Strength Training Exercises for Practicing Parkour

Do you need to do strength training exercises when you’re practicing parkour on a regular basis? Does strength training improve your form and help make you a better traceur (practitioner of parkour)?

A lot of people are hard-pressed to get back in the gym when the whole reason they started practicing parkour was to get outside! Still, there are some great benefits to doing strength training exercises if you’re serious about parkour.

What Is Parkour?

Parkour is a practice and discipline that involves efficiently moving through a path of obstacles, usually in an urban landscape. It has a lot in common with military obstacle courses and martial arts, though it tends to be more informal and incorporates objects that already exist in the environment.


For example, a traceur might jump over a park bench or shimmy up the side of a fence to get to the goal. The end location can be arbitrary, and the point is more to have fun along the journey. There are certain established techniques and moves that are common in parkour and that most traceurs eventually have to learn, such as vaulting and climbing.


Parkour is similar to freerunning, but it’s more focused on efficiency of movement than fancy tricks. Parkour is also more of a cooperative effort and this has cultivated a thriving community. You’ll find that most traceurs are very welcoming and eager to help newbies learn the ropes.

Is There a Need to Strength Train for Parkour?


To get technical, you don’t need anything to train for parkour. Strength training exercises are just a supplement—but they can definitely help you, especially if you’re struggling to get certain moves right. In fact, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider strength training exercises:

1. Fixing Imbalances

Even with a holistic, full-body workout like parkour, unbalanced training can happen. This isn’t so much about the nature of the discipline as it is simply about our own bodies. You will naturally tend to use certain muscles instead of others because of your body structure. Sometimes, this can lead to massive development in some areas and weaknesses in others that will eventually hold back your growth.


For instance, let’s say that your genetics dictate that your lats (the muscles of your upper back) will grow a lot faster than your forearm muscles. You may be strong enough to pull with force from your lats—perhaps when pulling yourself up the side of a building—but your forearm muscles may not be able to help hold the grip for very long. As a result, you might subconsciously avoid holding on for a long time in favor of quick, explosive movements that rely on your lats.


In a case like this, your lats will continue to grow more and more, but your forearms will be weak, which will make it harder and harder for you to grip, especially as you gain muscle in other areas and try to do fancier moves. A solution to this would be to do strength training exercises that target the forearms.


You can do this with any muscle group that lags behind for you. One muscle group that tends to be underdeveloped for people who mostly focus on bodyweight disciplines like parkour are the leg muscles. If you do strength training exercises with weights, then you have the opportunity to challenge those muscles a lot more, so that your upper and lower body are more balanced.

2. Protecting Against Injury

Sometimes we may not realize the weaknesses that we have when we set out to explore a new environment or try a new parkour move. This can lead to injury.


Strength training exercises allow you to master certain basic movements—such as pushing, pulling, or balancing your weight—in a controlled area before you start introducing complicated elements. It can help your smaller muscles get strong enough to prevent injury.

3. Helping You Work Up to Your Goals

Sometimes a movement would be too overwhelming to learn all at once.


For example, maybe you’re a bit intimidated by the idea of pulling yourself up the side of a tall fence and then lifting yourself over it with just your upper body. This is the basic movement of a “muscle up,” though, which is like of a fusion of the pull-up and the dip. If you practice this movement in a gym, you’ll be better prepared in the field.

Strength Training Exercises Don’t Have to Happen at the Gym


Having said all of that, you don’t have to go to the gym to do your strength training exercises necessarily. Most of the exercises that will help with parkour are bodyweight exercises, anyway, which means that you don’t always need gym equipment. Anything that challenges your muscles can be “strength training exercises,” even if you don’t use typical weights.

Bar training—that which uses chin-up bars, jungle gyms, monkey bars, and other similar equipment—is a great type of cross-training for parkour. You don’t need anything besides typical playground equipment to do it.

You can also stick to exercises that literally only require your body and a stable floor, such as push-ups. Get creative!

Improve Your Parkour Skills with These Exercises


If you do want to head down to the gym and work on your strength training in a more formal way, though, you’ll want to make a plan to do these exercises every week on a schedule. This is how you actually get results. They won’t happen instantly, and you have to be consistent about it.

Also, focus on exercises that count and that will help your form in parkour the most. Here are five important strength training exercises for parkour:

Dips mostly target the muscles of your chest (pectorals) and the back of your arms (triceps). They help you practice the motion of lifting your body over an obstacle without momentum and with only your upper body.


Doing weighted dips—where you place a weight between your legs to make yourself heavier—can be extra beneficial. If your body masters weighted dips, then pushing only your body weight with your arms will become a piece of cake out in the field.


Some of the same muscles that dips target can be targeted by push-ups or bench press, though dips more closely emulate the actual movements you will make when trying to move through obstacles. If you find that your muscles are too weak to do dips, then you can work up to them with angled push-ups. You may also want to try a triceps push-down machine or some “skull-crushers” with free weights.

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2. Pull-Ups / Chin-Ups

Pull-ups help you get better at climbing and pulling yourself over obstacles that lay overhead. They primarily work your lats (upper back), but they affect almost all of the pulling muscles of the upper body. They can also indirectly work your forearm muscles because they require you to be able to hold a dead hang of your entire body weight.


A lot of people—especially those starting out—find that they can’t do even a single pull-up. If this is your predicament, then you can start with a lat pull-down machine and then work your way up to regular pull-ups, then eventually to weighted pull-ups.

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3. Squat

The squat is a movement that targets the muscles of the legs and glutes mostly, but carrying the weight of the bar on your shoulders can affect upper body muscles indirectly as well. It’s hard to work the legs with just bodyweight training, so weighted squats can do a great job in helping lower body development.


Squats can help you jump higher and more explosively, and they can also help protect your leg muscles from injury.

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4. Deadlift

The deadlift targets almost all of the muscle groups, though it’s the best strength training exercise that hits the lower back. Because humans have become so sedentary, it’s not unusual to injure the lower back, and doing regular deadlifts can help prevent that.


Overall, though, it’s a great compound exercise to do for general strength work. It works the lower body in particular, so it’s a good supplement to the squat, and you can toggle between both of these movements in your routine.

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5. Overhead Press

If you’re working on getting strong enough to do a handstand push-up movement, then the overhead press can help get you there. It works your arms, but it has a particularly strong effect on your shoulders, especially your traps (the muscles on the back of your shoulders). If you want to train some weak shoulder muscles, one of the first strength training exercises that you’ll want to turn to is the overhead press.

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Conclusion

Parkour can be a demanding discipline, but it’s not without its rewards. If you’re facing what seems like an insurmountable wall in your progress, then you might consider getting strong enough to climb it with strength training exercises! Cross-training at the gym can help prevent injury, improve your results outside, and ease you through plateaus in your parkour training.

