Best climbing chalk according to redditors

We found 70 Reddit comments discussing the best climbing chalk. We ranked the 14 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Climbing Chalk:

u/frontpenguin · 11 pointsr/Fitness

My gym also doesn't allow chalk, but I just sneak using this. Haven't gotten grief for it yet, but if I did, it's not chalk and it doesn't leave a mark.

u/YNT · 11 pointsr/weightroom

Wrist wraps: Convict. Strangulator.

I've found the 24" wraps to be perfect, as they allow for three rotations around the wrist when wrapped firmly. The convicts are good for every-day lifting. The strangulators are much firmer, providing a cast-like support for the heavy stuff. The elasticity is great in both pairs. The velcro hasn't shown any depreciation after a year of heavy usage, nor are there any signs of wear to the stitching.

Chalk: Magnesium Carbonate Block

I usually pick my chalk up at the local Sports Authority, but I have absolutely no clue what brand it is. I've heard from others at my gym that not all blocks of chalk are created equally. Some have reported that their chalk feels too slippery, or doesn't apply well. Since they're so damn cheap, buy around until you find a brand that you like. I had at one point in my life been an avid rock-climber. I tried my climbing chalk in the gym (white gold powered chalk in a sock) and found that it didn't apply as easily as the blocks. I keep my blocks, now nicely broken up, in a small protein container.

Belts: Nylon. Inzer 13mm.

I like my cheap nylon belt for its ease of use and versatility. When I'm not going for a PR, and I just need a bit of extra stability, it's the one I'm using. I've had it for years, and it's still just as strong as when I first purchased it. I use it for squats above 3 plates, OHP above BW, and cleans above BW. I can't make it work for me when deadlifting. When it comes time to move some real weight, that Inzer belt is the king. Go with the single prong, 13mm, and select one size above your belt sizing. So, for guys wearing 32" pants, get the medium. Double prongs are a pain in the ass, and from the two belts I've tested, they don't do a damned thing. The link above is showing the dual prong belt, but the options are on the page for the single prong. Lots of guys seem to be going with this belt. I've heard really good things about it, but I'm not sure that I'd want a belt with so little adjustability on the fly. I may end up picking one up at some point, and add a screwdriver to the list of contraptions I carry in my gym bag, once I get my hands on one to test.

u/monsterbun · 10 pointsr/Fitness

You should consider an Ecoball. Its like a stocking sort of thing filled with chalk and you just kind of roll it around in your hands to get some chalk. It is a lot less messy than loose chalk. There is a little bit of dust but if you put it on your towel and put it away in its little bag when you're finished it shouldn't be a problem. It also does not put so much chalk on your hands that it gets stuck in the knurling on the barbell, so there is not much for the gym people to complain about. Here is one that is on Amazon: I think they have them at REI, too, in the rock climbing section.

Also, when I first started lifting and wasn't sure if chalk would make a huge difference, I tried out some baby powder first. Works pretty well on sweaty palms, smells nice and is not chalk. Just get a small travel-size bottle.

Good luck from another female lifter!

u/beavioso · 9 pointsr/Fitness

You might find the Eco Ball to be useful. It's probably found in stores that have climbing gear.

u/alexh934 · 8 pointsr/Fitness

I use the eco-ball for climbing and for lifting because it doesn't mark anything up and my gym only permits non-marking chalk.

I just rub my hands a bit before my last set of deadlifts and when I climb.

u/tanglisha · 8 pointsr/Fitness

I use this stuff. It's clear chalk. Sucks for climbing, works great for lifting.

The only place I leave handprints is on my pants, not quite sure how that works out :)

u/Dexxt · 7 pointsr/karate

Trick we use for (competition) mats: hairspray. The cheaper and tackier the better. Spray it on your feet to give a bit of extra grip. Other solution is to try liquid chalk.

