In this survey, I asked for your preferences on crashpads for bouldering outside on my instagram channel @bestboulders. With about 117 participants from 16 different countries this survey was quite a bit less popular than the survey about the most popular bouldering shoes with 524 participants or the one about the most popular climbing chalk with 140 participants.
While Crashpads are really essential for bouldering outdoors, the survey shows, that a lot of people don’t even own a crashpad or rely on others to bring theirs to the crag. If you think about getting one yourself this article might be helpful.
‘Top 5’ Crashpads for Bouldering Outdoors
This is already pretty interesting as the pie chart doesn’t show a clear leader like in the other surveys.
- Organic Climbing – 18,8%
- Black Diamond – 17,9%
- Ocun – 14,3%
- Metolius – 12,5%
- Mad Rock – 9,8%
- Others – 26,8%
The first two ranks are a pretty close call between Organic Climbing and Black Diamond.
For the Organic pads, the Full Pad was the most popular one while for Black Diamond owners, the Drop Zone is the prefered crashpad for bouldering outside.
I found it kind of funny that the design of those most popular crashpads actually looks really similar regarding the colors and the diagonal pattern! 😀
In the middle, on Top 3 and 4 we have Ocun and Metolius also pretty close together.
Sharing the same popularity for Ocun we have the Dominator and the Moonwalk as the most prefered crashpads.
For Metolius emthusiasts, the Session II seems to be the one to go.
On Top 5 we have Mad Rock with the classic Mad Pad as the most named crashpad for that brand.
Always use crashpads when bouldering outdoors!
The survey question ‘Do you always use crashpads when bouldering outdoors?’ was pretty obvious for me, but I was still a bit surprised.
There seem to be a few people who don’t use crashpads when bouldering outdoors and I really can’t stress this enough: Always use a crashpad as injuries can happen so fast, especially on uneven ground!
You don’t want to end up without a crashpad in situations like this:
But also don’t forget the spotter – That’s also really important as you can see here:
One crashpad for bouldering is not enough
Clearly, a lot of people don’t even own a crashpad but for those who do, I found it interesting to find out how many crashpads they actually have.
With nearly 60% the majority owns just one crashpad but that also means that 40% or 4 out of 10 people who have a crashpad own at least 2 or more.
4,5% even have more than 5 crashpads – Their friends must really like them! 😀
Do you know you can rent crashpads for bouldering?
In a lot of shops or places near great bouldering areas you can actually rent crashpads and save that space in your car and that big money in your pocket in case you only make a few trips per year.
If you are planning on going on a few more trips though, it really makes sense to own a crashpad yourself – not just because your climbing friends will like you even more then. 🙂
What about you? Do you own a crashpad or do you still rely on your friends?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
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Last Update: April 2019
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