Max-Air Nose Cones Sports Performance – Running, Cycling, Exercising, Conditioning

(34 customer reviews)

$ 23.45

Squeezieness-Rating: SOFT

Select the Max-Air Nose Cones Sport Performance for breathing enhancement for running, basketball, sports or exercise or if you are an “active sleeper”.

(If you need a product to stay put so that you don’t have to, this is recommended selection.)

Newest design, Max-Air Nose Cones Sport Performance are made with our soft material and are designed with a new fitting system so the Max-Air Nose Cones will stay put during conditioning and on-the-playing-field use. | Adhesive-free | Drug-free | Latex-free | 90 uses | Made in the USA | Shipping from the USA | Price is in US Dollars.



Best option for day wear, “on-the-playing-field” sports use, aerobic exercise, yoga, or moderate nighttime nasal airway obstructions:

  • increase oxygen uptake through nasal breathing optimization
  • relieve nasal breathing issues that restrict daily activities, exercise, cycling, running or sleep
  • alleviate deviated septum that restricts sports, exercise or sleep
  • minimize airway restrictions of nasal allergies, colds and sinus infections that keep you on the “sidelines”
  • reduce exercise induced-asthma by maximizing nasal breathing
  • use in combination with sports mouth-guards so that you can breathe without sacrificing protection

Clinically shown to increase VO2
Peak by 8.2% in 62% of college varsity athletes who have no complaint of
nasal airway restrictions.


Max-Air Nose Cones® & VO2 MAX Exercise Performance
Investigational studies in breathing performance enhancement in the Human Performance Laboratory of Springfield College

S. A. E. Headley, B. A. Thompson, T. Black, T. Matthews



The best measure of cardiorespiratory endurance and aerobic fitness is generally considered to be VO2 MAX, or the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is computed as “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight”. In theory, the greater the VO2 MAX during maximal exercise the more adenosine triphosphate energy is produced for endurance muscle performance. VO2 reaches a “maximum” level in a linear relationship with increasing exercise intensity, and it then plateaus, even if the exercise intensity continues to increase. Exercising to, or beyond, VO2 MAX requires exceptional effort and can only be sustained for a brief period of time. Although genetics and body size impact VO2 MAX, extensive research has shown that aerobic training can increase VO2 MAX. Athletes choosing to maximize their aerobic or cardiovascular conditioning, in order to push beyond performance-limiting pain points, undertake extensive training to increase their VO2 MAX. Training methods for improving VO2 MAX abound. However, there is little published research that considers if improving nasal airflow in athletes can increase VO2 MAX. During the past two years, two preliminary investigational clinical studies to test the effect of a new breathing enhancement device, MAX-AIR NOSE CONES® SPORT, on VO2 MAX were conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory at Springfield College.


Utilizing the BRUCE protocol to determine VO2 MAX in STUDY I, 10 male college students (age 22 ± 3.1 yrs., BMI 28.3 ± 6.1 kg/m2) were tested to determine if any improvement in VO2 MAX was possible using a device with no additional training or conditioning. In STUDY II, 27 Division III varsity athletes (age 19.5 ± 1.2 yrs., BMI 26.1 ±2.7 kg/m2), whose VO2 MAX, in theory, should be more difficult to affect, were tested. The athletes who participated were current members of the Springfield College Varsity Football, Track & Field, Baseball, Basketball and Lacrosse teams. Study subjects had no reported complaint of nasal breathing difficulties. They were given a preliminary session in which they were fitted with the appropriately sized NOSE CONES® and practiced wearing them during exercise. Prior to exercise testing, resting peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF) rates were assessed by the In-Check Nasal flow meter, with and without the NOSE CONES®. Subjects then completed two VO2 MAX tests, in random, counterbalanced order, using a calibrated computerized metabolic system (Max II, Physiodyne, Quogue, NY). One session was completed while wearing the NOSE CONES® (NC) and the other was completed without, the control (C).


The results of STUDY I were positive and demonstrated in a small subject group that the MAX-AIR NOSE CONES® SPORT device may improve VO2 MAX. A second larger study, STUDY II, was undertaken to further test the device in an athletic sample. In STUDY II, 63% of the athletes showed improvement (8.2%) in VO2 MAX scores while wearing the NOSE CONES®, and the total group showed an improvement of 2.8% (59.6 ± 8.0 NC vs, 58.7 ± 10.3 C). The PNIF (L/min) of the 63% of the participants in STUDY II who showed improvement in their VO2 MAX score was also significantly higher by 14.5% , and the total group showed an improvement of 11.7%, while wearing the NOSE CONES® (180.4 ± 56.7 NC vs 161.5 ± 50.7 C) p < 0.05. Additional pulmonary ventilatory performance scores recorded during STUDY II testing sessions indicated higher pulmonary ventilation performance when the participants wore the nose cones, as well.


