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Black Diamond White Gold Review

Black Diamond White Gold
By: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Aug 17, 2010
Price:  $5 List  |  $3.95 at Backcountry - 12% Off
Pros:  Excellent Friction, Stays on long
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond

Our Verdict

Black Diamond White Gold was our top performing chalk in all categories except value. We found the texture of the chalk to be superior to that of its chief competitor, Metolius Super Chalk, and the friction White Gold provided was unmatched by any of our other tested products. We also found that each chalking lasted significantly longer than Metolius' Super Chalk, or Metolius Eco Ball. If you're looking for a chalk that will keep your hands drier, longer, look no further. We must mention that, as with most chalk, White gold is, well, white, and will leave white marks on the rock as you climb up. If you are climbing in an area where large white blemishes on the rock will detract from the natural beauty, a great non-marking option is the Metolius Eco Ball. If you are just looking to save coin, we recommend the Frank Endo Chalk which didn't perform quite as well but is half the cost. Check out our full climbing chalk review to see how this chalk performed against others.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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Black Diamond White Gold is a specially formulated chalk designed specifically for rock climbing use. When put to the test, we found that it was the longest lasting chalk we tested, allowing us to chalk up less frequently. We also really liked White Gold's texture and overall feel. We found that it offered excellent drying capabilities without coating our hands in too thick a layer of super fine powder. White Gold provided excellent friction and we didn't experience any of the slight "slipperiness" that we felt with some of the other chalks.

Dislikes


Really the only negative that we can put forth regarding Black Diamond's White Gold is that, per gram, it is the most expensive loose chalk we tested. As with most consumer goods, White Gold gets cheaper per gram if you buy more of it, but considering the largest size available is a 300gram bag of loose chalk, the savings of buying in bulk are limited.

Best Applications


Fill your chalk sock or throw it in your chalk bag loose, White Gold is an excellent climbing specific chalk that will serve you well in any and all rock climbing applications. There are a lot of different shapes and sizes this chalk comes in: a lot of retailers just call is Black Diamond Chalk and not Black Diamond White Gold).

Chris McNamara


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Most recent review: October 31, 2013
Summary of All Ratings

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Rating:  
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Average Customer Rating:  
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67% of 3 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
4 Total Ratings
5 star: 75%  (3)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 0%  (0)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 25%  (1)
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   Oct 31, 2013 - 11:53am
hotbill · Climber · Québec
Before using this one I used the Metolius Super Chalk and I would never go back for the Metolius.
I really prefer the Black Diamond. I have the feeling it lasts longer than the Metolius. And I really feel more friction.

I don't use chalk all the time, but for people with sweat problems, I would definitely recommend the black Diamond White Gold. On small crimps, it makes you feel more comfortable. If you fall, blame yourself and not this chalk.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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   Nov 12, 2010 - 02:17am
Moocow · Climber · Silverdale WA

I really like this chalk, it stays on and keeps my hands dry longer than others (frank endo, bison-sucks- or metolius blocks). It's only competition in the "big 3" chalks is the bagged superchalk (not the fine grind BS).

Yes it's more expensive, but I unfortunantly sweat a lot so I really notice different chalk, and this is one of my favorites.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


Sep 26, 2010 - 02:49am
 
Mark Hudon · Climber · Hood River, OR

Chalk is chalk is chalk, better to learn how to climb than spend too much time researching chalk.



Climber

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   Sep 30, 2010 - 03:28pm
bearbreeder · Climber

stupid … if chalk is stopping you from sending that 5.9 … climb harder …



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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