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Friday, 9 November 2018

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To locate the best bouldering crash cushions, we examined 20 models and purchased 10 for next to each other testing. We at that point set out to world-class bouldering goals and additionally some first climb an area in unknown boondocks. We utilized the cushions to cover everything from level soil to spiked stone strewn landing zones. We bouldered on different shake types, from dirty stone and sharp volcanic tuff in the desert around Bishop to delicate sandstone and smooth greenstone along the lavish Northern California drift. There was a pleasant mix of learner to master level boulderers to help us on generally events. The analyzers found the correct equalization of falling, sending, relaxing and scrutinizing. They utilized their fight tried shrewdness from the beginning of the accident cushion alongside profoundly developed advanced understanding to give a careful breakdown of what each cushion does best and most noticeably awful.



Since our last refresh, we've included the refreshed Mad Rock Mad Pad and Metolius Session II to our audit. Each cushion has seen some slight overhauls in their highlights however neither have changed too significantly.

Extraordinary tie framework for conveying a second cushion

Rich suspension for overwhelming burdens

Numerous highlights including sofa lashes and an appreciated tangle

Froth is hardened and not perfect for setbacks

The Mad Rock Duo earned our Editors' Choice honor for its inventive lash framework that empowers you to convey a second cushion effortlessly. For the individuals who need to bring an additional accident cushion along there is no other choice that makes this such a simple assignment. The Duo was additionally stacked with highlights and has stunningly thick froth, which is the equivalent as that of the Mad Pad and Triple Mad Pad. It was sufficiently vast to be an independent cushion, and with an additional cushion, this is an extraordinary choice for the individuals who rock alone or need to boost ground inclusion.

Like different cushions with Mad Rock's 5-inch froth layup, the Duo is genuinely hardened for low falls and unbalanced arrivals, where milder froth will in general give a gentler effect. The cushion relaxes up after some time yet we observed it to be moderately hard through the break-in process.

Perused audit: Mad Rock Duo

Top Pick for Versatility

Dark Diamond Drop Zone

Dark Diamond - Drop Zone Top Pick Award

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Expansive landing surface for its class

Conveys outfit well

Strong knapsack ties

Waterproof material on back cover

Thin froth destroys quicker than others

The Black Diamond Drop Zone is our best decision for an inside and out bouldering cushion. It has a hingeless taco style configuration to totally cover rugged rough arrivals, a fold conclusion that holds adapt well, and numerous valuable handles. The rubber treated covering on its back is waterproof, solid and practical, helping the cushion stick to calculated arrivals zones. Dark Diamond's durable metal snare clasps are probably the smoothest working of the considerable number of clasps we tried. The shoulder lashes and hip belt are likewise removable to shield from stumbling and for tying the cushion to trees.

The fundamental drawback of the Drop Zone is its surprising expense to measure proportion. For $250 it is moderately thin and the 3.5-inch thick froth wasn't extremely tough. In case you're not very worried about toughness and need to get a lavishly highlighted cushion the Drop Zone won't disappointed you.

Perused audit: Black Diamond Drop Zone

Best Bang for the Buck

Distraught Rock Mad Pad

Best Buy Award

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Heaps of froth

Moderately Inexpensive

Strong Construction

Love seat lashes are a decent element

Not perfect for conveying loads of rigging

The Mad Rock Mad Pad conveys the most cushion per dollar of any that we tried and it is an extraordinary decision for anybody on a financial plan. The 5-inch thick froth is amazingly solid and significantly more certainty rousing than that of more slender cushions. It just has essential highlights, for example, lounge chair ties and velcro tabs to associate various cushions. At $170 the Mad Pad is among the less expensive models that we tried and will outlive unmistakably costly cushions.

The Mad Pad's principle hindrance is its absence of a fold conclusion to help with conveying gear. It does fine conveying the bouldering basics however little things will in general drop out of the cushion when it is collapsed. Like the Mad Rock Duo, the Mad Pad's froth has a long break-in period and isn't perfect for deficits when the cushion is new.

