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Mar 22, 2009
Avi
I am looking to make a pad and understand closed cell foam is the best to use. Has anyone made a pad before and where can I find this stuff? Luke W.
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Mar 22, 2009
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It's my understanding that the best pads incorporate both open and closed cell foam. I think you want the open cell in the initial impact area (i.e. the top) and the closed cell in the middle or on the bottom.

I just Googled "closed cell foam" and came up with all sorts of places to buy it online. I doubt you'll be able to find it in Prescott for a reasonable price; Phoenix or the inter-sphere are probably gonna be your best bets.

When you finish it, you should post some pics and helpful info that u learned along the way for others that might wanna make their own as well.

Good luck!

--Marc
Marc H
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Mar 22, 2009
Maybe I'm mis-remembering, but I think most pad designs have a thin layer of closed cell foam on top and a thicker open cell layer below. That way the impact of a fall is spread out over a wider area of the pad. The closed cell helps distribute the force of a fall so it is caught by more of the squishy open cell layer making for a softer landing. Evan Sloane
From Boulder
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Mar 22, 2009
Avi
I was reading about the pads for sale at organicclimbing and they use only closed cell foam. But yeah, I will post some pics for sure. Luke W.
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