Today, I’d like to briefly talk about my experience with picking the best clothing for use in parkour as a traceur zone. I’m not going to give any specific product recommendations, but rather give a general description of what one may want to look for in their next set of clothing meant to be worn while engaging in parkour. Keep in mind that, while the below characteristics can certainly make the athlete’s life a lot easier, they aren’t necessarily required to have a good time. For the sake of safety, comfort and optimal performance; however, it certainly can’t hurt to pick out your next pair clothes accordingly. Now, without further ado, here are some great characteristics to look for in parkour clothing.
Shirts and Pants Should Be Tight-Fitting
Out of everything on this list, the above is the closest thing to essential. Say want you want about the cool look of your baggy basketball jersey, you won’t look all that cool anymore after getting mangled up in a tree or on top of a fence after your clothing gets caught on something sharp.
Now, you don’t need something as dramatic as a compression shirt, but the tighter your shirt fits, the better. As long as it isn’t overly uncomfortable, it likely isn’t too tight. The same can be said of your pants or shorts. While you may not need a pair of spandex biking shorts, a pair that falls into the tight-fitting category is certainly a good idea.
Your Pockets Should Be Secure
If you’ve acquired a FlipBelt or something similar, this likely doesn’t apply to you. If; however, you plan on keeping anything at all in your pockets, you want them to zip up. When running on walls, hopping from platform to platform and jumping fences, you might very well be surprised at how easy it is to drop whatever you may be carrying on your person. It doesn’t matter what the item in question is – if you plan on keeping it in your pocket at any point, the pocket needs to be able to zip up, otherwise there’s a very good chance that you’ll get home and realize that you have one less possession to your name. Of coarse, if this is absolutely impossible, you can always grab a specialized backpack or a FlipBelt. Read more here about parkour backpack: a buyers guide .
The Textile Should Be Sweat-Absorbent
Lastly, I’ll say that sweat is bad. This one is more geared toward all athletes, though it especially applies to more extreme sports such as parkour. At first glance, sweat-absorption may sound like a feature built into clothes primarily with the wearer’s comfort in mind. As any experienced athlete can tell you; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While such textile will, in fact, keep you comfortable and less drenched in sweat, it will also keep you cool. Without getting into the science of it, having some UnderArmour or similar clothing underneath what you’re wearing helps keep your body temperature regulated. I don’t need to explain with this is a good thing.