It can be hard finding the perfect gift for a parkour athlete. After all, parkour only requires a good pair of shoes, any T-shirt, and some loose-fitting pants due to the sport being minimalistic by nature. Chances are whoever you’re shopping for already owns basic clothing essentials. Luckily, Freedom in Motion has taken the time to talk to a variety of athletes in the global parkour community and have crafted a list of got-to-have-it parkour things! Click the links to head to their corresponding purchase pages to complete check out. Contact us for any more questions or comments. We’re here to help!
Trust me, it is possible to look nice and also be wearing clothing appropriate for parkour. In the legwear department, joggers are a neat mix of stretchable fabric mixed with a high-quality fashionable design. >>Click Here<< to see what we recommend.
Elastic Head Bands are essential for those with longer hair. It isn’t much, but hair bands will be a must have when out training. >>Click here<< to pick some up.
Parkour socks need to be durable, breathable, and not have a slipping sensation within the shoe. It’s a huge bonus if they look cool too! Stance makes some quality socks that stand the test of parkour. And they come in some seriously awesome designs.
>>Click here<< to see what we found.
There are many parkour friendly shoes out there. However, the Freedom in Motion coaches agree, Feiyues and Tiger 81s are our tried and true favorites.
The best shoe for beginners in our opinion. Feiyues are thin and light weight which encourages soft landings and allows athletes feel the ground, which really helps to build good training habits.
>>Click here<< to see Feiyue colors and sizes.
Tiger Onitsuka 81:
Tigers are awesome shoes for athletes who tend to experience a little more impact in their training due to things like flips or running jumps. Their durable stitching and multi-sport design make them a top-tier parkour show. >>Click here<< to see Tiger 81 colors and sizes.
What are 2 things that add an extra layer of enjoyment to any parkour session or jam? A soundtrack and someone behind a camera capturing the good times. Keep reading to see some got-to-have electronics for parkour athletes.
Cell phone lens attachment
okay, it’s not exactly an electronic in itself, but it attaches right to your phone’s camera and transforms it into a highly versatile action ready camera! We found a variety of options for each phone type. >>Click here<< to take a look!
Tripod for phones
Let’s face it, the majority of people who film their movement, in general, use their phones to as opposed to a DSLR camera. Giving someone the ability to set up the perfect shot is a wonderful gift. There are lots of types of cool phone stands out there
>>Click here<< to see Tripods for phones that we recommend.
Head Phones with Bluetooth + Sport fit
Training solo, going for a run, or just doing some strength training? A reliable pair of Bluetooth headphones that won’t fall out of your ears will liven up the experience.
>>Click here<< to hear more… get it?
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Adding music to a training session really helps set the mood for some good times and a productive goal achieving day out. Having a light weight durable speaker to sync up to your phone’s music is such a nice thing to have when training.
>>Click here<< to see what Amazon has to offer.
GoPro Camera with 60 FpS
GoPro is one of the most utilized and beloved camera brands amongst parkour practitioners. It can be worn on the body or held in the mouth using certain mounts to capture some amazing parkour footage. On top of that, these little cameras actually have some pretty impressive specs shooting in full HD and in high frame rates – essential for a quality slow motion sequence in a parkour video.
>>Click here<< to see what GoPro has to for sale.
Your body is the only critical thing needed to practice parkour. Taking care of yourself is a necessity if you still want to be going parkour in any form when you’re 40, 60, or 112. Keep reading for some got-to-have-it personal care products for athletes of all kinds.
Personally, I would die without my foam roller. These things are so good to have for injury prevention and speeding up the recovery time for sore muscles. Rolling promotes better posture, stress resistant muscle tissue, and improves circulation. If you’re training the correct way, then injury prevention practices should be part of your routine. If you don’t already have a foam roller, you better
>>click here<< to pick one up!
Similar to foam rolling, these balls have similar message utility. They bring in high accuracy and an ability to get into the hard to massage places like your neck or shoulders. Using massage balls and foam rollers together makes for one heck of a recovery session. We found a company named sFera that makes a few types and sizes
>>Click here<< to get your message on.
