Custom Crash Pad

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Custom Crash Pad

Post by tali0n » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:46 am

home made crash pad.

got the open cell, got the closed cell... need the polyester.

Any suggestions on type and where to buy? doesn't matter where...

thanks very much.

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by pierre.joubert » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:21 am

Are you in Jozi? There is a factory outlet that does any type of fabric you need in Chamdor.

I got some heavy nylon type stuff from them for my first attempt at a home made crashpad, the same stuff that backpacks are made of. In the end bought a Bluewater Samurai, and the fabric is almost the exact same.
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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by PierreAckermann » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:30 am

Hi Pierre, I bought a 2mx2mx30cm piece of low density foam for my home wall yesterday(works like a charm) and will also have to cover it. I live in Jhb so if you can post that nr I'll be suuuper grateful. :thumleft:

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by pierre.joubert » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:33 am

Dreadful website, good prices:

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by Hector » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:09 pm

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Probably not what you need for a boulder pad, but I used these guys to cover my high density foam mats for my home wall. They used 500g/m2 PVC. Its super bomber, hard wearing, and water proof (I'm using the mats outside on rough paving and they get dragged around alot). Think high-jump mat covers. They made the covers to order, with full length zips, carry handles and velcro strips.

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by davilj » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:17 am

Wanted to start bouldering, but almost had a hart attack when I saw what you pay for a bouldering pad (The largest pad = rope + pair of shoes). I'm investigating local manufactures of gymnastic mats and found one that looks promising. They can supply custom sizes, but what I like the most is velcro that allow you to link mats. So I'm thinking 1200 x 800 x 200 with velcro on two side. This will allow we to either have a pad of 2400 x 800 x 200 or 1200 x 1600 x 200. This will fold up into a manageable(?) size of 1200 x 800 x 400. The manufacturer can also attach handles and carry straps

The manufacturer use the following foam HT16 (Medium), HT20 (Medium/high), (high) HT23

Any suggestions/feedback ?

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by odie » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:12 pm

im also thinking of making a pad.i saw this grey 4cm thick padding that city rock uses to cover the ground in the routes section.does anyone know where i can get this type of foam, or similar high density type foam (dont know if that is what closed cell is?) in the Cape Town area?
What is a good material to use?

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by thomsonza » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:55 pm


I was also thinking about making a pad but just haven't had the time to get to it and don't really do that much bouldering to justify the purchase of a proper pad... CityRock gets their foam from a place called Sondor Foams in Cape Town. You can get their contact details off their website:

The other place you could try is Kehls, they are upholstery suppliers and you should get whatever materials you need there.

If anyone has made a pad already, it would be great to see the designs to give us all some ideas... pics. plans, anything... anybody?

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Re: Custom Crash Pad

Post by stonehand » Wed May 15, 2019 2:35 pm

This is an old thread, I know. I am however in the process of making a bouldering pad so thought I should share the info I have got.

Just bought 3 pieces (1000mmx660mmx30mm) PE33 (closed cell) foam from a place called iFoam in Maitland, CPT as well as 3 pieces of 50mm Open cell from the foam place underneath ifoam (conveniently located underneath each other). The closed cell cost me R590 and the open cell R330.
This will give a pad that when opened will be 1m wide and 2m long. Pretty decent size.

For the cover I will be using a 600D polyester which you can buy from a few places in CPT. The best price I have found is at FQ in Montague Gardens. I think it is about R37 p/m.

I will be sewing it up myself so labor will be free (ish).

I can upload photo's if anyone wants me to. Of the process and or finished product.


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