ASICS Parkour shoes
If you are used to well-padded running shoes, the lack of cushioning in the Tigers will be dramatic. The cushioning is not great and this should be fairly obvious from just looking at them. While this is actually a selling point for many experienced traceurs, if you are looking for lots of protection and shock absorption, than these are not the shoes for you. The relatively minimal cushioning makes them an excellent choice if you want to try a more minimalist shoe, but are not ready to try something like Feyiues.
Note: The insoles are glued into the shoe.
For a men’s size 9(US), the Tigers come in at 11 ounces. Personally, they feel a lot lighter than this when wearing them though. I think this might have to do with their snug fit. Compared to everything but lightweight running shoes, they can hardly be considered heavy. It is easy to forget that you are even wearing them.
Like you want with a good parkour shoe, the sole of the Tiger is completely flat and one continuous piece. There are no plastic pieces that will cause you to slip or individual segments that will rip off. The grip isn’t good enough that it will markedly improve performance, but it is solid. And grip is good across a wide variety of surfaces. The pattern that you see above can wear down quite a bit, but the grip performance remains good even as it does.
The Ultimate 81’s are definitely well made. In fact, they are deceptively durable. I did not expect them to last very long at all and have been pleasantly surprised. I have had several pairs now both for parkour and casual use and I can’t personally point to any particular flaw. However, some have reported that the mesh toe area can develop tears.
If you are looking for a remarkably well balanced, affordable, parkour shoe leaning towards a more minimalist style, Asics Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81s are an excellent choice. Their low price compared to higher end running shoes and excellent durability makes them great value for the money.