/ Recommend me a bouldering mat
i got an Alpkit Phud. Seems to be pretty good at what it does and the size is alright for the price of £65.
Personally id spend a bit more and get something good and pretty big. Highballs or not, when you only have one pad they look small and thin below you. Youll enjoy it more if youre not worried about your ankles.
I have a couple of pod mats that I like, others I know have dmm dynos, moon warriors, various others all reasonably recommended I think
If you're planning on going out by yourself then a bigger pad is probably a good idea. Personally I'd spend the money, it's like anything - buy cheap, buy twice.
Any of the big names will give you a pretty decent pad but personally (because I'm a bit of a brand junkie) I'd recommend either SNAP or Moon.
In order to provide a balanced (and therefore possibly less helpful) post I would just say that I have mates who have gone for the Alpkit "twin pack" and they have been very pleased with the performance they're getting for their money, plus you have two separate pads to help better deal with those awkward landings.
I'd say go for the DMM Highball. Its cheap (reasonably), thick, big and seriously tough! I've been using one Really regularly and its still like new after a year.
One other thing, avoid Black Diamond pads like the plague!! The foam is So terrible and they are just not worth the money.
Elsewhere on the site
WINTERFEST 2014 at Outside in Hathersage 6th and 7th December 2014 Outside's ever popular Winterfest event is back... Read more
A product review by James Turnbull. James Turnbull at Outside recently took the new Osprey Mutant 38 on a rigorous test in the... Read more
Skiing Baffin’s couloirs has been on my to do list ever since I saw Andrew McLean and Brad Barlage’s inspirational... Read more
Nick Livesey discovered the mountains of Snowdonia over a decade ago and finally moved there a year and a half ago, quitting a... Read more
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we... Read more