Sports & Recreation

What Do I Wear To Play Paintball?

Beth / 15 May, 17 /

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 such as NPF.

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:



You will also be provided with extra kit to provide extra safety and protection during the game:


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.

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