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    Crush and then chill.

    Mad Rock made its Mad Pad Crash Pad with a cushy five inches of foam padding to boost your confidence as you top out the mantle on your problem. Closed-cell foam on the top of the Mad Pad disperses the force of your fall into the open-cell foam on the bottom. This Mad Rock crash pad converts into an oversized lounge chair when it's time to relax between sends.
    • Converts into a chair
    • Five inches of padding to boost confidence on highballs
    • Unbreakable metal buckles
    • Padded shoulder straps for easy transport
    • Item #MRC0004

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    ⚠️ WARNING
    This product can expose you to chemicals including Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
    [shell] nylon, [padding]
    Dimensions - Open
    48 x 36 x 5 in
    Dimensions - Folded
    24 x 36 x 10 in
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 Year

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    Outdoor Gear Lab - 2019 Best Buy

      Outdoor Gear Lab - 2019 Best Buy

      The Mad Rock Mad Pad is one of the least expensive medium size bouldering pads we tested and has some of the thickest and stiffest foam out there. It was nearly impossible to "bottom out" on sharp rocks under the pad from any height. For its size, it is relatively light and compact. This is our Best Buy Award winner for bouldering crash pads because it is among the least expensive, most versatile, and well-featured pads available. That said, it is very stiff and low falls can be slightly jarring. If you don't do many tall problems, you might want a more forgiving pad with an angled hinge or a softer landing. Overall, the Mad Pad has the thickest piece of foam you can get for the money.

      Outdoor Gear Lab - 2019 Best Buy

      Pad has barely changed in 10 yrs, but...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      that’s because Mad Rock more or less got it right the first time. I’m far from a fan of most things Mad Rock makes - generally I’ve found the quality and design to be a bit off, but somehow they nailed it with this pad. The design to secure the hinge (i.e. to prevent punching through) is well thought out and the system to join it to other pads is genius. I have one from 10 years ago that I’ve used and abused and one I just bought - if anything, the quality seems to have improved. Definitely recommend.

      "It's dope."

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      My brother got this for Christmas, and living in Utah it's too cold to get out to boulder so he hasn't been able to use it yet for climbing, but he loved the density of it. He's super stoked to use it.
      Also the title was the exact thing he said when he got it.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Probably the best option for anyone just starting out or anyone looking to boulder by themselves. Having a portable couch is always convenient but this pad is also sturdy and well made; it can take a beating and if it's taken care of, it will last for quite a while.

      Bulky But For Good Reason

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The only dislike I have with the pad is that while transporting it is it's bulky. The functionality on this however makes up for it all though. The thickness of the pad is calming when you're on a highball. My favorite part about the pad is that it doubles as a couch by extending it's straps.

      So far so good

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

      I dont boulder too much to need a big pad or enough to spend more money than what I did on this. My bouldering is a result of not having a partner for that day and this pad seems to be a solid substitute. 5 inches of foam is plenty thick to catch some bigger falls and my feet or back has yet to complain.

      Rad Mad Pad

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a pretty sweet crash pad. 5" of foam is nice for all sorts of falls. The buckles are nice and the fabric feels durable. I started bringing it to the crag regardless if I'm bouldering or not. It's nice to chill on chair mode when the homies are throwing down on sport routes. Can't beat the price either.

      Worth it

        This is by no means the best crash pad out there but for the price there is simply nothing better. Definitely would recommend to anyone who is new to climbing or looking for another pad for more ground coverage.

        Awesome Pad and Great Customer Service

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This thing is great as a crash pad, a bed, a couch, and a backpack while climbing. The foam is very firm and the fabric and straps are super durable. I ordered two for a trip to JTree and Bishop, unfortunately there was an error at BackCountry's warehouse and only one was shipped. I called their customer service and they were trying to get the second pad to be overnighted to my hotel in Jtree for free! Which was awesome. Unfortunately, the plan didn't pan out (can't remember what happened exactly). But their customer service stayed in contact, refunded my money for the second pad, and even offered a great discount for when I was ready to buy it again. I gotta say, not many companies do things like that anymore.

        Portable Couch

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        1 year later this thing is still in great condition. Just punch it a few times to get the dirt off.

        The "couch" feature is amazing - space for two! I can fit 3 in the trunk of my forester, and still cram some stuff on the sides.

        Yo, This Pad

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This pad rules. I purchased this as my second crash pad to team it up with the R3 and what a pair. It's not that big when laid out, but light in weight and much more fun to carry around from boulder to boulder. I've got the best of both worlds now.

        I've used this pad every day since purchasing it (yes, every day) and it has withstood the Arizona desert ground like a boss. It hasn't softened up at all yet either. From what I've read and what I've seen, this pad is going to last a very long time. Did I mention how light it is? Carrying it on my back or like a suitcase is a breeze when going up and down the sides of mountains.

        I haven't taken a big fall on this yet, but after a couple shorter falls, I have a lot of confidence in this pad to climb higher and higher. It's seriously such a great crash pad for anyone on a budget. Very simplistic and gets the job done. Oh, and did I tell you how light it is?

