Maps look great when they are brand new. Not so much a few days into a trip.
After multiple unfoldings and refoldings (perhaps along the pre-folded map creases but more likely not), after exposure to wind, rain, the curious hands of children, the clumsy hands of adults, the bottom of a jostling bag and/or coffee spills, a nice paper map can become a mangled monstrosity. Not so with Crumpled City Maps.
For starters, Crumpled City maps are printed on a cloth-like material designed to be scrunched up, not folded. This fits perfectly with Spot Cool Stuff’s packing technique, which includes a lot more stuffing and rolling up than it does neat organization. But even meticulous types might enjoy quickly squeezing one of these maps into a pocket or bag rather than folding it. The 24 by 22-inch (87×58 cm) map compacts to a size that it can cupped with one hand.
Additionally, Crumpled City maps are waterproof, lightweight and durable. Really durable. If you are powerfully strong and put your mind to it, you might be able to tear one of these maps. To accidentally damage one would require an encounter with a chain saw, blow torch, plutonium or some other such thing that would be at the center of a really good (or really bad) travel tale.
Beyond their durability and crumple-ability, Crumpled City are quality maps. Roads are clearly marked and the scale works for both driving and walking. We especially like how the maps displays “SoulSights,” such as parks, museums, art galleries and other tourist attractions.