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

(31 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.

Measure your thumb as shown.

Measure 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 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 medium size.)

If your thumb measures:

3/4″ (.75 of an inch) or less, select the size small.

If your thumb measures more than 3/4″ to 1″ (.75 of an inch to one inch), select the size medium.

If your thumb measures more than 1″ (more than one inch), select the size 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 PERFORMANCE are made individually so they are not connected to one another.

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

Every person is slightly different when it involves the softness that they prefer.

The new soft, Max-Air Nose Cones Performance are designed to stay put so that you don’t have to; as such their fit and feel is a little more dynamic to insure a secure fit no matter how you plan to wear them.

For some individuals this is perfect for running faster than a speeding bullet or leaping tall buildings in a single bound; however it is too dynamic a feel for their sleep, where they prefer the Sinus Cones or regular Max-Air Nose Cones. That said for other individuals the new, soft Max-Air Nose Cones Performance are just right for day and sleep wear.

Generally the softest, clear, Max-Air Nose Cones are preferred, especially for deviated septum, as combination therapy for mild sleep apnea, to stop snoring and night time dry mouth.

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.

If you are undecided, why not order both. Try them out, decide which is more suitable for your situation, and return the other set for a free exchange.

QUESTIONS? Call us for assistance 1-800-797-0361

Return Policy / Guarantee

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

30 day money back guarantee

If, after trying the Max-Air Nose Cones or the Sinus Cones, you find that they are not quite suited to you, 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, Oct 24, 2011

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.


P.O. BOX 5650

Technical Specs

1-set for a total of two Max-Air Nose Cones Performance per package
Reusable – 90 Days of Performance Breathing
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
Latex-Free, hypoallergenic, BPA-free, acrylic-free, silicone-free, adhesive-free
Premium, certified medical grade material

Clinically shown to maximize VO2 Peak among college varsity athletes with no complaint of nasal airway restrictions

Wash hands each time prior to handling your MAX-AIR NOSE CONES PERFORMANCE
Rinse Max-Air Nose Cones Performance before each use in hydrogen peroxide, or isopropyl alcohol, and then rinse in hot tap water.
Shake, or wipe dry with a lint-free cloth prior to use.



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

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  1. Anonymous

    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.

  2. Anonymous

    The Sinus Cones work well for me and I would definitely recommend them! This is my first pair and after using them for several months, I’ve found them to be effective, comfortable and reasonably durable. For me, the Cones are best utilized as an adjunct for those times when nasal strips won’t stay affixed, or for times when I can’t wear them for cosmetic reasons or because my facial skin has gotten irritated from extended strip-wearing. The Cones are great because you can simply pop them in or out, as needed.

    I’m an active man in my early 40s with a collapsed left nostril and a deviated septum. I can’t get used to mouth-breathing and the nasal obstruction causes considerable dyspepsia upon exertion when running or weightlifting. Most times, an adhesive nasal strip works well enough. However, I live in Georgia (USA) and it is pretty hot here for much of the year which means nasal strips fall off fairly quickly once I start sweating. After searching extensively for an alternative, I came across Max Air Sinus Cones and chose to order them because of the softer material. I’m glad I did; these have largely solved my problems! The Cones fit snugly, but I have had them occasionally pop out under extremely heavy exertion (e.g., doing pull ups or sprinting). Otherwise, they stay in well and I quickly forget they’re even there.

    • Nose News

      Hi Thank you for your detailed review wearing the Cones during exercise.

  3. Anonymous

    I have suffered with sinus for over sixty years, using antibiotics, allergy, experts nothing helped, I mean nothing. I saw ad on line about Max Air Cones I thought why not I am seventy-seven what do I have to lose, guess what after a little adjustment with these cones my breathing issues at night are GONE and I mean GONE!!!!! Why didn’t my doctor suggest these cones I am more than a little upset at all those so called experts but over joyed with this product cant thank you enough!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous

    what a relief….after max-air being out of the sports cones they finally came in….having to try and use other brands for months…..i can’t tell you what a relief it is to have the sports cones again…..the first time you put them in ….is like getting your life back….they absolutely open your nose to full open….and you have unobstructed breathing…it just gives you a whole new outlook on life…..they are a godsend….

  5. Anonymous

    superb fit; they never move, even with vigorous exercise. I also wear them to sleep. It was surgery or this. And the Maxi cones are gradually opening up my airways. Recommend trying the different sizes until you find the best fit for you. I love the solidity of this material; that’s what keeps the airway open. I can’t imagine living without them. It’s astonishiing to wake up in the morning afer a full, restful night’s sleep and fully oxygenated! A plus!