If you are going to take climbing seriously you need what every good climber has:
A kickass chalk bag.
For those new to climbing, chalk bags are pretty self-explanatory.
During climbs, your hands can sometimes get clammy or sweaty which can lead to slipping on a hold. You use chalk to dry them out and make sure you can get as much friction as possible.
What I Look For in a Chalk Bag
So, its kinda hard to make a bad chalk bag. I mean, as long as it holds chalk, that’s pretty much all you need.
But I’m the kinda guy who loves all the little extras you can get with them. Some chalk bags are covered in pockets for climbing tape or brushes, and some even have space for a water bottle and your phone.
Finding the right chalk bag for yourself, however, can be hard, as climbers comes in different shapes and sizes.
So, while bad chalk bags are hard to come by, genuinely good chalk bags are few and far between.
Due to the simple nature of chalk bags, it has led them to be half functional, half fashion statement.
With more and more crazy designs coming out, its impossible not to find one you love, at least aesthetically.
Psychi Climbing Chalk Bucket
The Psychi Chalk Bucket is one of the wider climbing chalk bags out there, due to it large form it’s pretty good for climbers with large hands.
The Psychi can store around 500g of chalk and comes complete with front and rear storage for phones, keys, brushes, balm, and tape, or any other objects you wanna stash in there.
For me, this is a huge selling point, as when I’m in the gym, I prefer to keep my valuables on me rather than pay for a locker.
The inner is fleece lined which has a nice feel. The black outer is also useful for covering up dirt from when you take this bag outside – a problem which the more brightly colored chalk bags out there tend struggle with.
AMC Climbing Panda
So, the AMC Climbing Panda bag, in the words of my girlfriend, wins “top points for cuteness.”
Like the Psychi the panda bag rocks a fleece lined inner for comfort. It’s available in a wide range of colors all featuring the cute panda design on the front of the bag. With all these choices, it’s nearly impossible to find a design you don’t like.
The AMC chalk bag is pretty compact and sleek, which means it’s more suited to the smaller climbers out there, rather than those with large hands.
The bag can hold around 300g of chalk and a chalk ball comfortably, but AMC does offer a slightly larger version which is only available in red and blue.
I think this bag is really suited to taking it up the route with you due to its compact nature… that is, if you can fit your hands in.
DMM Edge Chalk Bucket
The DMM Edge is an absolute unit of a chalk bag.
I like to think of it as more a bag for social climbing in the gym or outdoor bouldering. If you climb with the same group regularly, this bag is great to share, which saves you all lugging around your own tape, chalk and brushes.
Storage wise, the Edge chalk bucket is great! There are 4 slots for brushes located around the bag, a large zip pocket on one side for valuables, and a nice Velcro one on the other side for tape or balm.
A lot of chalk bags don’t really sit upright once on the floor, but the Edge has a pretty stable base. This stops it from being accidentally knocked over, or tipping and spilling chalk while you are off climbing.
Because of the wide profile of the edge chalk bucket, it’s a perfect match for any climbers with larger hands that have a hard time with the smaller chalk bags.
Metolius Access Fund Destination Chalk Bag
The thing I love about the Metolius Chalk bag the best, is the wonderful print on it. The print is available in the form of three different popular climbing hotspots: Smith, Tetons, and Yosemite.
I think you will agree when I say, that the best thing about it is that a portion of each purchase goes towards the access fund, which focuses on protecting public climbing areas.
This bag has a lot of other features like a built-in brush holder, and a super comfy pile lining.
With no pocket, the bag itself isn’t the best, but I think the print really stands out against the bleak, single-color bags I always see in the gym.
Krieg Wolf Pack Chalk Bag
The Krieg wolf pack is a snazzy lightweight chalk bag that’s perfect for those sportier routes.
The bag is compact and in a smaller size, so those with large hands… beware.
The unique wolf pattern is pretty cool, and the bag even comes with a lifetime warranty, which really makes this a desirable chalk bag.
Along with a snug fleece lining, there is a handy zip pocket for all your goodies.
TongShop’s Climbing Chalk Bag
Now, the main reason I love this bag is all the pockets and extras that come with it.
The Tong Shop Chalk bag is full of cool features like a weird bottle holder thing. It has pockets for your keys, phone or climbing tape.
I also think the Tong Shop’s chalk bag has an Indiana Jones satchel vibe, which automatically makes it one of the coolest bags out there.
The bag is available in black or khaki. I personally think the Khaki is the nicer of the two.
The chalk bag is also made from a waterproof polyester fabric, which means it will be great for outside climbs.
I have heard that on some people’s the drawstring tends to fall apart after a few months, but that’s easily replaced, so it’s not a big deal.