The choice of a mattress to cushion the blows against the rocks or the ground may seem simple. However, to make the right decision when purchasing a crash pad for bouldering, it is necessary to take into account certain features such as the presence of a non-slip face, the resistance of the coating, the ergonomics in transport, the size, the weight or type of filling.
Both our needs and our demands with all these variables will make us move toward one model or another. And it is that, both its effects of cushioning for the falls and its durability can not be ignored.
The padding of the boulder crashpad is the first element to consider, as it will prevent possible injuries in falls. The technological advances have allowed that, nowadays, the market offers constructions with foams of great quality of shock absorption.
As a rule, crash pads for boulders are manufactured with two or three foams of different densities and hardness, with thicknesses ranging from 10 to 20 centimeters.
Most manufacturers offer two types of foam: a thinner and harder upper and a lower, thicker and softer one. Some, even, up to three; Constructed with viscoelastic material that softens, even more, the impact of the fall.
Other manufacturers build crashpads for boulder useable on both sides, with a harder filling on one side and softer on the other. The hardest, as a rule, is used in falls of height to absorb the impact well; while, the softer, it is used for possible falls at lower heights.
Once the type of padding has been decided, it is time to assess which fabric we want for the exterior of the crash pad for bouldering. That it is resistant to abrasion is very important to expand its durability; and is that, during use, will be subject to friction, damp, changes in temperature, dirt ... Therefore, one of the most recommended fabrics is ballistic nylon. This material is very resistant.
In addition, the outer fabric is waterproof and has a non-slip face, will facilitate its use in terrains that have slopes.
The size of the boulder crashpad is also very important. Both extended and folded. Although the trend of lovers of this sport is to have large mats to cover as much space as possible in case of falling, it is necessary to know with the space we have in the vehicle for transport.
And, in the vehicle, in addition to the folded mattress, we will carry more material such as backpacks, in addition to leaving space for the rest of occupants.
However, it is highly recommended to purchase two crashpads for medium-sized boulders instead of a large one. Thus, we can cover several points of fall distanced from each other that, a large one, could not supply.
The design also a variable that should not be forgotten. The market offers models with square or rounded corners, single-piece or multi-piece. Each of them offers different benefits, and has advantages and disadvantages with respect to the rest.
First of all, straight corners are fantastic when we put several pieces together. Right angles do not leave spaces between them, covering the entire space without leaving holes. However, they are more vulnerable and tend to wear out more easily due to friction.
With the models that have rounder tips the opposite happens. They last a little longer, but leave spaces uncovered in case of a fall.
Have you visited our catalog of crash pads for bouldering? We have a wide catalog formed by models of specialized brands in this sport. Visit any of the Vertic stores in Barcelona, ??Sabadell or Manresa or our online store!