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Petzl Cirro Large Crashpad

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    Make your landings soft as a cloud.

    Petzl created the Cirro Large Crashpad as the largest, and perhaps flagship, model in the new line of crashpads for this season. It's a great standalone pad for adventurous solo boulderers, or a great base for a group trying to throw down some highball boulder problems. Petzl spent a lot of time analyzing common complaints and problems from currently available models of pads, and striving to fix each of those in the best way possible. 

    Most people like to use their crashpad as a bit of a backpack, but probably everyone has had the unfortunate experience of losing something out of the bottom of the pad. Petzl solved this problem by running a durable zipper along three sides, effectively creating a backpack with a permanent top-opening. Many boulderers like to tackle problems when the conditions are less than ideal. This can mean anything from snow on the ground to mud and dirt everywhere. Because of this, the straps tend to get all gnarly and gross when lying on the ground under the pad all day. Petzl created an innovative stystem where the piece that zips around, when unzipped, actually folds back to cover the straps themselves, keeping them, and you, from getting dirty. Because Petzl designed this so well to be used as a backpack, it was clear that people were going to be carrying more weight in these than they had with previous crashpads. Petzl decided to accommodate this with wide, burly backpack straps that are comfortable, no matter how heavy a load you decide to carry. Two different layers of close-cell foam around the layers of open cell foam create a dense, durable landing zone that won't bottom out. The closed-cell foam was also wrapped around the outside, meaning that it won't break down as quickly from being folded over and over again. As if all this wasn't good enough, Petzl added straps that allow this to be converted into a chair for use around a campfire. After all, nothing beats relaxing around a fire with a couple of cold ones after a hard day of bouldering.

    • 3-sided zipper closure
    • Taco-fold
    • Chair-convertible straps
    • Wide, backpack style straps
    • Item #PTZ001R

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [outer] closed cell foam, [inner] open cell foam
    Dimensions - Open
    58 x 46 x 5 in
    Dimensions - Folded
    30 x 46 x 14 in
    Carrying Mode
    backpack straps
    Thickness
    5 in
    Padding Type
    closed cell foam, open cell foam
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, highballs
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Clever

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    As with all of Petzl's gear, this pad is cleverly designed. You can secure everything with the zippered closure, or use the brief case style strap for a quick carry. The shoulder straps are as good as any I've used, on a crash pad. So, five stars there.

    I've only used it a couple of times, so I can't say how the zipper situation is going to work out long term. So far, I have zero issue with it. But, I did 4 stars for now. I will have to update this, as it dirty it up more.

    Also, the fall is very supportive and soft, as of now. But, it's totally new. So, I'll have to see how quickly it packs out.

    Clever

    It's a Zipper not a Closure System

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So I've had this pad since like 3-4 days after it was released. A fair amount of time now. I climb in the Pacific Northwest, but this pad has also toured in Joe's and Tahoe.



    There are alot of things about this pad I love, a few things I dislike, and a few features I've used once or twice.



    Like alot of the reviewers I had a problems with the zipper. I climb in Leavenworth Wa where there is fine granite sand, or just general small dusty debris under every problem. This can cause the zipper to jam, especially if you are using the zipper to close the pad rather than keep it closed. I find that straddling the pad with my legs, blowing off the zipper, then closing it to be the best method. If you use the clip and yank on the zipper till it's closed especially without cleaning it you'll screw up your zipper, which I did, but Petzl gladly replaced. Lesson Learned. I'll say it's a bit of a chore to do every time, but the pad itself, to me, is worth the extra 30 seconds of conscience thought.



    I'll say that the padding and design keeping the straps out of the dirt is great, the pad cover is another one of those things that can be a little bit of a chore but once again the pad is worth it.



    The straps themselves are okay until you load (Cirro) the pad up (around 40lbs is pretty easy to hit on an extended trip in cooler weather since the pad is 23 to start) and then have to hike. After about 2-3 miles I start to get sore in the shoulders and it in turn can effect my day of climbing. Honestly with the bulk of the pad to begin with I wouldn't mind another 8-12 oz to get some straps similar to the Mad Rock R3.



