There isn’t very much to say about chalk bags. You put chalk in, tie them round your waist and go climbing. Simple. However I found myself really liking this one and have felt compelled to write a few words.
Built to Send are a small, UK based company currently making very light and durable packs, stuff sacks and chalk bags. In their own words they ‘make obsessively engineered rucksacks for alpinists, climbers and ultralight backpackers. Our equipment, which is custom engineered and hand-built in the UK, is the ultimate in bombproof simplicity. Our team combines the skills of experienced design engineers, climbers and exceptional craftsmen.’
The C1 chalk bags come in white or black with a contrasting label which consequently make them they look quite smart. They are fleece lined with a draw cord closure. They come supplied with a webbing belt which I took off and replaced with a length of 6mm cord. There is a very handy zipped pocket on the rear of the bag which will hold keys, cards and phone without them interfering with the opening or making the bag hang weirdly.
I have always liked a larger chalk bag and the C1 has a good big sized opening which is easy to get your hands into. The fabric is quite stiff which enables the bag to keep its shape and stay open in use.
So in conclusion a simple and well designed chalk bag which will be replacing my old Wild Country Grand Illusion bag.