Based upon these preliminary investigational studies, approximately 63% of the athletes without preexisting nasal complaints wearing the MAX-AIR NOSE CONES®SPORT experienced improvement (8.2%) in their VO2 MAX, or their ability to use oxygen during peak exercise, without additional training or conditioning. Our results from these two preliminary studies may indicate that the use of MAX-AIR NOSE CONES® SPORT may lead to improved performances in activities that are dependent upon the oxygen transport system. Further studies are warranted to substantiate these preliminary findings.


Follow our patented sizing guide to determine your most suitable size. The Sport Performance Max-Air Nose Cones fit more precisely, so there are more sizes. This product tends to fit a little larger because the material is a little firmer to hold in place for vigorous activities.

Measure your thumb as shown.

Measure across the width of your thumb as shown.

  1. Place your thumb on a ruler, fingerprint side down with the left edge of the thumb on the beginning of the ruler or 1 inch mark.
    (In the image shown above, the left side of the thumb is placed flush with the 1 inch mark on the ruler.)
  2. Measure across the widest part of the thumb as indicated by the black arrows above.
    (In the image above, the right side of the thumb measures about 7/8″, or less than one inch.)
  3. Use this gauge to select your size.
    (In the image above, based on a measure of 7/8″ and referencing the chart below, this thumb measures to a small/medium size in the sport performance product.)

If your thumb measures:

1/2″ to less than 3/4″ (.75 of an inch) , select size X-Small.

If your thumb measures 3/4″ (.75 of an inch) select size Small.

If your thumb measures more than 3/4″ to  7/8″, select size Small/Medium.

If your thumb measures more than 7/8″ to 1″, select size Medium.

If your thumb measures just over 1″, select size Medium/Large.

If your thumb measures over one 1″ to 1 1/4″, select size Large.

If your thumb measures over 1 1/4″, select size X-Large

If you are right on the line between two sizes, we suggest ordering both sizes, trying them and then returning the ones that are not the correct size. Please see our guarantee for details.

PLEASE NOTE: sometimes nasal airways are not the same size and two sizes are necessary. So be sure to try each size in each airway.

MAX-AIR NOSE CONES are made connected to one another.
To achieve just the right fit and comfort, separate them from one another and fit them individually.

Custom Sizing for Deviated Septum and Nasal Airway Collapse

Mixing two different sizes may be needed for deviated septum or nasal valve collapse, if one nasal airway or nostril is smaller or narrower than the other.

If this is your situation, you will find it more suitable to use two different sizes Cones to treat this problem. Simply determine the size that you measure to normally, as indicated above, and then select that size for your larger nostril, and the next smaller size for your other smaller or narrower nostril.

Purchase the two sizes, and use one size in one nostril and the other size in the other nostril. Once again, swivel for your most comfortable fit and best angle to maximize flow volume.

How to Choose Your Most Suitable Squeezieness-Rating: Soft, Softer, or Softest

All of our products are soft, and there should never be any discomfort when using our nasal cones. That said every person has a preference when it involves the softness that their nose likes.

The new SOFT, Max-Air Nose Cones Performance are designed to stay put so that you don’t have to. This product is soft but it is made with our firmest material, so the fit and feel is a little more dynamic to insure a secure fit no matter what level of activity for which you use them.

The original, SOFTER, white Sinus Cones may be best for those nights when nasal allergy, sinus or cold congestion is severe and extra nasal airway support is necessary, when snoring is loud and pervasive, or when nasal obstruction from a collapsed side-wall is present.

The mildest, SOFTEST, clear, Max-Air Nose Cones are preferred, especially for mild deviated septum, in combination with CPAP or oral appliances for mild sleep apnea, to stop snoring and night time dry mouth, or anytime extra help is needed for sleep breathing relief.

If you are undecided, order a selection. Try them out, decide which is more suitable for your situation, and return the other set for a free exchange.

