THE BEST MATERIALS
The old adage was that to become a better climber the simplest method was just to climb more.
Today we see top climbers who diligently seek out every possible master specialist (trainers, psychologists, kinesiologists, etc.) to push beyond what was previously impossible, and who want the best experience in their comprehensive climbing training.
Gyms cultivate this and the modern facility has controlled environmental factors like bright lighting, air conditioning, spa-like bathrooms, wall design for modern holds and setting, and more.
Naturally, the actual climbing should offer the same modern experience; your padding should be subject to the same scrutiny and deliver a positive feel and performance. Don’t settle for old technology like single slab foam floors, or a carpet layer loosely laid over vinyl that will have to be replaced regularly. And be confident on the front end that your gym won’t be delayed with long install timelines that can’t start until walls are completely finished. At Flashed we know how to build performance padding professionally using multiple foam layers and we also keep pace with your facility build schedule by arriving as soon as the space is available and adapting to onsite changes on the fly, allowing you to open your doors sooner.
Every bouldering fall is a ground fall so naturally this will leave a lasting impression on your climbers. There are many ‘off-the-shelf’ standard flooring options out there but we want to tailor the interaction with the climber and padding, giving you a competitive advantage your climbing community will appreciate. Flashed was first to bring elements like carpet and memory foam because performance and a truly positive engagement for the climbers are key drivers for us. Adding memory and stretch fabrics substantially reduces impact bounce while easy-to-clean carpet provides an inclusive hang-out atmosphere encouraging people towards conversation, comfort, and community.
With great design and operational procedures risk can be mitigated but certainly accidents still happen. As such, we often do drop testing on our padding systems and can provide you with a certificate of performance after your install or at a routine reporting period. We offer ASTM-1292 testing services and use this equipment to review our own products. Route climbing is especially of interest due to the possible fall heights. ASTM testing looks at two categories, the g-force impact and head injury criteria (HIC), using both of these for standard playground safety testing. We wondered what a fall from high up would look like using the ASTM equipment and then compared a few options. The graph below shows how 2in carpet bond foam over concrete fails 200g at only ~7ft. Our standard 6in CBF system increases that up to ~35ft, and some our customers have elected to use our 8in CBF system which goes up beyond 45ft. We also have done detailed testing on HIC ratings. Our focus is giving you both the right information and the best product.
Staying at the cutting edge and ever improving our products is part of our DNA and we’re proud to show how Flashed padding systems evolve alongside the shifting needs of the gym owners. Flexibility for us comes in several forms. We pride ourselves in offering as many options in both materials and design as possible to give you maximum creative liberty. Maybe you have multiple goals for the same area requiring quick repurposing of padding spaces between regular use and special events. Perhaps you require extra room for setting lifts or maintenance access. More dense foam in certain high traffic walkways of a system may be what you need, and we’ll adapt. Overall, a more flexible padding system in both the design and operation phases results in a better functioning facility where both the climber and the staff can enjoy the benefits almost without noticing it. Exactly what we’re striving for.
Installation is often overlooked as many of the factors affecting your padding aren’t discovered until you’re in the throws of construction madness. As your partner we’ve come to expect the 11th hour challenges you may have with building or wall construction, and have full flexibility built right into our installs. We show up with skilled install Technicians and industrial sewing machines to make any onsite changes as required. Whether it’s a column that didn’t exist on the drawings, a concrete floor that has more dips and dives than the topographical map, or you simply look at the wall and decide you want to adjust the layout. There’s no need to wait, we handle it right there. If the change is bigger and implies greater cost or time then we work quickly with in-house production to cut/sew new components and ship them out asap. Often this simply means moving to another install area temporarily while materials arrive, not even affecting our finish date. We understand the investment you’re making into the facility and time is ticking. This flexibility offers peace of mind during install and means your doors can open sooner!