Climbing is an activity that gives you boosts of adrenaline rush and that should be the case. While you are climbing you should be living in the moment and not shy around from it. However, that doesn’t mean that you should not take any safety measures or precautions. In addition to your safety gear on your body, something that you can use for safety are crash pads. The best crash pads to be more precise because when it comes to safety you would want to have nothing but the best. In order to help you with that, we will be going through some crash pad reviews for you.
Best Crash Pads:
- Mad Rock Mad Pad.
- Black Diamond Mondo Bouldering Pad.
- Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad.
1. Mad Rock Mad Pad:
We always suggest climbers get gear from high quality and well-known brands, and we will stand strong to that when it comes to crash pads as well. One such good brand is Mad Rock and you will often see us talking about them in our articles and reviews. The Mad Rock Mad Pad is a very good crash pad and considering the brand name attached to it, the affordable price tag charged for it is superb. So let’s take a deeper look at the product itself. During the time period when we tested multiple pads, the Mad Rock stood out because of its thickness and stiffness. No matter how sharp or pointed the rocks might be, that is no problem for these pads. Sizewise, the pad is pretty big coming in at measurements of 24″ x 36″ x 10″ while closed and 48″ x 36″ x 5″ when open. However, despite the size, the pad does not feel overweight or anything.
In testing, we found out that the Mad Pad takes care of high falls very comfortably, giving the climber a good and plush landing. However, the same cannot be said for shorter falls as it does not perform well in that area. Nonetheless, we believe that giving it some break-in time would solve that issue.
You would want your pads to be safe and secure at all times and inability to do so results in the pads getting damaged. The Mad Rock Mad Pad has full-length velcro strips on the backside of the hinge, what this does is removes the need for a hinge eventually eliminating weight and ensuring protection nonetheless.
Most crash pads and their bags come with compartments where you can carry stuff and small gear. The Mad Pad is no exception, however, we would not give it good marks in that department. Nonetheless, it will still be able to store small and basic climbing items like shoes, chalk bags and a jacket. The Mad Rock Mad Pad is a great value for money option for good quality and brand name. If you are on a budget and want something that provides good functionality and durability, then this will be the best option to go with.
- Compact and easy to carry.
- High quality.
- The thickness might be an issue for some.
2. Black Diamond Mondo Bouldering Pad:
This crash pad from Black Diamond is a very simple, but a high-quality one. Something that you most likely expect from Black Diamond. The highlight of this pad apart from its beautiful design is the foam. The Mondo uses a high-quality foam that has a thickness of 5 inches. However, the pad’s size is not everything here because of its adds to that there is high compression PU foam and a closed cell design makes it comfortable for a good landing. Especially if you are someone who climbs alone, this is a great crash pad. During testing, we found the centre to be the plushest and comfortable of all. So try to land in the centre every time.
Because of its unique design, the foam pad functions comfortably even when it is in an upside down position. It might not seem like it, but the Mondo is very big and thick and the surprising factor is that it does this without sacrificing any functionality. When it comes to durability, the Mondo is nothing special but it still does hold strong to rough and rigid conditions. Nonetheless, if you are bouldering on sharp and pointy tops then we wouldn’t suggest this, as the Mondo is more suitable for lighter and soft climbing.
Because of the compact size, carrying the Mondo is very easy and comfortable. It has two large handles that will help you get it over your shoulder and manoeuvring the pad wherever you want to. Overall, the Mondo is a nice and simple crash pad that will serve you with basic climbing. If you are someone looking for that then surely give this a view.
- Very good suspension and comfortable landing.
- A wide landing platform.
- Well made.
- Not suitable for heavy bouldering.
3. Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad:
Here is another crash pad from Mad Rock and just like the Mad Pad, this is equally excellent. The Mad Pad serves a different base of the market, that being beginner climbers. We believe this is an important segment that is often overlooked. Despite being something for beginners, this has a very innovative design. And its extra size and thickness make it an ideal for a comfortable landing as well. No matter, how high or low your landing is, you will feel comfortable while landing from anywhere.
The R3 rolls up very nicely and makes it nice and comfortable for carrying. After that, all you need to do is attach the flaps to the bottom and then carrying the pad will be very convenient. This shape factor is very crucial because it gives the bag some space for carrying extra stuff.
Insane prices for products is something very common in the climbing gear market, as there aren’t many companies out there. The existing ones do not shy away from charging higher prices. However, the one factor that stands out the most here is the price. We have seen pads priced much higher than this and provide less value, the R3 has everything that you could possibly ask for. One downside of the product, however, is that it is a bit heavy. Other than that, there aren’t any major issues.
- Innovative design.
- Value for money.
- A bit heavy.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Just like every other climbing gear, you would also need to keep a few things in mind before you purchase the best bouldering crash pad for yourself.
ITS CLOSURE SYSTEM:
The way the pad opens and closes is important because it will decide how easy or hard the pads are to carry. Also, try to make sure which type of closure system suits you the best and then chose one style accordingly.
Not all crash pads are designed in the same way and they do not suit all styles. For example, some are made for beginner climbers, some for high boulderers and many more. And the thickness of these pads varies accordingly as well. Keep in mind what type of climbing you do the most and then get your crash pad.