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By Aubrey Hodges
Apr 28, 2013
Hey there! I just got into bouldering, and I was wondering what would be a good first crash pad? I've been thinking the Metolius Bailout.. But wasn't sure if it would be a better idea to go ahead and get a larger pad like the Metolius Magnum Crash Pad or the Metolius Recon Crash Pad.. Opinions? (I'll be bouldering at parks around the Austin, Texas area) Thanks!

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By Bob Dobalina
Apr 28, 2013
Dude, it's a crash pad. Just get any one!
There are no such things as "beginner" crash pads!

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By Langlois
From NYC
Apr 28, 2013
Organic. You can customize the colors and in my opinion there is no better foam system on the market. I will never own anything but an organic pad.

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By Brian Abram
From Columbia, SC
Apr 28, 2013
Brian Abram, leading pitch 2 of Dinkus Dog on the ...
Since you are new, you will probably be falling a lot, and your pad is going to get worn out quickly. So get a small, thin, cheap one. Like a thick carpet or something. Later when you get better and you don't fall anymore, you could maybe get a big one with carrying straps or something with cool colors.

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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Apr 28, 2013
Mathematical!
Brian Abram wrote:
Since you are new, you will probably be falling a lot, and your pad is going to get worn out quickly. So get a small, thin, cheap one. Like a thick carpet or something. Later when you get better and you don't fall anymore, you could maybe get a big one with carrying straps or something with cool colors.


I'm sorry, but this sounds like poor logic to me. Everyone falls, all the time. If you aren't falling while bouldering, you aren't pushing yourself.

EDIT - It just occurred to me that you may be joking. At least, I hope you're joking. Thick carpet?

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By Aubrey Hodges
Apr 29, 2013
Thanks! Aha don't judge me on my noobness..

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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Apr 29, 2013
Another vote for Organic, I love mine. I've used others that were okay, but the pad is really well thought out. Foam that is reassuring to fall on. Burly enough fabric that they'll sell you new foam if you ever beat out the wonderful foam. Nice suspension to carry it (I did 3 miles with a Mad Rock and hated every step of it). And the pocket flap is a great feature.

I'd avoid the bigger pads, they're really nice, but limiting in how far you want to carry one.

Patrick

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By Brian Abram
From Columbia, SC
Apr 29, 2013
Brian Abram, leading pitch 2 of Dinkus Dog on the ...
Finn the Human wrote:
I'm sorry, but this sounds like poor logic to me. Everyone falls, all the time. If you aren't falling while bouldering, you aren't pushing yourself. EDIT - It just occurred to me that you may be joking. At least, I hope you're joking. Thick carpet?

lol =)

Aubrey, buy a good pad. It'll last a while, and your ankles, knees, and butt will thank you. Organic pads are awesome. If you aren't going to be hiking far, go ahead and get a big one.

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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Apr 29, 2013
This problem haunted my dreams for 6 years after f...
Organic big pad. Yup, it's more expensive. Yup, it's worth it.

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By Aubrey Hodges
Apr 29, 2013
Thanks!

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By Lukus
From Clinton,Mo
Apr 30, 2013
I highly recommend Kinetik. I've got one and love it.

kinetikclimbing.com/products-n...

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