But aside from that, good stances and leg strength will stop you sliding in the long run.

u/bythog · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Then get the bags of chalk substitute. Something like this or liquid chalk.

u/totallyshould · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I use a chalk bag/ball, and it's in ziplock bag when I'm not using it, so it doesn't spill and go all over the place.

u/brickabrack · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

Why is chalk not an option? I'm also 5' with a hand length of just under 6 inches from tip of middle finger to wrist, pulling around 165lbs with a double overhand grip, and I chalk the fuck up between every set. Take a look at this non-marking chalk substitute:

Definitely start doing grip exercises, though. When you lift, make sure that your knuckles are white. Your hands may tear, but just let them heal and carry on.

Also, try not to use mixed grip unless you absolutely can't get the bar up without it. There is an awesome, mentor-like woman at my gym who forces me not to use mixed grip unless I'm going a ridiculous weight or a really high number of reps. I really, really value her for that.

u/ProfessorPaulKrugman · 5 pointsr/bouldering




Chalk Brush

Merry Christmas!

u/Harrygldfarb · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I sneak a climbing chalk sock in a towel. Just found this on amazon too.

u/attackoftheack · 3 pointsr/lifting

Good advice. Eco ball works as well. Bring a towel to wipe the bar off with even if you use liquid chalk. Chalk and chalk substitutes absorb moisture, which is how they provide more friction/grip but this is the same mechanism that rusts equipment. Wipe equipment dry even if you are just using sprays or alcohol to wipe down equipment.

u/Noexit · 3 pointsr/Fitness

The Metolius Eco Chalk Ball is pretty handy. My gym doesn't have chalk, and while not necessarily forbidden it is frowned on. This is a non-messy chalk that doesn't get all over the place and keeps my fairly sweaty hands dry and grippy; I wouldn't rate it quite as high as a good block of regular gym chalk but it gets the job done. If you're interested in using chalk I'd recommend it to try.

u/iamweasel1022 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I promise you will never look back

u/Drew2727 · 3 pointsr/climbing

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Here is what I ended up ordering. Free 2 day shipping (Amazon student membership) and it only cost me $5 out of pocket.

Hand Trainer -
Chalk -
Shorts -
Chalk Bucket -

u/devinhoo · 3 pointsr/Strongman

Cheap-o chalk is better than no chalk. I only know because I used to rock climb a lot, which is very grip specific. Non brand chalk blocks are usually pretty cheap, and they'll go a long way. E.g. Rogue sells chalk for $12 for 8 blocks, which is hard to beat especially considering that it's one of their "3 ships free" deal. (But as an addendum, Black Diamond White Gold chalk isn't that much more expensive per pound.)

u/kslatin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have an immersion blender on my wishlist because there is a really good recipe for butternut squash sweet potato slowcooker macaroni chili (Edit: I mixed up the recipes). that requires a blender and I don't have a blender.

Edit again: Ok. I'm all over the place. I think it was some kind of butternut squash pasta. The chili doesn't need a blender.

Alternatively, on my "fitness stuff" list I have something called a chalk ball. I go bouldering 3 times a week and if you don't know, chalk is used when climbing to help with friction or something like that... but anyways, it'll make it easier for me to bring chalk to the gym with me without the risk of spilling chalk everywhere.

u/LivingActive · 2 pointsr/crossfit

Oh yeah, for sure. 321 STRONG Refillable Chalk Ball with 65 Gram (2.3 oz) Capacity, Comes Full - for Rock Climbing, Gym Workouts, Billiards, and More

u/cyrusm · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've never tried them, but Eco Ball mess free chalk is supposed to be pretty effective.

u/Abiogeneralization · 2 pointsr/Fitness

A few things I can see from your squat (also, I'm close to a beginner myself so take this all with a grain of salt): I'm not sure from this angle if you're doing a low bar squat or a high bar squat: looks a little high to me. And your wrist position is letting the bar roll around on your back. Your wrists should stay in line with your forearms: like your throwing a punch, not doing a pushup. I found this video helpful at addressing both issues. This is my favorite general squat video. And chalk is important for getting a good grip on heavy weights; I never train without it.

