Black Diamond White Gold Loose Chalk
|Price:||$1.87 - $34.85|
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- Improves grip for better climbing performance
- Chalk shots (balls) are magnesium carbonate-filled mesh balls to keep mess to a minimum
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Our white chalk is specifically blended for climbing to keep sweat at bay, ensuring maximum grip no matter how hot or humid it gets.
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1. Chalk shot ("chalk sock" "chalk ball"): this product reviewed is a chalk shot, meaning the chalk is contained within a porous material that allows some chalk to come out when you squeeze or pat the ball on your hand. The advantages of this are twofold: one, you get the right amount of chalk rather than over-chalking which is wasteful; two, since the chalk is contained, it minimizes release of chalk dust into the air, which keeps everything more clean and less irritating to the airways. This is my preferred chalk delivery method. The main disadvantage of this method is that the chalk does not coat the hand as fast because it's slower than just dipping your hand into a bag of powdered chalk. This can be an issue for rock climbers who need to quickly re-apply chalk during a climb (timed competitions). This is probably what you should buy if you're climbing indoors, since minimizing dust is important -- the other climbers will be appreciative.
2. Powdered chalk: in your bag will just be a bunch of chalk powder. The advantage is quick covering of the hands. Disadvantages include increased airborne chalk dust and wasting chalk.
3. Chalk block: a block of chalk that you'll just end up crushing yourself and making powdered chalk.
4. Liquid chalk: powdered chalk with some form of alcohol-based solvent; once sprayed on your hand, the solvent will evaporate and leave a chalk coating on your hands. The ultimate in "airborne chalk prevention". Lasts longer on the hands than powdered chalk, making this potentially useful for longer bouldering problems. Much more expensive than chalk and probably unnecessary unless you're an advanced climber and already know you need this for X or Y reason.
Comparing the two, Flashed for the value works great, and does the trick. Black Diamond though, does seem to leave a better layer on my hands, and actually feels a little stickier. Worth the price IMO, but since I'm cheap, I'll probably wind up mixing the two a bit for gym use.