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Topic - Alpkit Phud Bouldering mats.. or better alternative?

Steve nevers on 01 Apr 2013
I'm in the market for a couple of mats and have been browsing around the place, ideally looking for two big-ish pads and maybe a 'satellite'/spotter pad, but looking at buying piece by piece over time. Have identified a few contenders, so wondered if anyones used them, had good or bad experiences etc before i shell out, looking at:

*Edelrid DeadPoint.
Pros: Big and thick, come with a decent sized but thiner second pad all in the same price, so solves two of my needs in one. (Also the other model that splits in two looks interesting.)
Cons: Price (kind of balanced by the second pad though), Weight, will be bloody heavy at 6Kg + 1.6Kg all together.

*Metolius Boss Hog/Bail Out.
Pros: Heard good things, can get a Bail Out for not a bad price (about the same as a Snap Bun), The strap/wrap on the Boss Hog looks pretty useful.
Cons: both seem to be the same mat, but the Hog having a better fastening system, not sure thats worth another 30, Apart from that seem a good all rounder.

*Snap Bun.
Pros: Pretty Big, Thickest foam i can find, Decent price.
Cons: Heavy, Straps look a bit basic.

Any feedback good or bad on any of those would be great.

Then as i've been browsing i've seen these Alpkit Pads, the Phud looking pretty impressive at the price. So my Question, Are they any good or are you getting what you pay for?
They just seem bloody cheap for what they are, but i'm considering one on the basis that at that price why not? And also when i get my main pad it'll be used as a second layer for highball stuff or for lining a traverse etc.

so yeah, I guess they are the pads i'm considering, any ones i should drop off the list?

Sorry for the long as hell post, but at the price of these blimmin things i want to consider it properly before handing over my cash!
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