A few weeks ago, I did the unthinkable and sold all of my crash pads. I was fortunate enough to unload them all to a local climber so I didn't have to worry about shipping and I was confident that they would be put to good use. The liquidation of my crash pads resulted in a pretty significant loss in money, but that was something I was prepared for...I was in the process of upgrading to a full Organic Crash Pad lineup. This was something that I had planned to do since last fall when the owner of the company, Josh Helke was kind enough to send me a box of Organic items to give away as prizes at last year's bouldering comp.
With all of the solo bouldering sessions that I sneak in and the occassional highball boulder problem, I decided to go right ahead and place an order for three of the four crash pads made by Organic Climbing.
The "Big Pad" is 46" wide by 59" long and comes in either a 4" or 5" thickness. It was ane asy decision to spend the additional $15.00 to upgrade to the 5" thick model. This is the largest crash pad made by Organic Climbing and would be the staple in my outdoor bouldering sessions.
|This crash pad offers a generous landing zone. The scratch mat in front of the crash pad was thrown in for free by Organic Climbing as a "thank you" for the sizeable order.|
There are two things that I would have liked to see on the "Big Pad", I would have liked some sort of flap on the bottom of the pad to help keep loose items inside the pad during transportation. I have a tendancy to bring a bunch of gear with me on routine bouldering sessions so my crash pads are always filled to capacity. Another thing that I would have liked to see would be a flap similar to the Full Pad (see below) that could cover the shoulder straps and waist belt when the crash pad was being used.
The Full Pad measures 36" wide by 48" long and is 4" thick. This crash pad is an excellent supplement to the Big Pad or functions great as a stand alone crash pad. It is much lighter than the Big Pad and easier to maneauver through the forest and boulder fields. I went ahead and got the Full Pad and Half Pad combo because if I were going to leave the Big Pad at home and just session with the Full Pad, I knew that I would need an additional pad for at least the sit start to boulder problems or to use in potentially dangerous fall zones. The Full Pad and Half Pad combo is a great little package deal and was a solid addition to my new crash pad lineup.
|The Full Pad and Half Pad Combo|
|Here is the crash pad combo ready for transport|
|Another image of the Full Pad and Half Pad combo. Look at the reinforced stitching on each of the crash pads, the bullet-proof buckles and the superior material used on the exterior of the pads.|
The only thing that I would have liked to see on the Full Pad would be again some sort of fabric to cover the bottom of the crash pad to keep misc. items in the pad during transport. I would also like to see the pouch/cover material use something more textured like the crash pad cover itself. There have been instances when I have had the Full Pad on top of the Big Pad for a reinforced landing surface and had the Full Pad slide off of the Big Pad abruptly once fallen on because the current pouch/cover acts like a tarp. Other than that, this crash pad combination is at the top of the crash pad game.