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Globe Ground Control Crash Pad Review


Globe Ground Control, $149

The Ground Control has it all: big acreage, good foam, a carpet swatch, accessory pocket (albeit a tiny one), tote handle and PVC-reinforced corners. In terms of bang for the buck, Globe nailed it. The only downside is that they may have actually overdone it -- the 1,000-denier Cordura and the vinyl corners stiffen the pad to the point that it's hard to fold or open. Globe: 888-354-2513,

  • Open dimensions: 48x42x3 inches (2 inches open-cell, 1 inch closed-cell foam)
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Closure system: Taco style
  • Carpeted deck: Partial (one corner)
  • Accessory pocket: Yes
  • Side carrying handle: Yes
  • Suspension: Padded shoulder straps and hip belt
  • Cushioning: 4 stars
  • Ease of use: 3 stars
  • Creature comforts: 4 stars
  • Final score: 4 stars

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