The difference between good and bad chalk comes down to how it feels on your hands, how long it lasts, and how healthy it is for your skin.
Your hands can tell the difference:
Chalk comes in a few different forms depending on personal preference:
How to apply chalk:
That’s it! Now that you know how to put it on, get some chalk for yourself. Or, if you really want to get smart on chalk, check out the follow up to this piece: How NOT to Use Rock Climbing Chalk.
"Since I started using Friction Labs I've realized how much of a difference great chalk makes! When I'm trying to send a hard boulder outdoors or competing for a world title, the last thing I need to worry about is chalk. I use it because it's the best!"
- Alex Puccio, 2x World Cup winner, 11x USA National Champion and the fourth woman ever to climb V14.
Alex's go to FrictionLabs blend?
Secret Stuff (base layer) + Gorilla Grip (medium chunky loose chalk)
FrictionLabs co-founder, Kevin Brown, set out to make a chalk that would help (not hinder) climbers perform at their best. "We set out to create a chalk that acted like a high performance climbing shoe for your hands.”
“Besides our feet, our hands are always touching the wall. So why not create superior friction for both your hands and your feet?” Kevin asked himself while staring at DYI garage climbing wall. Fast forward 5 years, 500+ 5 star reviews, and 100+ professional athletes later, and FrictionLabs is now THE high performance chalk trusted by climbers across the globe. As it turns out, climbing is so friction dependent that, chalk really does matter!
-Alex Megos, Professional Climber and the third person in history to climb 5.15c.
“Magic! Way better than what i was using before! so much more grip and it washes off cleanly. no residue!.” — RT (Verified) 5 Star Review
“I found a Unicorn! I've become a fan of Unicorn Dust and will be a regular buyer. I like the finer particle size and have never had an issue with my hands sweating or losing grip using this product!.” — Scott B (Verified) 5 Star Review
“Literally the only chalk I use. I mean I call it dry lotion for goodness sake. I feel it really makes me grip better than all other chalks and will never use another chalk!!!! Thank you FrictionLabs for doing what needed to be done.” — Kenneth R. (Verified) 5 Star Review
We care about making our products safe and healthy for you—and our planet. That’s why our chalk is responsibly sourced from the purest magnesium carbonate on the planet. All of our chalk products are gluten and allergen free. We also never test our products on animals.
Sourcing the purest magnesium carbonate equals the best possible friction, the healthiest product for your skin, and less chalk dust emission.