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Pros Straps 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 lookGreat foam, large surface area, lots of grab loops
Cons Foam 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or bulky loads of gear well, no center lifting handle, Velcro and zipper could wear out prematurelyNo sternum strap, outdated hinge closure
Bottom Line A 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 costA big pad for big boulder problems
Rating Categories Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto Black Diamond Mondo Pad
High Falls (30%)
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9
Low Falls (30%)
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10
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6
Durability (20%)
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7
Packing Gear (10%)
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Features (10%)
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Specs Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Organic Simple Petzl Alto Black Diamond...
Surface Size (inches) 56" x 42" 55" x 35" 48" x 36" 46" x 39" 65" x 44"
Thickness (inches) 5" 4" 4" 4" 5"
Weight (lbs) 17 lbs 18 lbs 11 lbs 12 lbs 22 lbs
Hinge/Taco Hinge Hinge(s)/Baffles Hinge Taco Hinge
Closing Flap Yes Yes No Yes No
Warranty 1 Year Lifetime limited None, but they do repairs. 3 Year 1 Year
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