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UNDO – 8b Plus

Looking for something new? We like new stuff and independent stuff and interesting stuff. Just as  well 8b Plus ticks all those boxes.

8b Plus are an Austrian climbing essentials outfit hailing from Tyrol, these guys live and breath chalk dust. I spoke to Martin of 8b Plus to find  out more.

8b Plus was started by 2 Tyrolian  climbers who focus on fun and imaginative ideas and focus this into their climbing products. This would explain the chalk bag produced by 8b Plus.

Chalk Bag Felix Chalk Bag LenaChalk Bag Peppi

Just look at these things, they’re absolutely mad and kinda cute too. Felix (brown), Lena (grey) and Peppi (black) are from 8b Plus’s iconic chalk bag range. It’s easy to see why these little numbers are flying off the shelf so fast.

We were lucky enough to have a Felix sent over for our reviews so check out that later, you won’t be disappointed.

As well as these unique little chalk bags 8b Plus also supply slack lines and tee’s with their range sure to expand, 8b Plus are one lot to keep an eye on in 2012.

8bplus Slackline SchwarzTeam Shirt WeissTeam Shirt Schwarz

To get a hold of one of these chalk bags check out 8b Plus’s website and their Facebook.

Climber Skin Repair – Black Eagle Rock Climbers Balm

I contacted Miona Janeke about this balm sourced from South Africa, I discovered it on my searches and Miona was more than happy to send some over for our trials.

I was a bit worried about the time it would take to get here but it arrived very quickly a week or so at most. And arrive it did, I thought it was one of my ebay bargain buys (ebay addict) due to the size of the tin and its package. Black Eagle Balm comes in a massive 100ml/3.3oz tin, that’s nearly four times as much as you get with other balms and it costs the same.


I asked Miona what gave her the idea for Black Eagle Balm.

“It all started with my own flapper I got doing a dyno move in a climbing gym. It took the skin off the size of a 10 pence on my palm. I was devastated because the next weekend we were all going to go trad climbing and with a hand like that, I was going nowhere.”

Torn skin and desperate Miona tried a beeswax hand cream, which did a good enough job of patching up her hand. Later Miona researched the various healing properties of beeswax and raw honey and began work on developing and perfecting her own blend of hand balm.

Black Eagle Balm 100ml Tin

So Black Eagle Balm arrives quickly, it’s inexpensive and comes in a massive tin, is it any good?

Actually, it’s really good Black Eagle Balm is a fairly simple blend of natural ingredients in comparison to other balms, however Black Eagle is the only balm I’ve found with built in SPF 15 protection, something we Scott’s and Britain’s as a whole tend to ignore. Black Eagle Balm contains bees wax non-irradiated raw honey, avocado oil and sunflower oil. I don’t know what the beneficial difference is between irradiated and non-irradiated honey is but I do know that avocado oil is the business when it comes to keeping skin healthy. Many people use avocado as a face mask, and also just eat it for its vitamin A, D and E content.

Moisturinsing – This stuff feels nice on the skin and you can feel it soaking in, put too much on and it can get a bit slick, using a little and often is the key, 4 stars.

Texture – This balm has a pale colour and a waxy smell but is not as solid as other wax based balms, it melts in your hand and becomes liquid quick. This results in a fast acting soothing balm which spreads easily. You wouldn’t be able to patch holes too easily as it softens quickly but skin tags can be stuck back down with it taped down when dry, 4 stars.

Repair – I’ve rubbed my finger tips over the surface of the Black Eagle Balm mid-session and found it cool the burn quick. I can’t stress the importance of the built in SPF, more products should have it. As a result the Black Eagle Balm can be used as an after sun cream, perfect for summer! 4 stars.

As a side note it might interest you to know that where Miona does her regular trad. climbing Black Eagles call home. Living in Johannesburg Zoo (how cool is that!) and having an interest and understanding of wildlife conservation. Miona donates some of the proceeds from sales of the balm to the Black Eagle conservation project.

Natural and good for the environment, bonus! To place orders and more info on the Black Eagle Balm and the conservation project contact Miona at the Black Eagle Balm Website.