Nike Flex RN Review – Best Parkour Shoes

Whether you are into running, parkour, or cardio training, you know the importance of having the right shoes. With any of those sports, your feet are taking quite a hit and need something to not only protect them but also help them keep up with your level of performance. In this article, we will detail the Nike Flex RN model as well as some of its competitors to see if it really holds up as the choice shoe for those wanting to make an impact without taking the impact.

What Is the Nike Flex RN?

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Nike is constantly putting new models on the market aimed at giving you better performance no matter what you are training for. Their running line is by far one of their most popular, so it is no surprise that there is yet another new model on the shelves.


The Nike Flex RN is one of Nike's lightweight options for runners, though many users prefer this model for all types of movement because of that lightweight feature in particular. It emphasizes comfort with a foam midsole and added heel support and it is well built to be comfortable and supportive for all types of foot shape and needs.


One feature Nike put a little more effort into with this new model is the durable rubber tread. This makes outdoor movement much less risky, even on wet surfaces. They have also added Flywire lacing, which means that the shoe should have a snug fit that is customizable for you no matter what. The Nike Flex RN is also supposed to enhance your natural stride, which should translate into being able to run for longer.

Product Specs

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While we covered some of this above, there are a few additional specs we really want to highlight. What makes the Nike Flex RN stand out from its competitors is its versatility. Oftentimes there is little crossover between training shoes and running shoes, which means they are not interchangeable. This does not seem to be the case for the Nike Flex RN model.

With lightweight, knitted, moldable material, and durable terrain-focused tread, the Nike Flex RN model can be used in many different ways. Taking a trip to Italy and need some good walking shoes? The padded ankle cradle, added heel impact support, and foam midsole make it great for long-term use, and the added lacing system helps everything fit snuggly.

What about a daily run when pounding the pavement in rain or shine? The rubber tread, breathable knitting, and heel impact support means less slippage, more impact, and better sprinting too.

The Nike Flex RN model can supposedly hit those two opposing ends of the spectrum and everything in between. Parkour trainees will also benefit from these specs, as would trainers, joggers, or anyone who needs a reliable shoe with some versatility.

How It Compares

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We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. With all the talk about how the Nike Flex RN should perform, we felt that putting it up against other similar models would help draw out its actual performance.

  • Nike Men’s Lunarglide 9 Training Shoes
  • Nike Men's Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 Running Shoes
  • NIKE Men's Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 Running Shoes

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Versatility of Use

Due to the various specs and features of the Nike Flex RN, it is a very versatile shoe as we went over earlier. When put to the test though, we did notice that they do not perform very well on gravel because of the tread design. There was some slippage, and it was not an even or comfortable impact. For other running terrains though, these worked well and were able to adapt to uneven ground as well.

Design Quality

Being such a versatile option means that this shoe will likely get used much more often. One concern we had in terms of its lifespan was how fast the tread would wear down and not be useful for wet weather. However, there have been little to no complaints on the quality of the Nike Flex RN.


A few things we want to note are the knitted mesh and the overall fit. The top of the shoe has a knitted material which, while helping with breathability, was not as cool as we had hoped for those hot days pounding the pavement. In terms of fit, those with wide feet will probably find issues with comfort in this shoe, which is unfortunate as the rest of the specs would make a great option for those with wider feet.

Warranty

Nike typically has a pretty good warranty for their shoes in particular. For their performance shoes, Nike will let you return them after trying them out (depending on the condition) if they just did not work for what you needed.

Pros

  • Rubber tread for wet weather
  • Versatile
  • Well-built sole and heel cradle for sprinting
  • Lacing system for customization

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Does not work for gravel
  • Not as breathable as other models

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This model has been said to be the best running shoe for overpronation issues. With the build of the sole made for comfort as well as support, and the ankle and heel cradle working to support you as well, this model does perform well for those needing solid support while running.

Versatility of Use

These shoes operate solely as indoor running shoes (which will be discussed below) or as a daily shoe if you are on your feet a lot. A lot of users had issues running on gravel, wet terrain, or uneven terrain as these shoes have little to no gripping tread. If tread is not on your list of concerns, then give this model a shot. Otherwise, you may want to look elsewhere.

Design Quality

Something that is unlike the Nike brand is poor quality shoes. However, there have been complaints about this model in particular falling apart after a few months. The glue around the tread and sole seems to be the most troublesome area. Many users have also said that they only use this model indoors as the tread would wear down fast outside.

Warranty

Nike typically has a pretty good warranty for their shoes in particular. For their performance shoes especially, Nike will let you return them after trying them out (depending on the condition) if they just did not work for what you needed.

Pros

  • Good support for overpronation
  • Can be worn daily

Cons

  • Not well built
  • Tread has no grip
  • Hit or miss arch support

Nike Men's Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 Running Shoes

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This model is for those runners who love to be off the beaten path. It is built for support at different angles and designed for uneven ground with a variety of terrains. It has a lacing system to provide the most snug fit, so while you run through rocky, wet, or uneven terrain, your feet stay in tune with the support and fit they need.

Versatility of Use

Because this model needed certain specs and features for off-roading, so to speak, it operates very well as a rugged running shoe, but does not fit neatly into any other type of wear. The only other area we feel this model could perform well in would be hiking when you do not need heavier shoes as it encompasses some of the same needs as off-road running and is meant to be comfortable across many terrains.

Design Quality

For the most part, runners have appreciated the build, design, and durability of this model. It needs to be able to keep up with anything the trail can throw at it - and it does. The only issue we have seen is the structure of the ankle cradle. Some users have reported blistering because the back of the ankle cuff is slightly higher than normal.

Warranty

Nike typically has a pretty good warranty for their shoes in particular. For their performance shoes especially, Nike will let you return them after trying them out (depending on the condition) if they just did not work for what you needed.

Pros

  • Great tread for any terrain
  • Built in comfort for long and short runs
  • Long lasting and durable

Cons

  • Not versatile
  • Not lightweight

NIKE Men's Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 Running Shoes

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This model showcases lightweight performance. Between the sole and tread design and the breathable knitted top, they are meant to hit the ground running. Like the previous models, the Lunarepic includes Flywire to lock down your foot to ensure a snug fit that forms to all the right places in the shoes.

Versatility of Use

While reviewers have used this model as both a running shoe and a daily walking shoe, many have said that it has problems as a training shoe and for uneven terrain. In spite of its Flywire lacing, users reported their feet sliding around while changing directions, which means anything but flat ground and steady gaits is out of the question. This will be a disappointment for those wanting a shoe they can run and train in as training often includes side-to-side movement.

Design Quality

For an indoor running shoe, this model is great. It is lightweight and capable of a snug fit. Outside however, the tread catches pebbles and other small debris which can ruin it. It also is not built for quick turns or uneven terrain, leaving it well built, but only for a specific field of use.

