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Petzl Alto Crash Pad

$300.00
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Truly a step above.

Petzl's new Alto Crash Pad sits at the middle, in size, of its new line. All the features of Petzl's new crashpads will simultaneously have you wondering why it didn't make crashpads earlier, and how it managed to pack in so many features and nail it so well on the first attempt. Petzl clearly looked at things from an engineering standpoint, and just set out to solve all the common problems and complaints from previous crashpad designs.


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 system 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 #PTZ001Q

Dimensions - Open
46 x 39 x 4 in
Dimensions - Folded
26 x 39 x 10 in
Claimed Weight
12lb 9oz (5700g)
Recommended Use
bouldering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

Warning:

This product can expose you to chemicals including Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Gucci crashpad

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This crashpad has tons of awesome features on it (as mentioned in the description)!! I really like how simple and comfy it is to carry around from boulder to boulder or from trails back to the car. The seat option is pretty cool too for a nice rest. It’s for sure pricey for a crashpad this size, but worth it, and especially since it’s well-padded for even a high fall.

>Rating: 5

Absolute Unit!

This thing is a marshmallow, once opened you gotta lay across the middle to flatten it out but this this is solid. I would gladly take a fall from Bishop Highball onto this crashpad.

>Rating: 4

Nice soft landing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Overall really happy with this crash pad. Took it down to Joe's Valley for my first use, and it worked out great. The only complaint I have is the zipper that closes the pad up when you're done with it. It's really hard to zip up because dirt gets in the zipper and makes it a pain. But besides that, it's a good size for using on its own, and it's a nice soft landing from a far fall.

>Rating: 4

Not so hard to lug around!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is an awesome pad. Simple, functional, and comfy to fall on. I really like how the backpack straps can be covered when using the pad. I only wish that it had more straps to grab. When you're moving from one boulder to another, and you've got your shoes, bottle, and socks in one hand, It'd be great to have another handle instead of practicing your pinches with the pad. Final assessment, does the job nicely, and keeps your ankles intact! I'd definitely use this again and again.

>Rating: 4

Everything You need

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

This is the first crash pad I have owned. Initially, I was concerned about the size and weight when carrying it for a long distance but was surprised with the ease of transport as well as the storage available for shoes, food, and some gear. In addition, when I'm not using it for climbing I really enjoy the couch function that allows the pad to be turned into a chair. When I took my first fall I was stoked on how manageable the impact was. This pad is soft enough to cushion your fall as well as firm enough to ensure you never make contact with the ground!

>Rating: 5

YUUUGE PAD

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This thing is huge and cushy. great for bouldering in the great outdoors or messing around on the custom indoor setup that you built in your living room when your landlord was away for a long weekend.

>Rating: 5

Crash Pad

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

I've had nothing but good experiences with this crash pad. The zipper closure system is painless and efficient. It has nice carry straps and the couch feature is on point. Something that I took full advantage of. Nice and cushioned for the fall.

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Put the little ones to work!

Its large but still light enough for even a 6 year old to carry in for you.

Its
>Rating: 5

Crashpad, chair, bed? Yup!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Alto is one of my favorite crash pads. It's large, thick, can carry a ton of your other gear, and protects like none other. Some crash pads I've used are smaller but they're also thinner and don't leave you with a ton of confidence on taking a big fall on. The Alto keeps you protected. It is large though so make sure you can fit it in your car before purchasing it. Leave your sleeping pad at home and just use this as your king size bed while camping as well haha! Pic is from Joe's Valley.

The
>Rating: 5

Awesome Pad!

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

Got a chance to try this pad out and it's pretty sweet! I love that the backpack straps can be tucked in and out of your way. Overall great pad from a great company!

>Rating: 5

This pad is on point!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

this is a great pad! I have had and used many different pads over the years including the great Franklin climbing pads of the past (now BD) This pad and Petzl's design takes the cake. The zip away cover system is so well thought out. The protection it offers is also amazing. the size and coverage this pad offers is great as an all around do it all pad. the quality of the foam and overall build quality are second to none. If you need just one pad this is an amazing option!

