Many first-time paintball players and beginners are unsure what to wear to play paintball. This post will outline what you should wear to play paintball, including some of the protective gear you will be provided with if you play through a specialist professional paintball company.
The key when deciding what to wear to play paintball is to keep as little skin exposed as possible. When a paintball hits, it hurts. No matter how much of a paintball pro you consider yourself to be, you will get hit, and it will sting. Paintballs can travel at speeds of up to 200 mph, so it will be painful when it hits you. However, don’t be discouraged, paintball is an incredibly safe game and if you wear the correct gear, you will be protected.
It’s all about protection. More layers equals more protection and can act as a defensive layer for your skin. Wear multiple thick layers to absorb the paintball’s impact, but make sure they are loose fitting and do not restrict your movement, as you will need to be agile during the game.
Paintballs are made from non-toxic, water-soluble, biodegradable materials and will wash out of your clothes and skin. However, you will get dirty during the game from paintballs as well as climbing over terrain, crawling through the forest, rolling around in mud, so wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. It might be a good idea to bring a change of clothes for the journey home too.
Think strategically. Wear dark colours and camouflage to stay hidden from the enemy. Softer materials are more likely to cause the paintball to bounce instead of break, keeping you in the game.
When playing paintball for the first time, this is what you should wear to the game:
- Head - your head can be vulnerable to hits, so wear a hat such as a beanie for extra protection underneath your paintball helmet.
- Top - the best thing to remember when deciding what top to wear is to leave little skin exposed. Avoid short sleeves and opt for long sleeve tops with thicker hoodies on top. Layer up, and pack a raincoat to prepare for the weather.
- Trousers - wear loose fitting tracksuit bottoms or joggers that you can run in. Try wearing a thin pair over the top of a thick pair to layer up for extra protection.
- Footwear - wear comfortable shoes that you can run in and get dirty such as old trainers. Ankle injuries are also common in paintball, so hiking boots which support the ankle and are easy to run in will work well too.
- Gloves - hands are particularly sensitive areas which are constantly open to getting hit. Wear thick gloves to protect your hands, and don’t go for fingerless styles. Armoured gloves such as paintball gloves, football gloves or gardening gloves work best.
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You will also be provided with extra kit to provide extra safety and protection during the game:
- Goggles - Goggles are the most important piece of the kit as they protect your eyes from paintballs, and need to be worn at all times during the game.
- Mask - a mask will provide extra protection to the chin, jaw, ears and head whilst providing ventilation.
- Snood - the snood protects the forehead, throat neck and ears, as these can be vulnerable areas.
- Coveralls - coveralls provide an extra layer of protection over the top of your own clothes and are comfortable, durable and lightweight so you can stay stealthy. They are often in camouflage colours so you can stay hidden from the enemy.
- Battle Belt - a battle belt fits comfortably around your waist so that you can carry extra accessible ammunition.
- Battle Vest - a battle vest allows you to carry extra ammo whilst providing extra protection and padding to absorb the impact of incoming fire.
When you are playing paintball, remember, it’s all about protection, layering up, and leaving as little skin exposed as possible. Wear dark colours to stay hidden, loose fitting items to stay stealthy, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear a hat, long sleeved tops, loose fitting joggers, comfortable footwear, and thick gloves. You will be provided with safety goggles, the most important piece of kit, a mask to protect the head, a snood, coveralls to protect your clothes, a battle belt for accessible ammo, and a battle vest to protect the body. You’re now kitted out and ready to lead your team to victory.