Metolius Magnum Crash Pad
MetoliusMagnum Crash Pad

Crash off your next challenging problem, or crash for nap time.

As you edge your toe out onto a nickel-sized feature, your knuckles are white with crimping force as you hover over the safety of your Metolius Magnum Crash Pad. After the glorious top out, you plummet nine feet back to earth and decide to take a nap. After all, the Magnum's closed-cell padding and open-cell core make this Metolius mattress a worthy crag bed. When beer-thirty calls, and your buddies manage to drag you from a pleasant slumber, clip the rugged, aluminum buckles and sling this pad over your back for the trek to camp.

  • Burly tri-fold crash pad for bouldering and car camping
  • Sandwich foam designed for maximum impact absorption
  • Stash pockets offer storage for shoes and chalk bag
  • Padded shoulder straps for easy carrying to and from the crag
  • Drag handles let you reposition pad accordingly
  • Angle cut hinges eliminate gutters
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Let Me Tell You About This Pad..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its big, which is the main reason i bought it. Im a larger guy (6'2, 200lbs), so having a pad that covers a lot of area is reassuring. More safety = more confidence = more sending. The straps are awesome as well, being able to hick in the pad like a pack makes things way easy. I highly recommend snagging one of these monsters for the quiver, it a piece of gear you will never regret buying!

Favorite Pad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pad, if I'm only taking 1 pad with me this is the pad I'm taking. The tri-fold is great for covering rocks in your landing or laying up against other boulders. It also makes it easier for carrying cause its not as wide as other huge pads. The long strap is great for attaching the other smaller pads to it so you can carry 2 pads on your back at once. The wrap over strap also works great for stashing shoes, water, chalk, etc without having to have a pack as well.

My Favorite Large Pad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Black Diamond has created a lot of hype around the Mondo, for good reason. That being said, I fully endorse the Mangum as my favorite large pad on the market. The tri-fold design isn't for everyone, lookin' at you guy with 18 pairs of shoes stuffed in his crash pad headed for the boulders, but overall that is where the shortcomings of the Magnum end. Wider and longer than the Mondo, is covers more ground for you so that when you're like me and are terrible at placing pads based on where you'll fall, your ankles will still be safe.

It's like the big brother of the Recon, but even safer. 'Nuff said.

Let me know if you have questions on this pad or others as I have used a lot of 'em!

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Great crash pad

    Good size for when you don't have a spotter and the foam absorbs the fall comfortably

    All Around Great Pad

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pad is a decent size, its not the largest size available, but it is big enough to take out and send while feeling confident with the pad bellow. The tri fold design is great! For how small the pad is it folds up small. and fits perfectly in the back of the car.

    Making list of the things I really like

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Three key features I love about this pad:
    1) Three panel folding
    2) Wrap around style closure
    3) POCKETS!

    If you have ever had a extra-large pad you have loved it, but the one thing you didn't love is trying to stuff it back into your hatch back. The three panel folding design eliminates this issue since the surface area of the pad when closed is greatly decreased.

    The fold over closure creates a nice hammock style carry for some of your larger gear making this packing up or moving locations a lot simpler. I cannot tell you how many times I have stuffed items in my pack only to have it fall out the bottom as I hike and then I have to go back and find my damn left shoe.

    POCKETS!!! Stash your guide book, or wallet, or trail mix. I don't care, stash something!!!!

    It's huge!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Every time I take this bad boy out, I get odd looks from people who have no idea what it is and excited looks from fellow climbers. This pad is huge and makes me feel far more confident in my climbing knowing that, if I am to fall, this pad covers a lot of ground. I'm pretty small but I am able to easily carry it to get to my destination. Couldn't ask for a better crash pad.

    Awesome large pad

      This thing is huge. We have used it as a bouldering pad and a sleeping pad and it is awesome. Like Roger said, the folded width is super narrow so nice for tighter approaches.

      Awesome large pad

      Solid pad

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've only had the chance to use this pad once outside (though as a mattress it's been used a bit more) and I'm very happy with my purchase. I wasn't sure that I wanted such a large pad, but having the increased landing space makes me feel a lot safer, and for something so large, it's really easy to move. It fits in the trunk of my friend's car, and doesn't take up too much space in our room. My dog also digs it as a bed, and I've slept on it a few times. I haven't tried carrying gear in it, and can imagine it isn't a great backpack, but it's easy to carry on its own and I don't see it being a huge deal. If there are long approaches it may become more frustrating.

      Overall, I'm really excited to get outside more and put this thing to the test. Would recommend!

      Hey there, welcome to the Backcountry Community! Thanks for the review!

