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WristBands - Never Understood
« on: May 03, 2009, 06:47:02 PM »
Why do most Traceurs you see wear wristbands? I've seen plenty of videos, there have been comments on how people have tan lines from their wristbands... What are they used for?
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 08:03:02 PM »
If they're sweat bands, to suck up all the sweat from hard training in hot weather.

If they're wrist bands, they look cool.

But usually for both cases, they're for looks.
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 08:15:32 PM »
I don't get them much anymore, but when I was starting my training in parkour I would get cuts around my wrists pretty frequently.  My guess is that wristbands are probably used to prevent that.  I never got wristbands though and I think I've learned to avoid getting scratches around my wrists.

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 03:33:29 AM »
They're nice extra padding if you cant stand getting scratched up.
Also I agree with Matt, a lot of people wear them for looks. that La La Land video on glyphcommunity, they show them off because they like what they say/show. :]
I used to wear them but they honestly make me uncomfortable.
Of course my wrists look pretty 'emo' after a long day of training, but I don't even notice anymore. Neither do my friends.
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 05:35:30 AM »
i always wanted to get leather gloves with silver spikes on them
they look awsome  :)

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 06:40:56 AM »
haha yea gloves with spikes FTW !!
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2009, 06:44:48 AM »
Yeah there's a few realistic reasons, and a few non-realistic reasons. I used to wear them all the time, not as much anymore. I think the first reason people wear them is that they are a bit of a trademark, with traceurs. We don't have much to make us distinctive, since we carry nothing, and wear comfy exercise clothes. So the wristbands are the closest we have to a symbol. That's why I wore them. And I thought they looked pretty cool, despite the horrible tan line they gave me in Hawaii, hah.

And realistically, they are great for sopping up the sweat, as sweaty hands can get in the way. As well as protecting the wrist from scratches, as was said earlier. On my trip to Australia, the one time I didn't wear both wrist bands, my wrists got torn to shreds


So two wristbands on that day would been great.

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2009, 07:03:46 AM »
I don't usually wear them, but at the Madison WI, jam last year, they had MADPK wrist bands they handed out, so I had one for that weekend.  It was definitely useful for those turn vaults that aren't too kind on the wrist area.  The other wrist that didn't have one got a little scratched up.  Other than that, I can't really think of a very practical reason, though if you don't like getting scratched up, that could be enough of one.

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 07:11:04 AM »
I wear wristbands, which also act as sweatbands, and yes I cna attest to those
tan lines.  ;D

I wear them because of the splints in my forearms. They help to keep my
forearms tight and constricted, it esp. helps when I QM. I'm realizing I am
going to switch to medical tape though, AND still use my wristbands.

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 07:45:15 AM »
I wear one on my right wrist because for some reason it is the only wrist that gets scratched up. I used to wear both but my left wrist never got touched so I took it off. I wear it to avoid scratches. Sweat never accumulates on my hands or wrists.
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2009, 07:30:17 PM »
Sweat never accumulates on my hands or wrists.

Same hear...sweaty wrists....I don't think so haha. But I use
the wristbands as small rags for when the beads of sweat which represent
my hard work start rolling down into my eyes...BAM-O...I can see once more
thanks to the bands.

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2009, 08:25:31 PM »
I do agree that for the most part wrist bands are for looks. However, I wear a Boxer wrap on my right wrist. Has nothing to do with weak wrists though. An old combat injury has left me with a permanent problem, and I need the support any time i do heavy work to help slow degeneration and prevent re injury. Wrist wraps and bands are also good at preventing abrasions. ;D

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 08:54:19 AM »
I don't get it. What type of training would cut your wrists?  ???
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2009, 09:06:21 AM »
i dont have any wristbands i dont use them. but i probably should because i grabbe a ledge one day and my wrist hit a corner that was sticking out on the wall it cut my wrist strait across. so when my parents so it they decided to have a sit down and talk cause they thought i was cutting myself like the emo kid across the street.
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2009, 11:05:44 AM »
haha yea gloves with spikes FTW !!

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2009, 11:20:45 AM »
Most people don't see the practicality of sweat or wrist bands because your wrists don't exactly sweat too much, if at all.  How you sweat (like most everything about your body) is determined by genetics.  Some athletes sweat so much in activity that the fluid actually runs down their arms.  Of course, that would get on your hands which would make various activities like catching/throwing a ball, holding a raquet, etc. rather difficult.  Sweat bands catch the water so your hands don't get soaked. 

Traceurs tend to wear them for looks and protection.  They are definitely a symbol of parkour practitioners, in fact i've been asked if i am one simply because i was wearing it up by my elbow, leading me to my next point.  I like to wear a single cheap sweat band on my right arm that i move around depending on what i'm doing.  If I risk scratching my wrist on a movement, i'll keep it near my wrist, but mostly i wear it right below/on my elbow.  I use my elbow when I roll, so the band helps keep me from chopping myself up when i roll on cement.  Also, on big wallclimbs, it prevents me from scratching my elbow if i use it to pull myself over the wall when I can't get a "pop."

All things considered, they are definitely worth picking up at your local sporting goods store for less than a dollar.  They can be quite helpful.
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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2009, 05:33:36 PM »
All things considered, they are definitely worth picking up at your local sporting goods store for less than a dollar.  They can be quite helpful.

Yea RIGHT! lol  ::) I WISH I could fins a good pair. My friend gave me his haha.
No...it really sucks...Cannot find them ANY where!! >:( >:(

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2009, 06:13:28 PM »
All things considered, they are definitely worth picking up at your local sporting goods store for less than a dollar.  They can be quite helpful.

Yea RIGHT! lol  ::) I WISH I could fins a good pair. My friend gave me his haha.
No...it really sucks...Cannot find them ANY where!! >:( >:(
As a last resort you could buy some from Urbanfreeflow.  While not exactly cheap, they're large and durable enough to merit the 15 or so USD it'll take to purchase and ship them to the US.  Though that is a sizable amount of cash for two cotton bands, my current pair is threadbare and nasty and they've saved me enough to justify the "upgrade."

I'll try not to feel like a tool whenever i put them on.   ::)

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2009, 06:15:50 PM »
Hmmm...I don't think I understand the last thing you wrote.  ???
I'll try not to feel like a tool whenever i put them on.   ::)
Maybe I'm just bad at getting jokes haha.

Yea I have the UF backpack, the wristbands woul make a nice little addition.  ;)
Altough that is pretty pricey...

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Re: WristBands - Never Understood
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2009, 08:18:44 PM »
i always wanted to get leather gloves with silver spikes on them
they look awsome  :)

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