Perused survey: Mad Rock Mad Pad

Top Pick for Carrying Gear

Frantic Rock R3

Frantic Rock R3 Pad Top Pick Award

$198.95

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Confused plan offers staggering flexibility

Magnificent pulling capacity

Helpful highlights

Not our most loved for long falls

The Mad Rock R3 emerges due to a few reasons: The novel astound configuration makes it the main cushion made that adjusts to uneven arrivals, the fold conclusion enables it to convey equip and the Black Diamond Drop Zone, it's not very costly, and it is made out of reused pieces of froth. The suspension framework is first rate and has strengthened shoulder lashes with a handle between the ties to help in lifting when intensely stacked.

The cushioning of the R3 is extremely thick and it was one of the heaviest cushions that we tried, tipping the scales at 18 pounds. The froth is considerably gentler than that of the Mad Pad and Duo, which improved it for low to medium tallness falls however not extraordinary for tumbling from high up.

Perused audit: Mad Rock R3

Investigation and Test Results

After next to each other tests we assessed contrasts between every one of the cushions with respect to froth, plan, solidness, and highlights. There were a wide range of structures and kinds of materials to consider. The pivot versus taco is the most imperative ascribe to consider and the sort of froth layering is the most critical material thought. We put every one of the cushions through an assortment of thorough tests. Our appraisals depended on the test measurements of High Falls, Low Falls, Packing Gear, Features, and Durability.

Dark Diamond Impact Bouldering Crash Pad. OutdoorGearLab cushion testing Castle Rock CA.

Dark Diamond Impact Bouldering Crash Pad. OutdoorGearLab cushion testing Castle Rock CA.

While generally speaking a few cushions edged in front of others, the greater part of the cushions exceeded expectations in a few zones. Hence, it is particularly vital to assess the cushions on both individual scores and in addition in general scores. What highlights are most critical to you? How thick is the froth? Cushion plan? Conveying capacity? Cool materials? Esteem? Or on the other hand a blend of the majority of the abovementioned? Perused more beneath to perceive how every one of the cushions contrasted in the wake of being tried head-with head.

We characterize a "medium bouldering cushion" as being around 36" x 48". We likewise put cushions up to around 41" x 49" into the medium cushion class. A medium cushion is the most widely recognized size since it fits in many autos, is moderately simple to convey, and is sufficiently extensive for most low to medium stature issues.

Extensive cushions are 48" x 60" as far as possible up to 50" to 72."

Another style of littler, assistant sort "smaller than normal cushion" has developed and these are is extraordinary for sit-begins or the sides of landing zones and in addition for the spotter to redirect a fall. These smaller than normal cushions are additionally reasonable for covering the crease territory on a pivoted style cushion.

Anna Joseph bouldering crash cushion testing on Fly Boy Arete Bishop CA.

Anna Joseph bouldering crash cushion testing on Fly Boy Arete, Bishop, CA.

Esteem

The cushions in our audit have list costs going from $150 to $400. By and large, value will in general correspond with the region and thickness of a cushion. On the lower end cushions like the Metolius Session II and Mad Rock Mad Pad cover medium regions and have basic highlights, while the $400 Black Diamond Mondo covers a huge zone and highlights the absolute thickest froth of any cushion in the audit. Cushions amidst this range will in general join different highlights that make them simpler to utilize and bear. At $240, the Mad Rock Duo won our Editors' Choice honor for its mix of thick froth, a vast zone, and some one of a kind highlights. We observed the Mad Pad to be the best decision for those on a spending who are looking for a completely practical cushion that will keep going for some periods of incessant utilize.

Value versus Execution Comparison

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56

58

60

62

64

66

68

70

72

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78

80

82

84

86

$0

$100

$200

$300

$400

By and large Performance Score (better scores are to one side)

Cost $ (bring down is better)

Esteem Score (0-100 where 100 is best) Price

78 199

78 240

77 250

75 400

73 259

73 300

70 169

67 149

66 265

65 200

Cushioning Falls

High Fall Test

Our most loved froth to fall on for huge drops was the 5-inch thick froth on the Black Diamond Mondo and all the Mad Rock cushions. The Mad Rock Mad Pad is our Best Buy victor and was additionally extremely firm, which made it the cushion to the least extent liable to scrape the bottom on for high effect falls and additionally being the most moderate. With 3.5 crawls of froth, the Black Diamond Drop Zone began extraordinary, yet following a couple of months, it got delicate. It remained an incredible cushion for shorter issues, yet we were worried to take enormous drops onto it. We don't suggest any cushion with froth more slender than 4 creeps for high bouldering issues.

