New flap-closure-system with stash pocket keeps your gear secure
Burly outer fabrics and carpeted cross-clipper logo keeps shoes clean
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|Weight (lbs / kg) |
Weight (lbs / kg)
In pounds and kilograms, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
|9.00 lbs / 4.08 kg|
|Fold Type||Straight Hinge|
|Number of Foam Layers|||
Removable / Hidden Straps
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
| 3.00 ft x 4.00 ft x 4.00 in|
9.14 m x 1.22 m x 10.20 cm
Simple, lightweight, rugged. The session pad got a face lift recently but kept its staggeringly low price tag. I really like this little pad. Perfect for your solo circuit after work or for that long alpine approach - as an entry level pad this one is without a doubt the best I've seen.
The Session is great as a first pad for a beginner or for an average level boulder and even as part of a collection of pads for an expert. It stores and hauls gear well for long hikes and the size is just big enough to use alone or with a single other similar sized pad to form a fair sized landing zone.
For a boulderer a good crash pad is essential, and now, with more options than ever, choosing the right crash pad can be tricky. We’ve taken some of the work out for you and tested three pads from some of the top climbing companies in the world. Today we’ll run through the pros and cons, specs and features of the Organic Simple Pad, Metolius Session Pad, and Evolv Maverick. Before we get started let me give you a quick intro to each pad. The Organic Simple is exactly that, a simple design with high quality, stiff foam, tough, durable exterior, customizable features, and is made completely in the US of A. The Metolius Session is the most affordable of the pads, and features some extra bells and whistles like a flap closure system with a stash pocket and carpet for wiping off dirty shoes. The Evolv Maverick is a slightly larger pad, with a width of 40″, has a flap closure system, and is built to take a beating. Now, let’s get into the details.
The only real criticism I would level at the Session pad is that it could do with some grab handles at either edge. These would make dragging it along while spotting much easier, so it might be something for Metolius to think about in the next upgrade. Having said that, overall I rate the Session pad very highly, and would recommend it to anyone as a great value and well featured mid-sized pad.
Testers lauded the small carpet in the middle of the pad, which was “just enough to wipe my feet but not so much that the entire top of my pad collects dirt and grime.” The flap closure system kept everything packed inside secure; plus, a small stash pocket on the flap was perfect for keys, phone, and wallet. With a nine-pound weight and a comfy hipbelt/shoulder strap system, you’ll barely feel it on your back, even for long hauls up to alpine blocks.