How the Padding Holds up
The dimensions of the KJ Signature pad are as follows (unfolded): 66 x 44 x 5 inches. The inside of the pad is what I really like. It has 1 inch of industrial grade closed cell (stiffer foam) foam followed by 3 inches of high density open cell foam (firm and spongy), topped off with another layer of 1 inch industrial closed cell foam (Foam Types-for more details on mentioned types of foam). This makes the pad landing system ultra durable and ultra impact friendly. So after 2 years of use, does the padding hold up? Has the firmness diminished? Has the pad lost any depth (compacted)?
A clean pad for the picture(had to vacuum it to show it was still one color)!
The firmness of the pad has seemed to hold up very well. Since the bulk of the landings occur in the "primary landing zone", I used a level and tape measure to determine how much the padding had been compacted by all of the falls. Other pads I have had in the past either lose their firmness or have major compacting of the internal padding. Measuring the Asana pad showed a minimal loss of the depth of the pad (as shown below). I used a level to make sure I had the depth of the primary landing zone and measured on the non-shoulder strap side on all three sides (3 different spots per side). All measurements were at or about 4.5 inches in depth.
Straps and Buckles
The KJ Asana pad has 3 metal cam buckles (unbreakable) that hold the pad together along with padded shoulder straps and hip strap (both adjustable) for carrying. Carrying the pad around on longer more strenuous hikes is not too taxing due to the comfortable shoulder straps and hip carrying system. I figured when I got the pad that the cam system that held the straps tight to keep the pad closed would, in time, destroy or fray the strap. This has not occurred and appears to be not having an effect at all on the strap (as shown below).
Notice the buckles and straps are all intact with no fraying or tearing after 2 years!
I have trusted my life and legs to this pad for 2 solid years and have been completely satisfied with the way the padding, straps, buckles and fabric has held up to all of the abuse (including the rough New England weather conditions). I am also able to put things inside the pad to carry (Asana Pro Spotter, camera tripod, etc.). The only downside to such a large pad is the extra weight (which is still not that much, but it's a trade-off for the extra protection and peace of mind knowing there is a high quality pad below waiting to catch my fall.
My pup Bailey and me taking a break on the KJ pad
*All views expressed above are my opinions and based on my personal experience. Bouldering is dangerous and there is no guarantee you will not get hurt even if using a crash pad!