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Chalk Bags for Climbing

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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.

evolv Chalk Bag Belt

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Use this adjustable evolv chalk bag belt to carry your chalk bag while bouldering and scrambling.

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

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3 oz. Chalk Ball Brand New! Professionally Made for the Best Quality Guaranteed!

Black Diamond White Gold Loose Chalk

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Our white chalk is specifically blended for climbing to keep sweat at bay, ensuring maximum grip no matter how hot or humid it gets.

Mad Rock Crouching Monkey Chalk Bag

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Sized specifically for kids, the Mad Rock Crouching Monkey chalk bag is the perfect accessory for your young climber.

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 Strong...

Chalk Bag for Rock Climbing, Weightlifting, Bouldering & Gymnastics with Drawstring Closure, Quick-clip Belt and Valuables Securely Holding Zippered Pocket - Lifetime Guarantee

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Togear Rock Climbing Chalk Bag, Make you climb to the top easily. Zippered Pocket Zippered pocket on the front, to keep your money, ID, ring with you while climbing Premium Heavy Duty Quality with Tactical Design Strong and durable for many uses , use as a Rock Climbing, Weightlifting, Bouldering &...

C.A.M.P. USA Aqualung Chalk Bag

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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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Black Diamond's traditional, no-frills chalk bag with a cinch closure and buckled webbing belt

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.

prAna Chalk Bag with Belt

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Dip into this prAna chalk bag to keep your hands dry and grippy while working a route.

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...

Aperture Chalk Bag

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The Arcteryx Aperture Chalk Bag is a handy twist closure bag. It opens and closes with a twisting motion that seals the chalk inside and shrinks the volume for ease in transport. Ideal for bouldering, sport and trad rock climing.

Evolv Andes Chalk Bag

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

C40 Chalk Bag

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The Arc'teryx C40 Chalk Bad is made with Burly Double Weave four-way stretch fabric, this chalkbag is supple and tough. Available in two sizes to fit every hand-dimension and personal chalk consumption needs.

prAna Men's 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.

C80 Chalk Bag

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The Arc'teryx C80 Chalk Bag is made with Burly Double Weave four-way stretch fabric, this chalkbag is supple and tough. Available in two sizes to fit every hand-dimension and personal chalk consumption needs.

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) Climbing Panda Compact Chalk Bag with Belt

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This sturdy rock climbing chalk bag has a soft fleece lining and an adjustable drawstring mouth to retain chalk. Prevent sweaty hands so you can climb longer and harder than ever. The pouch easily attaches to your harness with available loops, or use the adjustable clip / strap to secure it around your...

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 mouth to retain chalk. Prevent sweaty hands so you can climb longer and harder than ever. The pouch easily attaches to your harness with available loops, or use the adjustable clip / strap to secure it around your...

Sickle Retro Chalk Bag with FREE Belt and M-16 Climbing Brush ($9 Bonus)

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Sickle first started in the early 1990's as a climbing company that made just one product -- chalk bags. Over the years, clothing and other climbing gear were added, but we never forgot our roots. After making thousands of chalk bags we learned that the best designed bags were simple, durable, functional,...
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