In this post, I will be doing a Liquid Grip review, a very popular gym tool! Liquid Grip is a brand of liquid chalk and can be very useful, especially for certain situations. I know at my gym, powdered chalk is frowned upon as it is a commercial one, so Liquid Grip is perfect! I also find it to have many benefits to it as well over regular chalk which I will get into as this article progresses. I will be including a product overview, durability rating, performance rating, and appearance rating as well as a closing opinion. Let’s get on with the article!
As with any product, durability is the most important thing, a product that performs is no good and definitely not worth the money if it doesn’t last. Now although this isn’t a traditional “object” type product, I will still be rating its durability, however, it will more so be in the form of its quality and other characteristics.
Let’s first start with the bottle. Although not super important, you don’t want it to be cracking. It is of fine quality and structure that it will stay intact and withstand any drop that it would realistically come across. In the 1.5 ounce bottle, a carabiner is attached to the bottle and that has good quality as well.
Now onto the good stuff, the actual product. I would describe it as a thin cream like liquid that is smooth and easy to spread across your hands. I am no scientist so I do not know how the ingredients are supposed to react, however, I can say it never has any lumps in it, and it stays the same consistency over time. I have had a bottle for 6+ months and nothing changed, which is really good! So, although I cannot say the ingredients are of good quality as I don’t know anything about them, I can say the overall product is of awesome quality!
Because of the solid construction of the bottle, the thin, smooth and consistent characteristics of the liquid, I can say this product deserves a 10/10 on quality. It lasts for long periods of time as well, which is why there really isn’t any room for improvement from the Liquid Grip company.
Now it is time to get into the meat and potatoes of any product, does it actually work? No one wants to spend their valuable dollars on products that don’t give them any benefit, no matter how good the quality is. Using Liquid Grip for around a year now, I can comfortably tell you just how well it works.
We first need to understand what the role of any product is before I can give my opinion on whether or not it works. With liquid chalk, it is meant to give you a much better grip. This not only gives a much more secure grasp on the bar but also reduces wear on your hands, (don’t worry you still get your calluses for extra grip, haha). Another job of liquid chalk is to prevent mess. Chalk, in general, has one more rather important job as well which is keeping your hands dry from sweat. Time to find out if Liquid Grip does just this.
I find Liquid Grip to give me an extremely firm grip on the bar, I notice a huge difference between no chalk and even traditional powdery chalk. The other bonus to this is once I have applied it, it fully dries within 30 seconds, even less if I wave my hands through the air. As far as the job of reducing mess goes, it does this wonderfully. The only mess that arises from using this chalk is some of it gets rubbed off on the barbell, not much though, or the odd flake will fall from the dried chalk on the cap. Other than that, when applying the chalk it goes straight onto my hands, dries quickly and leaves no mess whatsoever. I have used both traditional and liquid chalk before and I must say that traditional chalk does a better job of keeping your hands dry, however, it is marginal.
I would give Liquid Grip chalk an overall rating of 9/10 for performance. It does an extremely good job of keeping your grip secure on the bar while reducing mess. The only reason it did not receive a perfect score is because of its slight lack of ability to keep your hands dry. Liquid Grip performs very well overall!
I know what you’re probably thinking, what does appearance have to do with chalk? Well, I will first talk about the appearance of the bottle, although not largely important it does help a bit. I will also be talking about how the chalks looks, but more so its smell as that is quite important, especially if training at a commercial gym.
Talking about the bottle first, there really isn’t anything too special. It uses a gradient blue that pops, with other shades of blue, as well as red and silver for words. The label is wrapped tightly. All in all, the label is well-designed and looks clean. Now onto the liquid itself, which is a consistent creamy colour. It has a wet paint smell, but not a bad kind. You would think it has chemicals based on its smell, however, it is said to be “100% natural and biodegradable”, on Liquid Grips website.
All in all, I would give Liquid Grip a 9/10 on its appearance. The bottle looks fine, but it doesn’t feature anything special and I am sure it could be done better. The product looks normal but doesn’t smell great, it’s not bad either though; It has a unique smell that isn’t bothersome. Overall, there wasn’t anything special but it would be tough to ask for too much more from this product.
All in all, Liquid Grip is an awesome product that does a great job of securing your grip while leaving no mess. It could use some work on keeping your hands dry. The smell isn’t the greatest, but it is alright. The looks of the label is the last thing that could use some work, however, it isn’t too bad and it also isn’t very important.
If you are someone looking to get a boost to your grip, but don’t want to try a mixed grip, or use straps, then chalk is a great option for you. If you want to have a very secure grip and don’t want a mess/powder chalk that isn’t allowed at your gym, then I highly recommend Liquid Grip as a product that would greatly suit your needs! You can pick it up at numerous locations, a couple of which are listed below:
I thank you for reading my article and look forward to Liquid Grip being able to benefit you in your training! As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply!
Until Next Time,
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