Stonelick Blu Crashpad

No more weak spots

$200; stonelickclimbing.com

This relatively new Northeastern pad company came right out of the gate with a 2012 Editors' Choice Award for their Yose pad, which sported a unique "step-hinge" design that eliminated ankle-twisting weak spots in the middle of the pad while maintaining ultimate foam durability. The Blu has all the same features of that pad—step-hinge construction, durable 1,000-denier Cordura covering, padded and supportive backpack straps with sternum strap and waistbelt, and a generous coverage area, 36” x 48” x 4”—at a significantly lower price. Taking out half-inch closed cell foam in the bottom of the pad (which other manufacturers’ models do without anyway) and including a strap-only closure system (instead of the flap setup) helped save on cost without reducing performance: “Simple and effective, the Blu is the cornerstone of my pad collection,” said our main tester after several months in Joe’s Valley, Utah, and Colorado.


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