Organic Climbing Simple Pad
- Functional combination of foam
- Hybrid hinge design
- 100% made in the USA
- Refillable foam
- Foam needs short break in period
- No pocket for small items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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