Ah, the humble boulder pad… a lifesaver, an ankle-saver, a couch, a mattress, a backpack, a weapon, a friend that always has your back. These squishy monsters are arguably the most versatile piece of gear you will ever add to your collection, plus the value for money is absolutely stellar when you consider the fact that you could dirtbag your way through months in Rocklands with just a pad and the kindness of strangers (preferably rich internationals).
Because the humble pad will become such an important part of your life (and your new favourite sleeping mat), it’s essential that you find your perfect match. Luckily, there’s plenty to choose from!
Here we break down the factors you need to consider when picking a pad, the options on offer, and the basics of proper pad wrangling.