Large Crash Pad


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Large Crash Pad
Manufacturer Metolius
Page By spyder550
Page Type Oct 3, 2002 / Oct 3, 2002
Object ID 498
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The Metolius Large Crash Pad features a 45° hinge at the middle point, which eliminates the gutter often found in hinged pads. It has a side carry handle and backpack straps which also convert to an over-the-shoulder carrying strap. The buckle closures are made of strong CNC T-6 aluminum.


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Martin Cash - Aug 1, 2003 12:43 pm - Voted 4/5

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I recently took up bouldering after work to try and improve my finger strength and weight transfer on overhanging routes. You can really get a lot of practice in out there by yourself.

I chose this mat ,after looking at quite a few of them, for it's large size, comfortable shoulder straps, and high cushioning value. I paid $150 for the pad, which seems ridiculous. Can't understand why a good pad costs so much.

The pad works well, I've taken falls from 15 feet, no problem. This large size seems just about right if you want to do routes that move a bit to the side. Besides the cost, the only thing I don't like is that it takes up my entire trunk or backseat in my car! Quite a bulky thing.

horalka - Nov 3, 2004 6:37 pm - Voted 5/5

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I'm very happy with this crash pad. Never bouldered with another pad so can not compare, well never really bouldered with any crash pad, so the falls are pretty cozy. Did not take a really high fall, but some were about 8ft-10ft. Because of it size I never missed either.
It did take up the whole trunk of our economy rental car during our trip to Nevada, but you can still put stuff on the top of it. And besides, it is good for lounging under the boulder and around the tent if you have your car near by.
It also has some self cleaning ability. Just hose it down once or shake it clean and it is like new.
The price was just right. Bought it on e-bay almost brand new and with shipping it was $110.
And by the way the weight is (according to 7lbs. 2oz.

UPDATE 1/25/2006
Now that we have used the pad for a while (about 2 years) I can say that it is still very solid, no sagging etc. We use it quite often and fly with it as well. So it is taking that kind of abuse very well. There is only one thing that is happening; the corners (especially on the bottom) are becoming exposed. The nylon is almost or soon to be gone. I don't think it is from dragging the pad on the ground under the boulders, but rather from walking around the boulder fields and scooting and trying to fit between and over rocks while hiking in and around. So I guess some duct tape will solve that, just not sure how long it is going to stay on. So I’m still very happy with it.

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