One of the good things about parkour is that relatively little gear is needed to practice. All you really need is a good pair of shoes and some loose athletic clothing. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some products that can be very useful or enhance performance. Backpacks fall into the very useful category. When practicing parkour, it is common to move from one location to another. This makes carrying anything you want with you at a certain location, but not necessarily in your pockets a chore. This is where having a good parkour bag or rucksack comes into play.
Sling Type Parkour Bags
For whatever reason (Assassin’s Creed maybe?), many people want a parkour sling bag or messenger style bag. Unfortunately, the form factor just isn’t normally very good for parkour. However, I’ve come up with some alternatives worth taking a look at.
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The Runnur is a bandoleer like shoulder strap. Described as a “messenger bag without the bag”, the Runnur has a variety of pockets and holders for things like phones, keys, wallets, and other small items. Despite the name, it is not actually meant for runners, but for traveling hiking, and commuting.
The Runnur is lightweight, and fairly well made, but not adequately secure in my opinion. I can’t help but think that the idea is better than what was actually executed. Nonetheless, it could be suitable depending on your needs or a great starting off point if you like modifying your gear.
Setgo Transport Bag
The Setgo Transport is another lightweight and low profile shoulder strap. It features two front pockets and three layered pockets in the back, which can fit a surprising amount. Personally, I find the aesthetics to be more professional and a little less geeky than the Runnur. However, it is considerably more expensive than the Runnur.
Urban Tool sportHolster
Not a sling style bag, but certainly something a little different than a normal backpack. Urban Tool’s sport holster has enough room to fit a smartphone, keys, wallet, and maybe a small snack, but not much more. If you are just looking to get these out of your pockets, it should serve your needs well. It’s comfortable to wear, keeps everything from moving around, and doesn’t impede rolling.