As an outsider coming in Frank Sauer has proven that he has a new way of capturing Freerunning, while still understanding what we value about a good video.
Storror have been teasing us for their new Roof Cult collection over the last couple of weeks through facebook and instragram. This morning they dropped the 4 piece collection over at http://storror.bigcartel.com and a dope little trailer on youtube to go with it.
We can’t wait to get our hands on the new gear. Much love to the Storror boys for keeping it real and always pushing in the right direction.
I know Freerunners are always on the search for a good Freerunning-Shoe and we try around with different ones, as well. Every now and then we stumble on a gem we really like and that’s when we feel like sharing it with you.
Puma FUTURE R689
I got the Puma FUTURE R689 with Pasha in Mexico, after we both destroyed our shoes. We liked them more for their style than being convinced of their functionality and turned out to like them more than expected.
I don’t want to get to deep into this, because shoes are so specific for each person, so here is a quick runthrough:
Grip – Not the best I ever had, but it works fine for me on all walls and bars and when I did this sideflip gap it was actually a little wet, so they work well in winter conditions as well. The sole is one flat piece and very flexible, which makes movement on rails and balancing really effortless.
Cushion – The only thing I would like to improve about these shoes is a little more cushion on the toes, but I also feel like the less cushion the more touch and feel you have for tricky landings and surfaces.
Having shoes with less cushion as a beginner really helps building a healthy landing technique as well ;)
I wouldn’t recommend them for high-impacts, though.
Weight – One of my favorite parts is how light and flexible they are, especially when it comes to acrobatics it feels almost like you are barefoot.
Durability – The one pair I got lasted me through Malaysia, Bosnia, Santorini and a few other stops, before I got holes on top of my toes.
For my new pair I just stick some duct-tape on the weak areas from the inside, which really slows that breaking process down.
Other than that the shoe was in good condition and the sole was almost untouched. Not the best durability for the price, but to me it’s worth it.
Style – I really love the look, it doesn’t look like a running shoe or anything too sporty. The mint green and All-black are definitely my favorite ones. I have no problem wearing them with normal clothes anytime.
Summary – If you don’t do height drops every day and feel like you can pay a little extra for the style you like, this is a good shoe for you. I love it and it really suits my style of movement. I’m rocking the shoes in this video by the way: CLICK
That’s it, I just stocked up on 3 more pairs for myself, I believe you can get them quite cheap online, just google around and I’m sure you’ll find some good deals.
If you like this shoe you’d might want to look at the Puma FAAS, which are very similar in all aspects, except the look is a little different and they are cheaper.
Hope this helped you guys, will let you know if something new comes along ;)
Pasha just showed me this video from Russia.
AVI is a Team from Russia that brings together a bunch of amazing talents from all around Russia, including some incredible Hand-Balancing in deathly heights and a really skilled girl doing calisthenics, among many others.
The pure skill and creativity in this video entertained the whole way through!
It seems like most of the Russians don’t tend to Team, alliances between the Shades and Eriks out there always seem kind of lose. I am definitely excited to see some more russians coming together and being creative!
Bangkok, as always, was a very hot and humid, when Pasha and me walked around town quite aimlessly.
We left the house with the intention of getting a few photos at night with no particular idea in mind and didn’t know we where about to find one of the best “free” swimming pools ever.
We ended up walking around Nana, in one of the more filthy streets. That means drunk white people, every woman you see is either a hooker or has a penis and more drunk white people. I guess we fit right in with all the tourists around.
Hookers constantly try to grab your arm telling you how pretty you are. If you have ego-problems you might consider walking around Nana, you’d feel like the most seductive man in the world.
Feeling bored, equally amused and disgusted by the scene we started walking in and out of back-alleys, looking for a good location or something interesting to shoot.
This is what I really love about Bangkok: You never know what you are going to find, you can have an adventure any time. Plus if you are a foreigner and you pretend to be 100% sure about what you are doing you tend to get away with a lot.
