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jos2thehua


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Hey, I am new to the forums and fairly new to the climbing community. I recently have started getting more and more into bouldering, but will only push so high before I get too scared and bail-out of a problem.

Thus, I have recently been wanting to invest in a crash pad. However, I am rather confused as to which brand or type I should start out with. My upward spending limit is $250 but would prefer to purchase one in the $150 range if possible.

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jos


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Organic full pad. 189.00.


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Everyone I know seems to love the Organics. My first crashpad, which I used for almost a year, was 2 deck chair covers tied together with ratchet ties. It sucked.


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mine was actually a Madrock Madpad. But i think i'd rather have 2 deck chair covers tied together with rachet ties...


jos2thehua


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haha, sounds pretty cool. I think I'll have a look at the organics since those apparently are popular.


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I own a Metolius pad, and it's treated me well for a long, long time. I would shy away from the biggest and thickest pads - if you have any kind of approach, carrying the thing will suck.


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Dip wrote:
Organic full pad. 189.00.

This.


jos2thehua


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styndall wrote:
I own a Metolius pad, and it's treated me well for a long, long time. I would shy away from the biggest and thickest pads - if you have any kind of approach, carrying the thing will suck.

I am not too concerned with carrying it as the spot I boulder isn't 20 feet away from the parking lot. I also do a lot of backpacking in my spare time so it's no biggie, but I will consider having a look at the metolius pads.


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My two pads are a Metolius Fat Bastard (now known as the Boss Hog) and an Organic Simple. It seemed like the Metolius broke in faster, and still feels softer, but I'm not certain that I did as much bouldering after I got the Organic as before. However, the flap thingy on the Metolius has torn in a few spots, and the shell has shifted around the foam a bit. I'm not a heavy boulderer, so that sort of wear isn't really expected. I've fallen on a lot of Organic pads over the years though, and I definitely prefer them. I've never seen an Organic try to fall apart.


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It sounds like the answer to your problem is not a crash pad, it's workin gon your fear. Bigger and better crash pads will not enable you to push through your fear. Only pushing through it will get your head in the right place.

Crashpads are for trustafarian hippies and mama's boys.


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rangerrob wrote:
It sounds like the answer to your problem is not a crash pad, it's workin gon your fear. Bigger and better crash pads will not enable you to push through your fear. Only pushing through it will get your head in the right place.

Crashpads are for trustafarian hippies and mama's boys.

...and people who value their bodies, and wish to preserve their wholeness.


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GreenGoblin7 wrote:
Dip wrote:
Organic full pad. 189.00.

This.
This. Plus spend the extra for the discounted half pad to go along with it. Between those two you should be able to cover most of the ground for a beginner boulderer.


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if you wish to preserve your body, then don't fall off of highballs.


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rangerrob wrote:
if you wish to preserve your body, then don't fall off of highballs.

You're probably too weak to be talking about bouldering.


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You're probably right, but I'm so weak that I can't make fun of the turtle people as they walk down the crraigeway and place 3 and 4 crash pads down for an 8' high V2.

When I do boulder, it's harder than that, and I don't need a portable mattress.

I once heard a guy whisper to his wife as they were walking down the carraigeway and passed two boulderers carrying pads....he said "I didn't realize the gay ones carried mattresses into the woods to practice their hot man love". Funniest thing I heard all week!

RR


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rangerrob wrote:
You're probably right, but I'm so weak that I can't make fun of the turtle people as they walk down the crraigeway and place 3 and 4 crash pads down for an 8' high V2.

When I do boulder, it's harder than that, and I don't need a portable mattress.

I once heard a guy whisper to his wife as they were walking down the carraigeway and passed two boulderers carrying pads....he said "I didn't realize the gay ones carried mattresses into the woods to practice their hot man love". Funniest thing I heard all week!

RR

Weak and homophobic. You're really racking 'em up, here.


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How does overhearing someone make a comment about two men in the woods make me homophobic?


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rangerrob wrote:
How does overhearing someone make a comment about two men in the woods make me homophobic?

How were you in proximity to hear a guy whisper this, without a) being that guy, or b) being one of the boulderers with a pad? I believe he's calling BS on your story, and that's why it's homophobic.


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Have you ever walked down Undercliff road in the Gunks? It's not that hard to overhear a private conversation.


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I got a metolius stomp because it's cheap and a good pad, the organic full pad is a similar style but way better quality. If you can afford it get the organic.


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jbro_135 wrote:
I got a metolius stomp because it's cheap and a good pad, the organic full pad is a similar style but way better quality. If you can afford it get the organic.

I think the $33 US difference isn't big enough to pick a crappier pad simply for the savings.


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Just a general question: I recently got a Madrock madpad, and in terms of getting it a lil less firm, is it fine to jump on it alot? I'm just hoping that won't damage it, or even compress it even more. Any ideas?


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Best advice? Don't buy a madpad. Basically, you want to prolong the firm period as long as possible because the softening accelerates quickly into bottoming out.


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petsfed wrote:
I've never seen an Organic try to fall apart.
It's all about will power.
They're taught restraint at a pretty early age. Chalk it up to good parenting...

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