New boulder mat developments

By Kenny Stocker

They are soft, squigy and if you put them in the right place they break your fall.. yes we are talking about bouldering mats. The factory team have been working hard over the past few weeks on two new models to add to the Waffa and Mujobouldering mats already online.

New - Phud
When developing the new Phud our focus was on taking the mat back to what it was originally conceived as - a no frills, low cost, entry-level pad for folks just getting into bouldering. It won't last quite as long as our other mats, the fabric isn’t up to twice weekly 8 hour sessions at Plantation: if that’s what you need you should be looking at a Mujo or our forth coming top of the line mat, the Project. If you’re after a first pad, one for the occasional weekend at the blocs, just a great value extra / second pad or one for your cellar / woody, the Phud is perfect.

30% smaller than it’s big brother the Mujo the Phuds size is dictated by efficient of use of foam: we decided a slightly smaller pad which allowed us to use high quality foam efficiently was better than a bigger pad made with lower quality foam.

The smaller folded size also allows it to fit into almost all sizes of car. It even fits perfectly into the boot of Ben's green micro machine meaning he can give a lift to 3 other hard up climbers.

Our first batch of Phuds has already sold out. It came with 10cm foam, but this is likely to reduce to 8cm making it cheaper, easier to fold and reducing the pressure on the enclosed foam. Exact foam specs haven't yet been approved by the board of air traffic controllers.

Fabric: 600d, UK woven Polyester
PU coated to keep the UK damp out of your foam and beefy enough to deal with the occasional less than optimal landing surface.

Straps and closures
Simple shoulder strap and webbing and buckle closures are as simple for us to sew as they are for you to use: easier for us to make equals better value for you!

Chamfered corners
Reduces the wear traditionally concentrated at the corner points of square pads whilst being much more efficient to sew than a full-on round corner as found in our other pads. The chamfered corners also make it easier and quicker to stuff the foam inside which keeps our foam monkeys happy!

Taco construction
Again fabric and sewing efficiency were the deciding factors in selecting this design: fewer seams make the Taco faster to sew, easier to stuff the foam into and also reduce the number of possible weak points in the mat making it stronger.

Many people swear by taco construction because of worries about bottoming out through the hinge of a folding pad, we’re divided on this but the new Phuds taco shape means one less thing to worry about on those first forays into unroped climbing.

New - Project
Factory guy Ben took an early Project to Magic Wood in July. Since then it has gone through a few tweaks and the first batch is ready and waiting for foam. Project is also a taco style mat but aimed squarely at the top end of the market. A 1000d Cordura shell will ensure it stands up to some knocks and scrapes, and after all the grief we got from Shauna Coxsey and James Garden at Melloblocco we have included a full wrap closure system where you can throw in your boots, boulder bucket and baguette and know they are not going to fall out!

Unlike Mujo the Project will have sewn in carrying straps and a waste belt. This mat is going to be a total workhorse.

When both mats become available towards the end of the month the range will be complete… or will it, could there be room to squeeze in just one more?

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