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Organic Climbing Simple Pad

- published February 2017

92

2017

RATINGS

Foam Quality
9
Shell Durability
9
Functionality
8
Carrying System
8
Maneuverability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
92

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THE GOOD

  • Functional combination of foam
  • Hybrid hinge design
  • Lightweight
  • 100% made in the USA
  • Refillable foam

THE BAD

  • Foam needs short break in period
  • No pocket for small items

THE VERDICT

The Organic Simple pad excelled in comparative testing with the other pads. Most testers liked the combination of foam and EVA as well as the hybrid hinge design. However some testers did not like the lack of small pockets for items like keys, guidebooks, and water bottles. Despite having the testers favorite foam combination, some testers remarked that the foam needed a short break in period to soften the landings.

FULL REVIEW

Foam Quality
Organic uses a proprietary mix of memory foam, high density urethane rubber, and soy-based open cell foam in their Simple Pad. This combination was a favorite among testers because of the subtle balance between firmness and forgiveness on bigger falls. Some testers did report that they wanted to “break in” the foam by taking numerous shorter falls before taking any jarring back falls. 

Shell Durability
The Organic Simple Pad uses 1050d Cordura nylon for the outer shell and 1000d Cordura for the landing surface. Although it was not the highest denier nylon in our test, the Organic pad showed very little wear and tear to the shell. It is also worthy to note that the Organic Simple Pad was the only pad in our test to use the Cordura brand ballistic nylon which is manufactured in the US. 

Functionality
The Organic Simple Pad is extremely functional and user friendly. It’s lightweight and packs easily in the car for the drive out to the crag. It also has square corners so there’s no dead space when pushing multiple pads together. As an option, you can make it modular with a padded hip belt or the load flap for carrying up to two extra pads. For a small fee, any Simple Pad owner can order a refill of the open cell foam as opposed to buying a whole new pad. Lastly, with the 4-buckle closure system, testers found it much easier to pack their loose gear in backpacks as opposed to the commonly used “throw it all in the pad” method.  

Carrying System
The Organic Simple Pad has a height adjustable, single-piece padded shoulder strap with a 2” webbing waistbelt. It also has a sternum strap to help stabilize heavy loads in the pad. Overall, testers liked the shoulder straps and waistbelt because of how they distributed weight across the torso.    

Maneuverability
The Organic Simple Pad is relatively light at 11 pounds. With three grab handles and no extra flap to contend with, it was one of the easiest pads to move or throw into small spaces in boulder talus fields.  

How We Tested It

The crash pads in this test were used in Boulder, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Joe’s Valley, Utah, and Red Rocks, Nevada. Each test lasted from one hour to all day bouldering sessions with at least three to four participants carrying, throwing, landing, and eating lunch on every crash pad. They were also tested in a variety of weather conditions and different climates. Finally, the crash pads were loaded with five to fifteen pounds of gear and food and carried a few miles to attain the most thorough possible test of each product.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our crag pack tests, climbing shoe tests, climbing cam tests, and other related climbing gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

David Garcia

David Garcia

David Garcia has been a trail running fanatic with a climbing problem for over 25-years. In his home base of Boulder, CO where he works as a firefighter, David has easy access to some of the best trail running and climbing that the state has to offer.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$175.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Foam Quality
9
Shell Durability
9
Functionality
8
Carrying System
8
Maneuverability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
92

Weight

11 lbs

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