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Consumer Whores / Re: Freerunner Vs Daescent
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:44:38 PM »
been a while,

no, it wouldn't hurt to step on rocks.  the only times i've noticed the padding (or lack thereof) was taking drops, particularly on concrete.  i have an alright landing/ground-slap, but the balls of my feet would hurt a little after taking one.   i wouldn't have to stop tracing or anything, just a little tingle (and a motivation to improve my rolls!).  bottom line is, if you have a bad technique, these shoes will make (or break) your feet.

as for durability, 9.99/10.  i can't believe these are really only 2mm thick.  i wear these out in the forest almost every day.  rocks, trees, branches, thorns, etc.  i also use them in formal practices on concrete for 2 hours twice a week.  these shoes are: still sticky, still grippy, and only show one tiny scratch on the sole.  i'm more worried about the laces snapping than about the sole of the shoe.

Consumer Whores / Re: Freerunner Vs Daescent
« on: September 28, 2008, 11:21:03 AM »
wow, long post.  1 more thing.  are all the five ten shoes the same way with the 'forbidden elements'?  i know the daescent has no actual treads on the front (more surface area=more friction), but are all stealth rubber shoes like that?

Consumer Whores / Re: Freerunner Vs Daescent
« on: September 28, 2008, 11:19:37 AM »
i just bought a pair of daescents about a week ago.  having worn new balance shoes for the past couple years, it was a big change.

DISCLAIMER: If you think that by buying these shoes, you will become a better traceur, think again!  NOTHING REPLACES GOOD TECHNIQUE!

the first thing i noticed was the weight.  man these shoes are light!  it felt light there was nothing on my feet!

the next thing was the padding.  i had been expecting this, as it was stated in all previous posts.  very minimal.  it is, and should be compared to, rock climbing shoes.

the first thing i did with them was try out the grip.  at first, i was disappointed.  they felt more slippery than my NBs.  however, i soon realized that i was trying out there grip on smooth surfaces (tile, finished wood) and resolved to experiment some more before writing an angry post.

the next day i proceeded to try brick, trees, concrete, unfinished wood, painted/finished concrete, and plastic (like on a playground).  for concrete, bricks, and trees, the grip was astounding.  the shoes wouldn't slip!  well, they would, but almost never and you'd have to be pushing almost vertical.  unfinished wood was a middle ground.  better than my NBs, but perhaps not worthy of astounding.  plastic was the same as tile and finished wood: almost no grip.

i can't really make a comment thus far as to their durability (as this is still week 1)  but i will be sure to post about it later.

so long as you don't plan on parkour-ing somewhere with a plethora of the forbidden 'elements', this is a great shoe!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: interesting stories anyone?
« on: September 20, 2008, 07:40:52 AM »
the first time i tried to gap kong these two branches about waist height, three feet apart, my knees hit the second branch and i pitched forward.  my knees hurt and i couldn't vault for a couple days.  but as soon as i could, i went back out there and did it.
the funny thing is, when i tried to do it again my feet clipped the branch and i shot head first into the ground.  luckily(?) there was some mud where my head hit so i wasn't hurt, but there was some major #$@%-eating involved  ;D

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: farther kongs
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:09:07 PM »
what about pushing down with your arms?  any special tips or techniques?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: farther kongs
« on: September 03, 2008, 06:00:25 PM »
another thing i don't have is explosion.  take this guy for example:
his he goes with one foot and he shoots off the ground and into the air.
being extremely bottom heavy (i float strait up and down in water) is it possible?  i've tried and toyed, but nothing seems to help.

Parkour And Freerunning / farther kongs
« on: August 31, 2008, 04:32:33 PM »
I would consider my kong as one of my best vaults.  No doubles or anything, just a single, 6 foot kong.  However, I see videos of people all the time doing kongs and landing on rails almost 4 feet away.  I have no distance whatsoever after my kongs.  Is there any way to improve this?

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: August 31, 2008, 04:30:25 PM »
hi guys, my name's Speeve.  been a member of NEPK for a while now, but just joined this forum.  been pking for a couple years now, and looking to learn more every day.

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