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Crash Pads for Climbing and Bouldering

Crash pads are used with the style of climbing called bouldering. Many climbers prefer bouldering for many reasons. Crash pads are like gymnastics mats but used outdoors for while bouldering. Crash pads help prevent injuries when falling and are important to use for any type of bouldering.

Sections of a crash pad

A crash pad has layered foam on the inside covered with a durable nylon outer cover. Many crash pads have straps to let you clip your shoes and chalk while hiking in, and pockets to put your keys and wallet. You will carry the crash pad to the crag, so it's important to get one that folds in half and has handles or straps for carrying on your back. Many companies offer removable pockets. Some crash pads come with launch pads for sitting starts.

The upper layer is usually about 4 cm thick and is usually a more dense type of foam. The dense upper layer distributes the impact across the pad. The lower layer of foam is softer. It molds to the shape of the rocks below it. Thicker padding and the number and density of the layers within the crash pad correspond to increased protection.

Crash pads protect you while bouldering and give you a sense of security and help you push the limits of your ability. Be sure you climb with a buddy who can act as a spotter while you climb. Although you're relatively close to the ground, the risk of injury is still present.

Climbing and Bouldering Crash Pads for Sale

CRASH PAD WASHABLE REMOVABLE NYLON COVER - NEW 5" X 5"

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NO MORE WORRIES ABOUT GERMS, DIRT, PET HAIR OR FOOD SPILLS. UNZIP THE COVER AND PUT INTO THE WASHING MACHINE. MAKE CLEANING EASY.

Mad Rock Mad Pad Crash Pad

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Mad Rock made its Mad Pad Crash Pad with a cushy five inches of foam padding to boost your confidence as you top out the mantle on your problem. Closed-cell foam on the top of the Mad Pad disperses the force of your fall into the open-cell foam on the bottom. This Mad Rock crash pad converts into an...

Mad Rock Mad Pad

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The crash pad of choice for climbers worldwide who don't want to sacrifice financial security on the next send. The Mad Pad is a plush five inch thick combination of open and closed cell foam for firm but comfortable drops. Backpack straps make a breeze to tote in. EZ attachment straps connect securely...

Metolius Session Crash Pad

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FEATURES of the Metolius Session Crash Pad Flap-closure-system with stash pocket keeps your gear secure Burly outer fabrics and carpeted cross-clipper logo keeps shoes clean 4" sandwich foam design for maximum impact absorption and angled hinge eliminates the gutter Aluminum buckles - guaranteed...

Metolius Session Crash Pad

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Cushion your falls while working on a tough boulder problem with the Metolius Session Crash Pad. Weighing in at 9 lbs., the Session is lighter than many pads, making it easier to hike with.

Skil-Care Crash Pad - 5' x 5'

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This New Crash Mat helps your child's vestibular and proprioceptive senses. They can play or relax on this mat. It's filled with cushy foam! It is sturdy enough for jumping yet soft enough for sitting. Durable construction stands up to jumping and the ample foam filling makes it comfy for sitting...

Evolv Maverick Crash Pad

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Evolv's Maverick Crash Pad has your back while you fly offhigh-baller problems. Its large landing zone is Evolv's biggest yet, ensuringyou get all pad and no rocks if you fall. The gusseted closure systemeliminates dead spots when the pad is open, and the rubberized corners keep thepad from...

Sensory Stimulation Crash Pad & Mat Large Size 5' x 5' PLUS Extra Removable Machine Washable Cover (A $45.00 VALUE)

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This New Crash Mat helps your child's vestibular and proprioceptive senses. They can play or relax on this mat. It's filled with cushy foam! It is sturdy enough for jumping yet soft enough for sitting. NO MORE WORRIES ABOUT GERMS, DIRT, PET HAIR OR FOOD SPILLS. REMOVABLE WASHABLE NYLON COVER...

Metolius Boss Hog Crash Pad

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The Metolius Boss Hog Crash Pad uses a unique combination of open- and closed-cell foam to provide optimal padding whether you're working a sit start or lobbing off a highball. Metolius placed an inch of closed-cell foam on the top to distribute forces for big falls, and then added a half inch to...

Metolius Recon Crash Pad

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The Metolius Recon crash pad provides 5.5 sq. ft. more landing area than most standard-size pads while maintaining a narrow profile when folded for easy carrying to your favorite bouldering spot.

Metolius Magnum Crash Pad

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As you edge your toe out onto a nickel-sized feature, your knuckles are white with crimping force as you hover over the safety of your Metolius Magnum Crash Pad. After the glorious top out, you plummet nine feet back to earth and decide to take a nap. After all, the Magnum's closed-cell padding...

Metolius Magnum Crash Pad

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The Metolius Magnum Crash Pad lives up to its name with a giant 6 ft. x 4 ft. spread that will cushion your falls while you work a boulder problem.

Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad

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Ankles sure come in handy when you're working an elusive boulder problem, which is why the Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad protects your valuable climbing assets with ferocious dedication and recycled foam. This eco-conscious pad makes an excellent second pad for complicated landings, so you can keep that...

Evolv Wingman Crash Pad (A Pad)

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The perfect top layer pad that fills in the cracks and makes an even landing surface on a stack of crash pads. The Wingman folds in half for easy transportation inside your large pad and makes for a great sit start pad for those low starts.

Evolv Maverick Crash Pad (C Pad)

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Backpack straps turn into shoulder straps making for a messenger bag feel and easy transportation.

BLACK DIAMOND Impact Bouldering Pad

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The Black Diamond Impact is a simple and durable crash pad built with a redesigned multi-density foam layup to provide durable impact protection while its hinge-style fold and streamlined suspension system allow for easy transport. Made with a closed-cell PE foam layer on top of a high-compression PU...

Evolv Ringer Crash Pad (Pad I)

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A small pad for protecting yourself from trees and other random obstacles your main pad does not cover. Also great for solo bouldering circuits and old school minimalist bouldering stalwarts.
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