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By michael bartley
Aug 7, 2010

I need a descent crash pad that's cheap, any recommendations?


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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Aug 7, 2010
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Organic Simple Pad, or madrock Mad Pad


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By Mark Kauz
From Madison, WI
Aug 8, 2010
Up on Rat Stew.

michael bartley wrote:
I need a descent crash pad that's cheap


Often a crash pad is the quickest way down... its the stopping thats a problem.

Another problem I see is that there's a contradiction in what you're asking for. If at all possible shell out a few extra bills for the Organic Simple Pad. Beyond the made in America and the hand-made with a nice personal touch stuff they've got going on (which, don't get me wrong, is cool) the biggest thing is that the foam is the best on the market. For real. Not to hard, not to soft. And if you go with the Madrock Mad Pad, you'll know what too hard is.


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By Anthony Codega
Aug 8, 2010
Starting out up Old Town on a nice (relative) January afternoon.

Misty Mountain is pretty sick. Love my Magnum. Not recommended if you've got a small car... it needs either a mini van, huge backseat, or a truck really.

The mad pad is a little hard, but I bet the foam will soften up a little over time. It is cheap and after all, hitting a hard pad is still better than hitting the ground.

Edited for spelling...


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By Andrew Vojslavek
Aug 8, 2010
checking out the Maverick boulder in Clear Creek

Organic +1

Best foam on the market and is the longest lasting.... Oh and the new pads are made with biodegradable soy foam!

To sum up, nice looking pad, best foam, most eco friendly pad to date...

organicclimbing.com/


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By Brian Scoggins
From Eugene, OR
Aug 8, 2010

Anthony Codega wrote:
The mad pad is a little hard, but I bet the foam will soften up a little over time.


Oh it'll soften up. You'll be bottoming out in no time flat.


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By sberk4
From concord, MA
Aug 8, 2010

I have yet to run into a truly "bad" crash pad. The cheaper metolius ones get dismissed a lot but mine works just fine. The Mad Rock pads are all ok but the foam is not the greatest. Get an organic if you're serious about bouldering, or an asana or metolius that's a little cheaper if you're not.


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By Matthew Carlson
Aug 8, 2010

I've got myself a Metolius Stomp pad at the beginning of this year after I sprained my ankles a few times trying to boulder. I got it on sale for pretty cheap ($110) and it has worked well for me.

I had expected pads to be nice and soft like the ones at a gym but it turns out they are not as soft and much less fun to fall on. Saying that though this pad has saved me from numerous falls onto rocks that are in my fall line and saved me from injury frequently. I don't like to fall on it (never falling would be the best) but when I do fall I'm always glad it's there.


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By Mark Kauz
From Madison, WI
Aug 8, 2010
Up on Rat Stew.

Kind of off topic, but my minor jab at the "descent" vs decent thing wasn't meant to be mean. However, I only just realized how appropriate my jab was in more ways than one, when landing on a crash pad IS the quickest way down...

The problem with the Mad Pad is that you won't find a happy medium. It will be too hard, then too soft. I've used some Metolius pads, and didn't like those much either, particularly because of the taco designs on them, causing them to not lay flat on the ground , and hard to maneuver.

More of my two cents. I'm up to four now, right?


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By Jeff Peabody
From Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 8, 2010

Voodoo! Not the cheapest, but the best!

www.voodooholds.com/index.html


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By Squish
From Lakewood
Aug 16, 2010
Me

Voodoo's HB4000 actually went down in price. Now $199 + s&h for a 48x41x4". Voodoo pads are the best hands down. You pay for what you get and you won't be disappointed with a voodoo pad.


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By Kirby
From DC
Sep 8, 2010

Cheeeeapest "normal" sized pad. (3 by 4 feet)-- 119.95

Climbaxe pad

and shipping is only 4.95..

However, I bought a Mad Pad a while ago and wish I'd spent the extra money on an Organic.. The Mad Pad is holding up great, but the Organic pads just look so much cooler. Instant street cred, BRUUUH.


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By cstorms
From North Bend, OR
Sep 8, 2010
poking out of the crash pad

I was recently in the same boat and got a Revolution commando shipped for $100.. a bit smaller than typical crash pads but not much.. mine has straps so it was a little more expensive, but there is one with a sling on backcountry.com for 89.99... just another one to check out.. good luck!


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By kachoong
From The Outback, Texas
Sep 8, 2010
Climbing at Frog Buttress

SoIll is having a 35% off crash pad sale... 128 bucks for a 48x41x3.5in Hazmat


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Sep 8, 2010

I have a Metolius Stomp and it works good for me.But to be honest i dont do alot of bouldering (would rather rope up) and i dont climb any boulders above about 13-15 feet. If your going to be bouldering at least once a week i would suggest a different pad that would last longer.But for the money and for someone who boulders like me this is not a bad pad.


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By Joe Kreidel
From Tucson, AZ
Sep 8, 2010

I highly recommend spending the extra money for a better pad. If you boulder a lot, and especially if you boulder a lot by yourself, you will not regret it. Almost everyone I know who went the el cheapo route and bought a Mad Pad wishes they had spent the extra 50 or so bucks for a quality pad. I can't imagine the ClimbAxe pad is much better. if you already have a good pad, and are looking to pick up a second pad, then getting a cheaper one isn't a bad idea. But if this pad is going to be the thing that keeps your ankles from rolling and your feet from bottoming out on hard rocks, buy a good pad.


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By Zach Wahrer
From Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 8, 2010
Unknown problem at Hueco.

ian watson wrote:
I have a Metolius Stomp and it works good for me.