High Falls Rating

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Triple Mad Pad

Mondo Pad

Distraught Rock Duo

Distraught Rock Mad Pad

Metolius Recon

Drop Zone

Petzl Alto

Effect

Frantic Rock R3

Session II

10

9

9

9

7

7

7

7

6

6

Product High Falls Rating

Triple Mad Pad 10

Mondo Pad 9

Frantic Rock Duo 9

Frantic Rock Mad Pad 9

Metolius Recon 7

Drop Zone 7

Petzl Alto 7

Impact 7

Frantic Rock R3 6

Session II 6

Low Fall Test

Our most loved cushions for rehashed low falls were the Black Diamond Drop Zone and Petzl Alto. Both had somewhat bigger square-molded surface territories, strong froth taco plans, and milder edges. The milder edges are critical to making the cushions more averse to cause a moved lower leg or sore ribs. For a similar reason, the Drop Zone isn't perfect for tall issues, yet it was pleasant on short issues since it was so delicate. The strong froth, non-pivoted taco configuration additionally implied that your back would not feel any distensions get through the depend on soak hard give in sort falls.

Distraught Rock's Mad Pad, Triple Mad Pad, and Duo were too hardened when fresh out of the plastic new for low, bumping, on your back kind falls. A portion of our analyzers clowned that you needed to cushion the Mad Pad. On the off chance that you landed hard on your once again from a low sit begin on another one, until the point when it broke in following a couple of months.

Putting the Duo through the paces with a tumble from up high.

Putting the Duo through the paces with a tumble from up high.

Uneven Terrain Test

We put the cushions over misleading uneven territory to perceive how they all oversaw. The Mad Rock R3, with its imaginative perplex configuration, destroyed froth and medium-extensive size make it the best at complying with expansive knotty spots, for example, shakes or tree stumps in an arrival zone. Be that as it may, the bewilders have creases that are less cushioned making them more prone to hit rock bottom on sharp rough or uneven arrivals where spiked items could jut through the various creases between the puzzles. For the principle affect spot in the focal point of an "awful" uneven, rugged landing zone, the stack of decision are, of course, the taco cushions with medium-hardened froth - the Black Diamond Drop Zone and Petzl Alto were the main cushions to finish the uneven territory test without a hitch.

Both the Mad Pad and Triple Mad Pad have velcro folds to seal up the pivot. On the off chance that you fall amidst most pivoted cushions, the cushion collapsed in most of the way around you. The genuine requirement for the unhinged froth of a taco style configuration is just clear on sharp, uneven, rough landing zones. In the event that you stone a considerable measure at rough spots, at that point we exceptionally prescribe a taco style cushion, generally, a pivoted cushion with a velcro fold may be best for your requirements.

Sean Brady helping test Mad Rock's R3 bouldering crash cushion and a couple of others in a rough creekbed at Mt Tam CA. We're on the semi-great low-ball "Bonum Vitae" (V7). Notice how the R3 functions admirably adjusting to the uneven landing region.

Sean Brady helping test Mad Rock's R3 bouldering crash cushion and a couple of others in a rough creekbed at Mt Tam, CA. We're on the semi-great low-ball "Bonum Vitae" (V7). Notice how the R3 functions admirably complying with the uneven landing zone.

Pressing Gear

Pressing Large Items

While you by and large just need to bring shoes, chalk, and some water to go bouldering it tends to be pleasant to pack the kitchen sink in case you will hang out for some time. The cushions that pulled the bulkiest, heaviest burdens were the Black Diamond Drop Zone and Mad Rock R3. The Metolius Session II, alongside the Petzl Alto all arrived in a nearby second place. The Metolius fold conclusion has just a single snare clasp lash to anchor it while the Drop Zone and R3 both have two snare clasp conclusion ties that enable those cushions to hold greater burdens. Additionally, their bigger than normal size, and drum-like molded taco style help to pack in more rigging. The two cushions were additionally one of a kind in that they had beefy suspension frameworks. The shoulder ties on the two cushions are sewn-in (no Velcro) and have handles over the suspension to help lift the cushion onto your back when vigorously stacked.