Warranty

Nike typically has a pretty good warranty for their shoes in particular. For their performance shoes especially, Nike will let you return them after trying them out (depending on the condition) if they just did not work for what you needed.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Flywire lacing

Cons

  • Poor tread for outdoors
  • No added support for uneven terrain
  • Cannot handle side-to-side movement

Conclusion

While it is obvious that the Nike Flex RN has some competition, it definitely has its own little niche as well: versatility. If you are looking for a model that lets you do more than track or treadmill running (and more than running as well), then we would recommend giving these a go. From the specs and reviews, as well as our research into them, they have held up a lot of what makes them the most versatile running shoe.

Overall, given the features Nike added, and the design incorporated to ensure the Flex RN's success and durability, in combination with its inability to traverse gravel, and the let down in terms of breathability, we feel it deserves 4 out of 5 stars.

Nike Dart 12 Full Product Review

The need for a daily running shoe calls for the Nike Dart 12, a shoe for every neutral runner. The Dart 12 is the next in thing for every trainer. This Nike shoe offers comfortable cushioning, a substantial arch support and responsive cushioning. The Dart 12's strong arch support ensures no ease in wearing out. It also works best to hinder shin splints for the benefit of a runner wearing this shoe. Nike makes the Dart 12 shoes and recommends its use on regular workouts.

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Daily runners are selective on the kind of shoes that are suitable for their workout. The Nike shoe specific details like a lace-up closure and a padded footbed meets their convenience. We would recommend the Nike Dart 12, as it meets these specifications and is also lightweight for running. Apart from the sleek design, the foam kind of midsole on Nike Dart offers excellent cushioning for the comfort of a runner.

The Nike Dart 12 has a breathable mesh on the upper side, and being lightweight gives runners a smooth ride. For a responsive ride, the midsole foam contours do the trick for runners satisfaction.

Since the launch of Nike, we have seen the release of different modifications. We have a review of three of the brands of running shoes. Read through to know what meets your preference for that daily run or workout.

What Is the Nike Dart 12?

This is a shoe that is meant for a person needing mild support on the mid part of the feet. The Dart 12 bears an update to long-running series shoes suitable for runners. Despite the Nike Dart shoe being stable, it is an excellent running shoe, giving you a smooth ride.

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Nike Dart Specs

Most releases come in with different changes. The Nike Dart has particular specifications that make it unique.

It has a synthetic mesh on the upper side with a fabric lining for suitability. The Dart shoe soles differ in construction to bring out the best design quality in the Nike shoe variety. The midsole of the Dart 12 is of foam, and the outsole is made of rubber. All that specification makes the Nike Dart 12 brand of the shoe stands out.

The sleek design has the foam to create a cushion that runs the entire length, offering the runner a responsive underfoot. The shoe is lightweight with a good fit for convenience when running or working out in the Nike shoe. The model of the Dart 12 shoe comforts runners as it owns good breathability to cool off one's feet when wearing them.

The Nike Dart shoe comes in different colors to fit every buyer's preference, and it is affordable. The outsole does not wear off quickly, as it has a rubber compound to prolong permanency of this Nike shoe.

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Durability

The Nike Dart 12 features durable overlays with a breathable mesh on the upper side for better air circulation on the feet.

Its cushioned footbed offers a supportive fit, making it lightweight and agreeable to meet the needs of any runner searching for a running shoe. The durability of the Dart 12 follows a combination of optimum cushioning on the outsole and the grip from the user.

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How It Compares

Every prospective buyer always makes comparisons before purchases. We have picked three of the brands to analyze and give insights.

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Our review revolved around the prices, breathability, design quality, durability and weight of these Nike shoes. For every brand, each had specifications like plush cushioning, padded footbed, lace-up closure or breathable mesh for comfortability of the Nike shoe. After which, we deduced the pros and cons of each brand to give reasons to buy or not buy the Dart 12. We gave a recommendation on the running shoes with most perks.

Here is the information we gathered.

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Features      

The ASICS Gel-Cumulus has since endured changes to improve on the design of the Dart 12. Its sole is different with a little more rubber on the mid-foot from the bottom, making it a lightweight shoe. The Nike shoe absorbs more shock from the super organic fibers, bringing in a new twist on this shoe attracting more buyers.

The foam on the midsole is a redesign comprising an additional FlyteFoam, different Gel placement and removed mid-foot plate of stability. The Dart 12 shoe caters for heel strikers, as it has stiffness in them and less cushioning, making them stiff.

The design in high wear areas uses upper carbon rubber to improve on the life of the Dart 12. It also has the original mesh adjusted to a more complex set of patterns and holes to make the breathability cool for any daily runner.

The lace system on the Nike Dart shoe composes minimalist eyelets, having laces move through the fabric to create foot pressure and loads offering more traction on the user. The guidance system on the Dart shoe controls neutral runners landing mechanics and also has a tongue that cushions and provides comfort.

The ASICS has a high-abrasion rubber in the outsole specific areas, ensuring the right grip where necessary and helping the shoe perform well over rain-slicked terrains.

Design Quality  

The Nike Dart 12 is a kind of running shoes of high-quality standard for neutral runners. The Dart 12 has breathable mesh redesigned to the upper side as attached to the sole for air circulation on the feet.

The Nike shoe features an Impact Guidance System, promoting a person's feet movement as they run. It is able to propel for bouncing and Gel for cushioning.

The Nike Dart 12 is lightweight, making it a good pick for runners. The upper side of this Nike shoe has a tighter fit within a narrow toe box, making this product suitable for runners with slender feet. Users obtain high-performance comfort in these Dart 12 shoes.

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Pros

  • Durable outsole and upper side
  • Currently redesigned
  • Premium technology at best prices

Cons

  • Too stiff for mid-foot runners
  • Wide version of the shoe is not too wide

Where to buy

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Features      

The Brooks Men's Glycerin 16 is a great marathon shoe with high-cushion soles for long distance runs. Over the years, the Brooks 16 shoes have evolved, gaining great cushioning and becoming a good fit for runners. The midsole of these Brooks shoes has new DNA loft foam, which is much lighter and softer for convenience.

The cut on weight on the Glycerin 16 has made sure that the cushion rises high enough to make it springy and responsive for runner wear. The DNA loft foam in these Brooks shoes goes a long way to perform well in longer races a preference of every trainer.

The Glycerin 16 outsole features high abrasive rubber material, making it more durable and still a lightweight. In combination with the midsole design, it makes a max-cushion that's more flexible for suitability.

On its upper side is a mesh using 3D printed overlays for breathability to cool off feet. The 3D-printed overlays in these Brooks shoes offer rigidity keeping a runner locked in at all times. The arch support on this shoe creates comfortability for the runners.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 handles any distance that every runner would desire. For an ideal fit, the Brooks 16 has the Internal Stretch Bootie on the shoe, enhancing its suitability.

For this shoe, the Comfort Collar around the ankle adds up on the plush cushion, enhancing flexibility without compromising the cushioning. The Brooks 16 also has Omega Flex Grooves that improves flexibility and increased responsiveness for convenience.

