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Metolius Super Chalk Sock Review

A great way to keep chalk in your chalk bag out of the air of your busy climbing gym.
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Price:  $5 List | $3.90 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Refillable, nearly mess-free, inexpensive
Cons:  Poor coverage
Manufacturer:   Metolius
By Matt Bento ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 29, 2019
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  • Friction & Overall Feel - 25% 5
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  • Mess - 25% 9
  • Value - 25% 7

Our Verdict

Using the Metolius Super Chalk Sock is a great way to increase the friction between your hands and the rock (or plastic) without getting chalk all over yourself, on the ground, and in the air of your gym. If your crusher kids are enthusiastic chalkers or just prone to making a mess, this is probably the least messy of the chalk products in our review. For folks climbing in small, dungeon-like climbing gyms, the Chalk Sock is a must for keeping chalk in the bag, on your hands, and out of your lungs. For a chalk ball that provides more coverage (but more mess), look at our favorite of the ball variety, the refillable BD Chalk Shot.


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Pros Refillable, nearly mess-free, inexpensiveWidely available, good texture and friction, nice priceExcellent value, good friction and coverageCoats hands well, least expensive "climbing specific" chalkGreat Coverage, Excellent friction, almost no dust
Cons Poor coverageEasy to spill, creates a lot of dustUnusable if you have cuts and abrasions on your handsLow friction, doesn't last as long as other chalks.Not a great value
Bottom Line A great way to keep chalk in your chalk bag out of the air of your busy climbing gym.No bells and whistles with White Gold. This magnesium carbonite keeps your hands dry without costing an arm and a leg.This liquid chalk lets you apply a solid base layer of chalk on your hands without creating a cloud of dust.This chalk is the most cost effective way to keep your hands dry.When you need all the friction you can get, this chalk cream delivers.
Rating Categories Metolius Super Chalk Sock Black Diamond White Gold Mammut Liquid Chalk Metolius Super Chalk Friction Labs Secret Stuff
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Specs Metolius Super... Black Diamond... Mammut Liquid Chalk Metolius Super Chalk Friction Labs...
Resealable Packaging? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price Per oz $4.50 per ball $1.03/oz $1.94/oz $0.80/oz $7.60/oz
Type Refillable Ball Loose Liquid Loose Liquid
Drying Additive Yes No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

For folks that need a healthy layer of chalk caked on their sweaty, trembling hands to feel safe above the last bolt, the Black Diamond Refillable Chalk Shot is a better choice, but if you're concerned about dust and mess while climbing indoors, the Metolius Chalk Sock is superior. If your gym is well vented and isn't a humid swamp, the thin layer of coverage you get from this chalk ball will do just fine.

Performance Comparison


This ball is larger and less porous than the Black Diamond version.
This ball is larger and less porous than the Black Diamond version.

Friction & Overall Feel


Only the finest powdery chalk can pass through the cloth of this chalk sock, so it comes filled with what we can only assume is finely crushed Metolius Super Chalk. Our most discerning testers feel the Super Chalk is the softest, silkiest feeling chalk, and several testers preferred a grittier texture. One could empty the sock and fill it with whatever brand they prefer, but if it's too chunky, it won't be able to pass through the cloth. The finer the chalk, the more likely it is to cake up on the holds, but since only a little chalk can pass through the sock when you squeeze it, we never found this to be a problem.

Coverage


Squeeze for squeeze and dip for dip, the Super Chalk Sock deposits less chalk on your hands than the BD Chalk Shot and all of the other chalk products in our review. If you're a sweaty gal or feller, this could be a problem. For those gifted with hands that don't ooze more grease than a pepperoni pizza, the chalk sock should be fine, and it'll make your chalk last way longer. This chalk sock only leaves the thinnest layer of chalk on your hands.

This chalk ball doesn't allow a lot of chalk to pass through the cloth  leaving only a thin layer of chalk on your hands  but creates less dust than the competition.
This chalk ball doesn't allow a lot of chalk to pass through the cloth, leaving only a thin layer of chalk on your hands, but creates less dust than the competition.

Mess


Since the Metolius Chalk Sock is less porous than the BD Shot, it makes less mess and keeps more chalk out of the air. The opening in the top is larger than that of the BD ball, making it easier to refill without spilling chalk all over the place. We suggest using a spoon or a scooper from an old Gatorade mix. The drawcord and cord lock will keep the chalk from spilling out of the top — just be sure not to overfill.

Here's what you can expect from one squeeze from the chalk sock.
Here's what you can expect from one squeeze from the chalk sock.

Value


A reusable chalk sock for $4.50? Yes, please! Considering that Metolius sells a non-refillable version for 50 cents less, this is a no-brainer, get the one you can use again and again. The Metolius refillable chalk sock is 50 cents less than the BD version, and since it dols out less chalk at a time, you'll go through less chalk.

Best Applications


This is the best option if you want to be kind to your fellow climbers and gym staff. Other than chalk creams like the Friction Labs Secret Stuff, this is the best product for reducing particulate matter in the air of your climbing gym, and waiting for chalk cream to dry every time you need to chalk up isn't practical anyway.

This sock has a larger opening than the BD ball making it easier to refill.
This sock has a larger opening than the BD ball making it easier to refill.

Conclusion


The Metolius Super Chalk Sock is a great choice if you mainly climb indoors, and even if you're fortunate enough to do most of your climbing out in the wild, it's good to have one on hand when crummy weather forces you inside. Many gyms ban the use of loose chalk anyway, and everyone will appreciate that lack of dust floating around during busy nights at the gym.

Looking to avoid big dumps like this one? Start using a chalk sock.
Looking to avoid big dumps like this one? Start using a chalk sock.


Matt Bento