So there are a lot of people out there who say one chalk bag is as good as another, however here at vertical gear, we tend to disagree. You know the feeling you get when you dip your hands in someone else’s chalk bag, that awkward feeling of not belonging, well we think you get a similar one when you find a bag that just isn’t right for you.
So how does one bag differ from the other? Well we like to sum it up in the following basic attributes; Build Quality, Ease of Use, Features and Value for Money. So here’s how the Moon Bouldering Chalk Bag measures up.
From the first time you get your hands on (or more appropriately in), this chalk bag, you become aware of the high build quality that comes with the name Moon. The outer bag is made from a hard wearing, anti-rip material which is complemented by the tough ribbon loops and edging. The front pocket is predominantly made of the same materials but includes two mesh panels which add to the aesthetics and seem suitably strong, but are unfortunate natural weak point.
The interior of the bag is extremely soft and very cosy and incorporates some robust Velcro for sealing the compartments. The high build quality is again reassured by the selection of a buckle manufactured by Woo Jin, who supply the likes of Deuter and Mountain Equipment with specialist hardware.
Ease of Use
Not only can you fit both hands in this bag at once, which is a must for a bouldering bucket, but you could probably get a foot in there too! With Velcro sealed chalk compartment, and a clippable roll-down top that resembles a dry bag, we think this is one of the easiest bags to use on the market.
How many features can a chalk bag have, you say? Well agreed, not that many, but those few that they do have can make all the difference. The main feature that a chalk bag needs is a tight sealing method which also allow easy access to the contents and we have to give credit to Moon as they seem to have nailed that aspect. Using only the Velcro seal will keep spillages to a minimum but when used with the roll down top, the bag is almost air tight!
A second important feature, more specific to a bouldering bag, is the need for a solid and stable base so that it cannot be easily knocked over. Again this bag does well in this area, because even though it is quite tall, its wide base gives it a relatively low centre of gravity that has protected it against a number of inadvertent boots!
The bag incorporates a front pocket which is a good size for a phone, wallet, finger tape and nail clippers but it is only partly sealed. We believe this so that brushes can be carried in the pocket, however it does mean that any small items could escape when the bag inevitably gets kicked across the floor. Strangely the velcro for this pocket sits about an inch below the top of the pocket, which unfortunately means that almost an inch and a half of its depth is unuseable.
Value for Money
The Moon Bouldering Chalk Bag isn’t the cheapest ‘bucket’ on the market, but its high build quality and innovative sealing method make the £20 UK RRP good value for money.
If you want a bouldering chalk bag that protects that your powder and keeps it inside rather than emptying it into your rucksack, you can’t go wrong with this one by Moon. The velcro sealed, roll down top will not only protect the contents but will outlast any drawstring and spring clip combination.
One important point to note is that the bag does not have a waterproof bottom, so you need to be careful where you place it on a damp or dewy day. However, as long as you pick a dry spot, it is very stable and sits well whether in the closed or open positions. The bag is robust while also being lightweight and, as with anything that comes in camo, instantly wins extra points with us!