Their slogan is: “Handmade climbing goods with a touch of beard”, and they really just might be the most charming mofos based out of the south. The idea to start a climbing company was born in Atlanta, Georgia where Erick Barros and Nick Lanphier began the partnership. Not only are Erick and Nick two of the most hospitable gentleman in the south, but they make some great climbing products. They are a grassroots company and keep it real—which is all I can ask for in a climbing company.

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May 2015, Indian Creek with owner Eric Barros
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A day spent sport climbing in St. George, Utah. Photograph by Enrico Domingo

They respond to their emails promptly and make sure that your order gets to you in a timely fashion. Turn around is usually about two weeks for completion.

The bags don’t leak, so no need to wrap them up in extra zip lock baggies! The buckets come with a roll top and buckle closure to ensure this. Both pots and chalk bags are made with Cordura fabric, which is a hybrid fabric that most backpacks or messenger bags are made of. It’s a nylon blend that’s well known for its overall toughness. The yarn has a higher abrasion resistance than other fabrics, and also a more natural canvas feel to it.

The smaller pots come with a cinch top closure system that’s made out of recycled kiteboarding kite fabric. Kite material is easily cleaned with water and super durable!

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ALL OF THE COLORS. You choose. Photograph courtesy of DBC

The downside to my chalk bag is that it won’t sit upright—I have a smaller one and the buckets sit just fine. I probably shouldn’t be leaving my chalk bag laying around the floor anyway. I’m pretty sure that’s against gym policy everywhere. The bag does not come with a buckle belt, which is fine because I prefer using a piece of rated cord anyway. You can always use a sling or pick up a piece of cord at a local gear shop or REI. They’ll cut it to length.

Bags and pots are customized however you like it! You can even choose custom cozy fleece liner for the inside. Simple design is their motto, but ask them to get a little creative and they will. I’ve been to the Dirtbag Climber home base where, after regular work hours, they spend countless more designing, sewing, and creating these handmade goods.

Check them out, and if you’re climbing in the southeast, don’t hesitate to shoot them a message—either for beta or a beer or both! The Dirtbag Climbers company encompasses the whole “southern hospitality” thing and if you’re lucky, they’ll even take you bouldering and give you a real “southern spot”.

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Boat Rock is the SHIT. Go there. Climb the dinosaur egg boulders. Slab for days.

Disclosure: I am currently an athlete with Dirtbag Climbers and the gear has been provided for this review. I love the guys at DBC but my opinions are honest and my own.

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