Elastic Training Bands
These bands are one of the most versatile pieces of training equipment you can get. Not only can they be used for a whole host of strength and conditioning exercises, but they can also be used for physical therapy for existing injury and preventative maintenance to help strengthen your body making you more resistant to future stresses. All athletes, parkour or not, should learn how to use these bands.
>>Click here<< to get your stretch on.
Collapsible Water Bottles
We all know the importance of water. Bringing one of these collapsible bottles will improve your hydration during training while not taking up too much room in your bag.
>> Drink Up<<
Drawstring Backpack + Zipper
You have stuff. You want to bring your stuff with you. You need a place to keep your stuff. Just make sure you get something with a zipper. I’ve had a few string bags in my day, and I always preferred the ones with zippers over the ones without. It holds the critical items in place when climbing or running. >>Click here<< to snag a bag
You need water & you like having a backpack. Why not knock them both out in one go?
>>Click here<< to see what we recommend.
Slacklining is an awesome sport to take up alongside parkour. It can be pretty tricky the first few tries, but after some practice, athletes will have an improved sense of balance and will acquire a new found confidence in their footwork and equilibrium. To see a video of the basics of slacklining, click here. If you would like to
see some lines on Amazon >>Click Here<<
Matts and Pads
Especially useful for those students newly interested in learning flips, landing pads can offer a level of safety and motivation to anyone’s flipping ambitions.
>>Click here<< to see some panel mats.
Parkour Strength Training | Overcoming obstacles for fun and fitness
This book by respected parkour athletes Ryan Ford and Ben Musholt does an excellent job of conveying proper and useful technique when developing the strength necessary to begin learning a variety of parkour movements. Beginner to advanced athletes alike will gain a wealth of strength training knowledge from reading this book. >>Click here<< to study up!
Breaking The Jump
Discover the origins of parkour as told by parkour athlete and investigative journalist, Julie Angel. This book is a must-read for those seeking to truly understand the origins of parkour, and what the founders of the movement intended to create. If you care about the community and soul of parkour, you will want to give this a read.
Fun Fact: Julie has actually been to Freedom in Motion and has taught a few movement workshops for adults over 50!
>>Click here<< to discover the truth.
Purchasing clothing from these select parkour companies makes for an awesome gift while also supporting the movement community. Below is our list of approved Parkour merchants.
Freedom in Motion
Freedom in Motion is 100% owned and operated by the local Temecula Parkour community (A movement community based our of Southern California). FiM’s mission is to bring parkour to the general public while promoting safe training habits, healthy lift styles, and a sense of community. #FreeYourself
>>Click here<< to head to our clothing store!
Based out of Washington DC, American Parkour is one of the longest running parkour brands in the world. APK strives to build community, support local and regional parkour organizations, and is quick to lend a helping hand. Fun Fact: FiM founder Jimmy Davidson was a sponsored athlete with American Parkour. Fun Fack No.2: APK donated a bunch of clothing and gear to the #SaveFiM fundraiser in 2016. We really appreciated that! Thanks again, APK.
>>Click here<< to see what American Parkour is all about.
Etre-Fort gets its name from the French motto for parkour.”Être fort pour être utile” Translating to “Be strong to be useful”. Etre Fort is all about fundamentals of parkour and promotion the original training styles of the sport. Etre fort also sponsors many athletes and played an important role in the global community. Fun Fact: Etre-Fort donated over $1000 worth of equipment and clothing to our #SaveFiM fundraiser back in 2016. That was pretty dang amazing of them to do. Thanks Etre-Fort!
>>Click here<< to see more about Etre-Fort
World Freerunning and Parkour Federation (WFPF)
WFPF is a parkour company based out of the US with sponsored athletes and projects worldwide. FunFact: WFPF donated some items to our #SaveFiM fundraiser that’s pretty cool of them!
>>Click Here<< to see what WoofPoof is up to.
That completes our list of unique and useful things to purchase for a parkour athlete. We will keep this list updated with new products that we deem helpful. For more ideas please feel free to contact us!