A modular harness that fits all, upholstery top for comfort and wiping feet, and stash pocket for keys, guides, and small items are few of the Flashed Innovations on this world class mat.
|Weight (lbs / kg) |
Weight (lbs / kg)
In pounds and kilograms, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|18.30 lbs / 8.30 kg|
|Number of Foam Layers||two|
|Foam Layout||4 inches of high quality foam, stacked closed-cell over open-cell for great force dispersal and no bottoming out|
|Fabric|| Top: 1000D nylon|
Bottom: 1000D nylon
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
| 5.50 ft x 3.50 ft x 4.00 in|
1.68 m x 1.07 m x 10.20 cm
As the heaviest pad in the review at 18 lbs., the Shogun also offers the largest landing space at 6.5 by 3.5 feet—nearly the square footage of a twin-size mattress. The full-suspension carry system includes a waistbelt with thick webbing and a burly buckle, which “carries like a champ.” The side-closure buckles were a bit futzy because of their small size, but the trifold design and large size allowed for hauling plenty of gear. (This means packing it in a car was a bit tricky.) Testers complimented the foam’s balance of softness and density; it stood up well to the multi-month testing period, and was suitable for any boulder, including the uneven landings and highballs at Rocky Mountain National Park and Mt. Evans in Colorado. Overall, “This pad stands out because it’s huge and comfortable and carries well.”
Up until 2 weeks ago I had never considered a Flashed crash pad but a weekend trip in the desert changed my perspective. After meeting up with a large group of climbers in J-Tree and not wanting to mooch a free landing I picked up one of the Flashed Shogun pads, hauled it from boulder to boulder and here is what I found:
* The pad is huge, but it carries rather easy due to a thick waist and shoulder strap system. The best part
of the system is that it can actually be fully removed so that it will not catch on tree roots, stones, or
anything else below the fall zone.
* The pad is 4inches thick and even when it is lying over a large granite boulder it felt as if I was hitting
the gym floor. I can’t comment on the age of the pad that was used during the weekend out, but falls
from 15+ feet were comfortable and I did not bottom out once.
* The straps and buckles are top notch. After a weekend of dragging the pad by the straps to cover gaps
there were no visible tears in the material and the buckles did not show any signs of wear.
*The pad contains a small cargo pocket. If you can’t stand the weight of hauling your keys on your
person, the pocket is safe and secure.
* The pad folds tight and can fit into small compact cars along with 2 passengers and gear for the
weekend. The car in question was a Mazda 3.
Overall, I really like the Flashed Shogun. Four hundred dollars might seem a bit steep, but the construction quality is great. And compared to other pads from Organic, Mad Rock, or Metolius, I felt it was more comfortable to carry and had better impact absorption. I also prefer the Shogun’s closure system.
If you’re looking for a bigger pad, I would highly recommend the Shogun. It’s big on the ground, easy to move around, and feels small on your back.