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How we choose: The best climbing accessories highlighted here were selected based on 26 reviews of 23 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Top Chalk Bag

La Sportiva Laspo Chalk Bag

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This climber’s essential has all of the necessary features of a chalk bag, at a great price point. This chalk bag works well for any type of indoor or outdoor climber, whether bouldering at the gym, or multi-pitch days on a big wall.

Reasons to Buy

  • Aperture remains open/hands don’t get caught
  • Drawstring prevents chalk from spilling 
  • Durable material
  • Included waist belt

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fleece lining can catch and tear a hangnail
  • Loud color contrast/limited color choice

When it comes to knowing a product will perform flawlessly, people reach out to a small handful of brands. La Sportiva is certainly one of these elite companies, handcrafting products in northern Italy for outdoor enthusiasts since 1929. Although footwear for climbing and skiing is their expertise, they have excelled in the textile industry as well. A product like a chalk bag may well be a simple piece of climbing gear, but finding that piece of gear, relying on it to ALWAYS work, and never having to think about said gear is not so simple.  Specifications: Weight: 4.5oz/128g Opening Diameter: 5.5" Maximum chalk capacity: Approximately 3oz Material: Ripstop nylon exterior, fleece lining Drawstring: Yes Included waistbelt: Yes (42" maximum waist)...

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Chalk Bag

Mammut Multipitch Chalk Bag

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Great for multi-pitch climbing, allows me to carry a headlamp, emergency blanket, and a couple snack bars.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice storage options
  • Easy to use

Reasons to Avoid

  • The small sling used to connect it to your harness means that it rotates easily and may not be where you expect it when you reach for chalk

This is a great chalk bag for multipitch climbers that don't want to carry a backpack. There is enough space in the back pouch for a headlamp, 2-3 snack bars, and an emergency blanket. Additionally, there is a bungee cord on the bottom that allows you to strap on a light shirt or packable windbreaker. Clip a water bottle to your harness, and you're all set to go fast and light without a backpack. The chalk bag part of it works as expected, although if you overfill the other pockets, it gets a little tough getting your hand in.

Read more: Mammut Multipitch Chalk Bag review (1)

Black Diamond Forearm Trainer

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Simple and extremely effective!

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent for grip and endurance training
  • Simple
  • Cheap

Reasons to Avoid

  • There really is no downside to this

This simple rubber ring has done more for my forearm strength in one use than weeks of doing 50 full forearm curls. They wear you out very quickly but you can allow some time to recover and then begin again. I personally use it while sitting around the house until I just can't anymore. This is a no maintenance trainer that I regret not buying months ago.

Read more: Black Diamond Forearm Trainer reviews (2)

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