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Metolius Super Chalk Review

Metolius Super Chalk
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Price:  $5 List | $2.49 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Coats hands well, least expensive "climbing specific" chalk.
Cons:  Low friction, doesn't last as long as other chalks.
Manufacturer:   Metolius
By Robert Beno ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 17, 2010
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  • Absorption - 40% 8
  • Duration - 25% 7
  • Friction - 15% 6
  • Value - 10% 8
  • Overall feel - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Metolius Super Chalk is a good climbing chalk at a reasonable price. It is currently the best selling climbing chalk in America according to We found it to be quite effective at absorbing our nasty palm sweat, and it gave our hands a nice even ghostly white coat. We also like the fact that you can buy Superchalk in a massive five-pound bag, which brings the price per gram way down. We did find the friction of the chalk to be slightly lower than Black Diamond White Gold, and we had to chalk up significantly more often than with White Gold in our head-to-head comparisons. Due to the thick coat that Super Chalk leaves on your hands, expect to leave visible white marks on the rock. If youre climbing on some sensitive stone where white blemishes might mar the natural beauty of the rock, we suggest using the Metolius Eco Ball as a non-marking substitute. If you are looking for the best deal on chalk, go with Gym Chalk, which scored about as high as Super Chalk but is half the price. It's nice that you can get Super Chalk in five-pound bags.

Our Analysis and Test Results


Metolius Super Chalk is specifically designed with a climbers needs in mind. It was probably the first ever "climbing specific" chalk made (before that climbers pretty much just used gymnastic chalk). When tested, we found the absorption of Super Chalk to be among its top attributes. Super Chalk evenly coats your hands and instantly absorbs any moistness you have going on. We also found that Metolius Super Chalk was the cheapest climbing specific loose chalk, per gram, that we tested (but Endo Chalk was the cheapest overall). With an available five-pound bag you can save some coin by buying in bulk. By comparison, the Black Diamond White Gold doesn't come in large bulk discount sizes. Because Super Chalk is probably the best selling chalk in America it is easy to find in stores and online.


While we enjoyed the absorption of Super Chalk, we did notice that we had to chalk up significantly more often than with other loose chalks we tested. We also found that Super Chalk had a slightly slippery consistency to it and seemed to add little to the friction of our fingers.

Best Applications

This bag comes in all shapes and sizes and is fit for all applications.

Robert Beno