Chalk Innovation

Climbing Red River Gorge

July 12, 2017 Spider Chalk

The reality is, though, that tears of the skin on my hands often force me to rest, and that damp skin leads to more tears. I credit Spider Chalk, especially my favorite chalk on the market, their chunky powder chalk, with keeping my hands dry and in good working order for a week straight of climbing many pitches of sandstone in warm, humid conditions.

Secrets of Chalk Science

April 14, 2017 Spider Chalk

As the only USA manufacturer of gym and weightlifting chalk, Spider Chalk products last 2x longer than conventional chalk. Our chalk contain pure lab-grade magnesium carbonate which is very rare. In addition to making the best chalk on the planet, we also thought about how it's used and what it should feel like. Typically, chalk is mined from limestone in giant slabs then refined and separated into calcium carbonate (sidewalk chalk) and magnesium carbonate (gym chalk). Magnesium Carbonate has excellent drying ability while calcium carbonate, once wet, feels slimy. Higher-grades of magnesium carbonate means higher concentrations of magnesium carbonate and...

Gym Chalk VS Hand Grips

March 09, 2017 Spider Chalk

Are hand grips better than weightlifting chalk or is gym chalk better than hand grips? Instead of saying one is better than the other first let's talk about what you should know before you buy either. Hand Grips History Hand grips were designed for gymnasts who do big swinging movements on rings, parallel or uneven bars. They were never designed for athletes doing pullups or other simple movements. But with the explosion of CrossFit and other functional fitness movements like muscle ups and high-rep pullups, hand grips started popping up all over touting their ability to help grip and avoid...

What Makes Good Chalk?

January 05, 2017 Spider Chalk

Chalk Junkies are people who spend several hours a week with chalk. Whether it's rock climbing, gymnastics or weight lifting, those of us who rely on chalk for grip have a special relationship with the white powder. That deeply intimate relationship with magnesium carbonate has given us a unique ability to feel the difference between good chalk and bad chalk. What to look for in your chalk: Price. $25.00 for 10oz of chalk? I hope it cures the flu. 5lbs of chalk in a bucket for $100? I hope that bucket also does your laundry. Let's be reasonable here, great chalk is...

Why Make Block Chalk?

October 18, 2016 Spider Chalk

In February of 2016, we started researching manufacturing block chalk at our facility in Atlanta, GA. The response was very negative. This is what we heard: "Why would you make chalk when you can buy it from China?" "You can't compete with the prices of the overseas chalk companies!" "No one in the world makes chalk outside China and Taiwan, so what are you thinking?" "It's a HUGE waste of time, just buy their chalk and private label it like everyone else!" We we're blown away with the lack of enthusiasm. Does no one care about making better products? Does no one...