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Chalk Bags for Climbing

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!

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

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Brand New Refillable Chalk Ball, Professionally Made for the Best Quality Guaranteed!

Venturon Rock Climbing Chalk Bag - For Weight Lifting, Bouldering & Gymnastics - Multiple Pockets for Securely Holding Valuables - Easily Clips to Belts and 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...

Mojo Repo Chalk Bag - Clearance

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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.

Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag

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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...

Evolv Roundtangular Chalkbag

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The evolve Roundtangular is made from ballistic nylon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chalk Bag for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting

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Chalk Bag for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting

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...

two Ogres Basique Chalk Bag with Belt and Zippered Pocket

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High quality, durable and functional chalk bag from Two Ogres. Front zippered pocket is ideal to keep your money, ID, cards, etc. with you at all times while climbing or working out. Tight closure prevents chalk from spilling. Has a brush holder on the side. The bag is 6 inches tall.
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