The reigning king of all highball pads, the Black Diamond Mondo Crash Pad features a redesigned, premium multi-density foam layup and is a fixture at the Buttermilks, Hueco and anywhere else tall, scary topouts are on the menu. The Mondo's clean, three-strap closure and padded suspension system make for compact, comfortable transport, while four corner grab handles and two stowable shoulder webbings let you quickly move the pad while spotting or shuffling between problems.
Improved closed-cell PE foam layup on top, high-compression PU foam on bottom
Hinge-style fold for compact and easy transport
Clean, three-strap closure with easy-hooking metal buckles
Padded shoulder straps and waistbelt
Four corner grab handles and two stowable shoulder webbings for easy pad shuffling
PU-coated 600d ripstop polyester on bottom and up the sides for abrasion- and water-resistance
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|Weight (lbs / kg) |
Weight (lbs / kg)
In pounds and kilograms, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|20.38 lbs / 9.25 kg|
|Fold Type||Straight Hinge|
|Number of Foam Layers||three|
|Foam Layout||closed-cell PE foam layup on top, high-compression PU foam on bottom|
|Fabric||Bottom: PU-coated 600d ripstop polyester on bottom and up the sides|
|Dimensions (ft / m)|
Dimensions (ft / m)
In feet and inches / meters and centimeters, the length, width, and height of the bouldering pad, as stated by the manufacturer/brand
| 3.67 ft x 5.42 ft x 5.00 in|
1.12 m x 1.65 m x 12.50 cm
So there you have it, Black Diamond’s Mondo Crash Pad. You can call it The Motherload if you like, for in the world of highball bouldering pads this thing is made out of pure muscle. Just don’t call it a ‘fat bastard’.
This pad excels at high problems and also works well for lower problems because the foam is relatively soft. This is more for experienced boulderers who want one of these jumbo sized pads in their quiver as well as a small pad. Beginning boulderers or those on a budget will probably want to buy a smaller pad, then later either buy a big pad like this or buy another small pad. The Mad Rock Mad Pad is a good inexpensive pad to start with and they have Velcro attachments to connect them together into a bigger sized pad. The other good small pads are the taco style Black Diamond Drop Zone and the excellent foam and hybrid hinged style design of the Organic Simple Pad and Organic Full Pad.
Despite my issues with the pad’s durability and carrying system, the redesigned Black Diamond Mondo is a highly effective, large pad that inspires confidence under the tallest and scariest highballs. Boulderers looking for a pad that will cover a large amount of surface area and allow for safe falls from high off the deck should definitely check out the Mondo. Smaller climbers and those who spend more time at areas with long approaches should consider pads with more robust, comfortable carrying systems.