The Corona pandemic has already had massive consequences on the outdoor and snow industry. As COVID-19 brings the world to a standstill, we wanted to spread positivity by sharing with you the creative ways in which our industry and the brands we love are helping in the fight against this unpredictable virus.
From Anon, Burton, Oberalp and Oakley donating thousands of goggles, facemasks, gowns & other PPE to keyworkers on the front line, to Super Feet using their 3D printers to produce parts for protective hoods, we’ve put together a list showcasing the efforts of our industry in this unprecedented battle.
First, they collaborated with Carbon to reimagine high-performance footwear using 3D printed technology.
Now, they've come together to redirect theirr efforts to aid the global health crisis. Using the same material co-created for theirr 4D midsoles, they've teamed up to produce 3D printed face shields to support U.S. healthcare organizations, first responders and underserved communities that have the greatest need and don't have access to adequate supplies.
Anon have donated over 1,300 pairs of goggles to Goggles For Docs, an effort to get used or new goggles into the hands of healthcare workers. Use the link above to get involved!
Lake Tahoe-based Arcade Belts leveraged its connections with manufacturers to donate 300 surgical and N95 masks to local hospitals in need.
Along with local health authorities and a few key neighbouring manufacturing and design partners, Arcteryx have developed a Level 3 certified medical gown which they are producing to address the current shortage as a result of Covid-19. They aim to make 500 gowns per week for two months.
Stove and light producer Biolite has donated headlamps and food to St. Barnabas Hospital, a nonprofit New York medical facility at the center of the epidemic.
Burton have donated 500,000 KN95 facemasks to medical workers in desperate need of supplies.
DPS Skis, Goal Zero, Petzl & Eastman Machine Company
These companies have all joined forces to make reusable PPE face shields for the Utah department of health.
Have donated 3,000 pairs of goggles to the Goggles For Docs program.
Chris Sword, President off Bell & Giro said "Our products are now proving to be an essential element for health care workers responding to the unprecedented public health crisis the world faces as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. This PPE can help doctors, nurses, and other first responders focus on what they do best, and where they are needed most. Bell + Giro, and the entire Vista Outdoor family is indebted to our country’s medical professionals, and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them."
Keen have donated 100,000 pairs of shoes worldwide "to those who need them most," with a focus on essential workers and medical personnel.
On Saturday 11th April Kelty pioneered the Night Out For The Nurses charity staycation which saw people camp out in their gardens and living rooms overnight. The aim was to raise money whilst spending the night outside camping at home and so far £1,700 has been raised for NHS Charities Together! For those of you that missed it, the JustGiving page is still open and there is still time to donate or even get your camping gear out for another night under the stars.
La Sportiva, after having halted production lines in previous weeks, have converted machinery at their factories for the production of PPE.
The first prototypes were made on 27th March, thanks to the technical fabrics supplied by the Trentino companies Vagotex and Texbond, the production of the first 1000 pieces per day is underway with the aim, when fully operational, of reaching 3000 per day.
At a time when protective equipment is in dangerously short supply, Luxottica is providing hundreds of thousands of disposable face masks to hospitals, public institutions and partners in regions where it has a large presence. The Company is also donating approximately 15,000 pairs of protective eyewear and goggles to emergency responders in the U.S. and Italy.
Merrell have donated 1,200 pairs of shoes to local hospitals and first responders in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Nike have not only donated $17 million to local communities and response efforts, but are also using Nike Air tech to make PPE, creating full face shields and air-purifying respirator lenses.
The North Face
The North Face is donating 1 million dollars to COVID-19 response efforts around the world via it's 'Explore Fund'. It's also sent 60,000 gloves to healthcare workers and first responders in Colerado where they're based.
Oakley have made a donation of 20,000 units of protective eyewear that will be shipped across North America and Europe.
Oberalp [Salewa & Dynafit]
Oberalp have converted the entire Salewa factory to produce medical masks and gowns for healthcare workers. In coordination with the Austrian government, it also obtained 20 million masks and 600,000 gowns from China for use in Vienna and Italy.
ODLO, a company known for functional sports underwear, running, cycling and other outdoor sports clothing, is converting its Portuguese production facilities to manufacture protective face masks to keep Europ healthy.
Osprey are using their Colorado factory to make fabric masks for healthcare workers throughout the state.
Outdoor Research is working to convert a floor of its Seattle factory into a certified facility for producing coveted N95 masks for frontline medical workers. It is also making high and low-barrier fabric masks and has pledged to churn out a total of 200,000 masks per day by June.
Salomon specialists in textile production with decades of combined experience they are making protective face masks that will be used to protect the rest of us from the spread of COVID-19 in the weeks ahead. Their goal is to deliver 90,000 masks from April until June.
Smith is currently sending new and used goggles to fulfill hospital requests, and will continue to promote the Goggles For Docs program, encouraging our community to volunteer and donate on an individual level.
Superfeet are ising their 3D printers
VF [The North Face, Vans, Eastpak, Timberland, Smartwool & Icebreaker]
VF Group have pledged $1.5 million to three funds focused on COVID-19 relief. It will also double-match donations made through the brand’s Global Giving page, up to an additional $500,000.
Zeal Optics is donating goggles to hospitals in Colorado and Southern California as part of the Goggles for Docs initiative.