delivering 90,000 masks from April–June for protection against COVD-19 spread…

They sit somewhat quietly, at least two meters apart, in an expansive space inside Salomon’s Annecy Design Center (ADC) in the French Alps.

There are 10 of them here, all are specialists in textile production with decades of combined experience. They are the people who staff Salomon’s Soft Goods Prototype Center, and normally these uniquely talented creators are building prototypes for Salomon’s future apparel and gear product range—footwear, jackets, ski boot liners, backpacks and more. Today, however, they are making protective face masks that will be used to protect the rest of us from the spread of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead. Their goal is to deliver 90,000 masks from April until June.

It’s a slightly different project than collaborating with a trail runner like Kilian Jornet, Francois D’haene or Courtney Dauwalter on a new pack or hydration solution, or building a more comfortable liner for a Nordic ski boot. Indeed, the variety of outdoor products the group normally works on is mind-boggling. Now, they are focused on one product only.