A Parkour pack will have different characteristics depending on what you will do with it. But the most common way to train is to move from one location to another, while stopping at each location and practicing some moves before moving on to the next. The use of a Parkour pack is to keep your items and personal effects together and provide a way for you to transport them easily place to place.
Parkour pack size
I have found that not all packs are made for Parkour. If you intend to run and actually perform Parkour moves with your parkour pack on, you don’t want to be wearing a regular backpack while doing a roll or an under-bar. In this situation a really small bag is the better option.
Ideal Parkour pack
An ideal Parkour pack is minimal in design, so as not to restrict your movement. Any emptied camel pack style hydration backpack is a really good option in this situation as it holds everything close to your body, comes in many sizes and doesn’t restrict movement or range of motion (provided you picked the right fit). These types of Parkour packs are comprised of a relatively strong material, so they’re durable. Alternatively if you have a larger load it is in my opinion essential to find an ergonomic back pack that will help distribute the weight. Research shows that exaggerated movements with a larger load can greatly increase the risk of back damage.
No weight training with Parkour packs
If you are wearing a backpack for increased weight and resistance while training, please note that this is dangerous and possibly detrimental to your health and safety. While I don’t like telling people to buy things, if you really want that much to add resistance and weight, do yourself a favour and buy a proper weight vest.
Buying a Parkour pack
If you are looking to invest in a parkour specific back pack, you probably already looked around and are aware that you are most likely to find a Parkour backpack on the internet. I have also looked around a little bit, and will start to offer some brief reviews on some of the more popular Parkour backpacks out there:
More Great Parkour Backpacks
Nike Faskbreak Backpack