    Those are my main complaints, Extra attention to the zipper (you get used to it) and lack of good padding on the carrying straps.



    Now for the features I don't use. The couch. I break it out to impress people who have never seen the pad, or if there is literally nothing to prop the pad against (but we're bouldering right?) I've used the "couch strap" to taco fold and briefcase a few times, but I find it is uncomfortable for more than 15-30 feet boulder to boulder. Also the pad tends to not stay closed when carrying like this, easily fixed by squeezing with your arm, but once again kinda sucks for longer walks.



    Now for what is great, the PAD! In Joe's I took a 30 foot plunge onto this guy and walk away with nothing more than a cool story. I've probably fallen on this pad 1000's of times, slept on the thing, pad stacked, pad jousted, kicked, thrown, beaten and otherwise abused this pad, still feels EXACTLY the same as the first time I fell on it. Do I need to say more, I've never thought about how high I am or awkwardly I might fall while I'm above this guy, If it wasn't so expensive I'd buy another (dirtbaggin!).





    It's a Zipper not a Closure System

    Great Idea, Bad Execution

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wanted to love this pad. The theory is good -- a pad that you can keep clean(ish), your stuff won't fall out, a combo pad/sofa, and a comfy harness. Put to the test, however, the pad fails in almost every possible way.

    The biggest dilemma is the zipper... it's horrible. A little bit of dust/dirt, and it just won't zip unless you've got two people struggling to get it all perfectly aligned. And that was on day #1 of using the pad. For a $400 pad, Petzl could've at least tested the zipper!

    I could go on about this pad, but honestly, there's no need. Don't buy it.

    I would not recommend this pad

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have to disagree to the reviews below. This pad is not a great long term buy because the zipper breaks quickly.

    This pad seemed like a great buy with all the features it offers: the zipper prevent your stuff from falling off the pad, it is possible to quickly carry the pad to another nearby boulder using a shoulder strap and it can make a nice couch to sit on beside the fire at night.

    However, everyone of those features turned out to be real disadvantages except the couch beside the fire was great. First, as soon as I took the pad to a sandy area (Bishop, CA), the zipper became really difficult to zip and unzip. It got stuck so many times that it sometimes took me 5 minutes of hard pulling to finally manage to close it. When you are tired after a boulder problem this is a real pain. It comes to the point where you hope that others will have enough pads so you don`t have to open yours. This was my first bouldering trip with this pad. Before that I used it in Squamish 5-6 times and there were no problems. Since it broke so quickly, I can imagine that you will have this problem sooner or later, depending on where you climb. Which is probably why other brands abandoned the zipper in their designs.

    Second, because of the zipper is so tight, there is not much room to put large stuff inside the pad. I like to carry a small backpack (Black Diamond Bullet) with my lunch and other small things, but it was really hard to fit in.

    Third, the pad is almost twice as heavy as most large pads and it hurt my back on even short uphills approaches (15 mins). The suspension system is not great and put so much load on your shoulders. Because it is so heavy, it is very uncomfortable to carry the pad using the shoulder strap as well and felt like it was putting a high load on the shoulder.

    Finally, someone pointed out to me that the landing material is kind of slippery and you could possibly fall strangely on it and hurt yourself. Fortunately, this did not happen to any of us and I don't think this is a big problem.

    This pad gets one star because the foam is really good and you can tell it will last a long time. So it is a good landing zone for highballs. But because all the other disadvantages, especially the zipper, it is really not worth the high price. I really tried to like this pad but I could not live with it.

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's nice knowing that you have a reliable product underneath you when you're scared from those not so friendly heights. Took this baby down to Moe's and it was such a great experience. It's not too heavy too move around and the firm padding is great to land on.



    The best part is how many functions you can use this bad boy for. During our sport climbs, we turned it into a couch and at night sat with it at the campfire. Also, turning it into a sleeping pad was the bees knees. It was literally the hit of the party, we'll get more invites for climbing outings because of this sweet product. So thanks Petzl for improving our social life....along with protecting us.

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