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Chalk bags with pockets?

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Chris90 · · Unity, Maine · Joined May 2010 · Points: 10

I am looking for a chalkbag that can hold a headlamp, knife, and granola bar. I am not sure if there is anything out there now that does this. I dont like having stuff in my pockets or too much extra junk on my harness. Any brands out there that yall know of?

Jason Halladay · · Los Alamos, NM · Joined Oct 2005 · Points: 12,044
Madrock Kangaroo . It probably won't fit a granola bar but would accommodate a gel, small knife and small headlamp.
Kilroywashere! London · · Harrisonburg, Virginia · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 285

petzl kodapoche will hold a gel, knife and an e-lite, also, the drawstring closure on it is a whistle...actually now that i think about it, the e-lite has a whistle on it too!

Billcoe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 665

I have 3 chalkbags with zippers and will not even accept a chalkbag free if it doesn't have a zipper. I feel real strongly on it.

The ones with the biggest pockets are the Metolius Stash and the Red Chili. The Metolius is the best both for dipping chalk and storage but does weigh more. Pass on the Red Chili as the chalk migrates to the pocket. I don't put an Mp3 player in there but found it annoying as hell. I have 2 headlamps, a knife and a lighter in the Stash all the time, with room for a small snack If I want to stuff it in for a long route. Like real small snack:-)

Interesting that Metolius no longer shows the Stash on their site......
Austin Baird · · SLC, Utah · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 95

You'll feel like an idiot dropping $40 on a chalk bag; I did. But I've been through 5 chalk bags and this is the only one that I've liked. Easy access to the chalk, your hand won't snag - good-sized zipper pocket, opening that cinches completely shut - try it, you won't regret it.

Austin Baird · · SLC, Utah · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 95
Kai Larson · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 250

Now that the Metolius Stash is no longer in production, can anyone point me to a chalk bag with a large zippered pocket?

Nobleman · · Denver,CO · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 45

Trango 40 cal. Doesn't have a zipper, but it has a Velcro pocket that is pretty good size and is secure- ive never had a problem with it. In addition, the bag is a great size and closes securely. Finally, and best of all, it is only 15 bucks, so you don't feel ridiculous spending a fortune on a small bag.

bearbreeder · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 3,065
Anfarwal Vr · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 225

Mammut Togir Chalk bag. It's awesome. I fit a small knife, a mini-headlamp, lip balm and a granola bar in there easily. I've even put an apple with cheese with the granola bar in there (along with the knife, headlamp and lip balm) for big summit days. The key is that it stretches. $23 on backcountry…

Josh Kornish · · · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840

I can make chalk bags of any dimension and I'm always happy to work with zippers. Check some of my wares out at cheers!

Capt. Impatient · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 0

Arc'teryx makes one for about 35. Or find a local dry cleaner/ seamstress. And see what it would be to put a pocket one your chalk bag now. Tip: if you have to clean out your chalk bag for what ever reason go to a car wash place ( after you emptied residual chalk out ) and vacuum it out. I used my vacuum at home one time and it always seemed to spit chalk every time I started it.

Nodin deSaillan · · Boulder · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 80

BD Cult

brian burke · · santa monica, ca · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 120

boreal chalkbags have nice zippered pockets. i have the corduroy one and it holds headlamp+knife+bar+tape very comfortably.

Abram Herman · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined May 2009 · Points: 20
Billcoe wrote: Interesting that Metolius no longer shows the Stash on their site......
This one?…
Josh Kornish · · · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840

In response to this thread and at the request of another MP user I prototyped a new model with what I'd say is the largest zippered pocket on the market.

It's kind of like the Metolius Stash in that it's situated at the bottom and runs the full back half of the bag. It's also lined with a fluorescent green liner.

Let me know what you guys think! I'm always up for constructive feedback!

TUFA Climbing


Side profile. Angled top, tapered body. Pocket runs entirety of backside

Closer detail. Low profile zipper

Pocket detail

Hybrid Attachment point. Normal belt loop or a lowered biner attachment point

Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 2,267

+1 for TUFA chalk bags.

Quality workmanship, quality bags!

A zippered pocket is a MUST for all climbing essentials.

Josh Kornish · · · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840

Everyone needs a schwag pocket, Locker! ;)

In response to this thread I've been playing with prototypes. If any of you are interested in giving me any feedback on what you see as vital features please refer to my other thread:

Feedback Thread


wa5.10 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 10

Find one with a decent sized pocket to carry only the essentials on your ascent.

Erik Estrada

Its cool bro, I'm legit.

Crag pass

Mathias · · Loveland, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 306

Maybe buy a second chalk bag and just keep "stuff" in it?

Josh Kornish · · · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840
Mathias wrote:Maybe buy a second chalk bag and just keep "stuff" in it?
Mathias I think I am actually going to design a little bag that would slide onto the chalk bag loop and sit next to your chalk bag. I'll post some stuff a little later.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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