      Huge size, well designed.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This pad is awesome!

      The obvious benefit is the size - it is easily large enough to provide pretty comfortable protection by itself for most boulder problems. If you are looking for a stand-alone crash pad, this one is definitely as good as it gets.

      The three panel design is the next piece of brilliance, and the benefits are a little less obvious than the pad's sheer surface area. First off, having the double fold allows you to position this pad over small rocks/roots/etc (See Jane's photo in the review below) without having to flip the pad as you would with a single-fold crash pad. This gives a ton of versatility with positioning. The other major advantage of the three-panel design is how compact the pad is once folded. For how huge this pad is, it's truly remarkable just how narrow it is when it's folded up. This translates into a much easier approach, as the pad doesn't really extend beyond the width of your shoulders when packing it in. [My usual bouldering partner has a Black Diamond Mondo (also a super, super cool pad), which has a single fold, meaning it is significantly wider when folded and on your back. The two of us frequently marvel at how much easier navigating approaches is with the slimmer packed design of the Magnum.]

      The only (very minor) lack I see with this pad is that it is a little softer than some pads (like the Mondo), and feels like it would be a little easier to bottom out on from high falls. I don't really see this as being an issue, at the end of day, because any problem that presents the possibility of bottoming out on this pad is one I would want extra coverage on, anyways. So, all in all, it's kind of a non-issue.

      This pad is killer; if you decide to buy it, I promise you won't be disappointed.

      No Fear of falling

      the Magnum pad (the one in the back) + the Recon pad (under me) = safe bouldering

      No Fear of falling

      Magnum P.A.D (pun of Magnum PI)

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      What an awesome pad. Sure it's huge and might be heavier than your average pad but honestly your ankles are worth it! I love the tri-fold design and the pockets to carry things so you don't have to fold them up on your pad thus making it bulky. If you don't own an SUV or a car that had fold-down seats I wouldn't suggest this pad as it is both wide and long. BUT like I said I love it and I will probably use it til it's dead then turn it into a sleeping pad LOL! Great for high ball problems or projecting big moves. It covers a huge amount of space so really it's the most ideal for bouldering outside besides bringing gym pads. So! If you are looking for the most bang for your buck get this pad!

      Great Crash Pad

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is the larger of the two Metolius crash pads I own, and it's my favorite. It's a little on the heavy size, but the padding and the amount of ground it covers definitely make it worth carrying. It also folds up pretty nicely. My other crash pad is the Boss Hog and this is only a little bit bigger when folded. I would say it's probably one of my better investments.

      awesome camp bed and crash pad

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      First, this pad is 6ft long, which makes it an absolutely perfect camp bed. It exactly fits inside my marmot limelight 2p. Second, this pad covers a lot of square feet, giving you the confidence you need to go climb high problems without worrying about missing the pad upon a fall. Third, the foam seems really good. It is definitely on the stiff side, which is ideal for mid to high ball problems, not really ideal for low problems, but that is fine with me. THe carrying capacity does suck a bit, but you can mostly get around it by using the closure flaps and strapping stuff to it with some quick draws. Overall, I have had this pad for four weeks no, about 14 or so boulder sessions and a couple nights of camping, and I absolutely love it. It just barely fits in the trunk of my subaru outback, I dont even have to put the seats down.

      Magnum carrying capacity

      This is more or less the gear capacity of the magnum, although I have strapped an entire backpack full of stuff to it before in this manner. This is two pairs of shoes (one is hidden), chalk pot and water bottle.

      Magnum carrying capacity

      Iguess you never found the storage pocket on the inside of the top closure flap.

      I did, but I dont like to use it because just putting my climbing shoes in that pocket makes the pad too wide to fit into the trunk of my outback. It is already a tight fit without anything in that pocket, but the pocket is there and it is useful.

      Magnum in action

      Burly crash pad covering the entire possible fall area

      Magnum in action

      BEASTLY Pad

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Magnum is exactly what the name suggests: BIG. I've used this over a few sessions and it's a godsend for those who have small groups but still want protection. Of course it's heavier, but you're getting two normal sized pads out, so it's quite understandable. The closure system is also quite acceptable and prevents loss of gear while hiking out.

      Good for outdoor woodie

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      We're currently using this crash pad on our outside 12 foot high wall. While it is a bit stiff it's made well and covers a large area. It's large but easy to transport outside and provides extra safety for fall protection on top of rubber mulch we also installed in the fall zone

      Good for outdoor woodie

      Metolius Magnum Crash Pad


        Such a great pad. I finally got to use it today. It was very cumbersome but the surface area is more than worth the work. Also makes a great couch or bed.