Comparison Chart

  Super Hero Hero Sidekick Pro Spotter Super Star Rock Star
Open Size 57x40 48x36 48x36 74x44 46x36 36x23
Closed Size 40x28 36x24 36x24 36x22 36x23 NA
Thickness 4 inches 4 inches 4 inches 3/4 inch 1 inch 1 inch
Primary Use Crash Pad Crash Pad Crash Pad Supplement Supplement Supplement
Foam Open and Closed Cell Open and Closed Cell Open and Closed Cell Closed Cell  Closed Cell Closed Cell
Shoulder Strap(s) Y Y Y Y N N
Padded Shoulder Straps Y Y Y N N N
Waist Belt Y Y Y N N N
Padded Waist Belt Y N N N N N
Price $285 $215 $159 $120 $84 $38

Asana has been designing and manufacturing bouldering pads since 1999 and
our pads have gone through a number of evolutions to get to the superior product we offer today.
Asana offers two different pad sizes. All are 4 inches thick, but their length and width differ.
The size considerations are based on ease of carrying, overall pad weight, the ability to fit into most
cars, and shipping dimension so that we keep the cost of getting the pad to our customers at a
respectable level. Asana also offers supported discounted pricing for shipping on our website.
Asana pads are some of the lightest on the market.

Our biggest pad is the Super Hero which comes in at 57 x 40 x 4 inches, a lightweight 16 lbs.
Next up is the Hero Pad, sized at 48 x 36 x 4 inches, only 14 lbs. Our lowest priced
intro pad is designed as an add-on pad. The Sidekick is the same size as the Hero Pad,
but without flaps. Without the flaps, it weighs a nominal 12 lbs.

Asana bouldering pads are constructed with many different elements.
The cover is 1000 denier nylon and has reinforced side edges and corners using
1680 denier ballistics nylon to provide more abrasion resistance. These textiles are some of the
best available on the market for moisture and abrasion protection while keeping the overall weight down.

Our foam core structure is a combination of closed cell foam and open cell.
The closed cell sheet at the top of the pad acts as an energy disperser. It helps to
move energy out toward the edges of the mat. The next layer, the open cell foam,
acts to absorb energy, slowing down the climber and providing a comfy impact.
The bottom layer is another layer of closed cell which acts as a last effort to pad a
ground impact. Our pads use a sandwich of 1 inch of closed cell on the top followed by
2 inches of open cell in the middle, and another 1 inch layer of closed cell in the
bottom of the pad. We use the same density of foams in our climbing gym
padding systems that we do in our personal use pads because we want our customers
to get a long life out of our pads. The lifespan of a pad depends entirely on the
number of times it is fallen on, the height from which someone is falling, and the
place that it is stored. The majority of our customers use their pads for many many years.

To make carrying our pads more comfortable, we provide a top-of-line suspension system.
The suspension system is a combination of shoulder straps, a waist belt,
a sternum strap system to pull the shoulder straps together, and
load lifter straps, which pull the weight off the shoulders while simultaneously
keeping the load close to your body. The suspension system provides the most
energy efficient way to carry a pad while minimizing side-to-side swaying action
on the approach in areas like dense forests and craggy boulder fields.
All Asana crash pads are constructed with a hybrid fold. We have found this
the best way to make pads easy to fold. The hybrid also provides
a consistent layer of foam on the top so that it becomes extremely
difficult to get to the ground in the middle of the pad.

Asana Super Hero and Hero pads utilize 2 flaps in combination with metal buckles.
These flaps not only hold the pad shut, they also make for an excellent way
to carry or “piggy-back” another pad. To lash the pad shut, we use a combination
of nylon webbing and bomber metal cam buckles. These cam buckles use a spring
to bite down on the webbing. Just squeeze the buckle with your thumb and forefinger
and the buckle easily loosens the webbing. The metal performs better than plastic
for sustaining impacts next to rock where a traditional plastic buckle would break under the pressure.

On our Hero and Super Hero pads, we have added a military grade plastic clip deemed the “Cargo Clip”.
This clip is mounted on the outside top of the pad and gives a boulderer the friendly
choice not to load gear inside the pad. When gear is loaded on the inside of a pad,
it creates a convex shape to the pad which makes the pad fit poorly against the back.
Subsequently, when the full surface area of the pad isn’t sitting against the back,
it will likely rock back and forth when you are hiking. The Cargo Clip allows you
to clip your gear to the outside of the pad so as to prevent this “mis-shaping” of the pad.
Our flaps catch the bottom of the pack and allow you to cinch the gear down tight
getting it closer to the pad, which makes for a more secure load and a more stable hike.
Lastly, but certainly not the least important, we provide 4 carrying/placement
handles on each of our pads. These handles are made of tubular webbing, which is
very durable and made for carrying a lot of weight. To make the handles extremely
visible for quick placement decisions, they are a high visibility yellow color.
You can spot an Asana pad in a pile purely because of these high-vis yellow handles.
We are the only one in the business providing this element on all of our pads.
Asana has put years of effort into research and development
so that we can provide all the best for our customers.