The Stomp was my first crash pad. Works well, cheap, but not super durable. I've had to make a couple repairs on the outside cover where it started to tear. Not a super big deal, but it isn't really that old.

If you have the money, definitely get an Organic. Those things are bomber and I think mine is going to last forever! Plus you can't beat the customization options and the friendly, super-fast service they provide.


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By George Heib
Oct 4, 2010
Holding up a lovely BD #4

Zach Wahrer wrote:
The Stomp was my first crash pad. Works well, cheap, but not super durable. I've had to make a couple repairs on the outside cover where it started to tear. Not a super big deal, but it isn't really that old. If you have the money, definitely get an Organic. Those things are bomber and I think mine is going to last forever! Plus you can't beat the customization options and the friendly, super-fast service they provide.


Metolius is changing from their rip stop to their ballistics nylon...not sure if the stomp pad price will increase, but it will surely increase their durability. I still have my stomp pad and now that it is finally broken in, it feels really good to fall on; however, the rip stop has suffered a few tears that aren't attractive, but hey it adds character right lol. I now have one of the soiLL pads. Haven't broken it in yet but I really enjoy the flaps for holding gear inside of it. The best pads I have come across are the ninja pads from flashed. Of course organic and misty are amazing but a bit more costly.


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By David Hertel
From Sitka
Nov 15, 2010
Climbing a coulior of steep snow on the First Ascent of: The Ship's Prow, near Skagway, Ak

i figure that the pad is good as long as it keeps you from breaking your head on rocks in the landing zone. i used a bd pad for 2 years until i sold it to my ex. i was going to europe and wasnt going to need it there. after i got back i went to alaska to work. when i inquired at buying back my old pad, (i really liked it) she was so thrilled at having it, it was a no go for sure
at a rei garage sale yesterday in denver, i scored a mad pad for $70. i figure for that cheap, ill use the shit out of it and replace it if need be in a few years. the less you fall, the longer any pad will last. after all, youre not supposed to leap 40 feet onto them all day long. they are just there in the event that if/when you do fall, they will soften your landing


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By PTR
From GA
Nov 15, 2010

Supertopo has a pretty good set of crash pad reviews.

Linky: www.supertopo.com/reviews/gear.php?cat=1237&c=bouldering+cra>>>


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By Jay Z
Nov 21, 2010

i dont mean this to come off as sounding like a dick but trust me...shell out the extra money to get a nice crashpad. id go with one of 2 companies Edelrid ( can be found at www.boulderingpads.com) or and organic pad ( organicclimbing.com ) i personaly have the Edelrid Dead point ... best size and quality for the money. it has caught me from many of falls anywhere from lowball sit starts to a 15 foot spread eagle landing dead center of my back .... barley felt the rocks under the pad. organic and edelrids foam is equally comprable in my mind....im not a fan of falling on anything else really. metolious stomp pads (cheap small) have a tendancy to fold on themselves if u land on the crease and allowing u to feel everything underneath it (hence why i went with a taco styled) speaking of taco style edelrid uses 4 differnt layers of foam to catch you from your burliest of projects but comtray to popular thought this pad doesnt maintain the typical taco problem of it staying tacoed when u unfold it. Edelrid solved this problem by splitting one of the 4 layers of foam down the middle to allow for flex when folding... now i know what your thinking " if there's a split in the foam wont there be a gap when its unfolded ...the answer is no the foam all lines up flush when unfolded....as for mad rock pads theres are the only pad that i will 100% advise u not to buy... you'll regret it the first time u take a hard fall and realize that pad is as stiff as the ground .....and then theres no happy medium either because once the foam breaks in its way too soft youll have better luck landing on shag carpet from the 1970's ( or your grandmas basement).... moral of this story Whats worse shelling out a couple extra bucks for something that will last ...or being cheap and shelling out all sorts of money on medical bills when u break ur ankles ...not to mention the fact youll be out from climbing for at least 6 weeks.... oh and BTW my Edelrid DEad Point was bought and shipped to my door for $189.16 USD from start to finish of the ordering process i want to say the pad was at my door in like 15 days or something like that


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By mitchy
From nunya gotdamn business.
Nov 23, 2010

dude, where do you live? anywhere near Ct. if so, I'll give you a GREAT deal on a Bd drop zone. it's about 6 years old. But i have only used it about 10 times, and not once in the last four to five years. it's been in my basement collecting dust.


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By Genesis
Jul 26, 2013

Jay Z
"id go with one of 2 companies Edelrid ( can be found at www.boulderingpads.com) or and organic pad ( organicclimbing.com ) i personaly have the Edelrid Dead point ... best size and quality for the money."


Yea how can i get an edelrid Crux 2 crash pad in the US? ive been searching and cant find one that would be shipped within the US. any ideas?!


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By MHLeitch
Jul 26, 2013

Im going with with voodoo because this topic has been raised from the grave!


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By Kari Post
From Keene, NH
Feb 24, 2014

Organic. Not cheap, but well worth the extra $$$. Organic makes one of, if not the absolute best crash pads on the market, and customer service is excellent. I can't recommend them enough.

Btw, if you are really concerned about price, realize the quality foam and craftsmanship of the Organic pads will have them lasting you far longer than cheaper pads and will cost you less over time.


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By frankstoneline
Feb 24, 2014

I'll toss another vote in the ring for the edelrids as being a screaming deal, that said i think it's a little misleading not to include revolution in the "best foam" category, they compete with if not exceed performance of the organic pads (in my experience) not to mention they have a pretty good pad sale at the moment.


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