Also hard to tell if you're doing this from this angle but it helped me with any knee issues I was having. When you squat down, you want to start by shoving your butt backwards. That's what should initiate the movement, not bringing your knees forward. You then want to continue the movement by bending your knees forward and outwards, keeping them in line with the 30 degree angle of your feet (I can't see if your feet are wide enough or pointed far enough apart from this angle). BUT don't let your knees go beyond the tips of your toes! Some people train this by putting a block of wood or something in front of their toe to they can train not knocking it over on the way down. You make up for this by shoving your butt out farther so you can get down nice and low, which also helps engage proper hip drive recruitment of the posterior chain muscles. The knees in front of the toes thing is known to cause knee issues.

Important: focus your gaze on a point on the floor just five feet in front of you while squatting. I've started actually putting an object there for me to laser in on. Keep your chest puffed up and your chin low, like you're holding a tennis ball there with your chin.

Your bar path isn't quite vertical; I can see it moving forward as you go down in the video. Some of the things I've suggested should help there. In general, the mental cue to keep the bar over your mid foot is helpful for me.

I think you're going down far enough; It's hard to tell because of your gym shorts. Maybe just a little bit farther would be good. I find it's way easier to get back up when I go down far, even though that's scary! That combined with shoving your butt back will activate hip drive.

Your deadlift form looks pretty good! I can see just a little bit of back rounding on your last couple reps, which is best to avoid. But that can happen as we get fatigued. Try lying down on the floor and doing some back extensions just to feel the muscles your should be flexing hard during the lift to keep your back extended.

Also focus in general a bit more! I can see you glancing at people around the room and the gears in your head turning during your set. It's best to try and get in the zone, blocking everything else out. I worry over and work on form during my warm up sets, but try to just let my body do its thing during the work sets. If there's a form issue, I'll correct it on my next workout instead of trying to change anything between work reps. All I'm thinking during the work sets is, "NO HISTRIONICS - ASS BACK, MID FOOT, ASS UP! ASS BACK, MID FOOT, ASS UP..."

I'm not sure about squatting barefoot. I know some people deadlift that way, but I haven't heard squatting barefoot recommended. These are great and you can get them for <$60 if you don't care about the color. Made all the difference for me - keeps your ankles and knees stable while letting your push nice and hard.

Embrace the DOMS - love the DOMS. There's a difference between pain and injury. I was getting crazy DOMS for a while, but did my squats anyway. The DOMS were gone by the end of the workout (and then came back twice as hard the next day!). But eventually that stopped and I don't get DOMS much anymore.

Overuse and possible medical issues are no joke. I've never had an injury worse than the time I spent two full days walking around Washington DC in dress shoes. Most doctors don't understand training, but get their advice about your knees anyway. I'd blame your knee issues on your job before blaming them on squatting.

If you haven't already, definitely read Starting Strength no matter what program you're moving towards.

u/BretHollingsworth · 2 pointsr/climbing

I hope you are using the Bison Competition Chalk, which is good stuff. The base bison chalk my gym lends out is terrible.
Recommend THIS
----Avoid THIS

u/Ludaq · 2 pointsr/climbing

Joshua Tree/Climb on salve is fairly cheap and works great.

Atomik Bombs are cool training tools that really help if elbow pain has been an issue.

Climbing Brush

You can never have too much chalk!

Climbing Tape

And then carabiners, chalk bags, slings, or similar items usually aren't that expensive.

However, I don't recommend buying new shoes/clothes/harnesses unless they have tried them on before hand or if the store your purchased them from has a good return policy.

u/neverProfessional · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Get an eco ball. works like chalk and leaves no residue at all.

u/Antranik · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

> Does anyone have anything to add regarding chalk that I've missed?

Block Chalk

Yeah. At muscle beach, we don't use loose chalk or liquid chalk. We use block chalk. We have tried many different brands over many years and the best one by far is the one made by Frank Endo.