        Love This Pad

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This pad is a great to add to your pad collection. It is nice a firm and doesn't soften up too fast making it last several seasons. Its not the biggest pad but works great with other pads, or as a personal pad for those solo bouldering sessions. One of the best things about this pad is the chill-ability, as it turns into a small couch for relaxing around the boulders or around the campfire.

        Bang for your buck!

          If you are looking for your first crash pad without breaking the bank then this is it. I've used mine very heavily over the last 4 years and the foam is still solid, it softens up a little bit over time which isn't always a bad thing. It is light weight and the straps expand far enough to stack & carry two pads. Also, this pad is solid for taking quick power naps after a long day of bouldering.

          Crash On This Pad

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

          Awesome pad for the price -- and super versatile. Have only gotten to use this bouldering one time so far, but it was super easy to transport and had plenty of cushion for landing. I love the side straps that allow you to convert this bad boy into a mini camping couch. Perfect seating for around the fire that can easily convert into a fireside sleeping pad.

          Great pad! Especially for the money.

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

          I ordered this pad as my first crash pad and was very impressed. I was able to make it out between the rain to try it out this past weekend at Hunters Rocks in PA and I really enjoyed it. The pad it easily foldable, in my opinion lightweight, has shoulder straps AND a hip belt contrary to other reviews. The pad was thick enough for me (130lbs) to make a controlled fall onto it at 25ft and not hit the ground through the pad. I love the thickness and so far this is a fantastic pad! Will update once I break it it more!

          Great pad! Especially for the money.
          Unanswered Question

          Would this pad work below an aerial silks rig? I'm about 6' off the ground and ideally won't ever fall but if I do I need something thick. Thanks.

          Unanswered Question

          I'm looking to buy some crash pads for our high school monkey bar rig. Our rig gets as high as 15 to 20 feet and it looks as though the 5 inch thickness is right for this. So first question, would we need a thicker mat? Second, these are made with a nylon cover. How easy is it to clean these?

          Do the pads being sent now have the new...

          Do the pads being sent now have the new design feature of a waist belt?

          How is this pad for packing some gear...

          How is this pad for packing some gear inside? I know most pads can fit shoes, water, chalk, but any chance of getting a rope and harness into it for days of bouldering and sport climbing?

          Best Answer

          Hey Antonio

          I think if you utilize the back pack straps and waist belt and use some carabiners to attach a rope, shoes, harness ect. to them you can successfully haul all that gear up any approach. However to fold the gear in would be tough. You might be able to get away with a harness, shoes and chalk but a rope on being folded in would be a challenge and would be too heavy. I hope that this helps and if you want to chat about it more just chat in and ask for Jane H.

          Does anyone know if the Mad Pad is supposed...

          Does anyone know if the Mad Pad is supposed to come with the Madgic Carpet piece if you order it off of back country?

          Any opinions as to how this would work for...

          Any opinions as to how this would work for practicing judo throws?

          Anyone know where I can get my hands on...

          Anyone know where I can get my hands on the crashpad in this picture? http://www.myspace.com/metoliusclimbing/photos/2422689

          So how is this compared to the Metolius...

          So how is this compared to the Metolius Bailout crash pad?


          The Mad Pad has an extra inch of foam padding and is quite a bit stiffer than the Bailout, which adds a little confidence on high boulder problems where big falls onto uneven terrain are likely. It has the added advantage of backpack straps instead of basic carry handles, and the nylon doesn't pick up much debris like some liners do. It's not as comfy for midday catnaps, but it's a lot of pad for the money.

          Happy trails!

          how dose mad rock compare To the metolius...

          how dose mad rock compare To the metolius Sketch I currently own a metolius but am looking to upgrade

          Best Answer


          Both pads have their merits, but I don't think a Mad Pad is going to replace your Sketch by any means. It's a little bigger, thicker, stiffer, and heavier than your Sketch, which is going to add some confidence on high problems, but definitely hang onto that Sketch for a more plush landing and for protecting odd terrain.

          Happy trails!

          Does this come with the rag you can wipe...

          Does this come with the rag you can wipe your shoes with?

          Just started bouldering....solo. Have no...

          Just started bouldering....solo. Have no idea what types of pads I might need. Want something I can "grow" into. Please help!

          Anyone ever use the "mating" capability...

          Anyone ever use the "mating" capability of this mat, and by mating i mean the velcro so you can attach multiple pads together?

          I'm kind of new to climbing and bouldering...

          I'm kind of new to climbing and bouldering and i'm looking into buying a crash pad. Just like everyone else i dont really want to spend a lot of money and this pad looks like an awesome deal, i just want to know if anyone has found this pad to be too big? Like is it a nuisance to carry around?

          Best Answer

          This is a pretty standard size to have, and a very popular pad. It'll only stick up a few inches above your head when you walk, and probably a few inches out each side. Very little inconvenience....there is also a handle on the side so you can carry it like a large piece of luggage. Also, it is the right size to sit on (and put on your climbing shoes of choice) while it is still closed.

          How high can you climb and still feel...

          How high can you climb and still feel comfortable with the pad if you fall?

          well bro it depends on how much you want to hurt the next day. i wouldn't push above 20 ft. for sure. and make sure you(or your spotter) moves the pad adequately. don't want to miss if you are falling from 20 feets.