Updated June 11, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Chalk Bags

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in February of 2018. For rock climbers, power lifters, and gymnasts, a strong and stable grip is essential. A dusting of chalk absorbs sweat to keep your hands dry and minimize the chances of slipping, allowing you to lift heavier or climb higher. These bags are great for both indoor and outdoor use and ensure that your supply is always within arm's reach, while also offering a convenient way to transport it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Black Diamond Mojo

2. Valley Outdoor Goods Zippered

3. Static Waxed Canvas

Editor's Notes

June 04, 2020:

Though it may not seem like it, a good chalk bag is just as vital to a safe and fun climb as a rope. Sure the rope catches you if you fall, but having chalk on your hands when you need it, may prevent you from ever falling in the first place.

While we would all like to hope that we will never get caught in the rain while hiking to a crag, or worse, when climbing, this unfortunately isn't a reality. Luckily, bags like the alley Outdoor Goods Zippered, AMC Panda, and Rhino Valley Nylon are water resistant, so your chalk won't turn into a muddy mess just because the skies opened up on you.

For something like a chalk bag that will inevitably be subjected to some rough conditions, durability was a top priority, since the last thing you want is the stitching to come loose or a rip to open up at the bottom, spilling the contents everywhere. With this in mind, we really like the heavy-duty, handmade construction of the Static Waxed Canvas. We also think climbers will appreciate the abrasion-resistant materials on the Black Diamond Mojo. The Petzl Saka is also rather tough, and with a lining that is sewn to the bottom, you'll never have to worry about the inside getting pulled up and out as you remove your hand.

Another important aspect was a tight seal. There is nothing worse than tossing your chalk bag in the backseat or your gym bag and winding up with dust everywhere. Of all the options on our list, the only one that lacks in this department is the Two Ogres Essential-Z. However, its low price still makes it a good budget option. Plus, it features a furry lining that can help keep dust from flying out every time you reach your hand in and out while climbing, which is important in an indoor gym.

Special Honors

So Ill Tyvek Rolldown Chalk Bucket If you are worried about a drawstring closure keeping the chalk contained when you toss the bag in your backseat, you may want to opt for the So Ill Tyvek instead, which features a Velcro closure and rolldown top. It features a water-resistant exterior, collapses flat when not in use, and has a lightweight construction. soillholds.com

Organic Climbing Chalk Bag If you like to customize your gear and want something unique, you'll appreciate the Organic Climbing Chalk Bag. When you order it, you can choose the colors for the background and the two accents, as well as the size, so you can perfectly match it to your climbing shoes and outfits, and your chalk-holding needs. organicclimbing.com

4. Petzl Saka

5. Arc'teryx C80

6. Prana Women's

7. Mammut Multipitch

8. Two Ogres Essential-Z

9. AMC Panda

10. Rhino Valley Nylon


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on June 11, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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