Metolius Eco Ball Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Non-marking, Good Absorption, Good Friction
Cons: Ball is giant, Not refillable, Expensive
Our Analysis and Test Results
Metolius created the Eco Ball as a non-marking substitute to traditional climbing chalk for climbing in areas where white chalk marks on the rock will mar the natural look of the rock. The Eco Ball looks and feels like a standard chalk sock (except its blue) but the powder inside goes on virtually clear and leaves no visible marks on the rock.
When tested, we found that the Eco Ball performed very well. The chalk substitute is very effective at drying your hands, and it stays on your hands for good amount of time, limiting the number of times you have to reach into the ol chalk bag. The powder in the ball feels like traditional chalk and provided ample friction for our sweaty palms.
The biggest drawback to the Eco Ball is that the ball itself is massive! You have to have a pretty good sized chalk bag to make this big boy effective to use. We would also like it more if the ball was refillable and the powder was available in bulk. At $5 a piece, buying new Eco-balls each time you run out could quickly accumulate a pretty hefty cost.
The Ecoball is intended for use in areas where white chalk marks on the rock will detract from the natural beauty of the area, but it is equally effective in any and all rock climbing applications, and won't leave a mark anywhere.
— Robert Beno