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There are a wide variety of chalk bag styles and features available. Chalk bags strap around the climber's waist and hang in the middle of the back at about the end of the tailbone. The strap needs to be tight enough that the chalk bag doesn't hang low and dangle, but not too high on the waist either. If chalk bags hang too low it becomes a little difficult to find the bag with your hand. It swings with gravity behind your back. By contrast, wearing chalk bags too high makes it a little harder to get your arm up high enough to get in the bag.

Climbing Chalk Bag Sizes

Chalk bags come in different sizes and the right one for you depends on the type of climbing you do. Options for size, shape, features it makes sense to get the chalk bag that meets your specific style. Some of the chalk bags feature different types of lining, closure, belt, reinforced rim opening and a loop for a small cleaning brush. Chalk bags are inexpensive so it is convenient to get several types and try them out with different types of climbing.

Large Climbing Chalk Bags

A large bag is a good choice for sport climbing. If you chalk up often, climb in the heat and sweat you will use more chalk. With sport climbing the extra size and weight of a large chalk bag are overcome by being finding that opening, chalking up quickly and not running out of chalk midway up a face. Some very large chalk bags, "pots" are designed to sit on the ground. Large community chalk bags are great for bouldering sessions. Climbers chalk up before working a bouldering problem. This is an added advantage while working a short series of difficult moves. Small chalk bags are excellent choices for technical and competition rock climbing. The smaller size bags are usually just big enough for four fingers. Smaller bags provide a small advantage because they are lighter, less obtrusive.

Climbing Chalk Options

There are several types of popular rock climbing chalk. Chalk is simply Magnesium Carbonate, MgCO3. The reason climbers use chalk is to keep their hands dry. Stress makes the palms of your hands sweat. Sweat on hands reduces friction. Using chalk while climbing reduces moisture on the hands and improves friction.

Chalk Block.

The most common type of climbing chalk and least expensive is the chalk block. Many climbers like to crumble the chalk into their bag leaving a few chunks. The chunks are handy for marking a set of holds on a climbing wall. This works well for bouldering. Climbers can mark off several holds quickly creating temporary bouldering route.

Magnesium Carbonate.

This is a non-toxic chalk. The most common negative indoor climbing effect of chalk is clogging the filters of air handlers in climbing facilities. The most common complaint outdoors is the effect on scenery. The chalk ball is cleaner, lasts longer, less messy, does not spill and does a good job of drying sweaty hands and fingers. Many indoor climbing wall facilities limit the use of chalk to chalk balls only.

Loose Powder Climbing Chalk.

Another popular type of climbing chalk is loose powder. Powder chalk is popular for bouldering both indoors and outdoors. A large community chalk bag with powder chalk can be used all day without running out. Powder chalk is easier to refill. Some climbing chalks are available with a drying agent. This enhances the moisture absorbing qualities and provides better friction.

Non-chalk Alternatives for Climbers.

These work like an antiperspirant, keeping your hands from sweating and provide a drying agent to keep your hands dry. These types of alternatives are eco-friendly leave the scenery as you left it.

Z-Athletic Refillable Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting

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Z-Athletic 3 oz. Chalk Ball for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting

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Venturon Chalk Bag for Rock Climbing, Weight Lifting, Bouldering & Gymnastics - Multiple Pockets for Securely Holding Valuables - Easily Clips to Belts & Harnesses - Lifetime Guarantee

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ARE YOU PREPARED TO CLIMB TO THE TOP With the Venturon Rock Climbing Chalk Bag you will be! Storage Pockets 3 Pockets for storing securing valuables. Store your phone or camera so you never miss an opportunity to capture those breath-taking moments. Premium Heavy Duty Quality with Tactical Design...

C.A.M.P. USA Aqualung Chalk Bag - 2014 Closeout

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The Acqualong features our most traditional cut with a flat bottom and round design that makes it a great crossover for bouldering and rope climbing.

Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag, Aruba

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A classic, cylinder-shaped chalk bag with a pliable wire rim and reinforced TPU lower, the Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag also features a rear zippered pocket that holds small essentials like your keys, a route topo or a smartphone. The included webbing belt with a quick-release buckle provides fast...

Cargo Chalk Bag

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The compact and simple Wild Country Cargo chalk bag features a zip pouch for valuables. Ideal for chalk ball or lose chalk.