Breathability

The newly designed Brooks Men's Glycerin 16 has plenty of perforations, offering maximum breathability. The foot shape of the Brooks Men's shoe is a mesh that stretches to provide comfortability.

Design Quality  

The Brooks Men's Glycerin 16 is of lightweight design and neutrally cushioned for comfort. The upper side has a design with a supportive midsole, and it is not so pressed with 3D printed overlays mesh on the top for breathability.

We would recommend this Brooks Men's shoe for long distance races, as its design quality entails the inclusion of an overly plush collar to help avoid irritations on feet. This is a comfortable shoe for on-the-run situations.

Durability    

From reviews, some consider the Brooks Men's shoe an athletic shoe with a sturdy construction from high-quality materials, making it of high quality. The Brooks 16 is admirably durable, as the outer sole of the shoe shows no signs of tear, such as on the upper mesh. Even after long runs, the cushion still keeps responsiveness, making it a good fit for runners.

Weight    

The Brooks 16 is a lightweight shoe, weighing in at 9.4 oz., making it suitable for long runs and providnig an exceptional ride feel.

Pros

  • Good flexibility
  • Great grip
  • Breathable
  • Comfort on the upper side
  • Tons of cushion

Cons

  • Insole moves when in a race in the rain
  • Takes time to dry after wet runs

Where to buy

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Features      

The Adrenaline GTS 18 is the best shoe for daily running on the road, offering extra stability compared to other kinds of running shoes. The balance is due to the supportive cushioning on the Brooks 18. For runners who suffer from over pronation, the added structure on the design makes it a great choice.

This shoe's midsole has a Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, which provides a runners’ body alignment for convenience. Brooks’ Men's Adrenaline GTS 18 stands out, as it owns a great deal of technology from BioMoGo DNA, Integrated Segmented Crash Pad and Asymmetrical 3D Fit Print.

The Adrenaline GTS 18 has ample cushioning and is a lightweight shoe, making it comfortable for runners on the first wear. The GTS 18 has a TPU saddle that wraps around the mid-foot, pulling from the heel and ensuring a locked-in feel for wearers. On the upper side is an improved sleek mesh that integrates a look that's streamlined with slight amendments to the outsole of seamless heel-toe transitions to enhance flexibility.

Breathability

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a stretchier mesh, giving the wearer maximum breathability and helping him/her not worry about being uncomfortable from a long run.

Design Quality  

The Adrenaline GTS 18 has a modern, new design with heavy-duty stability qualities but is still a lightweight. The upper side of the GTS 18 shoe is of exceptional quality with a dual-density medial post for stability. The design quality substitutes overlay with engineered mesh, unlike the Adrenaline GTS 17 shoe, for suitability of every runner. The Adrenaline GTS 18 on the heel counter is an increased inward curve for comfortability.

Durability    

Compared to other Adrenaline GTS shoes, the GTS 18 happens to be more durable with a more supportive and softer cushion for suitability. On the high wear, areas of the outsole of the Adrenaline 18 is an HPR plus that delivers great permanency of this shoe. The GTS 18 outsole has a Flextra rubber piece that provides corresponding support for convenience.

Weight    

This Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 shoe for men weighs 10 oz., making it an ideal shoe for daily runs.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good breathability and comfortable
  • Durable sole unit
  • Affordable
  • Provides a high level of support
  • Offers maximum grip on the road

Cons

  • Too soft cushioning
  • In the grooves small stone get stuck

Where to buy

Amazon

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Conclusion

Nike has maintained the focus to releasing the latest shoes ranging from men shoes to sneakers. This company, as well as Amazon, has since released a range of shoes from the Nike Dart 12 to the Adrenaline GTS 18. Much focus on redesigning has been on finding stability, durability, shoe performance and comfort. The Nike Dart 12 bears all the stated features for convenience.

From our research, we found out that the Nike Dart 12 happens to be the best shoe for runners. With a 4.5-star rating, the Nike Dart shoes offer quality running shoes at an affordable price. From the review, we saw a great deal of praise on the underfoot system of cushioning with the new modern design so much welcomed for suitability.

The other praise was that for most runners, the Dart shoe met their expectations from suitability in weight with an adequate fit for feet. Most runners agreed that their encounter with the Nike Dart 12 was comfortable, concluding that wearing this Nike shoe reduces instances of facing knee pains.

In enticing the buyers, the Nike Dart 12 comes in a range of various colors to suit one's preference. Apart from that, the underfoot seems to have a great cushion, leaving a good experience for any wearer of the Dart 12. The durability of the Nike Dart 12 is also something else in comparison with the other two kinds of shoes. In the outsole of the Dart 12 is the rubber compound, which offers significant durability for convenience.

We would highly recommend the Nike Dart 12 for runners, as even on health implications, it proves to hinder knee pains. The sole of this Nike shoe is neither hard nor too soft because as you run, the shoe cushions the underfoot and landing well on the terrain, guaranteeing no aches or sore calf muscles.

Best Parkour Gyms to Check Out

Parkour is the modern hybrid of all things obstacle, a kind of urban obstacle course that constantly changes. Making up the course is half the fun. If you've never heard of parkour you are probably from a generation when it didn't exist, because this sport is definitely a brand new tribute to the imagination of our increasingly urban species. When there's a sport, there's usually a gym or playground to support perfecting its techniques, and parkour is no different. If you are lucky enough to live in a city with one of the best parkour gyms, or any parkour gym, don't let your lack of parkour knowledge keep you from trying it out.

Best Parkour Gym FAQ

The halfway mark for parkour gyms has been reached in the United States, and twenty-six states in the US have at least one parkour gym. As usual, California leads the way, but a surprising number of parkour gyms are located in New Jersey, Oregon, and even Texas. You'll find their locations online and if you live in California or Colorado there is probably one close enough for a scouting trip. Around the world, France and England lead the way with some of the best parkour gyms.

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1. What Is a Parkour Gym?

The best comparison is the climbing gym or a gymnastics studio, because these gyms are dedicated to one sport, attempt to recreate outdoor conditions, but include enough variety in their equipment for peripheral sports (like trampolining or martial arts). The purpose is fitness, skill acquisition in classes, and camaraderie. These gyms are typically entirely indoors with spacious obstacles that include railings, structures, and walls. Most operate with memberships and day passes. Some gyms do combine indoors and outdoors and many instructors take the class outdoors to sharpen parkour skills.

2. What Does a Gym Accomplish That the Streets Don't?

In some ways, a parkour gym is an oxymoron. The sport is meant to happen outside with athletes creating courses on the spot on the city streets. The prime directive of parkour is spontaneity and adaptation. But the best parkour gyms, like the best climbing gyms, offer variable routes so multiple courses can be designed from the same obstacle structures. In addition, gyms move the whole class outside onto the streets when students are ready.

