The Drop Zone is the best crash pad for most people. It has multi-density foam layers that are effective at padding both high and low falls. The foam lay-up is 1" of dense, closed-cell PE foam on top of 2.5" of softer high-compression PU foam. The rest of the pad's construction is well-done with the exception of the way it awkwardly twists while folded in half. Also, like most taco-style pads, it does not lay flat when first opened. On the flip-side, the benefit of a taco-style pad is that it has no hinge to bottom out on jagged rocky landings. If you never boulder at areas with jagged rocky landing zones, then bottoming out and curled up edges could be enough of an annoyance to consider one of our hinged style pads like the Best Buy award winning Metolius Session. Hinged pads are more compact for storage, fold open easier and lay perfectly flat.
The elastic mesh flap closure system was great for packing lots of gear and easy-to-use metal hook buckles cinch down two straps to keep the pad closed. The last but not least cool feature is the rubberized "Batman Suit" coating on the outside of the pad that helps the pad stick to angled surfaces and is repel water. The Drop Zone is a great all-around pad that is a great choice for most boulderers. It is lightweight but still has a large surface area to function as a stand-alone pad. The taco-style design works great for most landing zones and the functional rubberized coating is a unique addition. All considered this pad earns our Editors' Choice award.