SoftCap Alternative Headgear
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SoftCap Alternative Headgear

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Part Number:  1001624
Brand:  Philips Respironics

  (12 Reviews)

Philips Respironics

The Softcap Lycra Headgear is designed for use with nasal and full face CPAP masks.  It comes with a Single Quick Clip for ease of use and quick removal.

Whilst they have been manufactured specifically for Respironics' masks, they have been successfully used with other manufacturers' masks, but are designed for 1 inch wide mask straps, so for any larger than this, the straps would need to be folded over (lengthways) to force the straps through, but many customers have managed this with masks made by Resmed, Fisher & Paykel + Devilbiss etc.

The SoftCaps come in 3 sizes:-

  • Child
  • Medium Adults
  • Large Large

There doesn't appear to be official available sizing guides for these, so to help we have estimated the following:-

  • Child:             (Definitely not for adults).
  • Medium:       Adults Head Circumference* up to 22.5 inches.
  • Large:            Adults Head Circumference* over 23 inches.

*To measure your head, use a flexible tape measure around the back of the head and across the temple as below:-

                                                                                                  Measuring Head

This will not work with the new Respironics' Amara View mask, but does work with the original Amara Gel + Silicone masks.  If you are unsure of suitability with your mask, please contact us for advice.

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Soft cap headgear
Thursday, 22 November 2018  | 

I purchased this headgear hoping it would be easier to wear than just the straps with my nasal mask. It was a little tricky to set up you need some manual dexterity to get the straps through the clips but I managed to fold the straps in half and feed them through. Iím not constantly rearranging the head straps overnight anymore as once this is on it stays put as I had hoped. Since I started using it my mask leakage has reduced considerably and I had my first night of 0.7 AHI in over two years of usage. Iím really pleased with this purchase .

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That's great to hear Margaret. It does need some tweaking of getting the straps through on several masks due to it being manufactured by Philips Respironics, but worth the effort when you've got such good results from using it 😊

SoftCap Headgear
Thursday, 3 May 2018  | 

My wife uses this item and says it is a tremendous difference to the comfort of the face mask.

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Thanks for taking the time to review this on behalf of your wife. Glad she's finding comfort too!

Soft cap Headgear
Saturday, 17 February 2018  | 

Very expensive for what they are, I measured my head as per instructions to the letter which put me in the medium size range, but on it seemed a little small had it been a little bigger would have been more comfortable and work better.

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Sorry to hear this. Did you measure your head in the exact place as recommended on the website as we've not heard of this problem before?

Such a difference
Monday, 6 November 2017  | 

I wish I had known about the soft cap a long time ago. It has made a huge difference. I have problems with my cervical vertebrae and my straps were a contributing factor. The soft cap doesn't cause any pressure on my neck or, for that matter, on my face. I have a Resmed Quattro full face mask and the soft cap straps attach easily to the clips without the need to trim. It is very comfortable to wear and dries quickly when washed.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017  | 

straps to wide had to cut to fit.
it work

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Glad it works and yes the straps are wide for some of the masks by other manufacturers. Be careful about cutting them though as they can fray. It's usually better to fold them to push them through the buckles.

Better than original straps
Sunday, 27 November 2016  | 

This is comfortable, and surprisingly cool. The only downside is the straps do leave marks on your cheeks, even at the loosest settings. I now need to find pads for the straps! Ho hum,

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Really surprised - no pressure and woke without my usual headache wow!
Wednesday, 13 July 2016  | 

I have sleep apnea, and wake up most mornings, with a headache, this is because I cannot cope with straps or anything on my head and suffer with migraines. So I thought I would try this soft cap as I had to wear the mask regardless. I was really surprised - no pressure and woke without my usual headache wow, but as my husband quickly pointed out my hair wasn't stuck to my head, and he joked I didn't look so scary lol. I would be happy to recommend this instead of thick straps, we all go through hell to find comfort, but i am delighted with it and will stick with this now And lastly without being cheesy, thank you Kath, your advice, time, and support to your customers is first class, regards

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

It really has transformed my sleep at a time when I was ready to throw the towel in.
Saturday, 18 June 2016  | 

Firstly I have to say the guidance and advice I have received from Hope2Sleep has been exceptional. Kath suggested the soft cap as I had tried several masks supplied by other companies and was suffering from the mask moving around too much whilst sleeping and waking up finding I had taken it off or excessive leaking. My experience has been fantastic. The fit of my mask is much better, more secure without sacrificing comfort. In fact it is far more comfortable because you have no strapping around the back of your head. The cap itself almost feels like it is not there and there is no additional heat from wearing it. It really has transformed my sleep at a time when I was ready to throw the towel in. If you have real problems with a mask then you may find that this head gear makes all the difference. I have used it on a Respironics Easy Life and a Resmed Activa LT. The straps are a little too wide for the mask apertures but they are soft and will slide through. For the price I would say you have little to lose. It is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a new mask and you may find you fall back in love with a mask you already have. It is comfortable, secures the mask better, deletes the problem of straps moving around while you sleep. My leak rate has come down from 30+ to under 25 and my AHI has lowered again as well as pressure. When I measured my forehead it was 23.5 inches and I bought a large which still had additional adjustment left. Great product which has greatly improved my experience with CPAP after 6 months of hell.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Washes easy, doesn't lose it's shape, very soft and comfy. Worth every penny.
Saturday, 13 February 2016  | 

I use this all the time with my F&P flexifit full face mask and it is is far better than the usual head gear that comes with masks. I've modified it a lot with replacing the velcro a few times but that's because I can't move my head and moving the connection point got it away from the part of my neck that's on the pillow. It washes easy, doesn't lose it's shape, very soft and comfy - I used to have pressure sores on my head and neck from conventional head gear. Now I buy these privately and no more sores - worth every penny.

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This cap is so much more comfortable than the headgear supplied with my mask.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015  | 

This cap is so much more comfortable than the headgear supplied with my mask, a F&P407. Although intended for the Respironics brand, it was easy enough to ease it onto my mask, and once in place it held my mask in position all night and my hair too.! I must be sleeping well because the pillows stayed in place instead of being a mess and my head had clearly not moved much at all. Is it worth it? Yes!


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