For this survey, I asked for your preferences on climbing and bouldering chalk on my instagram channel @bestboulders. With about 140 participants from 27 different countries this survey was quite a bit less popular than the survey about the most popular bouldering shoes with 524 participants.
Maybe people just don’t care as much about which chalk to use for climbing. 😉 But still the survey brought some interesting insights which I want to share in this article.
‘Top 5’ Chalk for Bouldering and Climbing
To be fair, this is a really weird Top 5 list as there are several chalk brands sharing the same ranking because of the same market shares. Anyways, I wanted to share the data as it came in so here we go.
- Friction Labs – 32,2%
- Black Diamond – 15,1%
- Tokyo Powder Industries – 6,8%
- – Top 4
- – Top 5
- Other – 27,4%
By far the most popular chalk brand for climbing is Friction Labs with 32,2% market share. In a world where a lot of people don’t really care about the brand, they did a really good job to get into people’s minds. (84K+ Followers on Instagram don’t lie)
I must honestly say that I never tried their chalk, but after this survey, I think I might have to give it a go. 😉
Black Diamond made it to Top 2 with 15,1% and even though the majority of the participants of the survey preferred the Black Diamond White Gold, I find their relatively new product Pure Gold really exciting as you can increase the performance of any climbing chalk with it. (Check out this video for more information about that)
Tokyo Powder Industries came a little bit as a surprise for me as I never heard that name before but it might be that the relatively small survey sample size is a bit misleading here. (Or is it just me?)
Similarly, the small sample size also led to the fact that Top 4 and Top 5 combine a total of eight climbing and bouldering chalk brands with the same market shares in their respective ranking.
But also the market share of 27,4% of other brands shows that there are a lot of other brands out there to check out.
Most Popular Climbing Chalk Types
Another interesting aspect for me was the preferred chalk type. Therefore I also asked about the preference of the following chalk types: Loose chalk powder, liquid chalk, blocks, chalk balls / socks, chunks.
Not very surprisingly the loose chalk powder type is preferred by the vast majority of climbers. (Even though a lot of gyms don’t really like that)
Liquid chalk is still a very small niche in this sector but my opinion is that there will be a lot of improvements in the future. I can recommend checking out CremeChalk by KletterRetter if you haven’t tried it out before!
Friction Labs also has something to offer with the Secret Stuff Chalk Cream.
Background data about the survey participants
To give you a little bit more insights on the participants of this survey, I’ll quickly show you a few more charts for those of you who are interested. 😉
What are your thoughts on climbing and bouldering chalk? Does it even matter or have you experienced a huge difference in different brands?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
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Last Update: March 2019
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