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How to store your bouldering mat

By Ashleigh Naysmith
21, Jul, 2014

Bouldering mats are durable, but they still need looking after. Here's how to look after your bouldering pad so it can look after you

Storing your mat properly is key to ensuring it lives longer. But bouldering pads aren’t very stealthy, so finding a subtle spot to store one isn’t the easiest of tasks. These pointers should set you on the right path…

Store folded or open?

Hinge pads can be stored folded up because the foam isn’t bent. Store your taco pad open, as keeping the mat folded for long periods will degrade the foam along the fold line.

Store it clean

Make sure your mat is clean before storing. This keeps your mat in good shape and stops it from ponging out the house.

To clean your boulder pad, wipe the shell clean with a damp rag or scrub it with a soft brush. Use a soap-based detergent to shift all the grit engrained along the stitching line without damaging the fabric.

Store it dry

Wet mats end up smelly and mouldy, so airdry your mat before storing. To dry damp foam, unzip the shell to allow the air to circulate.

Be wary of heating your mat to dry it (for example, with a radiator/hair dryer) as the fluctuating temperatures could cause the foam to degrade. Removing the foam is best avoided: it’s super durable inside its shell, but once removed it becomes very delicate. Much like a tortoise really.

Where to store it

Store your bouldering mat out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place (under your bed, behind a wardrobe or in your garage).

Avoid storing your mat in the back of your car, in a greenhouse or in a damp cellar.

Further reading

How to choose a bouldering pad

Hati's beta on buying a bouldering pad.

Our new bouldering pads

Hebe, our UK-made designer, talks you through how we put together our range of bouldering pads

Safer landings for bouldering

A pad does not give you carte blanche to climb without due care and attention. If you're new to climbing outdoors, read these tips on climbing and falling.

Bouldering with multiple crash pads

More pads are better than one pad! Using multiple pads brings its own challenges, Ashleigh explains what to look out for.

High Perfoamance

Read this article for some in-depth foam beta.

UK Made by climbers

We have over 10 years of experience making pads, find out more about our design criteria.

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Got specific needs? We make our pads in the UK so get in touch and we will do our best to help.

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