Metolius Recon Crash Pad
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Price $279.95 at REI$249 List$199 List$210 List$300 List
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Pros Easy to transport, easy to carry, easily closed/opened, handy carpet square, well made, durableStraps to attach a second pad, plush suspension, sturdy foam for high fallsVersatility, soft but dense foam with multiple hinges conforms to uneven landing surfaces and cushions short to medium length falls very well. It also hauls a lot of gear well and has handy featuresSuper durable, amazing foam, lightweightFolds open and closed better than any other taco-style pad, innovative zip-up flap closure system securely stores gear, well made, sleek look
Cons Does not carry very much gear (barely even the essentials), tri-fold hinge is often flip floppy or overly rigid on uneven landingsFoam is hard for low falls, stiff for uneven landingsSpecialized, the soft, squishy, shredded foam and slightly lumpy "baffles" are not the best for some long, high falls - they could possibly roll an ankleLack of features, doesn't pack much gear wellDoes not pack large or bulky loads of gear well, no center lifting handle, Velcro and zipper could wear out prematurely
Bottom Line A decent large pad that didn't stand outA unique strap system, useful features, and thick foam make this model a fantastic all-around padOne of the softest pads we tested, it shines for low falls and carrying equipmentThe best mid-sized crash padA good medium-sized taco pad that comes at a high cost
Rating Categories Metolius Recon Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto
High Falls (30%)
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Durability (20%)
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Specs Metolius Recon Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto
Surface Size (inches) 60" x 42" 56" x 42" 55" x 35" 48" x 36" 46" x 39"
Thickness (inches) 4" 5" 4" 4" 4"
Weight (lbs) 14 lbs 17 lbs 18 lbs 11 lbs 12 lbs
Hinge/Taco Velcro Hinge Hinge Hinge(s)/Baffles Hinge Taco
Closing Flap No Yes Yes No Yes
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year Lifetime limited None, but they do repairs. 3 Year
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