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Franklin Satellite Crash Pad Review


Franklin Satellite Pad, $119

The Satellite is decidedly urban looking, with its mustard motif, single shoulder strap and new-age corner flaps. The folding design is part hinge, part taco, with a continuous layer of closed-cell foam covering the center line. The result, however, is not quite as effective as the 45-degree hinge used by Vertigo and Metolius -- a fall on the hinge area bottoms out the pad. Its pint-sized dimensions allow it to slip easily into compact cars, but with just 41 by 33 inches of landing surface, it doesn't offer much acreage. Franklin Climbing: 801-278-5533,

  • Open dimensions: 41x33x3 inches (2 inches open-cell, 1 inch closed-cell foam)
  • Weight: 6 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Closure system: Hybrid hinge/taco style
  • Carpeted deck: No
  • Accessory pocket: No
  • Side carrying handle: Yes
  • Suspension: Single shoulder strap
  • Cushioning: 3.5 stars
  • Ease of use: 5 stars
  • Creature comforts: 2.5 stars
  • Final score: 3 stars

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