Friction Labs Secret Stuff + AF Product News

You crave the moment where your grip does more than you thought it could. That split second is nirvana. At FrictionLabs, we help you find that feeling. We use science to engineer the best and healthiest chalk there is.

The sign of a soggy hand: pink tips, flappers and generally pretty shoddy skin  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The sign of a soggy hand: pink tips, flappers and generally pretty shoddy skin
© Rob Greenwood - UKC

The Friction Labs Effect: the hand stays chalked up for longer  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The Friction Labs Effect: the hand stays chalked up for longer
© Rob Greenwood - UKC

What's different about FrictionLabs chalk?

  • Better Performance: The highest purity chalk keeps your hands drier, longer. Chalk up less. Get better grip.
  • Safer: Breathe easy knowing our chalk has no harmful drying agents or impurities. Save your lungs.
  • Healthier Skin: Clean chalk protects your skin from overdrying and cracking. Go harder. Go longer. Go more.

Secret Stuff - £12.50

Secret Stuff Secret Stuff is FrictionLabs answer to liquid chalk. Rub a small amount on your hands, let dry, and a perfect layer of the highest purity Magnesium Carbonate magically appears.

  • Base layer
  • Mid-session refresher
  • Training partner

Why use Secret Stuff instead of other chalk options?

Secret Stuff will naturally cleanse and disinfect your hands, killing bacteria and getting rid of gunk and grime that builds up over the course of your normal day and during activity. This unique cream will deliver chalk deep into the texture of your hands - as soon as you use it, you'll see how well it gets into every nook and cranny.

Use it as a total chalk replacement, base layer, or as a mid-session refresher. Chemically, it doesn't matter - however you choose to use Secret Stuff, you can be sure you're getting the highest quality, cleanest, longest lasting chalk anywhere.

How long will it last?

A single 75mL bottle of Secret Stuff will last about 100 uses.

Does Secret Stuff come in different blends/types/flavors/animals?

Yes Alcohol Free Secret Stuff is now available!

Alcohol Free Secret Stuff - £12.50

Alcohol Free Secret Stuff  © Friction Labs
New for 2019! Introducing FrictionLabs' newest liquid chalk innovation—Alcohol Free Secret Stuff. The perfect base layer liquid chalk gel for any skin type.

  • Base Layer
  • Odor Free
  • Ideal for Dry Conditions
  • Skin Friendly

Our latest chalk innovation comes in an easy to apply gel ideal for the gym, arid climates, or climbers with naturally dry skin. Use it in conjunction with your choice of FrictionLabs loose chalk or as a total chalk replacement.

Keep your skin healthy and strong. Alcohol free means no strong odors or astringent on the skin. Simply squeeze a dime to quarter size dollop onto clean, dry hands and rub in to get maximum coverage. Then, apply FrictionLabs loose chalk as needed throughout your climbing session.

Responsibly sourced and refined by climbers, for climbers in Denver, Colorado.


Designed to help you consistently climb at your limit, FrictionLabs chalk is made for climbers, by climbers.

This is not the same old white-labeled generic chalk climbers are used to. Responsibly refined in Denver, CO USA and stripped of all unnecessary fillers, FrictionLabs chalk gives you unrivaled moisture absorption and skin health. Like a high performance climbing shoe, our high purity Magnesium Carbonate makes a single application far more efficient, giving you the extra edge to focus on sending not slipping.

#chalkmatters, and we've helped thousands of climbers, from new climbers to FrictionLabs Pros finally find a chalk they can rely on, on every move. Never chalk up mid-crux again!


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20 Sep

Secret Stuff! Haha just when you thought their chalk couldn't get any more rediculous. Hey, want a tiny bag of chalk for £14? It's unicorn dust! Oh aye.

Edit: unicorn dust is 20 quid! Christ.

I feel your pain.

Things like this leave me in a contradictory state. Half of me is in despair, the other half is thinking "if consumers are that daft, get on the horse, you may as well make a few quid".

I am thinking of adding a serial dilution of saline dihydrogenoxide to my chalk product to improve its drying properties.

Sounds good doesn't it?

How about Saharan Hand Candy as a brand name?

A whole load of people expressed their cynicism when I published the review a few years back, most of which I'd forgotten about until a month or two ago when I bumped into Stu Littlefair at Griff's Buttress.

Stu had been trying an 8B there for ages, and I'd seen him fall off the last move countless times (mostly because I wasn't counting). It was pretty clear he was frustrated, mostly because it was apparent that he could do it - he just hadn't done it. A load of chat later and I suggested using some of my chalk, which was indeed Friction Labs Chalk, and he did it next go. I'm not sure how much he'd spent on fuel getting to the crag, but I'm pretty sure that he'd have saved himself a lot of money (if indeed money saving is what it's all about, which I think it's fair to say it isn't) if he'd bought some a month or so previously.

Clearly I wouldn't recommend it for general-purpose use, but if you're projecting at sport or bouldering I think £20 (or whatever it is) is a price many people would be willing to pay if it gets them up whatever it is they're trying.

It's already been done by Metolius, who include a drying agent within their 'Superchalk'. There is an issue with its inclusion though, as prolonged use tends to lead to poor skin condition + cracking - especially for those who suffer from dry skin.

20 Sep

Why is chalk still white? Given all the access issues around the world, isn't it time we switched to something less visually polluting?*

* I realise there are likely environmental issues with dyes, but white chalk is already effective at removing lichens.

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