Metolius Crash Pad
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Large bouldering crash mat, that's both easy to carry and extremely well padded. As seen at The Plantation.
Metolius Crash Pad Reviews
Reviewed by Paul Smith (Cannock) on 2006-02-23:
General comments: Metolius produce an excellent range of Bouldering mats, ranging from one the size of a double bed (that a friend of mine says fits perfectly inside a Quasar, as something to sleep on!) to some thing as small as a piece of A3 paper.
This crash mat is their XL model (i believe, but i may be wrong), and is a great size to fit in the boot of most cars and yet provide a good landing area outside. There are two layers of foam, one is a harder than the other, and it is the hard side that you should be landing on to. And due to Metolius design and cut of the foam there is no gap for you land on, like some mats on the market.
Pros: Great for protecting those ankles!
Reviewed by Gareth Morgan (Peak District) on 2006-03-07:
General comments: Metolius' mats are probably the most popular make around, and this model (which I've had for a couple of years) is a great size for most people. The major advantage of this one over the competition is the diagonal hinge (not easy to see in this photo), which means that there's no vertical crease for your foot to get stuck in, and also improves the mat's stability in the centre. Therefore, you get a safer landing.
The strap can be set up as either a backpack or shoulder arrangement (although as a backpack the straps can get tangled in your feet). It's a bit of a pain to carry, especially if you're short, simply because it's big - if I use the briefcase-style handle, then with my arm straight the pad rests on the floor - so the backpack arrangement (with your stuff either inside or attached to the outside) is probably better overall.
Pros: Good stable landing area. Big.
Cons: Awkward to carry. Not quite big enough to sleep on.
Reviewed by graeme (durham) on 2006-04-06:
General comments: My local indoor place has a couple of these. However, not quite the model mentioned here I think as theres seem to be the extra extra large ones. They are single sheets without any hinges and double handles. Definately easy a bed sized matt. Seems to me to be very awkward to carry, but otherwise I have no first hand experience of this product. Info only.
Pros: Not qualitied to say.
Cons: Not qualified to say.