Pressing Gear Rating

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

Frantic Rock R3

Drop Zone

Frantic Rock Duo

Petzl Alto

Session II

Mondo Pad

Effect

Triple Mad Pad

Metolius Recon

Frantic Rock Mad Pad

10

9

9

7

7

6

5

3

3

3

Product Packing Gear Rating

Frantic Rock R3 10

Drop Zone 9

Frantic Rock Duo 9

Petzl Alto 7

Session II 7

Mondo Pad 6

Impact 5

Triple Mad Pad 3

Metolius Recon 3

Frantic Rock Mad Pad 3

The Petzl Alto has the most secure flash up fold conclusion, however it isn't flexible. It fits a better than expected size load entirely well, however expansive cumbersome burdens don't fit also. Our analyzers found the Velcro suspension framework is additionally not as firmly flexible as the old school clasp style and it has no middle lifting handle to help with substantial burdens. The Mad Rock Triple Mad Pad, Metolius Recon, and Metolius Magnum were the main cushions that neglected to deal with conveying anything over a couple of fundamentals. We didn't locate a huge contrast in the solace in conveying enormous burdens.

Pressing Small Items

Pass on the best cushion we've tried for conveying little to medium heaps of apparatus is the Petzl Alto with its safe zipper fold conclusion framework. The zoom up fold shuts the pack so tight it is fixed like a rucksack and not in any case save change, or all the more significantly, auto keys can even escape the beefy YKK zipper seal. The Metolius Session II has fold terminations that assistance keep little to medium size heaps of apparatus in exceptionally well. Overwhelming, massive burdens can drop out of the base since there is just a solitary best conclusion lash not at all like on the Black Diamond Drop Zone and Mad Rock R3 that likewise have the fold conclusion that holds medium to extensive size heaps of apparatus in well with twofold ties to anchor the heap. However, none of the cushions can beat the Alto for safely holding littler burdens with its zipper fold.

A portion of the cushions we tried had little stockpiling takes that a portion of our analyzers extremely discovered valuable for holding keys, wallet, telephone, and so forth.; yet about a large portion of the analyzers never utilized it since you wind up taking it out at the bluff since you would prefer truly not to have your fundamental things amidst the arrival zone. Those analyzers simply kept their fundamental things in garments pockets or a different gather or pack or some likeness thereof from the get-go. The majority of alternate cushions we tried have neither one of the closures folds or reserve pockets so you should need to convey your stuff in a rucksack.

Sean Brady bouldering crash cushion testing the Black Diamond Drop Zone on another V7 at Biddles!

Sean Brady bouldering crash cushion testing the Black Diamond Drop Zone on another V7 at Biddles!

Highlights

Clasps

The Black Diamond snare clasps are the best we tried. They are on the whole pretty much indestructible and about as simple to use as the plastic midsection belt style clasps. The Metolius and Mad Rock were somewhat difficult to pull tight or free. All are greatly improved than the old plastic style clasps that would break or the old Velcro terminations that would in the end destroy. Every one of the cushions still utilize comparative plastic clasps for the midriff belts aside from the Petzl Alto that has an interesting all Velcro midsection and shoulder lash suspension framework.

Ties

The ties were about the equivalent on every one of the cushions, conventional nylon webbing. Every one of the cushions had cushioned shoulder ties. The Mad Pad has additional long ties that make the cushion into a parlor seat, which is a cool component yet additionally implies you have additional long lashes that dangle around (a touch of irritating). The main cushion without a midsection belt was the Mad Pad. The Petzl Alto had the principal Velcro affixing shoulder and midriff ties. Without the clasps, you would need to fix and re-try the conclusion to modify it on the fly which was at times irritating however not a noteworthy issue. The Alto additionally had a movable bandolier lash that shipped the cushion between stones.

Solace Hanging Out

Having an accident cushion that serves as a love seat can be extraordinary for unwinding between consumes.

Having an accident cushion that serves as a love seat can be extraordinary for unwinding between consumes.