3. How Do You Train for Parkour?

Like any sport that requires balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity, parkour training requires a routine. Athletes should have good endurance and be able to spring, so running or cycling that includes sprints can be a good basic training. But they also require strength and flexibility. Climbing, skateboarding, and running stairs are good ways to prepare for parkour and maintain muscle groups. Coordination is a key feature and the best parkour gyms stretch the coordination limits. Sports that require coordination and responsiveness like skiing, surfing, skating, snowboarding, and gymnastics are excellent preparation.

4. Where Can You Find Parkour Gyms?

These gyms are still somewhat rare, but unlike unicorns, they do exist. There are fewer than one hundred in the US and about twice as many in the rest of the world. As the sport grows, so will the number of gyms. If traveling to a big city, check out the parkour gyms and sign up for a class. The sport has as one of its main missions to reach out to new athletes and make parkour a sport anyone can try. If you can't find a gym in your area, check gymnastics and circus schools for similar training.

5. How Do I Get into This Sport?

Parkour is definitely a social sport since athletes compete against each other for the fastest times and the ability to negotiate difficult obstacles. Meet-ups are a good way to find other parkour athletes, as well as online parkour clubs and sites. Only one other person is needed, and you can make up your own routes. Parkour videos are a great way to get a feel for how parkour works, who does it, and where to create the best courses.

6. Are Parkour Gyms Expensive?

These gyms range from affordable (less than $20 for an introductory class) to an investment (close to a hundred for half-day gym use) so the sport isn't expensive to learn the basics or buying an annual gym membership. Parkour can be free if it's done outdoors only, but we recommend at least one class. Investing in a foundations class will also help you meet other parkour athletes. Alongside climbing gyms or dance training, parkour is comparable in price. Parkour requires space, equipment, and an urban environment so by its nature it's more expensive than a standard fitness gym.

How We Reviewed

We reviewed five of the best parkour gyms across the world. But your local gym may come close in some of these areas. We compared the pros and cons of each gym and also looked at the price.

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Overall Price Range of the Best Parkour Gyms

The cost of using a parkour gym varies with how it's utilized, whether one time or purchasing multiple visits or an annual membership. We list the price with each of these gyms, but because of the specialized nature of parkour gyms they run a little higher than climbing gyms and a one-time visit may cost at lower price. Classes cost extra and the best parkour gyms have a class for every skill level.

Steel City Parkour, Pittsburg, PA

A relatively new gym that focuses on instruction in the right environment.

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Steel City is an all-ages facility that offers classes for teens and adults. The best parkour gyms have classes, and Steel City offers plenty of instruction on basic and advanced techniques. Classes offer fitness training, and the instructors are experienced and knowledgeable in parkour technique. The gym has two warped walls, one angled wall, built obstacles, a foam pit, and a trampoline wall. There's also a tumble trampoline, spring wall, devil steps, and a fitness area.

Pros

  • Great for families
  • Mellow vibe is inviting for beginners
  • Range of skill classes
  • Fitness classes
  • Offers many free classes
  • Offers parties with food and drink

Cons

  • Not everyone wants to train with kids
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SingleBound, London, England

This school is reaching its 15-year mark and is one of the oldest parkour training facilities around. This means it has expertise galore. SingleBound is more of an academy than facility as the site itself is spacious but more like a place to practice gymnastics than a dedicated parkour gym.

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SingleBound focuses on parkour, freerunning, and martial arts and supports a number of London-based clubs that practice each of these sports. This gym offers all the usual equipment but what sets it apart are indoor and outdoor classes for kids and teens. Adult classes are available and expose the new parkour initiate to basic preparation through fitness, balance, and practice outdoors. The strength here is the level of instruction and socializing.

Pros

  • Great variety of classes
  • Indoor facilities for basic training
  • Outdoor training in London
  • Affordable kids' classes

Cons

  • Difficult to see options
  • Facebook page defunct
  • Focus is on classes
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Crosskour, Lomas Del Chamizal, Mexico

In Mexico, you can combine a tour of sprawling and cosmopolitan Mexico City with parkour and discover one of the best parkour gyms in the western hemisphere.

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Crosskour offers training in tricking, freerunning, and parkour in a spacious and upscale gym. It has warped walls, foam pits, plenty of horizontal space, sprung floors, and a generous use of built wooden obstacles and railings. This gym is new and lovingly maintained with a snack bar and decent restrooms. There is an indoor/outdoor space and classes are held in the facility called "The Movement Lab" or outdoors in great Mexico weather. This gym includes classes, some of which are free, and offers most of its services for teens and adults.

Pros

  • Plenty of obstacles in open gym
  • Good variety of classes
  • Mellow vibe
  • Family friendly
  • Great outdoor options
  • Large facility

Cons

  • Limited hours
  • Hard to find adult only space
  • Expensive
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The Brooklyn Zoo, Brooklyn, New York

It's New York City, so you know the best in the world live and train there, but you might not have expected over 10,000 square feet of parkour playground.

Options

Classes are some of the best in the world here because the staff is highly experienced and credentialed. The variety of classes seem endless with aerial skills, break dance, trampoline, and contortion and handstands as just a few of the almost two dozen options. This huge facility offers memberships, day passes, and school trips. Don't miss this large and varied gym in the heart of New York City.

Facility

Located at the Brooklyn Zoo, this 10,000 square foot indoor facility covers two floors. It's available for school classes but the sheer vastness of its space means it rarely feels crowded. Much of the floor is spring carpeted.

Pros

  • Highly experienced staff
  • Huge variety of classes
  • Party friendly
  • Large, spacious facility

Cons

  • Loud
  • Pricey
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American Parkour Academies, Washington, DC

This gym is one of many under the name "American Parkour Academies" and holds classes at this facility using the natural terrain of the District of Columbia. Students don't scale the Washington Monument or use the Lincoln Memorial for training, but this urban environment makes for a great training ground. This parkour gym was the first in the world and their facilities continue to expand.

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This gym focuses on outdoor classes but has an adequate indoor gym to support training. Classes lead all the way up to parkour instructor certification and are open to kids, teens, and adults. The gym itself isn't large but provides enough space to train indoors when necessary. This gym has mastered the art of on-the-spot outdoor parkour training and is true to parkour's outdoor routes.

Facility

Located at the Brooklyn Zoo, this 10,000 square foot indoor facility covers two floors. It's available for school classes but the sheer vastness of its space means it rarely feels crowded. Much of the floor is spring carpeted.

