When I met with Mammut during Summer OR 2015, little did they know that they were going to blow my mind. Why deal with a pack to carry your things when you could have a chalk bag to eliminate most of your carry needs? Internally, Mammut has debuted prototypes of this carry all chalk bag, but this summer 2014 was when they put the idea to fruition. The Mammut Multipitch Chalk Bag is a brilliant piece of gear for when you’re way off the deck.
|Pockets||3. One zippered outer pocket, outer mesh pocket, side zip pocket|
|Jacket attachment||Bungee on bottom of chalk bag|
What we like about the Mammut Multipitch Chalk Bag
The pockets. There are so many of them! Three, to be exact. The large, zippered pocket is large enough to hold a phone (my iPhone 11 Pro fits in there), and a GoPro or compact camera, or a beer. A outer mesh pocket keeps your snacks (ShotBloks, anyone?) handy. A side zip pocket stows more snacks, or your keys, with an internal key clip.
If you’re planning on knocking out a couple multi-pitches at a spot like a dome in Tuolumne, the Mammut Multipitch Chalk Bag eliminates the need for having a summit pack. It works as a great addition for long days where you need to keep a couple essentials handy.
The bulk and weight of the chalk bag with stuff inside keeps it relatively stable when it’s windy out. Your chalk doesn’t fly out everywhere.
What we don’t like
Larger phones, like the Google Pixel 3XL, do not fit in the large zipper pocket.
The downside of having a lot of stuff in the pockets is the inside of the bag collapses in. When you’re reaching to chalk up, that’s a little more resistance before reaching that fluffy white stuff. It’s not exactly ideal when you’re cruxing hundreds of feet off the deck. And it’s definitely not ideal when you’re soloing something cool and your hands are getting really sweaty. I don’t consider it a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind when loading up the chalk bag.
I’ve yet to use the bungee straps at the bottom of the bag. I don’t quite trust myself with not losing a jacket just aimlessly hanging out there.
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