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Cypher Catalyst Crash Pad Review

16-Dec-2010
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Cypher Catalyst, $120

This mid-sized pad has a convenient messenger-bag-style shoulder strap in place of a backpack-style suspension, two side carrying handles and three speed buckles. That's where the amenities end. The foam is simply too soft to protect much more than a three-foot fall. The prototype we tested had the foam inserted upside down, i.e., the open-cell foam sat atop the closed-cell foam. Cypher promises to correct this for their production models. The 600-denier polyester fabric is tough, yet a carpet swatch would be a nice addition. Cypher/Advanced Base Camp: 888-90-CLIMB, www.advancedbasecamp.com.

  • Open size: 40x40x3 inches (2 inches open-cell, 1 inch closed-cell foam)
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Closure system: Taco style
  • Carpeted deck: No
  • Accessory pocket: No
  • Side carrying handle: Yes
  • Suspension: Single shoulder strap
  • Cushioning: 1.5 stars
  • Ease of use: 3 stars
  • Creature comforts: 2 stars
  • Final score: 2.5 stars

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