/ Recommend me a bouldering mat
* can take on an aeroplane
* good for bouldering
Budget: <= 150 quid
Don't know anyone who boulders, so thought I'd ask here. Thanks for any recommendations or suggestions of how to pick one.
I guess the best way to pick one is to read reviews. The only big alternative is taco or not, but apart from that I guess it is down to experience with them. Hard to tell in the shop which will be good or not.
(humptydumpty needs a mat, hihi)
There doesn't seem to be any way of telling how good a bouldering mat is. Apart from recommendations. All the manufacturers bang on about the quality of their foam. But I do wonder if just going to the local fabric shop and buying a load of furniture foam would achieve the same result and cost a fraction of the price.
Size & fold-type are the main issues, and these can both come down to preference.
Bigger can equal more confidence, but equally can be a pain to lay down if you're bouldering in cramped area. Smaller mats can look very small when you're freaked out on a high problem.
Fold types = Hinges fold flatter, so for taking on a plane might make more sense. Some people find the hinge area a bit of a risk area for landing though.
I think I'm right in saying any small/medium mat when folded will just about count as a suitcase for check-in. Large ones will probably count as sports equipment and attract a fee, or, if flying Ryanair, an organ donation.
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