website that climbing harder because of expensive chalk is merely the placebo effect. Just putting that out there… Super Chalk is cheap, it works, and at a mere $0.80/oz, it takes home our Best Buy Award.
Metolius Super Chalk Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Coats hands well, least expensive "climbing specific" chalk
Cons: Low friction, doesn't last as long as other chalks.
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Metolius Super Chalk
|Price||$13.95 at REI|
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|$5.50 at Backcountry|
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|$13 List||$19.00 at REI|
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|$5.00 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Coats hands well, least expensive "climbing specific" chalk||Widely available, good texture and friction, nice price||Excellent value, good friction and coverage||Great Coverage, Excellent friction, almost no dust||Consistent texture bag after bag, great friction|
|Cons||Low friction, doesn't last as long as other chalks.||Easy to spill, creates a lot of dust||Unusable if you have cuts and abrasions on your hands||Not a great value||Expensive|
|Bottom Line||A good choice if you like to use loads of chalk.||Widely available and reasonably priced, this chalk takes the taco in our competition.||Similar performance to Secret Stuff at a lower price.||This chalk cream isn't cheap, but it could be that little advantage that makes the difference between success and failure.||Consistently crunchy and provides great friction, for a high price.|
|Rating Categories||Metolius Super Chalk||Black Diamond White Gold||Mammut Liquid Chalk||Friction Labs Secret Stuff||Friction Labs Gorilla Grip|
|Friction & Overall Feel (25%)|
|Specs||Metolius Super Chalk||Black Diamond...||Mammut Liquid Chalk||Friction Labs...||Friction Labs...|
|Price Per oz||$0.80/oz||$1.03/oz||$1.94/oz||$7.60/oz||$2.50/oz|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Super Chalk and Black Diamond White Gold appear very similar. Both are loose chalks that come in a hodgepodge of chunk sizes with plenty of fine dust in the bottom of the bag. Our testers describe Super Chalk as being finer and dustier than White Gold, but again, they couldn't identify it in a blind test. Pair Super Chalk with a Metolius Refillable Chalk Sock and you've got a good system for reducing mess and spillage, making Super Chalk an even better bargain.
Friction & Overall Feel
We don't think the added drying agent makes a big difference in terms of feel or performance, nor did we experience any extra discomfort from it. Liquid chalks were the only chalk products that made us think that our hands may be getting too dry.
Our testers agreed that this chalk felt the finest and tend to cake up on our hands the most. For a consistently chunky texture than feels noticeably harder and crunchier than Super Chalk, you can check out Friction Labs Gorilla Grip, but it'll cost you about three times as much.
Super Chalk provides coverage (how much chalk sticks to your hands after chalking up) comparable to BD White Gold or a finely crushed block of Frank Endo. Gorilla Grip seems to leave less chalk stuck on your hands, but it doesn't cake up as much. Some of our testers preferred the thinner layer left by the Gorilla Grip.
How does this affect your overall performance at the crag? More chalk stuck on your sweaty palms can add the necessary confidence to try as hard as possible. Conversely, too much chalk caked on the holds can make them feel slippery. Set yourself up for success and brush those holds. Below, check out the coverage before and after our sloper test.
Loose chalk is notoriously messy, falling out of chalk bags and onto gym floors across the nation, aerosolizing and floating into our sensitive respiratory systems, especially when people blow excess chalk off their hands (it's a thing). Like the BD White Gold, Super Chalk comes in a big resealable bag, and you should use a scooper of some sort when loading up your chalk bag, or you'll end up with chalk all over yourself.
Eighty cents an ounce is a screaming deal, especially compared to the boutique chalks from Friction Labs that go for $2.50/oz. In terms of bang for your buck, this chalk is by far the winner.
If you can't climb unless your hands are constantly covered in a heaping helping of magnesium carbonate, Super Chalk is your best bet. If you're like some of our testers and don't like the texture of Super Chalk, BD White Gold only costs a little bit more.
We had a few testers that said Metolius Super Chalk is the only chalk they don't like because it feels silkier and more slippery than other chalks. Again, none of them could successfully confirm which chalk they were using in our blind testing, which would support Metolius's claim about the Placebo Affect. This chalk is cheap and works.
— Matt Bento