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Chalk. Ever since one damp day in 1980 on the sea cliffs of Gogarth, North Wales, I have used it. Not a ton, but very habitually. Gyms actually prefer you use it, so as not to grease up their holds. When toting my chalk bag around in my backpack, I’ll store the chalkbag inside a recycled plastic grocery bag to keep it from spilling—even well-sealed chalk bags can leak.
When I first saw the Petzl Sakover Chalk Storage Bag—essentially a storage bag for your chalk bag, or maybe a “chalk-bag-for-a-chalk-bag”?—I thought it was a nothing, a trifle. That lasted about 1.5 seconds. Then I remembered the chalk. The chalk. The grocery bags get holes, as well as gaps where I tie the knots, and the chalk gets out. Into the bottom of the pack, onto the old black fleece vest I always have in there. At home at the end of the day, chalk sifts into the air when I rummage around to retrieve water bottles, or sneaks onto the floor and surfaces of the gear closet.
With the Petzl Sakover, everything stays in. The storage bag has a rolltop (I just whip the bag around it in a few circles the way I sling-roll a jacket to tie it around my waist on a hike), the buckle is easy snap, and the chalk stays in. The nylon container is super light at 1.4 ounces, and big enough to hold the chalk bag and spare canister (an ancient Gatorade container) of chalk I keep on hand. Sealed seams keep the Sakover airtight.
In the end, this is actually a super-handy item, and affordable (great gift material) at $14.95. Besides—and this is a good thing—our local grocery store doesn’t give out plastic bags anymore.
Airtight bag to contain chalk bag and dust.
-Super light // takes no extra room in a pack.
-Simplicity means no dividers, loops, or zippers for storing accessories.
There are other nice products in the category, but this is minimal and super frugal.
One size. Any normal chalk bag will fit, with room to spare.