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Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carrying them. Here we test seven of the bigger pads on the market. 


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2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
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LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
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Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
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Stoves montage  © Dan Bailey
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Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
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Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

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mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

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Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

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Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear
Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

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Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear
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Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear

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tents test montage  © UKC Gear

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softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

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mats group test montage  © Dan Bailey
mats group test montage  © Dan Bailey

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How many is too many?  © Penny Orr
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Winter overtrousers montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
Winter overtrousers montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

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Axes montage 2  © UKC Gear
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lightweight jackets montage  © UKC Gear

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