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Origin taco bouldering pad

Origin - 11 cm thick mid-size bouldering pad with taco design - Nemo blue
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  • Nemo - Origin - 11 cm thick mid-size bouldering pad with taco design - Nemo blue

11 cm thick taco bouldering pad for up to high level falls, an ideal main pad for frequent boulderers with an adjustable, adaptable rucksack carry system


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The harder we’re trying, the more we tend to shy away from the far-flung boulders, esoteric crags, and energy-sapping ‘scenic’ walk-ins. But with the right pad you discover that those destinations are where all the magic seems to happen.

Origin balances weight and portability with ample support and protection, so you can save your energy on the walk-in yet still push yourself on the project. 

Origin opens to 100 x 134 cm. A taco-style fold - with the firmer, landing side on the outside - gives an uninterrupted landing zone with no creases. It uses two layers of foam: 7 cm open cell to absorb impact and 4cm closed cell to spread your weight across the pad so you don’t bottom out (hit the ground through your pad). This foam lives in a tough 1100D Cordura shell with a DWR coating, sewn and bar-tacked by Dom and the gang in our UK factory to endure the rocky nature of being a bouldering pad. 

Origin has 3 carrying configurations for comfort on even the more scenic walk-ins. The adjustable rucksack straps and waist belt is on the landing side to preserve the life of your foam and can be removed so that they don’t catch when you’re climbing. The rucksack straps double as a shoulder strap for hanging on another pad or boulder hopping. You’ve also got side grab handles for shifting it round. 


We fall off things a lot, so we make crash pads that can take a lot of falls. Our foam is cross-linked – a process which bonds molecules in the foam that would not usually link together to make it much stronger and reduce break down from repeated compressions. This makes our foam more shock absorbent and durable than other foams on the market.  

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Key features
  • Taco-style boulder pad for boulderers wanting a balance between protection and portability.
  • Designed and manufactured in our UK factory (just next door to HQ).
  • ‘Reverse taco’ closure leaves you with an uninterrupted flat landing zone.
  • 2 layer construction: open cell foam for shock absorption and closed cell foam for distributing your weight to prevent you from ‘bottoming out’. 
  • 3 carrying configurations: rucksack straps (removable) and waist belt, shoulder strap of grab handles.
  • Secure 3 tension hook closure.
  • Squared-off corners stop you from getting gaps in your multi-pad landing zone. 
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Outer: 1100 d Cordura, DWR coated 
Base layer foam: 70 mm HLB22 polyether open cell foam; density: 19 – 23 kg/m3; hardness: 250 – 300 newtons 
Top layer foam: 40 mm closed cell cross-linked polyethylene foam; density: 25 kg/m3  
Hardware: aluminium tension buckles, YKK zips


Weight: 5.4 kg 
Open size: 100 x 134 x 11 cm

Carry system

Removable rucksack style shoulder straps and waist belt (landing side).  
Single shoulder strap attachments. 
Lateral grab handles.

Product Care Information

Always store your pad flat so that it continues to lie flat when you’re using it and to prolong the life of your foam.

To clean your bouldering pad, brush off excess dirt, wipe down with a damp sponge then leave to dry.

Our bouldering pads are made to endure. All our foam is protected by a 3 year Alpine bond, all bouldering pad ‘shells’ are protected by a 25 year Alpine bond. If you do want to replace your foam, you can buy new foam directly from us.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

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Very good.

Awsome! strapping works well and everything is very solid.

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

UKC Review the New Range of Bouldering Pads

Whilst the debate between taco vs. hinge is undoubtedly a personal one, the Origin tends to be the pad we reach for first as we think it's the best all-rounder.


UKC February 2019 - Rob Greenwood

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