The hinged style Highball is an extremely popular pad with a great landing area.
The hinge allows the pad to be wrapped around sharp bends. It also means that the pad can be doubled up quickly in an emergency when your mate suddenly decides that s/he wants to make a controlled jump down from a highball problem.
The Highball is slightly smaller than the Dyno pad, which makes for a lighter carry (a mere 5.4kgs). The neat size also means it is easy to carry between the boulders and fits well into car boots.
The slight reduction in landing zone area is more than made up for by the extra thickness of the pad – if you are venturing on higher problems then this is definitely the pad to get.
Like all of our bouldering pads, the Highball is very tough and durable. It has Ballistic Cordura on the base, 1000d Cordura on the top and Plastel on the closure flaps.
The heart of the mat is a thick layer of open cell foam sandwiched between two high density foam layers which give a good even distribution, even when falling on uneven or rocky ground.
Top tip: The folded pad provides a stable block which can be used to pack out holes or provide a base for a multi-pad platform on an uneven/sloping surface.
|Weight (lbs / kg) |
Weight (lbs / kg)
In pounds and kilograms, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|11.91 lbs / 5.40 kg|
|Fold Type||Straight Hinge|
|Number of Foam Layers||three|
|Foam Layout||3 layers of top quality dual density foam (overall thickness: 10.5cm )|
|Fabric|| Top: 1000d Cordura|
Bottom: Ballistic Cordura
Modifiable Foam Layering
Shoe Cleaning Spot
|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
| 3.25 ft x 4.00 ft x 4.10 in|
0.99 m x 1.22 m x 10.50 cm
If you’re looking to invest a bit of money in a very well made hinged pad then you won’t go far wrong with the Highball. For my money this is the perfect size for a bouldering mat – small enough to be used for circuit bouldering and yet big enough to cover a good area of ground when going for highball numbers. When my current highball goes to the great boulder field in the sky I’ll certainly be buying another, and I guess you can’t getter a better recommendation than that.