Crash pad

A crash pad or bouldering mat is a foam pad used for protection when bouldering.

There are various sizes and makes, but the most common type is a folded mattress, 8 to 10 centimeters thick (3 to 4 inches), that when unfolded measures about 1 x 1.3 meters (3 x 4 feet). Bouldering mats often have shoulder straps so as to easily move it between boulders.

Bouldering mats often come in either dual or triple density foam inners to provide differing levels of support with the bottom or middle being the softer. With the higher density foam at the top this will prevent the climber's foot from sinking through the foam and either gaining impact on the floor or getting a foot stuck in the mat which would increase the chance of injury. Mats are often used to cover dangerous sections of the ground below a chosen climb such as protruding rocks or grass tufts.

Pole dance

For pole dance trainings crash pads can be used, too. These crash pats or crash mats assist the pole dancer in the safe execution of pole dance tricks, expecially when learning new inverted moves. The crash pat cushions the fall in case of a misplaced arm or leg. The mats are available in different thicknesses.

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