All Chalk Bags Are Not Created Equal
Okay, that sounds a little over the top for a simple chalk bag, but it’s true. Most chalk bags for rock climbing are constructed in a way that cuts corners on production techniques to speed up the construction process. In fact, some out there go out of their way to talk about how a bag can be made in five minutes. My bags cannot be made in 5 minutes. I think that bags should be made to first perform flawlessly and then to look amazing. You’ll likely have your bag for a decade or longer, it should be perfect.
So, here’s just a little bit about the chalk bags and buckets:
Shape is meaningful
The 3 panel method of construction requires much more sewing to assemble than the standard tube shape chalk bag so common with other bags but has many advantages. It allows the chalk bag to have a slightly wider bottom which makes wriggling your fingers around while you chalk up easier. Yet another disadvantage of the old cylinder design, you’ve seen the video of the monkey right? It also helps to make one nice looking climbing bag. The fleece bag on the inside is assembled in this same way to ensure that the fleece does not bunch up in the bag as it is the same shape as the outer.
Boning around the top
All of our chalk bags have a nice stiff boning sewn into the rim of the opening to help it be wicked good at saying open. Yes, this should be a no-brainer but many bags out there rely only on the webbing to give the opening strength. We find that the boning in addition to the webbing makes a nice stiff opening that will survive all that sitting on the bag you tend to do while resting after the climb.
Double stitching everywhere
All seams in both the inner fleece bag and the outer chalk bag are double stitched with a method that not only makes the stitch far more durable but helps to give the bag more structure to allow even the thinest fabrics to stay held open beautifully.
Fleece is a great fabric for the inside of a chalk bag, it feels good and does a nice job of staying coated with chalk. For this reason it makes an absolutely terrible cover for the top of the bag. Many bags are made by simply pinching shut the fleece of the inner bag. We construct our bags with a third material used for the cover, not the fleece. This allows the use of smooth fabric, usually cotton that tends to NOT hold on to chalk so that when it is closed less chalk is left on the outside of the bag.
This also lets us use colors and extra flair for the cover. Another added bonus.
Post consumer recycled fleece
Yep. Of course.
U.S. made plastic bits and webbing
We pay a bit more but our buckles, clasps, cord, and webbing are sourced from US manufactures only.
Other than a few of my standard designs I only buy enough fabric to make between 4 and 10 bags. So likey you will have the only one around that local crag of yours.
They’re rad right? So really, you’re likely going to use that bag for a long time. Why not have one that’s built with that same care that you approach your climbing with? Send it in style.