If you’re not familiar with liquid chalks and the benefits then I’m happy to convert you to this liquid gold!
Climbing is one of those sports that just generates sweaty palms, this happens to some people more than others.
My palms, for example, start to leak if I so much as start thinking about climbing. During my watch of the Dawn Wall, I thought I was going to cause a tidal wave on the poor people sat in the row in front.
As you can imagine this can be a bit of an issue when climbing, Its has also turned me into a serial chalker.
Upon looking for ways to improve this I came across liquid chalk. This stuff solved the problem I was having completely!
I found if I put a layer on at the start of a session it not only keeps my hands dry but helps my powder chalk stick on my hands longer too.
We talk about Powder Chalk vs Liquid in a previous post, however, we think you should really use both to make sure you benefit from the strengths of each!
After trialing our favorites we have compiled a list of our favorites along with one to avoid.
So pretty much everyone knows in climbing Friction Labs is one of the brands that set the standards for climbing consumables. Known for their animal series powder chalks they have delved into the liquid realm.
Friction lab states
At FrictionLabs, we deliver The New Standard in Chalk. That means you chalk up less and climb more. We responsibly refine our chalk in Denver, Colorado, wiping out fillers and artificial drying agents common in generic chalk from China. Our chalk is designed for the extreme demands of rock climbers and has become the choice of top athletes in all grip-dependent sports.
So whenever you buy you can be safe the knowledge that it’s not just some cheap import.
Once applied it will only take seconds to dry, the texture left on your hand is even finer than their unicorn dust powder chalk.
Perfect for breaking out when you need every little bit of help to send that project before its reset in the gym. Or better yet your long term outdoor enemy!
The Iron American Liquid chalk while mainly marketed at the weight lifting crowd but it’s amazing for climbers! Available in a 50ml carry bottle for when you’re traveling light on your way to a project or the larger 250ml one is perfect for gym sessions when you are not worried about weight.
One main feature climbers love about the Midas over other liquid chalks is that it seems to go that little bit further, with just a small amount of liquid needed to completely coat your hands in that wonderful flour power.
With a pretty big fanbase spread across gymnastics, weight lifting and the dreaded cross fitter’s Midas has managed to become a favorite for climbers as well thanks to the quality of the chalk.
So everybody knows the name Black Diamond in climbing. One of the biggest climbing gear manufacturers in the world, it’s no surprise they have their own take on liquid chalk.
Something not everyone knows is that Black Diamond Equipment originated from famous climbers Yvon Chouinard’s “Chouinard Equipment Ltd”.
Chouinard Equipment was bought out by its employees after filing bankruptcy and that buyout resulted in the start of Black Diamond we know today.
But enough about the company, you’re here to learn about the chalk, not the company.
I’m not going to lie, Black Diamond products are always up to snuff, and it’s no exception with the liquid chalk. While I don’t think it’s the best liquid chalk out there it’s definitely in the front runnings.
Long-lasting, quick-drying, and with a good coat of chalk it ticks all the boxes. The reliability of the brand makes it a perfect choice for beginners, gumbys, and veterans alike.
While we all aspire to be a grip god, this liquid chalk sadly won’t turn you into one. It will however help. A lot.
With a wonderful citrus scent this already puts grip god leagues ahead of the other liquid chalks in the smell department, most tend to smell like some super sterile lab others are more like closing at the bar with whiffs of alcohol content.
But you cant send on smells alone so how does it compare to the others?
Using a small dab of the grip god will leave your hands ready to cling to stone or plastic in under 10 seconds, fast-drying the grip god also includes a sweat-resistant additive as an extra to help keep those hands nice and dry.
Another added extra is the antibacterial properties, yes you heard that right! this is so you don’t have to worry about applying the chalk when you have small cuts or nicks in your hand from the rock (it might sting a little though).
The other cool thing I like about Grip God is that the bottle includes a carabiner which comes in handy more often than you think, it allows you to clip the chalk to the outside of your bag so it doesn’t get squished or attach to the back of your harness for easy storage.
Edelweiss is most famous for selling ropes but that doesn’t stop them from dabbling in chalk too.
While taking a little more time to dry than other liquid chalks it more than makes it up with long-lasting chalk. Once on your hands, it can be pretty difficult to get it off!
This difficulty has proved a key selling point in the Edelweiss liquid chalk some of the other options available tend to last a climb or two, you won’t be having that problem with the Edelweiss.
Once you are done and need to sadly get rid of the chalk and go about your day to day business you will have to scrub your hands with soap to ensure the chalk has been completely washed off.
The liquid might feel more watery than you are used to at first but don’t worry once it’s dry’s it creates one of the best base layers.
After trying the Edelweiss liquid chalk most people are glad that the company didn’t just stick to ropes.
So with every product, there is usually one that is lower quality or one to avoid. The wolf amongst the chalky sheep.
This time it’s Mammut’s Liquid Chalk. While usually, Mammut products are pretty solid across the board, but it seems they have missed a trick on the liquid chalk.
The chalk doesn’t seem to last anywhere near its competition. Most other liquid chalks on the market last 2-3 times longer and tends to give larger bottles for better value.
I would recommend avoiding this chalk and trial some of the other options out there if you want to get value for your money.