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Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:46 am
by tali0n
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.

Re: Custom Crash Pad

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

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:30 am
by PierreAckermann
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:

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:33 am
by pierre.joubert
Dreadful website, good prices:

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:09 pm
by Hector
Stage1 Tarpaulins 011 493 5998

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.

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:17 am
by davilj
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 ?

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:12 pm
by odie
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?

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:55 pm
by thomsonza

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?

Re: Custom Crash Pad

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 2:35 pm
by stonehand
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.