Of all the pads we reviewed, this is one of the best medium size pads for all-around use except for one thing: the foam. We wish it had thicker and better foam. If you ordered the type of closed cell foam that is in the Organic Simple Pad and put it in the Drop Zone frame then this would score much higher. We did this and it cost $30, which starts to make this pad pretty expensive but worth it if it fits your personal needs. The Mad Rock Mad Pad foam isn't necessarily any better, but at 4 inches thick vs 3 inches for the Drop Zone there is just so much more of it that you get more peace of mind and longevity. Its other main competition is the slightly more expensive Metolius Boss Hogg, which has better foam but not as good of a carrying system and closures.
View our complete Crash Pad Review to see how this compares to others.
The Drop Zone Pad has been upgraded as of 2014. See below for additional details.