Metolius I-Robot Chalk Pod Chalk Bag

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Take this high-capacity chalk bag with you for fun, and music, on the rocks.

Mojo Repo Chalk Bag

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To give their classic, cylinder-shaped chalk bag a unique, upcycled style, Black Diamond built the Mojo Repo Chalk Bag from repurposed fabric scraps taken from the sewing factory. The Mojo Repo also features an included webbing belt with a quick-release buckle for easy on and off.

Metolius Howlin' Wolf Chalk Pod Chalk Bag

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Don't let sweaty hands keep you from reaching the top. The Metolius Howlin' Wolf Chalk Pod chalk bag has a large volume and ergonomic cut so you can easily chalk up at the gym or outdoors.

Rider Chalk Bag

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Mammut's Rider Chalk Bag is a shape-retaining chalk bag with zip compartment. Comes in several great colors.

Evolv Andes Chalk Bag

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Channel the spirit of the mountains when you reach into the Evolv Andes Chalk Bag.

Boulder Chalk Bag

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Perfect for sharing at the woody, and great for long days out; the large boulder bag holds an impressive volume of chalk. Deep, with a wide entry for easy access, the Wild Country Boulder Bag is well built and stands proudly, making it less likely to fall and spill. Two handles ensure the bag carries...

prAna Bucket Bag Chalk Bag - 2015 Closeout

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Headed to the climbing gym or outdoor crag on a sweat-inducing day Bring enough chalk for your whole climbing crew in the Bucket Bag chalk bag.

Black Diamond Gorilla Chalk Bag

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Black Diamond's Gorilla Chalk Bag bridges the gap between regular chalk bags and bouldering buckets that sit on the ground. This large, flat-bottom chalk bag works as a community chalk bucket, but can be worn around your waist when you cast off on a highball problem. Take the Black Diamond Gorilla...

Arc'teryx C40 Chalk Bag

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Instead of making another basic chalk bag like everyone else, Arc'teryx used Schoeller dynamic softshell fabric to give the C40 a unique look and feel. This small-medium-size Arc'teryx chalk bag is just right for bouldering or sport climbing. The C40 Chalk Bag's tapered top allows you...

Arc'teryx C80 Chalk Bag

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Schoeller dynamic softshell fabric gives the Arc'teryx C80 Chalk Bag a feel unlike any other dipper available, and an external zip pocket provides a secure place to stash a quick on-route snack. This medium/large-size Arc'teryx chalk bag holds plenty of chalk for a multi-pitch trad climb or...

two Ogres Essential-Z Chalk Bag with Belt and Zippered Pocket

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In addition to all the features of our Basique model, the Essential-Z chalk bag from two Ogres comes with an improved closing to prevent chalk from spilling, larger size to accommodate big hands, stiff rim to ensure the bag stays open and a slimmer belt buckle, so that it's easier to wear on top...

AMC(TM) Rock Climbing Panda Bear Design Chalk Bag w/ Drawstring Closure and Belt

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This sturdy rock climbing chalk bag has a soft fleece lining and an adjustable drawstring enclosure to retain chalk.These small pouch bags are a great small accessory for anyone!Prevent sweaty hands so you can climb harder than ever.The pouch easily attaches to your harness with available loops, or use...

prAna Chalk Bag with Belt

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The prAna Chalk Bag with Belt comes with double belt loops that will keep your chalkbag stable during climbs. A drawcord closure for the bag and quick-release buckle for the belt make gearing up quick and simple. A fleece chalk compartment and elastic brush holder complete the feature set.

AMC(TM) New Fiend Climb X Rock Climbing Addict Chalk Bag with Belt

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This sturdy rock climbing chalk bag has a soft fleece lining and an adjustable drawstring enclosure to retain chalk.These small pouch bags are a great small accessory for anyone!Prevent sweaty hands so you can climb harder than ever.The pouch easily attaches to your harness with available loops, or use...

two Ogres Basique Chalk Bag with Belt and Zippered Pocket

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This high quality, durable and functional chalk bag from two Ogres is 6 inches tall. Keep your mind not on your belongings, but on your climbing route, knowing your ID, ring, key are safe with you at all times. Made with durable materials to withstand every day contact with rough surfaces. Designed as...
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