The Sports Archives – Paintball Protective Gear

If you are new to paintball or have already dabbled in it a few times, you are likely wondering exactly what you should be wearing while immersed in the thick of battle. Even experienced paintball players are always on the lookout for gear and clothing suggestions for additional protection and comfort. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to this dilemma, there are a few ways to make your experience a safe and enjoyable one while of the paintball field. Players of all levels can always benefit from a bit of preparedness.

Layers are your friend.

Everyone knows that paintball is not for the faint-skinned. There are guns and, well, paint balls. And they can sting when you get shot. And you will get shot. Happens to the best of us. When you’re out on the paintball playing field in shorts and a sleeveless shirt – you’re going to have a bad time.

But what clothes are best suited for a dynamic paintball game? First of all, think layers. Opt for thick shirts and pants. These pieces can absorb the impact of a paintball that strikes your body at a high velocity. But always have an additional T-shirt or thin shirt underneath your hoodie or sweatshirt to further mitigate the hit

Adding as many layers as possible can help you minimize the impact of the paintballs when they hit your body. The extra layers will add space between your skin and the outermost layer of clothing. This “in-between” material will accept the brunt of the paintballs‘ impact and won’t hurt as much.

Naturally, don’t overdo it. Especially, if you’re playing in the summer or in hot weather.  This is an effort to prevent overheating.

Cover Up.

It’s not your modesty we’re concerned about, but the parts left uncovered will take quite a bit of damage. Do not leave any skin exposed. Paintballs sting when they come into contact with unprotected skin. If you are hit in an unprotected spot, a paintball can even leave a welt on exposed skin. Sometimes, they even sting when hitting skin that is protected. Your paintball experience will be as pain-free as possible if you put forth the effort to dress appropriately.

Going the Extra Mile.

If you still feel like you could use the extra protection, there are several options. Soft body armor, arm pads and ghillie style suits will all keep you safe and unharmed while you enjoy your game. Other players also opt to wear shin pads as well. On top of that, consider purchasing some “slider shorts” that are designed specifically for paintball players. They are perfectly padded to provide ample lower body protection.

Choosing what attire to wear to play paintball might be a daunting process. But a little planning goes a long way in staying safe while enjoying your favorite hobby.


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