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Petzl Alto bouldering crash pad
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award  
Price $159.95 at REI$249 List$199 List$210 List$300 List
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Pros Securely holds a fair amount of gear with easy flap closure, handy carpet square for cleaning shoes, durable, affordableStraps 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 The single buckle flap closure can come open when hauling heavy or bulky loadsFoam 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 Great value with good foam and handy featuresA 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 Session II Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto
High Falls (30%)
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Low Falls (30%)
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Durability (20%)
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Packing Gear (10%)
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Specs Metolius Session II Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto
Surface Size (inches) 50" x 37" 56" x 42" 55" x 35" 48" x 36" 46" x 39"
Thickness (inches) 4" 5" 4" 4" 4"
Weight (lbs) 9 lbs 17 lbs 18 lbs 11 lbs 12 lbs
Hinge/Taco Hinge Hinge Hinge(s)/Baffles Hinge Taco
Closing Flap Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year Lifetime limited None, but they do repairs. 3 Year
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