Thats a great point Bryan. Anyone know the weight of the R3 pad? I've been finding it difficult to find information on it.
12.35 kg = OVER 27 POUNDS!?
Holy damn, may as well roll a kind size tempurpedic out to the crag. Assuming what I found is right, correct me if I'm wrong but I got that figure off a few different websites.
Yep, that's what i found.
Hey guys, NOT 27 pounds... well, maybe with your gear loaded into it... but yeah. It's actually maybe 10-12 lbs. The baffles provide incredible compression, so your landing is super "cushiony" - you can replace the foam in each separate baffle as it breaks down, so no need to purchase a new pad, and you won't be spending a bunch of $$ to replace all the foam at the same time. The pad rolls up into an easy storage back pack, with a protective flap that wraps around the bottom of the rolled pad. You can then toss your gear inside the rolled section so no need to carry extra bags of gear. There are also plenty of gear loops on the outside of the rolled pad, and the waist belt is fairly bomber, though I'd like to see it reinforced for a better fit around various sized peeps. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this item, and been climbing for 20 years on and off. The nylon denier cover makes for a durable, long-lasting life, and it's about time a company came up with an item focused on sustainable use of recycled materials.
The R3's weight currently is at around 26-27 pounds. Originally for the first few samples it was closer to 14. Unfortunately the factory that we were grabbing the original softer, lighter foam closed and we had to repurpose heavier EVA foam and mix in PU foam pieces as well to keep the landing soft and cushiony. We've already approached other factories that use the softer, lighter foam about recycling it through our factory and the next production run will be lighter for sure. It's been a very difficult process working with recycled materials but I think we've worked out the kinks and you'll see a more user friendly soon.
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I convinced the gym I climb at to get one, so I've got to try it out. I didn't think it was too heavy, but then again I haven't walked over a mile with it on my back. I think I'm going to pull the trigger and get it.