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COVID-19 Gift Guide: 9 Hot Picks Made by Companies Doing Good Things

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Shopping out of boredom? Trying to make someone smile? Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered. Here are nine things that we love and, added bonus, are made by companies that are giving back.

1. Gym Punch Pass

Let’s be honest, your gym gave you more joy than any other establishment prior to closing. Do what you can to make sure your gym reopens. Show your support by buying a punch pass or continuing your membership. 

2. Hangboard: Tension Flash (or apparel!) 

Tension was among the first crop of companies to respond to the virus by offering discounts. The Tension Flash board, a favorite around the office, is currently on sale for $72.25 or $75 (normally $75 or $85). It’s a great tool for training at home and, when it’s safe to do so, will be great for warming up at the crag or maintaining fitness while traveling. This nifty board comes with the obvious top jug as well as sets of 8, 10, 15 and 20 mm edges.

Also check out Tension’s apparel ($25). All revenues from apparel sales are currently donated to the CDC Foundation. The company is also donating a percentage of proceeds to its local gym.

3. Holds: Metolius or Thrive

From Metolius, we suggest the Simulator 3D Hangboard, priced at $59.16. This crowd-pleaser offers a wide variety of holds with a skin-friendly, finely grained texture. It comes in three marbled colors: black, blue and green. Plus, Metolius recently donated supplies—two spools of elastic and bungee cords—to a local mask-making group. Also, after being gifted the masks from a supplier, Metolius distributed 2,000 surgical masks in its community.

From Thrive Climbing, we suggest the Large Tubbies ($220), because who doesn’t love a good set of jugs? Thrive is currently helping out gyms by creating a discounted line of grips, dubbed the “Essentials Line.” Whether you’re a gym owner or someone trying to kit out your home wall, contact Thrive directly to ask about discounts.

4. Home wall stuff: Eldorado Climbing

Buy a panel and donate to your local gym?! It’s an excellent way to both give back and get them gains (or to just stay more sane at home)! For kids, we suggest the brightly colored Discovery Panels, priced $249-$299. They’d look great in a bedroom or game room and can be used without additional holds.

5. Shoes: La Sportiva or Butora

We’re big fans of the new Solution Comps ($185). They’re supple, comfy, performance-oriented shoes that will deliver on steep sport routes or boulders. Plus, La Sportiva has converted part of its facility to create masks and gowns for the Civil Defence of Trento, with the goal of cranking out 3,000 masks per day. Given that, an order may take a little longer than usual, but it will be worth the wait.

From Butora, we recommend the Gomis, $149. They’re another soft slipper that offers sensitivity and grip. When gym’s reopen, you’ll enjoy using them to scum on volumes or toe-hook features. Added benefit: Butora is donating 35 percent of every shoe sale to a gym of the customer’s choice.

6. Technical Apparel: Valandre or Outdoor Research

Valandre is currently shut down to make masks, but we’ve included our favorite Valandre jacket here, in hopes that you will keep them in mind in the fall or winter seasons. Valandre’s Troll jacket, $504.81, is one of the warmest jackets our Editor owns, and he’s a big fan of how comfy and lightweight it is. Unsurprisingly, it was a 2018 Outdoor Industry award winner.

Outdoor Research’s Refuge Hybrid Hooded Jacket ($94.73) is another favorite in the office, worn by our Publisher and Editor in Chief. It’s warm, breathable and packable. Outdoor Research aims to produce a whopping 200,000 masks per day by June.

7. Crash pad: Organic Climbing

They’re colorful, customizable and cushy! Organic’s Simple Pad ($210), in particular, will have you covered on all you house ascents. Plus, Organic is currently working to fulfill its goal of making 10,000 masks.

8. Pack: Osprey or Mystery Ranch

Osprey’s PIXEL ($68) pack is perfect for the work-to-gym commuters. It has tons of pockets, including a separate, padded laptop sleeve and a large middle section for your gear. The adjustable straps make it easy to shove more stuff in, like your lunch or extra clothes. It’s also incredibly comfy and breathable, making it ideal for bikers or city-walkers. Osprey is currently making 100 masks per day.

Mystery Ranch’s Scepter 35 Pack ($219) is great for long approaches involving alpine views. It’s available in 35 or 50 liter sizes and come in Cherry or Mist. Mystery Ranch donated 300 yards of elastic to help the Gallatin Quilt Guild make masks.

9. Membership to the American Alpine Club or Access Fund

If you like crag access and amenities like shiny bolts and maintained trails, parking lots, bathrooms and campsites, then you should be a member of one or both of these organizations. Both organizations work to protect climbing crags and keep them safe. Plus, members are given discounts to affiliated outdoor brands.

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