The Best Clothes for Parkour

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.

The Best and Most Comfortable Attire for the Artist

logoThe baseball player has his or her own uniform, as does the flight attendant. One thing many people never seem to think about is the artist’s uniform. What is it? Does it even exist? Yes!

While a certain set of attire will certainly not turn you into Van Gogh or Sharper The Point overnight, nor will it dramatically increase your abilities as an artist (dramatically being the key word here), it can certainly give you a little edge through not only allowing you to remain more comfortable as you work, but even by allowing you to work more efficiently. While I have no particular uniform to offer, I can certainly describe what one should look for in the perfect artist’s attire. In this article, I’ll cover the type of textile the perfect set of attire should be made out of, as well as any other features which may come in handy.

The Textile

The best possible set of attire I can picture would share many (though not all) features in common with your typical chef’s uniform. Most predominantly, this would be achieved through a heavy reliance on polyester. Why? Because it lets us get messy.

Just as a chef may wipe his knife on his sleeve without his arm getting full of spaghetti sauce below the sleeve’s surface, the artist can wipe brushes and even spill small to moderate amounts of paint on themselves without worrying about getting uncomfortable. This removes the need for the sacrificial Scott Towel and allows you to act as a giant cleaning device with near endless space. Imagine wiping your paintbrush on yourself without getting wet or full of paint. Efficient, right?

On the other hand, one’s pants needn’t be of the same textile. Because you already have yourself what is essentially a giant paper towel draped over half on your entire body, a thin pair of cotton pants works just fine. Because pants most often get in our way when trying to change positions, there’s simply no reason not to go with a loose, comfortable pair. If you’d prefer polyester – go for it! Just know it is far from necessary.

The Pockets

Ideally, you’ll want to have lots of pockets on your outer shirt/jackets where you can have your Faber-Castell pencils. Equally ideally, you’ll want them to be open so that you may simply drop things in them and pull them back out without fidgeting. What things, you ask? Anything! Whether it be not-yet-used paintbrushes or your phone, it truly doesn’t matter. Once again, this ads a level of convenience and efficiency to your work. And, because of the polyester material, putting wet or damp objects in your pockets shouldn’t be at all uncomfortable.

The Size

Lastly, you’ll want your top to be rather long and loose, as this further protects you from paint and water while giving you a larger degree of maneuverability. If you can’t reach for the sky without your new shirt/jacket pulling on you, you’ll likely be better off with whatever you usually wear. As long as you can roll up your sleeves without them getting in your way or falling back down, your top isn’t too big.

Turn Your House into an Indestructible Home


I’ll be upfront and say there isn’t necessarily a “best” curtain textile outside of one’s personal preference. I will; however, say that there is a worst curtain textile outside of one’s personal preference. If you’ve ever left a rug on a certain spot over a hardwood floor for lengths of time (a year or more), you’ve like noticed the color change upon removing it. While the wood around it has been stained and has had its color degraded by way of constant sunlight, the portion of the floor covered by the rug has not. Until you removed the rug, you likely hadn’t noticed the color change, like how when someone loses weight it can be hard for them to see it in the mirror due to the very gradual changes taking place. The same is true here. While you won’t see the less-than-optimal color change, everyone else will. As it turns out, the exact same thing happens with curtains. To circumvent this issue without buying new curtains every couple of months, the general consensus is that one should stay away from silk, as it is the most prone to being stained by sunlight. After that limitation, the rest is truly up to you.


When it comes to keeping your couch’s outer surface safe, engineered textile surfaces are the name of the game. Typically (though, perhaps not one hundred percent of the time), this is the type of fabric you’d expect to see in outdoor furniture. Upon close inspection, it may even slightly resemble a chunk of plastic. If you look hard enough, you’ll likely be able to find such upholstery as has been made for indoor use. This gives you the indestructible nature of outdoor furniture without the rugged look.

Also, as unorthodox as this may sound, for the purpose of keeping a house’s decor free of damage, faux leather is likely a better option than real leather. This is due to its tougher stature. Being man-made, why wouldn’t the manufacturers take the time to give it that added benefit? It’s important to make sure that your faux leather is of quality; however, or you likely won’t reap such benefits. While this material may not be the strongest, it’s great for those who just can’t break away from the idea of having a couch or chair made of anything but leather.

Tablecloths and Coasters

For the purpose of what it is we’re trying to achieve here, I’ll say that both engineered textile and plastic-covered fabrics will work equally well, though the former may come with an added touch of class not often seen in the latter. The reason these two could be considered the best is due to their stain resistance. Above all other textile which may be found in one’s home, no material faces more food and drink than the dining room table. As such, it only seems fitting and practical to use such a material. Especially with plastic-covered fabrics, cleaning the tablecloth can be as simple as rubbing some soap on it and hosing it down. Typically, these can still be washed in the washer and dryer as per usual if you would prefer that instead.


With napkins, we want the exact opposite effect. While it would be nice to have a stain-free napkin, nothing soaks up whatever needs soaking up like a nice, cotton square. Although you can use silks or other fabrics which are harder to stain in your napkins, you’ll likely find trying to use such napkins to be more of a pain in the rear than the act of removing stains from “proper” napkins. However, I will say that if the only purpose of your textile napkins is to act as a decorative piece, silk will likely be your best option. Not only does silk give a nice, sleek look, it will be harder to stain than typical napkins.

Pro tip: For the best of both worlds, why not get black, cotton napkins? They’ll work perfectly and they won’t stain.


Unlike upholstery, you have a bit more wiggle room with slipcovers. For the most part, the same rules still apply, though one should note that such covers are much easier to clean. As usual, faux leather will reign superior over leather in terms of durability. However, engineered fabric is not as much of a necessity, being that stains can easily be taken out of slipcovers through using OxyClean or something similar when running the covers through the wash.

Bed Clothes

Lastly, let’s talk about bed clothes. Now, sleep is one of the most important factors in maintaining a good sense of well-being and, as such, I would never recommend someone use sheets they find uncomfortable. You’ll likely find this to be not at all worth it. If the textile used in the making of your sheets doesn’t matter to your level of comfort; however, linen is always the best choice. While you’ll find it roughly as easy to stain as cotton, you’ll find it to be much more durable in all other ways. Stains shouldn’t matter that much anyways, as they can be easily run through the washer and dryer.