Return Policy / Guarantee

Max-Air Nose Cones and Sinus Cones 30-Day, Money-Back, Sweet-Dreams Satisfaction Guarantee

If, after trying the Max-Air Nose Cones or the Sinus Cones, you find that they are not quite suited to you or you don’t have the correct size or type, we offer two 30-day satisfaction guarantees. 1) You may return the packaged Cones within 30 days of the purchase date for a refund of the PURCHASE PRICE (LESS S&H), OR, 2) you may exchange the packaged Cones a single time for another more suitable size or squeezieness. Excellent rating…The Cones work just as advertised. I am pleased with the product and the merchant. – Andrea B. CA In order to qualify for the satisfaction guarantee, you must return or exchange the products WITHIN 30 days of the purchase date. For example: if the Cones are purchased on the first day of the month, the return or exchange must be in our facility by the 29th of the month. Please allow for appropriate mail delivery times for the return to reach our facility.


To exchange the product, mail all of the Cones, a copy of your receipt, and a note indicating what size and type Cones are requested for the exchange to to the address listed below. (If you have tried the Cones prior to returning them for an exchange, enclose them in a little baggie.) Retain the storage case; as we will not mail a case with the exchange. If all requirements are met, and we are in receipt within 30 days of the purchase date, we will promptly exchange the returned Cones. Questions? Give our technical support staff a call at 1-800-797-0361, so that we may assist you in determining the most suitable product exchange.


To return the Max-Air Nose Cones or Sinus Cones for a refund of the purchase price (less shipping and handling charges), send all of the Cones, the storage case, a copy of the receipt, and a note indicating that you would like a refund to the address listed below. If all requirements are met, and we are in receipt within 30 days of the purchase date. Refunds will be processed in the same form as your original payment. For example, if payment was made by credit card, your refund will be processed as a credit to your credit card. If you paid by check, your refund will be processed in the form of a check. Your relief is important to us, which is why we offer the only money-back guarantee in the industry, even if you have tried the product. We answer any issue promptly and always appreciate hearing about your reason for return.



Technical Specs

FEATURES: Max-Air Nose Cones Performance
1-set for a total of two individual Max-Air Nose Cones Performance in the package
Reusable – 45 Peaceful Nights (each Max-Air Nose Cones is reusable for 45 days)
Easy to Clean
Made in the USA
Drug-free, and safe for use with all nasal spray medications
Safe for up to 5 days of continual (day and night) use
Safe for use inside CPAP or with Oral Appliances for sleep apnea treatment
Safe for use with oxygen cannula
Latex-Free, Hypoallergenic, BPA-free, Acrylic-free, Silicone-free, Adhesive-free
Premium, certified medical grade material

Wash hands thoroughly prior to handling your MAX-AIR NOSE CONES.
Before each use, rinse Max-Air Nose Cones Performance in 3% hydrogen peroxide and then rinse in hot tap water.
Shake, or wipe dry with a lint-free cloth prior to use.



34 reviews for Max-Air Nose Cones Sports Performance – Running, Cycling, Exercising, Conditioning

Based on 34 reviews
1-5 of 34 reviews
  1. Worth the few dollars extra. More comfortable than the options on Amazon advertising their product under a similar name. Buy the real thing, it works the best! I notice significantly more inflow of air through center part of nose than I did with the “simple loop” kind that only size the outer rim of the nose.

  2. These were great until I lost them soon after trying them out for the first time.

  3. For the most part, these work great with my CPAP machine at night. However, I may switch to the Sinus Cones for a bit more comfort.

  4. Purchased 2 pair. They did not work for me; They kept sliding out. Returned both pairs for nose cones and sinus cones. If you have a lot of discharge these will likely not work for you.

    • Hi Thank you for your review. Actually the opposite is true. If you have a lot of nasal discharge, it is due to nasal airway obstruction. Obstruction causes congestion to build in the airway and discharge through the front of your nose, instead of draining correctly through the back of your throat. The Nose Cones relieve nasal airway obstruction to reduce congestion build-up and improve natural drainage. If you have congestion buildup in your airways, then you will have drainage through the front of your nose when you first get started. This is to be expected and healthy. You may need to remove the Nose Cones and blow your nose a couple of times before the drainage normalizes and passes through the throat. After clearing your nose in this manner and reinserting the Nose Cones, you may be amazed at your nasal breathing performance. Give us a call for assistance.

  5. I LOVE these Sports Nose Cones. They fit me much better than the original Max-Air Nose Cones I purchased, even if they’re the same size. When I had trouble with one side falling out during sleep, their Customer Service was phenomenal and gave me a workaround that worked! Breathing better, feeling better, so glad I discovered (through my ENT doctor) this product and this company.

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