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The Best Crash Mats For Climbing Walls For Indoor Bouldering

Basic Climbing Wall Floor Padding on a Budget

Lisa Hobbie // 2019

Indoor climbing rock walls have recently become a very popular and widely used addition to home gyms, commercial gyms, schools, and recreational facilities. These walls are helping people become climbers who are strong, athletic, and knowledgeable about the basics of climbing and body position awareness, which could grow into a more expanded activity of rock climbing.

Although these walls are indoors, they certainly are not without risks of injury. With more people using bouldering or indoor mountaineering walls, there also exists more opportunity for injuries. Climbing wall crash mats are an essential part of preparing a facility for a climbing wall and are definitely an aspect that should not be overlooked. If the goal is to keep climbers safe while having fun, choosing the best climbing wall crash mats should top the list of priorities. Adequate mats will soften tumbles and reduce the chances for broken bones and bruises from heavy impact.

There are many types of mats that can be used, but it is important to find an option that is designed well, durable, easy to clean, and with an adequate thickness to ensure optimum safety and the best protection from fall-related injuries.

Landing Mats

A landing mat or crash pad traditionally used for stunts, cheer, and gymnastics doubles as a great choice for a climbing wall crash mat, as it creates a cushioned landing area should a climber slip and fall. When the possibility of a fall from a greater height exists, a mat that provides ultimate cushioning should be selected. Some facilities have climbing walls 30 feet to 60 feet high - in which case injuries from a fall could be serious and you should be sure to speaking with a climbing expert for proper fall protection.

If you've got a home climbing wall or a lower height bouldering wall, Greatmats has mats the will work well to lessen the risk of serious injury.

A 12 - 18 inch thick landing mat featuring polyurethane foam is an excellent choice for most indoor climbing environments. This type of mat should be designed to ensure optimal shock absorption and mat performance - making sure they will be reliable for years of safe landings. Always check with the manufacturer to see what type of fall heights the mats are rated for.

Greatmats.com offers a great selection of landing mats in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses. Our 8-12 inch skill cushions have breather mesh sides and double stitched top surfaces are a perfect option when an extra cushioned landing area is necessary. Greatmats also offers safety gymnastics mats available in thicknesses of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches, and available in dimensions of 4 by 6 feet, 4 by 8 feet, 5 by 10 feet and 6 by 12 feet. These mats are very versatile and easy to move around. All of these mats are made of the highest quality of materials and are easy to clean.

Foam Puzzle Mats

Perhaps you want to put a climbing tower in a kids’ play area in your house! In this case, climbing wall crash mats likely don’t need to be quite as thick, and an option for a padding over an existing floor would work well. If a solid surface flooring already exists, foam mats provide an excellent protection for the floor and for your little climber.

Greatmats offers a number of options if foam mats are the route you will take. This type of matting comes in puzzle-like pieces that interlock to provide an easy-to-install padding that is waterproof, durable, soft, and colorful. The mats are designed with EVA foam, to provide for a rubbery flooring feel that provides excellent buoyancy and shock absorption capability. These foam mats come in a variety of colors, sizes, and thicknesses, and would serve well as a climbing wall crash mat for a small, indoor, kids’ tower or wall. While these do offer a soft flooring option, keep in mind only Greatmats 1.5 inch thick puzzle mats offer critical fall height ratings - up to 4 feet.

Depending on the size and location of your climbing wall, your needs for padding, mats, and flooring may include more than one size and type of mat. Greatmats has everything from folded gymnastic mats to rubber rolls to crash pads - and everything in between. The customer service representatives at Greatmats are very knowledgeable and eager to help you to determine what your mat and flooring needs are. We will work within your budget and flooring needs to come up with the option that you can feel comfortable and confident about. And thanks to the Greatmats guarantee, you can also shop with confidence – knowing you’ll never overpay for a product or find better service. When you’re ready to explore options for safe and durable climbing wall crash mats, please reach out to our customer service team.
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