>Rating: 5

Love this crash pad

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The couch feature is amazing like everyone said as well as the foam is thick and would catch a fall super well haven't taken too many on it yet but I'm sure the day will come. Having this under you is a huge mental game changer I feel so much safer especially while bouldering or on the first couple clips.

>Rating: 5

Niiiiice

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Loved the couch feature - say goodbye to sitting on rotten logs next to the fire Super functional - cover keeps inside clean and provides excellent storage for my shoes and chalk bag Backpack fits nice and makes for easy transportation

>Rating: 5

Solid Pad

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Really high quality cover that has been amazingly durable. The foam is also firm but very supportive and does a great job of cushioning hard landings. Also not too bad for sleeping on...

>Rating: 5

From Day One

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have had 2 Alto's since the day they launched. Being used 1-3 times a week since then, the foam is still considerably dense with no soft or dead spots. The carry system on the pad is awesome. The wide velcro waist belt is great for support the weight when the pad may be filled with camera gear on top of climbing gear. The only downside of this pad is the zipper. When used in sandy areas, the zipper can become quite difficult to open and close. Oh, and the couch feature is epic!

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Sending!

You can still see the top corner of the pad safely protecting me from a landing that is anything but reassuring.

You
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Always helps the mental game...

...when hovering over a sketchy landing! This is a thick and impressive crash pad, one of my favorite on the market. Great pad construction and soft feel when landing hard!

...when
>Rating: 5

THEY THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This pad is definitely worth the price. Petzl really outdid themselves here. Not only does it look badass, it has some amazing features. When out at the crag, I can use it as a couch. And I can shove all my stuff inside the pad without worrying it will fall out. The straps are super comfortable, and when wearing it, it feels just like a backpack. The straps will never get damaged, due to the flap that unzips to cover them when the pad is in use. The durability is fantastic as well. I have dragged this thing across so many Talus fields, and there's hardly a scratch. The quality of the foam is amazing too. I have no problem falling on highball problems with this pad. Petzl has done it again.

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::SIDE BY SIDE::

Here the Petzl 'Alto' is pictured with the Metolius Session. You can see the Alto is thicker and wider by comparison. Also, that Orange color is sexy as hell! YOU KNOW IT!

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>Rating: 5

Petzl does it again!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

My fiance got me the Alto for X-Mas and oh my goodness, how they've delivered again... At first I was like, "there is no reason to buy the most expensive crash pad on the market simply because it says 'Petzl' on it. How good can it be?" However, after using it for awhile now my tune has changed backcountry.com folks. This thing comes with some amazing features never before imagined by other companies and the experience shines through. Firstly, the strap is extremely rugged and versatile. You can carry it like a backpack, or a messenger bag for quick moving outside. We all know how frustrating it can be to pack EVERYTHING up only because you need to move a dozen feet to another problem, and this is the solution to that problem. (Pardon the pun!) The strap also functions as a way to turn this into a comfy love seat while resting between sends! Also, the foam is the thickest I've felt. Period. It's SUPER durable and yet soft on huge falls. This thing is going to last a lifetime, and please keep in mind the lady and I/friends, climb HARD! The sizing is slightly bigger than the Metolius "Session," crash pads, though far more durable and sturdy overall. I would liken it to the Metolius "Boss Hog," but its so much better you should try one for yourself and feel the difference! All in all, this is the nicest crash pad I've ever owned and in my opinion, they have cornered the market. It's worth the extra money for all these sick features. Another phenomenal feature is that you can tuck the backpack straps into the pad because of their new zippered flap system, an idea that is both original and GENIUS IMO. With other competitive pads that doesn't exist. Instead you pack your shoes, chalk, tape, guidebook, and lunch inside, which eventually causes the foam to get flimsy and soft. They solved that problem too, as the new zippered flap system doesn't cause the foam to bunch unnecessarily. This will keep the pad firm for years to come! THIS GETS AN Easy 5 of 5 stars!