Pros

  • Experienced instructors
  • Plenty of beginner classes
  • Great for newbies and experienced level athletes
  • Great outdoor courses
  • Plenty of class variety
  • Affordable instruction

Cons

  • Indoor gym is basic
  • Locations for indoor gyms vary
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The Verdict

We reviewed five parkour gyms from around the world. Parkour began in France but in the US gyms are sprouting like mushrooms and there are programs in most big cities. Because parkour is a new sport, the newer gyms have an edge. New gyms like Steel City offer plenty of space, sprung floors throughout, and make sure that group rates are affordable. After comparing five of the world's best parkour facilities, we like Steel City the best for space, price, and variety of classes. It's a little more affordable than some of its competitors, and it's the best bet for beginner and intermediate level parkour athletes.

Top 10 Best Parkour Youtube Channels

So you are curious about Parkour but are not sure where to start? Or perhaps you have an ongoing fascination with this incredible activity? are you looking for the perfect parkour YouTube channel to cut your teeth on? Regardless of your interest, there are resources for you to indulge your parkour aspirations and help you achieve whatever interests you have in this amazing field.

In our list today, we are going to explore a variety of parkour YouTube channels and determine what best meets your interests. From first-person perspective videos to daredevil challenges, there is a great variety of fun ways to immerse yourself in the Parkour culture. Parkour has a lot of creative applications. It can be dangerous, thrilling, and help develop a high fitness level if you are the one practicing it. Viral Parkour videos have spread the excitement of this sport, and just watching others at work is inspiring. Whether you are a beginner with an interest in taking on a new hobby or a well-seasoned veteran wanting to expand your talent, these are the 10 Best Parkour YouTube Channels out there at the moment.

Parkour FAQ

Before we begin our list of the best parkour YouTube channels, it is important that we are all on the same page with this list and the elements that make up the sport. Below we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions pertinent to our list and to parkour itself.

1. What is Parkour?

2. Where does Parkour Originate From?

3. Are Parkour and Freerunning the Same?

4. Where can you find Parkour?

5. How Can I learn?

How We Reviewed

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Our collection of Parkour YouTube channels has been selected based on a variety of pertinent criteria in this sport. Our focus is on the talent of the administrators of the various parkour YouTube channels as well as the accessibility of their content to new and seasoned viewers. Meanwhile, we also considered videos oriented around production value, fun narrative elements and engaging editing styles and techniques. Our hope is that you not only walk away with new resources and means to continue to pursue this exciting and amazing career, but that you also find new ways to explore and enjoy this incredible craft and electrifying cultural phenomena.

Why Should I Parkour?

Parkour is an amazing way to get in shape, join a community and view life from a completely fresh and exciting perspective. It is a sport that offers true freedom in the ever more claustrophobic atmosphere of city living. Meanwhile, even unexpected benefits like having the ability to escape perilous situations or safely counteract falls can mean the difference between unscathed escape and injury or even death in unexpected situations.

What We Reviewed

The following is our list of Parkour YouTube channels. There are many out there and we encourage that you explore even further than these ten, but for easy interest in the field, we are proud to suggest the following:

  • StorrorBlog
  • Ronnie Street Stunts
  • Nick Pro
  • StormFreerun
  • teamfarang
  • French Freerun Family
  • StuntsAmazing
  • Night Scape
  • TappBrothers
  • Ampisound

Description

So many things are better in numbers and StorrorBlog is not immune to the rule. This team of seven exceptional parkour artists take you through various and amazing degrees of parkour practice and offer their own distinctive approaches to this ever changing sport. Their participation in awesome projects like television and movies grants them a fun and interesting narrative perspective that keeps the show endearing and entertaining all the while educational.

Pros

  • Very entertaining episodes
  • Parkour across a wide variety of locations and landscapes
  • Group approach means many perspectives of the field.

Cons

  • Not entirely education-focused
  • Most stunts are definitely not for beginners
  • Much of their content is now focused around the team instead of the Parkour-ing

Description

Ronnie Street Stunts, as the name implies, is a Parkour YouTube channel centered mainly around just one Parkour expert (named Ronnie) and his ongoing exploits in this sport. Ronnie’s channel is an awesome blend of fun parkour videos and educational topics to bring new members into the sport. The result is a Parkour YouTube channel with something for everyone to enjoy.

Pros

  • Focused on educating people about Parkour
  • Fun videos like Spiderman in real life which offer a creative application of Parkour
  • Wide variety of styles and techniques

Cons

  • Cinematography is not as good as other channels
  • One perspective of Parkour rather than multiple ones
  • Frequency of posts is less than average

Description

Nick is a talented Parkour and Freerunning expert that offers a contemporary friendly take on parkour while educating and encouraging YouTubers to try parkour on their own. It is a down-to-earth Parkour YouTube channel managed by a friendly host with regular posts for everyone to enjoy

Pros

  • Educational engineered for up and coming Parkour enthusiasts
  • Host is engaging and friendly
  • Raw recording method means more attention to learning the trick rather than the video style

Cons

  • Video production is not as thrilling or exciting as others
  • One host means only one perspective to learn from
  • Sound can sometimes be a challenge to hear in video mix

Description

Straight out of London, Storm Freerun delivers an exceptional variety of freerunning and parkour videos that both engage new runners in learning new tricks and entertain and excite views and non-parkour people with electrifying tricks and stunning visuals. The result is a channel with something for everyone and nothing disappointing to watch.

Pros

  • Big team of talented Runners
  • Great assortment of training videos
  • Quality of video is engaging and exciting

Cons

  • Many stunts are dangerous and might encourage new views to try beyond their abilities
  • The learning videos have been inactive for over a year
  • Mostly choreographed rather than improvised stunts

Description

For exceptional parkour with exciting cinematography and exceptional editing, Teamfarang delivers this incredible sport with eye-popping visuals and electrifying videos. This team of Parkour and Freestyle experts truly are masters in this field and their parkour YouTube channel delivers amazing content without fail.

Pros

  • Beautiful videos
  • Consistent video posting
  • Very talented team

Cons

  • Not very educational or beginner-oriented
  • Hard to see the tricks with so much camera work and editing
  • Most of the tricks are dangerous

Description

For an exciting French take on this French sport, the French Freerun Family is an amazing look into parkour as it is performed in its homeland. The French Freerun Family utilizes exceptional freerunning visuals alongside beautiful cityscape imagery to offer an exceptional and entertaining experience for freerunners of all types.

Pros

  • Very talented Free running experts
  • True to its French roots of the sport
  • Wonderful visuals

Cons

  • Channel is in French so may exclude English speakers
  • This is not educationally focused
  • Cinematography may interfere with learning the tricks

Description

SuntsAmazing is a compilation channel of not only Freerunning and Parkour videos, but also a litany of insane and exciting stunts and tricks people are able to pull off across the world. For an entertaining escape into a realm of talented people, this channel is an awesome way to spend some time.

Pros

  • Wide variety of cool videos
  • Fairly regular posting
  • Many cool stunts to see

Cons

  • Not focused on Parkour
  • Doesn’t offer educational qualities
  • Footage is not came from the channel makers themselves

Description

For a fun and personality-centric take on Parkour and freerunning in all its forms, Night Scape takes a look at parkour as a lifestyle rather than a sport. This daredevil tempts fate in a wide variety of death defying actions and activities ranging from rooftop and skyscraper acrobatics and insane drops. For parkour and freerunning enthusiasts, this is a great channel to enjoy.