Distraught Rock's Mad Pad and Duo, and the Petzl Alto all have ties that can transform the cushions into love seats when you aren't climbing. At the point when present was one of our most loved highlights for a cushion to have and it makes them particularly valuable around camp.

Highlights Rating

5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

8.0

8.5

Petzl Alto

Distraught Rock Duo

Metolius Recon

Drop Zone

Effect

Session II

Triple Mad Pad

Mondo Pad

Distraught Rock R3

Distraught Rock Mad Pad

8

8

7

7

7

7

6

6

6

6

Product Features Rating

Petzl Alto 8

Distraught Rock Duo 8

Metolius Recon 7

Drop Zone 7

Impact 7

Session II 7

Triple Mad Pad 6

Mondo Pad 6

Distraught Rock R3 6

Distraught Rock Mad Pad 6

Strength

Materials and Craftsmanship

The rubber treated "Bat Man Suit" covering on the Drop Zone isn't just waterproof, however it sticks to calculated/inclined/tilted landing zones superior to anything some other cushion we tried. The covering is likewise extremely versatile and durable. The Mad Rock R3 utilizes reused destroyed froth left over from its assembling office. One extraordinary approach to help the open air condition we value is to decrease, reuse and reuse so this is our most loved mix of materials and structure. Each of the three cushions additionally have the demonstrated nature of their time-tried name brands.

Froth Durability

Most cushions available today have the gentler, open-cell PU (polyurethane) froth and the more thick and firm shut cell PE (polyethylene) froth consolidated in layers. The layering makes the cushions firm on one side for tall high effect falls on your feet and gentler on the opposite side for short hard, bumping falls on your posterior. This technique enables the cushions to just be flipped over for either application. On most cushions, the firm side is up for the most widely recognized falling situation, a medium to high fall onto your feet.

The Petzl Alto cushioning is a thick layer of PU froth that is a bit too delicate. Luckily, the more slender layer is a 50/50 blend of various thickness high caliber shut cell PE froth that makes for an enduring cushion reasonable for low to high bouldering until the point that the PU destroys and after that it will have a long life expectancy for low to medium bouldering with the dependable quality froth.

Frantic Rock's interestingly planned R3 cushioning has destroyed reused froth that is overwhelming yet endures any longer than a large portion of the cushions in this audit. The Black Diamond Drop Zone and Impact cushions we tried both have better than ever layers of froth cushioning that held up exceptionally well in our general fall tests is as yet holding up well in our long haul tests.

Generally speaking Durability

Generally the majority of the cushions that we tried are well-manufactured and can be relied upon to keep going for a few periods of overwhelming use. The most tough froth layup that we saw was Mad Rock's 5-inch, 3-layer froth that is utilized on the Mad Pad, Duo, and Triple Mad Pad. It was additionally the stiffest and given some hard arrivals to setbacks. The R3 is exceptionally solid and has thick material and fortified sewing to guarantee a long lifetime of consistent utilize.

Custom Features

Most cushions had no less than a couple of custom highlights and some can feel somewhat unnecessary. Anyway critical a portion of these highlights are is easily proven wrong contrasted with more significant traits like fantastic froth, strong structure, and in general craftsmanship.

We enjoyed the Mad Rock Duo's framework for conveying a second cushion.

We loved the Mad Rock Duo's framework for conveying a second cushion.

End

Crash cushions are a vital piece of present day bouldering and can possibly make falls significantly more secure than arriving on the uncovered ground. They aren't shabby, so it's best to settle on the correct buy choice dependent on your individual needs, climbing style, and regular landing surfaces (uneven, level, and so on). We trust this article limits your alternatives to the best a couple of items for you to settle on an educated decision for your future shake difficulties.

Shawn Rogers does his exemplary Dragonslayer V3 around 1990's. Notice no cushion - rather an old school bit of cover! Somewhat greater than the standard little cover squares of the day demonstrates that we were extremely genuine.

Shawn Rogers does his exemplary Dragonslayer V3 around 1990's. Notice no cushion - rather an old school bit of cover! Somewhat greater than the standard little cover squares of the day demonstrates that we were extremely genuine.

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