Bouldering Mats


Featured Group Test

How many is too many?  © Penny Orr

Group Test Mid-Sized Bouldering Mats

Bouldering mats have come a long way since the beer towel. Not only do modern pads give a better landing, they are also bigger, easier to carry and boast useful extra features. This test highlights the range of options currently available.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The SNAP Guts being put through its paces in Font  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

SNAP Guts Bouldering Mat

Rob Greenwood justifies his recent trip to Font with a thorough look at SNAP's latest pad, the curiously named 'Guts'.

Rob Greenwood finishing the perfect Fab Arete in the Curbar Field boulders.  © Alan James
Rob Greenwood finishing the perfect Fab Arete in the Curbar Field boulders.  © Alan James

Alpkit Bouldering Mats - Origin, Mujo, and Project

Over the past few years Alpkit have been investing in their UK factory. They've also been working on their range of bouldering mats, which saw a complete overhaul late last year. With six new pads to choose from, we test the three largest.

How many is too many?  © Penny Orr
How many is too many?  © Penny Orr

Rob Greenwood's Bouldering 'Essentials'

Some say that bouldering, due to its elegant simplicity, is the purest form of climbing. Maybe that was once the case, but it certainly isn't now, with a plethora of products available that make a trad climber's rack look straightforward.

The author trying like a fashion model in the dreamy evening light  © Penny Orr
The author trying like a fashion model in the dreamy evening light  © Penny Orr

Organic Packs and Chalk Bags

Organic are in vogue in the bouldering world. Their bright coloured pads are instantly recognisable, not to mention some of the best...

SNAP Wrap Crash Pad Review  © Nick Brown
SNAP Wrap Crash Pad Review  © Nick Brown

SNAP Wrap Original Crash Pad

A bouldering mat that feels harder or softer, depending how high your fall, the Wrap is also comfy to carry. It's a winning...

Ocún Dominator pad regular opening  © Ola Stępień
Ocún Dominator pad regular opening  © Ola Stępień

Ocún Dominator Bouldering Mat

If we had to sum this up in one word... it's BIG! The basic design follows the traditional centre-fold mat...

The author on Rowe's Arete (7a), Black Hill Tor  © Penny Orr
The author on Rowe's Arete (7a), Black Hill Tor  © Penny Orr

Organic Big Pad

Rob Greenwood reviews the Organic Big Pad and concludes that it is, indeed very BIG, very good, and very expensive!


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Wham   © SNAP

New For 2019 - The SNAP Wham, Grand Wham, and Guts

6 years ago Snap launched the original + revolutionary 'Wrap', with its unique air cell technology. At the time it caused something of a stir, blurring the lines between a conventional foam bouldering mat and something completely radical, new and ...

SNAP Guts  © SNAP
SNAP Guts  © SNAP

SNAP Guts Crash Pad

Thanks to its intelligent Air Technology this 'smooth but tough' crash-pad is perfectly adapted to both short and high falls. It offers improved security and resilience, as it combines more resistant materials with greater comfort on landing. It can be folded in...

Origin Red - Back  © Alpkit
Origin Red - Back  © Alpkit

New range of UK made Bouldering pads from Alpkit.

We've been making pads in the UK AlpFactory for over 10 years now and have learnt a little on the way. With the new range some of the names may be familiar but we have redesigned all the pads from scratch, using feedback from athletes,...

The Alpkit Team Bouldering at Almscliff  © Alpkit
The Alpkit Team Bouldering at Almscliff  © Alpkit

The Alpkit Bouldering pad range

Prime bouldering. Equip yourself to tick off those hardest of boulder problems before the warmer weather arrives with our...

French Toast  © Snap
French Toast  © Snap

SNAP Pad Update

Whilst the winter is where it's at for many boulderers, the sunny summer bouldering scene is not to be underestimated.

Snap 20 years old 3  © Snap
Snap 20 years old 3  © Snap

20 Years of SNAP climbing

We can't believe it but SNAP is 20 Years old! Born and bred in France, SNAP pads have been littering the forest floors of...

Metolius Session Pad  © Pete Wilkinson
Metolius Session Pad  © Pete Wilkinson

Metolius Session Pad in Orange

The superb, well featured Session Pad from Metolius is now available in Orange. In Stores Now


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