Black Diamond Equipment
Drop Zone Crash Pad
Our mid-sized, do-it-all pad, the Drop Zone features a premium foam layup and a taco-fold design with an elastic flap for storing your shoes, chalk and essentials inside. READ MORE
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Our mid-sized, do-it-all pad, the Drop Zone features a premium foam layup and a taco-fold design with an elastic flap for storing your shoes, chalk and essentials inside. Learn More
DescriptionAn ideal daily driver for the dedicated boulderer, the Black Diamond Drop Zone features a redesigned, premium, multi-density foam layup for durable impact protection from Joe's Valley to Magic Wood. This mid-sized pad's taco-style fold offers a clean, continuous surface and easy padding over variable landings, while the quick-closure mesh flap lets you securely store your shoes, chalk and other essentials inside the pad when hiking to the blocs. Side grab handles make for quick pad shuffling when spotting.
- Improved closed-cell PE foam layup on top, high-compression PU foam on bottom
- Taco-style fold for a continuous landing surface
- Quick-closure elastic mesh flap secures with easy-hooking buckles for storing gear inside the pad
- Shoulder straps, waistbelt and two side grab handles
- PU-coated 1000d Nylon on top and up the sides for abrasion and water resistance
- Rubber coated bottom fabric for better grip on slippery surfaces
Drop Zone Crash Pad is rated out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew from Awesome standard sized pad I got this as my regular pad because I'm not obsessed with highballs and I felt like this would get the job done. It works great and I love the little details like the rubber back and the pocket on the closure. The "taco" style is awesome as I don't worry about hitting the gap and landing on a rock or twisting my ankle. I've taken some fairly big falls onto it and it has caught me nicely; I think they really have the right mix of hard and soft foam here.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ward from Beefy and a nice seize. I like how the bottom layer of fabric is heavier duty. I also like the seize and it's very light weight. I have a pad from the 90's that's 1/2 the seize but the same weight... I wish closure was easier and the 2 half's were in 2 pieces but I bet it will loosen up over time.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by VinceClimbs from Good NIght Sleep My partner and I invested in a pair of these bad boys for a bed in our van. I've never slept better. Solid investment and I don't even boulder... BD's got your back.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jason H from Everything I Want in a Pad, Except a Sternum Strap This pad is rugged and well constructed. The padding seems more than adequate and The rubbery material on the ground-side helps keeps it from sliding around much and prevents premature wear and tear. The taco-style fold is a bit difficult to fold initially but is already getting easier (or I'm getting used to it.) The stretch mesh flap with a zippered pocket makes stashing and carrying essentials easy and secure. My only beef with this pad is it doesn't have a sternum strap on the shoulder straps. I tend to load my pads with plenty of weight and a sternum strap would help with carrying comfort. With the addition of a sternum this would be a five star product.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Graham from Light, sturdy pad I've had this pad for a few years and use it often in conjunction with a beefier pad, since it isn't suitable for taller problems all by itself. That said, this pad is light, durable, and carries better than other taco-style pads I've used. Great for mid-size problems, long hikes, or backing up another pad. Solidly built.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by William from Great Pad All Around Pad. Taco Style is Good and Bad Pros: Its function as a durable protective landing surface has been excellent so far. Ive taken a few falls onto it from various heights and have been left unscathed. It also continues to hold up well after a few abusive trips to the desert and the redwoods. Its fairly light for packing in and works well as an all around pad. Its taco style lets you pack in everything you need, from shoes and chalk to guide books and your lunch. Your sandwich will fit without being squished! Cons: Its a great all around pad, but certainly needs to be doubled up with other support when you start tackling taller problems. The taco style, while great for allowing space for gear, can make it difficult to pack and a little awkward when packing in. It doesn't feel like it sits squarely on your shoulders. It also feels like a fight to fold it up for packing in and out. Overall I would suggest this pad for those looking for a great all around crash pad, but while the taco style is often a great feature it can sometimes also be a detractor.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by Forrest from Great Bouldering Pad The Drop Zone Crash Pad is a great addition to my climbing equipment. The taco style allows me to fold my other climbing gear (shoes, backpack, etc) and keep my hands free during approaches. It's the perfect size and has great foam to fall on.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by jon from Great Pad with tons of cushion Very easy to carry, and the extra handles help out a ton. Easily fits in my car. Great for long hikes, and with the unique closing mechanism, you can carry all your gear inside the pad when folded.
Date published: 2014-12-02