Okay so now that most of the snow has cleared up around Scotland, I’m going to cover another weather issue that can often put the hiatus on paintball plans: rain. A couple of weeks ago I covered playing paintball in snow, but now that the snow’s melting and a few showers are rumoured to be on their way, I thought now is a good time to cover playing paintball in the rain. I’m sure a lot of you have already tried and, hopefully, realised that it isn’t too different from regular ‘dry’ paintball, but for the uninitiated, here’s the low-down.
As a true all-weather sport, paintball is just as much fun even when it’s chucking it down outside – if anything, the rain and wet conditions just add a whole new dimension to the game, and one which needs to be experienced to be appreciated. However, the first thing to bear in mind though is that everything will no doubt become far slippier. That wooden bridge that you could run over no problem before, add caution as, once it’s wet, it’ll no doubt be a little bit more unpredictable underfoot. On a similar note, any areas that are covered with paint (like a well-used bunker) are bound to be far more slippy, as the paint mixes with the rain water.
Once you’re confident with your footwork though, next compare your visibility. You’ll find that crouching and running to a stop are both a little harder than they were previously, but the actual distance you can accurately see will no doubt be impaired too. Assuming it’s not windy, you’ll probably need to get a little closer to your quarry than usual, making for a far tighter, action-packed game. In short, if you want to test your skills and try a slightly more extreme version of paintball, watch the weather reports and book when the rain’s on its way!
Once booked though, all you need to do then is hunt down the best clothes for the job. An all-in-one cammo poncho is a great way to stay dry whilst remain relatively undercover (as regular cagoules and raincoats have a tendency to be bright colours for some reason!). Whatever you do, try to have a waterproof outer layer at least, certainly not cotton or anything too absorbent. A lot of sites will give you overalls anyway, so if that’s the case you can just wear them – as it won’t be you having to clean the mud off afterwards. Also, throw an extra towel, t-shirt, trousers and pair of trainers in your kit bag for afterwards too and, again, there’s nothing like a flask of tea or soup for the trip home.
One final thought is a safety tip. Obviously players must never remove their masks during game play, but cheap quality masks can often steam up far easier in the rain. To combat this though, stuff a couple of paper towels into your pocket, perfect for wiping down your goggle mid-battle.