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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.

AMC(TM) Rock Climbing Panda Bear Design Chalk Bag w/ Drawstring Closure and Belt
Options: $11.99 - $13.99
Valley Climbing Chalk Bag with Chalk Ball, Belt, Carabiner Clip and Zippered Pockets for Climbing, Bouldering, Gymnastics, Cross Fit and Lifting
Sukoa Chalk Bag with Quick-Clip Belt and 2 Large Zippered Pockets
FrictionLabs Loose Gym Chalk | Unicorn Dust, Gorilla Grip, Bam Bam | The New Standard in Chalk
Options: $2.45 - $25.00
321 STRONG Refillable Chalk Ball with 65 Gram (2 .3 oz) Capacity, Comes Full - For Rock Climbing, Gym Workouts, Billiards, and More
upAgear 4 in 1 Rock Climbing or Bouldering Chalk Bag set | ANTI LEAK design with LARGE POCKET | Includes FREE eBook
Options: $13.95 - $15.95
Black Diamond White Gold Loose Chalk
Options: $1.95 - $55.57
Stop ruining your hands - Primo Chalk, the way climbing and lifting chalk should be. Switch to Primo gym chalk and experience the difference for yourself.
Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag
Options: $10.62 - $57.80
AMC Rock Climbing Panda Embroidered Chalk Bag w/ Zip Pocket
Options: $10.99 - $13.99
Metolius Super Chalk Sock
Premium Quality Climbing Chalk Bag with Two Zippered Pockets for Rock Climbing, Weightlifting, Bouldering & Gymnastics with Adjustable Belt & Carabiner
White Chalk Bag Rock Climbing Chalk Bag with Chalk Ball Chalk Powder - Small Gym Gymnastics Bag – Large Big Weightlifting chalk - Crossfit chalk - Refilled and Resealable Bag 100% Magnesium Carbonate
Durable Climbing Chalk Bag with Chalk Ball and Belt Combo, Large Zippered Pocket, Water Resistant, and 2 oz Refillable Chalk Ball. For Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Weight Lifting, Crossfit, Gymnastics
prAna Chalk Bag With Belt
Options: $13.93 - $29.95
Garage Fit Chalk Bag for Rock Climbing, Weightlifting, Bouldering, Lifting, & Gymnastics with Drawstring Closure and Quick-clip Belt
Epic Gear Chalk Bag for Gymnastics, Climbing, and Weight Lifting - Black
Mad Rock Kid's Chalk Bag (Paws, Crouching Monkey, Mad Face)
prAna Men's Geo Chalk Bag with Belt
Options: $16.46 - $32.95
Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag
Options: $16.95 - $68.43
prAna Women's Chalk Bag with Belt
Options: $15.99 - $35.95
Lightweight Chalk Bag for Climbing, Weight Lifting, and Gymnastics – Includes Zippered Pocket, Belt, Oversized Belt Loops, Brush Holder, and Chameleon Logo
chaandu Blue Elephant Chalk Bag with Belt and Pocket for Phone, ID & More for Rock Climbing - With Elastic Brush Holder
8BPLUS Chalk Bag
Options: $20.00 - $71.22
Master of Muscle - Chalk Bag Ball - Perfect for Rock Climbing, Weight Lifting, Gym, Workout, Gymnastics, and Powerlifting - Includes Workout eBook with Elite Lifting Techniques (White)
Evolv Knit Chalkbag
Options: $18.88 - $24.00
FrictionLabs Magic Reusable Chalk Sphere, 2.2 Ounce
Options: $10.00 - $13.95
SPRI Chalk Block (2oz.) for Gymnastics, Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Weight-Lifting, CrossFit - Sold as Singles and 4 or 8 Packs
chaandu Laughing Elephant Chalk Bag with Pocket & Belt for Rock Climbing
Wolf Pack Chalk Bag Krieg
Mushroom Chalk Bag
Z-Athletic Chalk Bag - Multiple Colors
Climbing Crack Ultralight Chalk Bag
FrictionLabs Secret Stuff Chalk Cream | Liquid Chalk 75 mL | The New Standard in Chalk
Options: $18.95 - $19.00
Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag
Options: $14.95 - $19.95
prAna Graphic Chalk Bag With Belt
Options: $14.95 - $29.95
Evolv Canvas Chalk Bag
chaandu Indigo Laughing Elephant Chalk Bag with Pocket & Belt for Rock Climbing
Laser Sports Chalk Ball (3 oz), for Weightlifting, Rock Climbing, Gymnastics, & More
Psychi Chalk Bouldering Bucket Stand Bag for Rock Climbing with Front and Rear Zip Storage
Options: $15.49 - $19.99
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