Get your giving face on and your credit cards out because it’s time to show some holiday love to the climber in your life. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas this season.
Ahhhh, fall. The most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few items we’re loving for this season of sends:
1. Friction Labs Chalk – Chalk is chalk, right? Not so much. Friction Labs has created a different kind of chalk that truly keeps your hands drier for longer. Still skeptical? Try it for yourself in fine, chunky, or super chunky and use code cruxcrush to get 20% off any order now through October 10th. Really make it worth your while by starting a subscription and get 20% off the first month!
While we’re sad to see the sunny beach days of summer go, we’re pretty psyched for sending temps and lower humidity. Today we’ve got a few of our favorites to keep you looking good and climbing strong this fall!
1. Adidas Swift R Shoes – Fall sending temps mean that flip flops will no longer cut it as approach shoes. Adidas is busting into the climbing scene with a whole line of super cute and functional gear like these approach shoes. I dig how sturdy the entire shoe is, including the stiff tongue designed to not slide around while hiking. You know they had easy on and off between climbing in mind as well – instead of laces that tie, there’s a quick lace release system. On top of that, they come in a great teal color and black if you want something more low-profile.
For a boulderer a good crash pad is essential, and now, with more options than ever, choosing the right crash pad can be tricky. We’ve taken some of the work out for you and tested three pads from some of the top climbing companies in the world. Today we’ll run through the pros and cons, specs and features of the Organic Simple Pad, Metolius Session Pad, and Evolv Maverick. Before we get started let me give you a quick intro to each pad. The Organic Simple is exactly that, a simple design with high quality, stiff foam, tough, durable exterior, customizable features, and is made completely in the US of A. The Metolius Session is the most affordable of the pads, and features some extra bells and whistles like a flap closure system with a stash pocket and carpet for wiping off dirty shoes. The Evolv Maverick is a slightly larger pad, with a width of 40″, has a flap closure system, and is built to take a beating. Now, let’s get into the details.
Okay, okay, none of us are really going back to school this fall, but there’s something about the beginning of September that makes us feel like we deserve to buy things. Or at least make lists of things we want and pine over them. Here are a few items we’d love to have with us on those fast approaching, crisp, fall climbing days.
1. Team CXC Pick – Organic Crash Pad – Hearts on a bouldering pad? Why not! Organic lets you custom design a pad to your exact specifications, and we’d love one in CXC gray and teal (hint, hint ;)).
2. Team CXC Pick – Petzl Spirit Express Quickdraws – These draws are lightweight and the dog bone is super strong. Can’t go wrong with few new bomber draws for your rack.
3. Cate’s Pick – Women’s La Sportiva Solution – The unisex version of these take the cake, so imagining a female specific fit is a dream come true! Rumor has it that these will be released Spring of 2014.
4. Missy’s Pick – Topo Designs Roll Top Backpack – Let the pining begin! All of Topo Designs’ bags are stylishly designed and American-made. This one is extra cool because it has both front and top loading capabilities, so you can access things at the bottom.
5. Mary’s Pick – Women’s La Sportiva Boulder X – La Sportiva delivers again with this sticky-soled, leather and rubber approach shoe. We’re digging the color combo too.