This is not as messy as any loose chalk, by far. We throw it on the sand and it stays all together.

u/Skellephant · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Something like this is preferred for not leaving a route "traced". Or lifting heavy without spilling chalk all over or making the bars turn white.

u/vanillarain · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Eco Ball Chalk is the tits:

Or Harbinger straps:

90% of the people at my gym use those straps. Then again, they won't necessarily help strengthen the grip.

u/cheald · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Liquid chalk is very not-messy. But honestly, it's kind of fun for the chalk to be a little messy. :)

I got a rock climber's chalk bag (this one, I think). It's a lot less expensive than liquid chalk in the long run, and isn't horribly messy. I buy bags of loose chalk and refill it when it runs low. Fits nicely in a ziplock bag for taking to the gym. I used liquid for a while, but it's relatively expensive, and it's a real bummer when the tube dries out or goes chunky. Liquid feels "stickier" than dry chalk, which can be kind of nice, but overall I think I prefer the bag.

u/DrDeath666 · 2 pointsr/leangains

Best $11.95 I've ever spent

Select the 300g bag. Free shipping with Amazon Prime.

u/the0rthopaedicsurgeo · 2 pointsr/Fitness

There are other alternatives like ecoball, which I think is a kind of resin or something, so no dust. I use a regular chalk ball which is cleaner than loose chalk, and the same one has lasted me about 3 years.

And as was said above, chalk adds a ridiculous amount to your grip. My grip gives out after a few reps at about 150kg but when I last tested my 1rm at 215kg with chalk I had no problems. Ideally you should go as long as you can without it though just to help build your hand strength, and hold your final rep at the top for as long as possible.

u/blocktive · 2 pointsr/kettlebell

I’ve had great luck with this:

Metolius Eco Ball Non-Marking Chalk

u/iaccidentlytheworld · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

Yep. But my advice would be to try chalk. Get an eco ball if they don't let you use chalk since it's non-marking. Made a HUGE difference for me. In regards to straps, I wouldn't recommend them basically ever. They mess with your grip. Use a mixed grip only on your heaviest set which is probably when you're slipping. But chalk is still my first suggestion. Your grip strength will improve the more you practice.

u/kunho · 1 pointr/indoorbouldering

I use a larger Chalk Bucket (helps with carrying extra items in the gym) and use Black Diamond uncut White Gold.

u/ben_uk · 1 pointr/glasgow

That one seems out of stock.

This is in stock though

u/dan820 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I just ordered this for myself. I'm betting it'll work out for you too.

u/booger_nose · 1 pointr/poledancing

I think it's important to remember that pole dancing is a sport that is different for everyone. There isn't really a strong "standard" at this point. So don't bother comparing yourself to others. Listen to your body, watch yourself and try to improve in ways that work for you. One thing that helped me improve was recording myself doing a trick, immediately watching the recording, and then trying whatever improvements I decided based on the recording. Maybe give that a try!

It's possible you could benefit from a better grip aid. If sweaty hands is your problem, I recommend a chalk. This is the one I use and it's great! The I-tac grip aids are great if you need more grip, but don't sweat. If you sweat with it on, it will actually make you slip more than if you hadn't used it at all.

Also keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. I had NO IDEA what I was doing when I started and starting was really the hardest part. Especially when you first start letting go of fear. It took me awhile to invert properly, because I was afraid. Getting over that fear is difficult but once you do it, you'll be open to a world of awesomeness!

u/maineac · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/ThrustVectoring · 1 pointr/Fitness

Wait, what? I found some prime-eligible chalk on Amazon.

Found it!

$5.25 and prime-eligible.

u/ihateeskimos3 · 1 pointr/RioGrandeValley

Thanks for the info buddy, I guess Ill give FF a shot.

