Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by Stag
I love rock climbing! There are few things more exciting, intimidating, rewarding and down-right frightening than climbing a giant rock! Now imagine my surprise and supreme enthusiasm when I looked through our stunt mats and throw mats and found that these are absolutely perfect for bouldering mats. Now if you are not aware, or are just starting out; bouldering is a version of free-climbing. Free climbing is where you are not supported by a harness or top-rope. This is because most bouldering is only 10-15 feet up on average. So since you do not have the safety of a rope, you definitely need the comfort and safety of a suitable mat to break your fall, and yes…you will fall.
Our stunt mats are made exactly for situations like this, and with the 2 handles on each of the 4 sides of all our crash mats it makes it perfect to center it in place right where you need it. Also with 4”, 8”, and 24” thicknesses that we have them in, it makes for great practice mats for most low height bouldering climbs. So if you’re looking for a great, versatile, quality stunt mat; whether you’re climbing rocks or falling off them, I would definitely recommend you take a look and get back out there to solving your problems on those pesky walls. Till next time everyone, take care and Happy Holidays!
Posted on: August 25th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s a little embarrassing, but I watched the Expendables 2 a few days ago… and I loved it! Not for it’s great dialogue or impeccable acting (to be honest, both were actually much better than I expected). It was the fact that all these aging actors (some who were in their 30′s back in the 1980′s!) were all pulling crazy stunts left and right which got me thinking about the pros that choreograph and plan out falls from buildings, jumps out of burning planes, and riding motorcycles through a maternity ward and off a 14 story hospital window. None of these are in this movie.. I don’t want to be a spoiler.
Anywho… I’ve got a couple of friends that do stunts and stand-ins for fight scenes and the like. Both of these cats are excellent martial artists as well and one of them (my personal trainer) happens to use layers of 24″ thick stunt mats
for practicing his landings from high falls. He’s used all kinds of crash mats
before and he’s told me that what is usually used is a large breathable stunt landing pad
(more like balloons) with a constant positive airflow from a compressor for these applications. However, what he likes about our stunt landing mats
is that to him, they are less like human catcher’s mitts and more like a very thick and soft pillow to land on. The breathable mesh on the sides allows the thick foam to have full air escape for excellent compression and energy transfer from a fall.
I wish I could say more about the Expendables, but I’d rather force everyone to go watch and contemplate that there’s 50-70 year old actors shooting each other and jumping out of planes for our entertainment.