The Mad Pad is a plush five inch thick combination of open and closed cell foam for firm but comfortable drops.
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|Weight (lbs / kg) |
Weight (lbs / kg)
In pounds and kilograms, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|13.80 lbs / 6.26 kg|
|Fold Type||Straight Hinge|
|Number of Foam Layers||three|
|Foam Layout||1" closed cell, 3" open cell, 1" closed cell foam.|
|Fabric|| Top: 600 denier Nylon|
Bottom: 600 denier Nylon
|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
| 4.00 ft x 3.00 ft x 5.00 in|
1.22 m x 0.91 m x 12.70 cm
This pad is best for all-around bouldering from beginner to expert. It is ideal for climbers on a budget. Entry level boulderers need to pay attention to the ankle-rolling possibilities and not learn about them the hard way!
This pad has been around for several years, and it remains a favorite because of its value and durability. After owning his for four years, one tester has managed to only lose one buckle. He said he “feels much more confident falling from palm-sweating distances” onto this pad, thanks to a cushy five inches of foam (1-inch closed, 3-inch open, 1-inch closed). Landings are soft on your feet and ankles without running the risk of bottoming out, and despite the generous foam allotment, the Mad Pad is inexpensive at $140. One annoyance is the lack of drag handles, but backpack straps kept it comfy on hikes of two miles or less.
The Mad Pad takes the cake for pure shock absorption. With over 4.75 inches of foam, this lunker of a pad almost never bottomed out. The hinged closure and speed buckles make opening and closing a snap. I would have liked an accessory pocket, but since it costs only $120, I can’t really complain—this pad is a heck of a bargain. Velcro flaps on the bottom and sides let you secure it to other pads if you need to create a larger landing zone.