I hate those hexagon shape plates makes the bar roll more than the round ones. I only use chalk on my heavy (275+) sets, it not even chalk its a chalk alternative so im sure that wont be a problem.

u/possiblegirl · 1 pointr/climbing

I know Metolius Super Chalk adds a drying agent to their chalk...can’t speak from personal experience to how well it works, but may be worth a try!

u/burningatallends · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Good points, makes sense. I've never used liquid chalk, it might be a good alternative, though I wonder if it would rub off on your tech.

u/ladyspartacus · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Sorry about your phone :( that poor blue, HTC one.

Also, I'm such a badass, this is over $4.

u/OhMyBruthers · 1 pointr/Fitness

I second this. I'd use chalk and try various grips before I went for straps. In August I couldn't pull 425 off the ground without my grip breaking (mixed grip, liquid chalk). Two days ago I was able to pull 505 without my grip even feeling tested (mixed grip, real chalk). The liquid chalk is ok, but I'd buy [this] ( as it's much cheaper, and I think it works better. The best thing I did to build grip strength was kroc rows (usually 1 or 2 sets of high rep, very heavy db rows) after I finished deadlifting.

u/Victoignis · 1 pointr/Fitness

ecoball - chalk substitute. Doesn't get as messy as chalk and heard it's better than liquid chalk (I personally never used liquid chalk before). In fact, its pretty clean imo (I keep mine in a ziplock bag). Picked it up because the gym I use to go to didn't allow chalk. Cheap and each ball lasts me a really long time.

u/Erisiah · 1 pointr/Fitness

They make some chalk balls with clear powder if you're worried about making a mess. I use one and it works very well.

u/mclendenin · 1 pointr/crossfit


This stuff makes your hands practically magnetic to the bar. Can't blame your grip anymore on tough lifts. Love it.

u/BunchaFukinElephants · 1 pointr/Fitness

If you're benching your own bodyweight 3 times for 5 sets, that really isn't terrible. According to this 5/3/1 strength standard that would be in the 'intermediate' range.

For the deadlift I'd recommend alternate grips, like this, and if that doesn't cut it I've been using these with some success. (most gyms don't allow chalk, but the ball doesn't leave any marks on the bar, so it should be ok).

u/LyleGately · 1 pointr/Fitness

> I've never actually gotten to the point where I simply couldn't lift it.

There's your problem. Your body is mechanically strong for the deadlift movement. You'll surprise yourself. For me, a failed deadlift never even gets off the floor so there's no harm in trying.

I'm 6'0" 170 pounds and pulled 295 for 2 last week and 285 for 5 the week before. Just keep upping the weight.

I mean if you have incredibly long (for your height) legs or short (for your height) arms that'll hurt your numbers, but I think at 265 you're well below the point where you'd notice it. A 'perfectly' proportioned person will have their pubic bone be at half their height and their wingspan approximately equal to their height.

Last edit: Alternate grip will help a ton. Do it on your highest weight set. Also, chalk. I use this stuff which I put on in the lockerroom and no one notices out on the gym floor. Doesn't leave a residue on the bar or the floor.

u/Petey_Pablo_ · 1 pointr/Fitness

Best chalk on the market IMHO, coming from a rock climber.

u/ketovin · 1 pointr/orangecounty

About chalk, get this :

It's basically invisible chalk and does not leave a mess. I've been using it and it's amazing.

u/loopy212 · 1 pointr/Fitness
  1. My gym doesn't allow chalk and I use an eco-ball. It's not completely mess free, but I've never gotten in any trouble for it. Here is something from SL about dead lift grip strength increase. Frankly, you really just need to build grip strength; 185 is very low to fail grip.

  2. Possibly, but as a beginner you should really just focus on strength and let worry about moving to an intermediate routine later.

  3. "Feeling it" isn't necessarily a good measure of whether something is working or not. It's possible your chest is overdeveloped relative to the other muscles used in the lift. I would never cut bench unless you physically could not complete the lift.
u/xtc46 · -3 pointsr/Fitness

I am looking at getting these. I dont like gloves, but I think these would help with some lifts.

This also looked like an intresting alternative.