Plush Perfection

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Carrying an uncomfortable crashpad can ruin even the best climbing day. Weighing just 13-plus pounds, the EDELRID DEADPOINT ($169.95, boasts the perfect balance of cushy comfort, sturdy durability, and a bomber landing zone (LZ), with 55x45x4” of seamless, taco-folding, shock-absorbing foam. The padded shoulder straps make hauling a breeze, and the zippered bottom won’t dump your chalkpot, shoes, etc. Meanwhile, a carpeted, sewn-on scratch mat keeps the pad’s vibrantgreen LZ clean and your soles dry. I dug the included 40x22x2” SitStart pad, which offers extra support on highballs/complex landings or refuge from low, muddy starts.

—Amanda Fox