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    49 Reviews


    C40 Chalk Bag

    Instead of making another basic chalk bag like everyone else, Arc'teryx used Schoeller dynamic softshell fabric to give the C40 a unique look and feel. This small-medium-size Arc'teryx chalk bag is just right for bouldering or sport climbing. The C40 Chalk Bag's tapered top allows you to get a quick dab of chalk when you're cruxing on your project. *Only available for US shipment.

    • Chalk bag for sport climbing and bouldering
    • Schoeller dynamic softshell has a unique feel
    • Smaller size is perfect for working your project
    • Tapered top reduces the risk of spills
    • Item #ARC0629

    Tech Specs

    nylon, Schoeller dynamic
    Claimed Weight
    3.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is no regular chalk bag, it's a chalk bag made by Arcteryx. Arcteryx seems to make all their products with a little magic. This bag is no exception. First day using this, I went from being a lousy 5.10 leader to crushing 5.14X multi pitch mixed alpine routes. I can also knee bar on any route. Buy this chalk bag and climb with the gods!

    Neat but a bit small

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bag is light and the drawstring pulls tight. That's great! But it is a bit too small for my 5/5 liking. If they made it a tiny bit deeper it would be perfect!

    Too small for a chalk ball

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I will echo what a lot of other people have already mentioned- this bag is too small! It isn't so much about hand size- with a standard chalk ball inside the bag is so small it will not fully close! What. The. Hell. Arcteryx?!?! A half-inch more room and it would be a tight fit but at least it would close. But so small that a chalk ball won't even fit? Ridiculous. Sending it back.

    Perfect chalk bag!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I haven't been climbing for very long, but this is exactly what I needed for a chalk bag. It is a great size, very soft on the inside, and the chalk hasn't spilled out at all! I definitely recommend!

    Chalk Up and Climb-On

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bag is nicer than my first impressions thought. I generally like a simple chalk bag with a lightweight waist belt attachment piece. This bag has a plastic piece which I thought would become annoying but I really started to like it more and more with each climb. It helps that bag stay uprighted in the correct positions so that chalk does not spill out of your bag. The inner felt is also very soft, while the hand opening is large enough to put my sausage fingers into without being excessively open. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email: sarruabarrena@backcountry, or by phone: 801-204-4679.

    Best Bag By Far

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My favorite feature of this bag is the Schoeller dynamic softshell fabric. It's lightweight, durable, stretchy, and looks great! I never have to worry about beating it up too much ,or it falling apart on me. This is THE bag you need if you have medium sized or smaller hands.

    The Hand Fits!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this for my boyfriend for when we go to the rock gym. He has such large hands that the chalk bag he had was too small and he struggled sometimes to get his hand in. This bag has a wide enough opening he does not have a problem anymore.

    Pretty Much Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used this bag a few times now and it has proved to be pretty much perfect. A medium size bag fits my hand just fine. It is more on the shallow side but I guess I found that there is not need for it to be any deeper. It does have a very nice brim and drawcord that doesn't let chalk spill out. I'd definitely recommend to my fellow climber friends.

    Love the material!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this little bag:

    1) they made it out of softshell material, like clothing. It's very light and super soft.

    2) the top is slanted out which actually makes it easier to stick your hands in it

    3) generous size for a small bag - it's not THAT small!

    4) drawstring and adjustable belt work perfectly

    Photo: climbing in paradox valley with my c40 in green orchid

    Love the material!

    Perfect for day climbs and the gym

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag has an easy pull open/close and stays open so you don't have to fiddle with it to get your hand in. It's big enough for a chalk ball and also for my hands (5'5" 115 lb woman). The waist is easily adjustable and stays in place. And it comes in great colors (I use the green orchid).

    Perfect for day climbs and the gym

    Great little chalk bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Nice materials and thoughtful design, especially the flexible ring around top that keeps the bag open. The cinch works as well as you can expect against chalk, I mostly trust it to keep the rest of my pack chalk-free. The small size is good hitting the gym but probably need to refill for day long excursions.

    small bag

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    but well built. Ended up passing it off to the wife, since it is too small for me. Great materials and holds up well. Shes been running it for a year or so and has beat it up and its still going strong.

    Excellent Chalk Bag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Size reference: Female--my hands are 6.5 inches long from wrist to tip of middle finger; about 4.5 inches across.

    USE, FIT, & PROS:

    I love this chalk bag. I've had it for about a year now, and I have no major complaints. My hands fit nicely in the bag, and I have a size medium. (You should compare the depth/width of the bag to your own hand size to be sure it will fit nicely.) I love this bag especially on days I do laps (that's what I'm doing in the video), when I prefer something light that doesn't weigh me down (yes, some chalk bags can weigh you down a little). It's very efficient. I love the color and the drawcord doesn't get stuck as often as other chalk bags I've used (despite the continual presence of chalk on the cord).

    When choosing a bag, I think the things to look for are a sturdy ring at the top that keeps the bag wide open so it doesn't flop closed--the components involved in keeping this bag put are nice and firm (see the video: even when I twist and turn it stays in just about the same place).

    Other things to look for are how much room you want for your loose chalk/ball--some people like a bigger bag so they don't have to replace the chalk as often. For me, I replace my chalk every month or so (I climb 3-4 days a week) and the size of this bag is just fine (I would call myself a moderate chalk-user). Another thing to look for is the quality of the belt; this one is great and the buckle looks & feels sturdy. The inside of the bag is nice and soft, and I've never had chalk explode out of the bag when I cinch it shut. It also has a loop for a brush, which I've never had to use, even though I do use it for bouldering as well. I'm not too picky!


    If you're looking to do mostly bouldering, you might want to think about getting a chalk bucket instead. This isn't necessarily a downside to this chalkbag, but if you want something that will do double duty for bouldering and sport/trad climbing, then you might want to find something a tad bigger.

    Holds chalk

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The construction is impressive, as expected from Arc'teryx, but other than that it is a chalk bag. It holds enough chalk and fits my small hands perfectly, but it will not close with a 'full' chalk ball in it. After some use, with the ball smaller, it closed perfectly and doesnt leak chalk. Additionally, it sits really well on the butt, and the stiff brim really helps when you're nervously throwin your hands into it. If I didnt get it on sale ($25), it wouldnt be worth the money though.

    If the belt is cut off, can the bag still...

    If the belt is cut off, can the bag still attach nicely to the haul loop?

    not particularly, see when the webbing is gone all you have is the plastic ring, my best idea is a small biner through the plastic loop then the haul loop, but because of the angle the loop on the bag is at the bag will be turned in a weird way. the webbing runs through the loop parallel to your body whereas a carabiner would be perpendicular, making the bag turn sideways. so id say to just use the belt or be creative to keep that bag facing the right way, theres no shame with modifying some of your gear, just be careful if you want your warranty

    Best Answer

    What you could also do, emi, is cinch up the belt loop so that you can clip in a regular biner to your haul loop, and loop through the new belt loop. Then, you could cut the excess nylon from the belt, and melt the frays so that you have a neat platform to play with, the haul loop and the new belt loop.

    Can you remove the belt to attach it to a...

    Can you remove the belt to attach it to a harness?