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  • 3-panel design with angled hinges allows the Recon pad to fold up compactly for easy transportation to the crag; angled hinges eliminate gutters found on many folding pads
  • 3 layers of foam absorb impacts; features 1 in. of closed-cell foam on top, 2.5 in. of open-cell foam in the center and 0.5 in. of closed-cell foam on the bottom
  • 900-denier fabric with ballistic nylon on the bottom stands up to regular use outdoors; carpeted logo gives you a place to wipe your shoes clean
  • Small exterior stash pocket and a large interior pocket hold shoes, chalk bags and other essentials
  • Padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry; also includes dual sets of drag handles
  • Closure flap reverses when pad is in use to protect shoulder straps from the ground
  • The Metolius Recon crash pad has burly aluminum buckles that are guaranteed for life


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Best Use Climbing
Dimensions (Open) 60 x 42 x 4 / (folded) 42 x 22 x 13 inches
Weight 14 lbs. 5.1 oz.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Save your ankles! The tri-fold option means this baby is BIG when you unfold it, yet is easy to carry. Good compromise of padding thickness and weight. Nice backpack straps and extra-durable velcro all around. Some folks might find the padding to be too firm initially, but it does break in a bit over time. The "key features" it seems to be missing would be handles on the long sides of the pad (when unfolded). The handles are on the short sides, so it's not as easy as it could be to carry it from one prob to the next unfolded. Also, the wrap-around fastener flaps work well but only one of them has a pocket (fits shoes and brushes, but not much else). It'd be nice if they both had pockets so you could cram a bit more gear in there. That said, I've got an 18L REI Flash pack that I put my water bottle, snacks and misc gear in when I climb and it's very convenient to put it under the bottom flap and cinch it down. Run the cinch strap through the daypack's straps and it's a really secure way to carry everything you need. Overall, the pad is a bit spendy, but the quality is great and the larger size is a big plus. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stealth-Mode I just got this crash pad over the summer, so I can't speak to it's durability just yet. However, I'm a huge fan of the low profile. For a trifold, it's super light-weight and slim. I watch my friends battle pretty much every protruding bit of nature along the trail, but I never have any trouble. I sneak through like a sponge-bob ninja. It's caught many of my falls- no complaints yet. :)
Date published: 2016-01-09
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