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Used or rental crash pads?

I'm planning my first non-class-based outdoor bouldering trip. The crash pad, which is of course necessary, feels like the biggest investment of the whole thing and could end up being prohibitive.

Aside from asking at my local REI or my regular bouldering gym, any recommendations for places I could check to either buy a cheaper/used crash pad or to rent a crash pad for a weekend?

Anything I should be cautious of when buying a used (or new) one?

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Hi @VivienR - Thanks for reaching out. It's exciting to hear you're heading out on your first self-supported bouldering trip!

Can you share where you are going bouldering or what city you are setting out from? That will help us point you in the direction of places to potentially rent from. 

For buying a used crash pad, you will want to inspect the pad to make sure the foam hasn't worn out and is suitable for continued use. For this information, we suggest connecting with your local REI, a local climbing guide service, or a bouldering gym for suggestions on how to determine if a crash pad is in good condition. To find available pads beyond standard retail options, visiting on a local gym/area's social media page to ask if anyone has any used pads available might be a good direction.

Hopefully this helps!

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