So in my previous post, I have talked about the applications of climbing balms, along with how they can help with skin repair. You can read more about that here.
Since you now know why you should be using balms to look after your hands, I want to talk about which balms I think are better than the rest.
So, if you have ever looked into climbing balms I bet you will have heard the words climbOn thrown about.
I know from personal experience a lot of climbers use it, and there is a reason for that. They make a good quality product at a great price.
So, what is it that keeps climbers coming back for more and more after each purchase?
I think it’s the fact that the climbOn bar is quite multi-purpose and can be used in various situations that a climber might encounter, heck, it’s so multi-purpose that a few none climbers use it too.
You can use it for chapped lips, flappers, spots where your shoes have gnawed away at your heels. And this is just to name some of the uses.
The ClimbOn team claim the balm has the following properties:
“The physical properties of this product include analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-toxic, cicatrizant (wound healing), insecticide, vulnerary, bactericidal, astringent, stimulates white corpuscles, and more.”
The balm has many properties that you would expect to see and a few extra that can come in handy. Another thing to keep in mind is ClimbOn is made from all natural ingredients which might appeal to any ｎｅｗ ａｇｅ ｔｒａｖｅｌｌｅｒｓ out there.
You might need to use the balm for a few weeks before you see much effect, but its great for softening up your calluses so they don’t tear but not removing them.
So Climbskin is a cream instead of a salve or balm and this help sets it apart from the competition.
Unlike ClimbOn and other salves, it’s not made from a wax. This means that your skin absorbs it at a much higher rate in comparison to balms. This can lead to deeper hydration of your hands which is the optimal conditions for skin repair.
This might not sound like much, but it’s actually one of the best selling points of Climbskin.
A lot of the balms and salves can leave your hands feeling greasy, you then have to wait a little while for it to absorb into your hands.
As this can help reduce downtime it’s not a feature to be overlooked by those with busy schedules.
A lot of people think because its a cream they are going to go through a lot more of it than the balms.
However Climbskin sells a year supply which is 4 packs total, This means you can probably expect to be going through a tub every three months or so.
The cream was developed by climbers for climbers so it’s not surprising its a great product.
It is worth mentioning that not all ingredients are natural, which can put some climbers off.
The Joshua Tree climbing salve is one of the most highly rated out there and is always a favorite.
The salve is extremely greasy, you can see this as a good or a bad thing depending on your usage habits.
Because it’s so greasy it can take around 20 minutes to dry, this means it not really a salve you can use between climbs, but more of a before bed type of deal.
I was also interested to find out that its the exact same cream in the other salves they sell, but with different packaging.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make me lean more towards balms and salves that have been developed with climbers in mind.
Don’t get me wrong the Joshua Tree Salve works great but I feel if they developed a salve with climbers in mind it could be even better!
Boulder Balm is a new face in the world of climbing, only appearing within the last year or so.
However, it seems to be making big waves!
When looking around and reading some reviews I couldn’t find anyone with a bad thing to say about it.
Its available in three different scents Mount Evans Mint, Joshua Tea Tree, Mount Lemmon and Magic Wood. Each is more appealing than the last.
The magic wood is the crowd favorite and has a cedarish aroma that gives you a little taste of outdoors when you’re stuck in the gym.
When you purchase the larger kit from their Etsy page it comes with sandpaper stuck around the edges of the tin for finger care.
I think this is an absolutely brilliant feature that I haven’t seen done before.
The Giddy salve is another all natural balm that is popular in the climbing community.
It meets a nice middle ground between Johsua tree and Climbon for greasiness.
Giddy has traded the greasiness for waxiness, this tends to disappear however in around 10-15 minutes.
This is around the same time it takes for your hards to absorb most other balms.
One thing to note is that the giddy salve seems to be harder than other balms, most you can push your finger into and make a dent but the giddy salve is quite robust.
I know everyone has certain textures they like and it can make all the difference in finding your favorite product.
Giddy has been tried and tested over the years and stays relevant due to its excellent healing properties.
It can do wonders on any scrapes or cuts you get on the wall.