Pros

  • Very talented Parkour expert
  • Offers a unique look at Parkour lifestyle
  • Gorgeous visuals

Cons

  • Not a channel for Parkour beginners
  • Is very centered on one perspective rather than multiple
  • Much of each episode is not centered around parkour

Description

For a look at parkour with a focus on exercise and health, TappBrothers offers an exciting and fun way to get in shape and learn a new sport at the same time. The host is an interesting and friendly personality and the content is an approachable and useful resource for learning parkour and freerunning as well as for getting in shape.

Pros

  • Great way to get in shape
  • Offers great tips for parkour
  • Well-managed channel

Cons

  • Not focused on parkour specifically
  • Parkour videos have been mostly dormant for a while
  • If you’re not looking for an exercise channel, this channel is not for you

Description

For a truly exciting parkour perspective, Ampisound delivers a parkour YouTube channel from a first person perspective. Much of this channel is filmed from P.O.V and the results are a jarring and thrilling looking at this amazing sport in action.

Pros

  • First-person perspective is awesome
  • Videos are fun to watch
  • Unique variety of Parkour talent

Cons

  • Not education focused
  • Accents can be challenging for you to understand
  • Production quality is not as good as other channels

The Verdict

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Parkour YouTube channels are readily available and there is definitely no shortage of parkour videos on the internet these days. So whether you are looking for a way to enter into this exciting craft, or trying to enhance your skill set; even if you just find it fun to watch, our list is comprised of options and channels with something for everyone.

To that end, if you are new to the sport, we suggest you focus on channels like Storm Freerun to embark on learning this incredible craft.

Meanwhile, if you are just excited about watching the craft, consider Ampisound or Teamfarang for an assortment of video styling and qualities you will love.

If it’s exercise you’re after, give your time to TappBrothers and if you are just all around interested in the culture of parkour, Night Scape is a great indulgence in the craft. In our opinion, all of the videos on this list offer an exceptional take on this great sport and it is our hope that you take something away from each.

Whatever your interest, there are so many resources out there and so many opportunities to perform this incredible sport that there is no reason to wait! Meanwhile, many cities are offering more and more training facilities so if it is something that truly interests you, find a gym near you and get started today!

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 – A Product Review

Whether you're just getting into parkour or ready to join the stunt crew for a Hollywood blockbuster, you'll need the right footwear. There are many footwear choices available for parkour enthusiasts but it can be hard to tell what will suit your needs best. In this article, we will look at one excellent option—the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 trail shoe.

In the last few decades, Merrell has become one of the most trusted names for active footwear and for good reason. They make tough, affordable, and high-performance shoes and boots for hiking, cross training, and trail running in a range of prices and styles. For this article, we have broken down the Vapor Glove 2 considering features, price, durability, breathability, design quality, and weight.

We also dug deep on a few competing shoes from some other leading brands in the industry. For each shoe, we gave a few pros and cons to serve as a quick reference and we also gave an overall rating for the Merrell Vapor Glove 2. If you're in search of a light, versatile, and affordable trail shoe to take your parkour training to the next level any of these trail shoes could serve as a strong option.

What Is the Merrell Vapor Glove 2?

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The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is a barefoot style running shoe that provides superior ventilation and traction in an ultralight package. It has a woven nylon top and minimal eyelets to reduce any possible hotspots while you're on the trail or at the gym. These shoes have a modern look to match their up-to-date technical specs and a low profile that truly lets your body work as it should.

Product Specs

Powerful Soles

Breathable and Low Odor

Earth Conscious

Pricing

Merrell footwear varies widely in price depending on the model, features, materials, aesthetics, size, and gender. The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 trail running shoe currently available through various online retailers.

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

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Breathability 

The lightweight synthetic mesh upper will make these highly breathable shoes.

Durability

While all barefoot style trail runners will be less durable than traditional style trail runners, the robust Vibram outsole on these shoes will help them hold up better than most.

Design Quality

The brightly colored and swirling designs on these shoes may not appeal to everyone, but the all-vegan materials are a welcome benefit.

Weight 

These shoes are extremely lightweight at just 5.8oz per shoe.

Pros

  • Premium Vibram outsole with no lugs under the arch
  • Low cost
  • Vegan materials for low environmental impact

Cons

  • Less durable than a traditional trail running shoe
  • The aesthetic design may not appeal to minimally minded users

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Nike's Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 running shoes are similar trail running shoes to the Merrell Vapor Glove 2 but not quite as minimal. These shoes are inspired by the barefoot running shoe movement but have a touch more cushioning and foot protection than a true barefoot shoe like the Merrell Vapor Glove 2. The Wildhorse 4 boasts some premium features like a reinforced foot plate to give added protection on sharp or uneven surfaces plus a light cable wrap system on the forefoot.

The Nike Wildhorse 4 could be a great option for a parkour trainer or trail runner who wants the lightweight feel of a barefoot shoe but needs more cushioning underfoot. They will also provide slightly improved durability since they are made to absorb more shock. If you've never tried barefoot-style runners before these could be a perfect option to help you work on a mid-foot running technique. They could also be a great option if you're currently using traditional running shoes and just want to cut a bit of weight off your feet when you go off-road.

Breathability

With a blend of various synthetic upper materials, these shoes will be very breathable.

Durability 

Though very lightweight, these shoes will provide solid durability.

Design Quality 

These shoes have a classic and sporty design available in a range of colors.

Weight 

At just 10.8oz for a full pair, these are amongst the lightest shoes available on the market.

Pros

  • In between a classic trail runner and a barefoot design
  • Added protection plate underfoot
  • Banded foot wrap
  • Many color selections including plain black
  • Light

Cons

  • More expensive than some options

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Saucony's Peregrine 8 running shoe represents a bigger and tougher offering for those looking to hit the streets or the trails with abandon. While these shoes share a neutral foot-strike with the Nike and Merrell options, they are considerably more cushioned and offer a stout two-part sole. The EVERRUN top sole provides premium cushion and energy transfer between the foot and shoe while the PWTRAC outsole gives high-end stability and foot protection.

Saucony finishes this shoe off with their PWRFOAM mid-sole to give a slight lift and added protection where you'll need it most. This is a great option for those who need more cushion than a barefoot shoe can provide but still want to get the benefits of a neutral strike shoe. With a high-grade and multi-level sole, they will also keep your joints happy during long runs and training sessions.

If you're in search of a mid-strike trail running shoe that will help you go easy on your knees and hips these could be worth a close look. You'll get excellent grip and durability without adding too much unnecessary weight.

Breathability 

With added stability and cushion these shoes will sacrifice a bit of breathability.

