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Petzl Alto bouldering crash pad
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Pros Super durable, amazing foam, lightweightStraps 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 featuresFolds 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 Lack of features, doesn't pack much gear wellFoam 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 ankleDoes 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or bulky loads of gear well, no center lifting handle, Velcro and zipper could wear out prematurelyNo sternum strap, outdated hinge closure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 The best mid-sized crash padA 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 equipmentA good medium-sized taco pad that comes at a high costA big pad for big boulder problems
Rating Categories Organic Simple Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Petzl Alto Black Diamond Mondo Pad
High Falls (30%)
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9
Low Falls (30%)
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6
Durability (20%)
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7
Packing Gear (10%)
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7
Features (10%)
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Specs Organic Simple Mad Rock Duo Mad Rock R3 Petzl Alto Black Diamond...
Surface Size (inches) 48" x 36" 56" x 42" 55" x 35" 46" x 39" 65" x 44"
Thickness (inches) 4" 5" 4" 4" 5"
Weight (lbs) 11 lbs 17 lbs 18 lbs 12 lbs 22 lbs
Hinge/Taco Hinge Hinge Hinge(s)/Baffles Taco Hinge
Closing Flap No Yes Yes Yes No
Warranty None, but they do repairs. 1 Year Lifetime limited 3 Year 1 Year
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