The saying goes: Don’t ask for permission, beg for forgiveness. Keeping in mind that we’d never do something that has consequences for anybody than us.
We strolled into the entrance of some apartment-tower, greeting the guard as if we do this every night. Waving us along he made sure to wish us a nice evening and we passed around the corner and straight into the car-park.
Experience shows, parking decks seem to work most of the time. That’s how we got into most of the locations featured in Boss Mode.
Walking in through the lobby or the front door might work, but if you need a room-card or a key to get past the lobby you get stuck and look really suspicious. Car-parks like this one tend to have an open door somewhere and if you are lucky you have an elevator for maintenance that takes you all the way to the top, if not you might have to take the stairs.
This building was a pretty luxurious condominium, somebody left the door open on the top floor in the parking decks. Probably some workers, hence the stuff crammed up in the staircase and some Hentai on the floor.
After walking around for a bit we found the service elevator and hit the top button – number 18 – straight to the rooftop. Almost to easy.
High up and in the middle of the city we enjoyed the beautiful view and took a few more photos. Being on a rooftop like this gives you a feeling that never gets old. You feel like part of an exclusive club, not everybody gets to see these places and explore a city like that.
I kind of get why Storror coined the term “Roof Culture”, it feels like something that belongs to us Freerunners. You probably know what I mean ;)
After taking the view in we walked around the corner and found the most epic pool just a story below. We felt so sweaty from the humidity and dirty from walking through the streets that we couldn’t resist. Pasha went down a dodgy climb through a hole in the wall and I stayed behind to get the shots.
The pool area was all dark so we did the only reasonable thing to do: we stripped naked and went for a swim. The pool was beautiful, with a straight edge leading all the way down to the street.
We enjoyed the life of the ballers that live there for 30 minutes before heading back down into the streets for some street-food. For sure, we’d fall asleep with a smile on our face tonight.
Kanye West is a rap-genius and his new album “Yeezus” definitely proves that he’s not afraid to experiment and walk down new paths, wether his fans like it or not.
In this in-depth Interview Yeezy really opens up and
preaches speaks about his aspirations of being an artist outside of music and the struggles he faces, his views on society and many other things.
If you’ve been following what’s going on in the Freerunning world you’ve definitely heard about the Airwipp Challenge, a prestigious Freerunning competition held in Sweden, featuring the best athletes on the globe.
Even though the event and the performances by the athletes are amazing, the most outstanding performance probably c0mes from the creators of the event. Marcus and Filip, both Freerunners manage to inspire a whole community to help and make this happen.
Visive Productions were around to capture this development and just dropped this documentary, get some popcorn!
Massive props to some of the safest guys in Freerunning and how they progress the sport.
To say we got excited like 12-year olds before christmas, when we heard that the RB Cliff Diving Finals are coming to Thailand, is probably an understatement. All Freerunners love flips and jumping off bridges and cliffs into water, and we were about to watch the absolute masters at this!
Enjoying some RedBull perks, we stayed in the Sheraton hotel right next to the beach and just needed to walk down to water, where we took off on our luxury yacht, and watch the event in front-row seats right under the diving platform. Okay, so I don’t want to sound like a douche and talk about how badass this whole experience was, but yeah we totally felt like ballers and I definitely had this song in my head the whole time: CLICK HERE.
Outside of watching the mindblowing performance of the athletes (watch the highlights here) one of our personal highlights was the afterparty, maybe not the getting way too drunk part by the end of it, but rather chatting with some of the Cliff Divers. Especially David Colturi and Steven LoBue from the USA were super cool guys, which revealed to us that yes it is definitely easier to flip off 27m than it is to simply jump.
With Artem, a russian cliff diving champion, we came to the conclusion that yes, in Cliff Diving and Freerunning the Russians are on the same scale of Skilled and Crazy and everybody else is having a hard time keeping up with those madmen.