Look, I am not going to pretend to be something I am not. I climb indoors, because it I enjoy it and it is the only upper body workout I am willing to do. I consider myself a quasi climber because I have never been to a crag or bouldered outdoors (yet). None the less I recognize the need for discipline specific gear that serves the user. After climbing at the gym a few times I noticed I never had a place for my stuff and my current children's chalk bag (no joke) wasn't cutting it anymore. I decided I wanted a replacement that was stationed upright on the ground and allowed easy access to the chalk. I stumbled upon a small company called Beta Labs that was producing an interesting chalk bucket called the Buck-It (of course). I took a chance and order one off Amazon to give it a shot.
The Beta Labs Buck-It is essentially a fleece lined dry bag with a roll top closure. There are two elastic brush holders on the outside of the bucket that I found to be perfect for attaching a pair of climbing shoes to with a carabiner. On one side of the Buck-It there is a large clear pocket designed for a cell phone. The top of this pocket has a flap over the top to prevent chalk and water from pouring down into the pocket. The pocket measures 6" wide by 5.5" deep and allows you to operate your phone through the plastic. I found this particularly useful when my hands are covered with chalk at the gym. Obviously this has it's limitations, texting more then one word is near impossible, but for checking a text response it works great. On the opposite side of the bucket there is the zippered pocket that measures 6"x 6". The pocket is the same material as the bag. This works great for a small wallet and car keys. It is perfect because others can not see what you have in there. Aside from the brush holders, there is also a elastic competition pencil pocket located on the same side as the zippered pocket. The interior liner of the Buck-It is soft and is excellent at removing extra chalk off your hand as you pull them out. Because the bucket is large I can keep the airborne chalk to a minimum. The Buck-It stays upright on the crash pad even when someone lands right next to it.
Final Thoughts- If you are looking for a low key chalk bucket that blends into the environment, then the Beta Labs Buck-It is probably not the ideal bucket for you. On the other hand if bright colors and useful features are of interest, then it should be your next purchase. The useful pockets and durable construction were the selling points for me, and have lived up to my expectations. Even if you don't need a bucket, Beta Labs also produces a chalk bag version. After using the bucket for a few months I would recommend checking it out, and with the reasonable price it is hard to say no. You can see and purchase Beta Labs products at their website here.
*This product was purchased for testing.