What Should I Wear for Parkour? PDF Print E-mail
Although no special equipment is needed for parkour, there are some things to consider while you get dressed for your next parkour training session. It should be noted that parkour has no predefined style of clothing. People come from all different groups and dress in many different styles!


  1. Headwear – No headwear is needed but some traceurs prefer to wear a beanie which provides a little extra protective padding for your head just in case you hit it. Some traceurs also like to wear a baseball cap. Baseball caps are good for sun protection on those hot sunny days.
  2. Upper Body – Again, there are no requirements for upper body wear, but it should be something comfortable and flexible. Any athletic wear usually does the job. Also some traceurs like to wear hoodies or multiple layers for extra padding when performing a roll.
  3. Arms and Hands – One particular part of the body that suffers a lot of abuse no matter what skill the traceur is, are the wrists. Nobody likes going through their every day routine looking like a suicidal cutter, so you can either ignore it or wear wristbands to help protect them from getting scraped up. Some beginners feel the need to wear gloves to protect their hands. This is generally frowned upon by most experienced traceurs. It is better to allow your hands to toughen up from all the use. Also, parkour is about interacting with your surroundings. Your hands, being the strongest sense of touch, should be fully exposed in order to get a better feel for your environment.
  4. Legs – Any comfortable and flexible pants or shorts are the best for parkour. Would you run a hurdles race in big baggy jeans? No. Parkour is no different from any other sport in a clothing sense. In order to fulfill your potential, you will want to wear comfortable and flexible cargo pants, gym shorts, sweats, track bottoms, or any other athletic pants or shorts.
  5. Feet – Perhaps the only true equipment requirement for parkour is a good pair of shoes. There are many different kinds of shoes that people use for parkour, but cross trainers are generally regarded as the best. You will want to find a light weight shoe with good cushioning, grip, and durability. If the shoes are lacking in good cushioning, many traceurs prefer to buy some gel insoles to provide that extra shock absorption. Expensive shoes are not a good idea for parkour because they will usually get worn out in a few months of hardcore training.
  6. Miscellaneous – Another thing to consider bringing for parkour is a small backpack to carry things in. At large jams with a lot of moving from spot to spot, some people like to carry their stuff in a backpack. However, many people don’t like this and instead prefer to freeload off the people who do bring backpacks.