/ alpkit phud or DMM highball
I quite like the firmer pads I've tried and hate the soft ones (recently tried a moon one...so soft i could feel the stones underneath from just walking on it (maybe a very old one though))
DMM is a better mat but £ for performance the Alpkit wins....
I'm not flush with money and boulder occassionly so I go for the Alpkit, if I had more money and bouldered more often I'd probably go for the DMM
I agree, casual boulderer - cant go wrong with Alpkit. For higher stuff/more frequent bouldering pay the extra £
For a first mat, I'd say the best choice is without doubt the Phud. For a second one however, there are more options.
Hi,I own a Dmm Highball and a Phud.
Highball all the way.
In defence of Alpkit, I bought one of the very early ones so they may have improved.
I guess you dont like our mats, we are looking in to a few alterations to our designs so it would be really good to get the bottom of where we are falling short. I guess in this instance it's only worth talking about our current model as we have already tweaked the design over several years.
Splitting the design apart we have the Shell materials, the foam and the general standard of construction.
Shell - Nylon Upper Fabric: 1000D Kordura
Base Fabric: 1680PU Ballistic Nylon
OK I have to admit these are not 100% Dupont / Invista fabrics but these are really very good, certainly a match for most of the other fabrics used in other mats.
Foam - As far as i'm aware we are the only people who publish the quality and density of the foam we use.
Foam 1: 20mm KFR45PE Cross-Linked Closed Cell Foam. 45kg/m3 (approx)
Foam 2: 80mm KFR22PU (High Load Bearing) Open Cell Foam. 22kg/m3 (approx)
We think this works, but it would be good to know what else works and why.
Of the new design which we have had around 2 years, we haven't had any returned mats due to sub standard construction, and maybe one or two with cosmetic issues. With 1000s of mats being sold in that time, I'm very happy that construction quality is the equal of any mat on the market.
Just to reiterate I'm really keen to know exactly what we can improve, as this is the only we are going to improve.
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