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Mad Rock R3
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Pros Versatility, 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 featuresStraps to attach a second pad, plush suspension, sturdy foam for high fallsSuper 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 lookGreat foam, large surface area, lots of grab loops
Cons Specialized, the soft, squishy, shredded foam and slightly lumpy "baffles" are not the best for some long, high falls - they could possibly roll an ankleFoam is hard for low falls, stiff for uneven landingsLack 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or bulky loads of gear well, no center lifting handle, Velcro and zipper could wear out prematurelyNo sternum strap, outdated hinge closure
Bottom Line One of the softest pads we tested, it shines for low falls and carrying equipmentA unique strap system, useful features, and thick foam make this model a fantastic all-around padThe best mid-sized crash padA good medium-sized taco pad that comes at a high costA big pad for big boulder problems
Rating Categories Mad Rock R3 Mad Rock Duo Organic Simple Petzl Alto Black Diamond Mondo Pad
High Falls (30%)
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Low Falls (30%)
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Durability (20%)
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Features (10%)
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Specs Mad Rock R3 Mad Rock Duo Organic Simple Petzl Alto Black Diamond...
Surface Size (inches) 55" x 35" 56" x 42" 48" x 36" 46" x 39" 65" x 44"
Thickness (inches) 4" 5" 4" 4" 5"
Weight (lbs) 18 lbs 17 lbs 11 lbs 12 lbs 22 lbs
Hinge/Taco Hinge(s)/Baffles Hinge Hinge Taco Hinge
Closing Flap Yes Yes No Yes No
Warranty Lifetime limited 1 Year None, but they do repairs. 3 Year 1 Year
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