Leave less trace when you climb with the Metolius Super Chalk Eco Ball.
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Does anyone know if the chalk ball is...
Does anyone know if the chalk ball is refillable?
Unfortunately the chalk ball is not refillable.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought the Eco Ball because a couple of locations here in Colorado have banned white chalk. It is okay, but not even close to regular white chalk.
Not a fan
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I wanted try this and was let down. I prefer regular chalk.
Seams to work great, no real markings left on the rock and keeps down on the mess
These are great
I've taken to using these all the time now, not just in the gym where I told to. They are pretty big so make sure you have a large chalk bag. It's gotten to the point where I use it to start, then when it gets smaller I pass it down to my wife and her smaller chalk bag, then it ends up with the kids. It works just as well as any other chalk and but doesn't cover the rocks and your clothes with marks.
Not good chalk
This stuff is not very good. It does leave some marking on certain types of rock, and it just doesn't stick well.
Don't Like It
This chalk ball just doesn't do it for me. It's enough to dry my hand for a couple of seconds then I'm sweaty again and have to reach for the ball again. I prefer dunking my hand in chalk.
size does matter
This is a good ball but I didn't factor in the size of my chalk bag, which is to small for my chalk ball. It works well lying around at boulder sites. So for noobs like myself make sure you watch out for this quite obvious mistake!
this chalk works great. at first it doesnt feel like its working but after a couple short climbs you really start to notice what a great job its doing. its nice to use also since you dont have to chalk up alot. i dont have to be reaching into the bag after every hold.
Who Doesnt Like Eco?
Im loving this bag. I have found that it works better for me than other chalks I have used. It dries my little digits out instantly. Its only problem is that it almost works too well. The color is awesome not only for being eco friendly to the rock, but also the back of my 4Runner. For $3.95 you gotta try it for yourself.
Nice idea, not as good
I liked the idea of being eco-green with my chalk options, but its sticking power just doesn't match up to regular chalk's. It defiantly dries my hands to the point of chapping in cold dry air, but I was still slipping a lot more than with regular chalk.
Metolius Super Chalk Eco Ball
This stuff works just as well as chalk at restoring grip to sweaty hands on a pumpy climb. The label warns that this environmentally friendly chalk substitute might dry your hands out because of the strong drying agent which is used, but I haven't had any problems with dried out digits. With this stuff you can climb and save the environment - what more could you ask for?
If I buy baby powder will that keep my...
If I buy baby powder will that keep my hands dry the same as climbing chalk? I am 95% sure that it would but I'm not certain what the makeup of the chalk is..
No. climbing/gymnastic chalk is Magnesium carbonate, which is super drying and abrasive. Baby powder (Talcum powder and corn starch) will make glue on your hands, and probably be slick.
That's exactly right Sam. Baby powder will keep your hands very dry but it does make them slick!
A little goes a long way to pull moisture from your hands (keep in mind my hands do not sweat much). An excellent choice when you cannot use standard chalk. I could not see any marks and I use less so buildup would in theory be less of a problem. It does feel different, so try it out to get used to it before heading out for a long climb.
This was the first chalk I bought for myself. I always used the gym's loner chalk, which felt a little unsanitary, so I bought one of these. I don't know if the gym's chalk balls were just over used, but this seemed to give me a much better coat of chalk, which helped my hang better and thus climb better. I can't speak to it's stealthiness since I only climb in the gym right now, but I hope to get out bouldering before too long, which is why I picked the eco-friendly stuff.
Good alternative to regular chalk
This stuff is great for climbing in areas with strict no chalk rules. It doesn't seem to keep your hands as dry as black diamond's chalk but it works well enough.
Eco Ball better than chalk for me
I like this stuff--I have never been an over-chalker, this dries my tips out just right. I climb a lot of sandstone FWIW, and it sticks well without the dust and discoloration of the rick!
so what is the desiccant used in the eco...
so what is the desiccant used in the eco ball and how does it work? Is it the same desiccant used in teh super chalk?
As I understand, it is the same chalk which is dyed so it blends in better with the rock. It is considered "eco" because it comes in a ball, and the ball causes you use less chalk because you only get chalk on the parts of the hand it touches. You also waste a lot less when you accidentally drop your bag. (no more white piles at the crag)
Yeah just color
I switched to the Eco Ball initially because I liked the idea of having dry hands but not marking up the rock. It's great for that but even better, I found it does a much better job of drying my hands and not caking onto to my fingers like normal loose chalk or a standard chalk ball. I now have a hard time climbing with normal chalk as my hands never feel as dry and clean as they do when I use the Eco Ball.
The only downside to the Eco Ball is that it seems to deplete faster than a standard chalk ball. But that's certainly not enough to keep me from buying Eco Ball after Eco Ball.
I've had a good number of these balls explode in my chalk bag. I think Metolius has attempted to fix this by stuffing them with less material and I hope that does fix the issue.