Durability 

These shoes are ultra-tough and will stand up to lots of abuse.

Design Quality

Though the Peregrine 8 is built for toughness and comfort they look like many running shoes before them.

Weight 

Despite their durable sole, these shoes are very light at just 5.0oz per shoe.

Pros

  • Very light and durable
  • Extra cushion
  • Neutral foot strike performance

Cons

  • Plain and old-school design
  • Less direct contact with the running surface

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Salomon's Speedcross 4 trail runner marks the toughest and most aggressive competitor to the Merrell Vapor Glove 2. The standout feature of these shoes is Salomon's proprietary Speedcross lug pattern grip. This is a tread that looks as much like a truck tire as a sneaker sole and it's truly made for off-road use only. The Speedcross also boasts a high level of customization with their Sensifit with Quicklace system. This is a cable lace that pulls tightly and uniformly across the entire foot for a quick and secure fit.

At 10.5 ounces for the pair, they are slightly heavier than either the Nike or Saucony options but fall right in line with the Merrell Vapor Glove 2. A key difference about this trail runner, however, is that it is balanced for a heel-strike in the gait as opposed to a neutral strike. This will make these shoes feel far more like a traditional running shoe than any of the others and it will feel vastly different from the barefoot-inspired Merrell Vapor Glove 2.

These shoes would be an excellent option for trail runners and parkour practitioners who plan to stay completely on soft ground and need the utmost durability. They will provide maximum grip and durability, but won't give the seamless feel of a barefoot trail running shoe like the Merrell Vapor Glove 2.

Breathability ***

Like the Saucony shoes, these will breathe somewhat but not as well as other options. 

Durability 

Like most Salomon products, the Speedcross 4's are built like a tank. 

Design Quality 

These shoes come in a wide range of colors and have many innovative and unique design features. 

Weight

While heavier than some options, these are still quite light for trail running shoes. 

Pros

  • Powerful Speed cross tread
  • Quicklace design for easy, custom fit
  • Excellent durability
  • Good value for the price

Cons

  • Limited to trail running
  • Speedcross lug will wear quickly on any hard surface

Conclusion

One of the great draws about training for parkour is that there is not much specialized equipment needed to explore the sport. If you've got the physical aptitude, some comfortable clothes, a few good obstacles, and a lot of creativity you can be off and running within hours. The one key piece of equipment that you will need, however, is a great pair of shoes.

Whether you choose running shoes, skate shoes, cross trainers, or something else entirely, your feet will need a lot of support to endure parkour. The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 could be an ideal choice for parkour because it will provide a lot of comfort and stability while also giving a very intimate connection to the ground. A barefoot-style trail running shoe is in many ways the perfect choice for parkour as they are light and fast but without any unwanted bulk you might find on other shoes.

The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 is an innovative and well-designed shoe that will stand up to a surprising amount of abuse. If these shoes have anything less than a premium Vibram outsole we might question its durability. With such robust traction, however, we think this shoe will keep you cruising up walls and over handrails with just a bit of routine upkeep.

What sets these shoes apart from other barefoot-style trail runners for parkour is that they are completely washable and made from entirely vegan materials. With so many high-grade synthetics and recycled textiles on the market today it is becoming easier and easier to choose footwear that not only gives you the performance you demand but also some extra peace of mind. The Merrell Vapor Glove 2 completely fits that bill and we think these shoes are an excellent choice for anyone curious about the sport of parkour or a seasoned veteran looking to take their game up to a new level.

Adidas Energy Boost 3 Review

Let's talk about running shoes. Similar to most other sports, running can benefit from proper equipment and gear. Not only that, but you can save yourself a lot of pain and fatigue just by having the right pair of shoes to accompany you on whatever type of run you enjoy. To give you some shoes to look at, we are doing a comparison of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 against three other similar models. This should help you understand what each model can give you as a runner and what you may need from a running shoe as well.

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What Are the Adidas Energy Boost 3?

As a running shoe, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 act as a cushioned and high energy sneaker for those wanting to do light or short runs. The Adidas Energy Boost 3 are designed to be a neutral training shoe, meaning that they can function both as training shoes and as running shoes. This is a big perk for some who cannot work out in running shoes since they tend to lack support and grip on side-to-side movements.

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Product Specs

Moving into specs, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 feature a stiff midsole and a well-cushioned heel, which may be an odd combination for some. Together with the Boost foam incorporated though, it produces a spring loaded but solid base. It is stiff, and that likely means that it will take much longer for it to wear down or deform.

What really helps the Adidas Energy Boost 3 get its bounce is the plastic runners. These are plates in the center of the shoe that are there to reduce torsion. Adidas has also added two on either side of the sole to keep things in place as well as give extra resistance on hard surfaces.

The outsole of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 is rubber, which means those who tend to wear the lining of a shoe down first would likely benefit from these. The actual bottom of the sole is exposed foam though, with a checkered pattern of rubber squares over it. We have some concerns with this pattern as it does leave foam exposed and will likely wear down faster.

In terms of the upper portion of the shoe, there was obviously thought that went into the look of the design. Lots of high tech or fashionable features like breathable mesh, an extra heel counter, and flat lacing make an appearance in the Adidas Energy Boost 3.

Pricing

Prices are always changing on the market, so what we have here is only an estimate; however, we will also include different places to look for the best deals on the Adidas Energy Boost 3.

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

NIKE Men's Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 Running Shoes
HOKA ONE ONE M Challenger ATR 4
Saucony Men's Peregrine 8 Running Shoe

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Breathability  

Durability

Design Quality

Here is where we find the most issues. As we mentioned before, the inner layer was not the best choice both because of breathability and for comfort. It is very easy to feel this separate piece inside the shoe as you run and this can easily cause blisters.

Moving on to the mid range of the shoe, there are plastic overlays on the exterior of the shoe on either side that form the Adidas logo. While this may look nice, it creates an uneven compression on your foot that is not comfortable and can be inconvenient if you are running on uneven surfaces.

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Pros

  • Good spring and resistance
  • Good for outer sole runners
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not flexible
  • Toe box can cause blisters
  • Easy to wear down center outer sole

Where to Buy

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These are trail running shoes, which means they need to be a little more durable (and probably bulkier) than other types. While this type of shoe is not typically flexible, it does try to make up for that in being protective and usable in any condition. The inner sole of the shoe provides great protection for your feet as you go across different terrains. It also has a great sticky rubber for the sole so wet conditions especially are much more manageable.

Breathability  

The new midsole design of this shoe does have a negative influence on the breathability, as it covers about a third of the mesh top. Runners have not reported major issues, but it has definitely been noticeable.

Durability

There have been no issues with durability so far, which is good considering that the nature of this shoe requires it to be durable. This shoe is meant to fit snuggly every time you put it on, and users noted that even after putting in many miles, it still fit just a snug and kept its resistance.

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