What should I wear to play paintball?

by michael on August 2, 2010

in Paintball Information,Paintball Tactics

Playing paintball in a rabbit costume

Image courtesy of nzstag.co.nz

Okay, so the answer to this post might seem a little obvious but, with customers expecting to play serious paintball in anything from tuxedos to mankinis, trust me: this is a subject that needs covered. You go swimming for the day and you know what to wear, you go go-karting for the day and you know what to wear, but when you go paintballing, do you know the best gear to throw on?

All we really care about is paintball, so it’s certainly not our place to judge anyone’s taste in fashion (as if we would?) so here’s a quick post to answer that common paintball question, ‘What should I wear?’ Fortunately the most common answer to this is that the majority of paintball sites gives their customers overall jumpsuits to wear when they’re playing, protecting your clothes underneath. Handy for most people, though a bit unfortunate for the stag party that came already dressed as St Trinians. It’s not that fancy dress has no place in paintball, it’s that, to get the most out of a game, you need to be comfortable and part of a team. Not to mention safe. I’m sure many sites will let you wear what you like, but most will insist on protective overalls, along with the mask of course.

Saying that, what you wear underneath the jumpsuit is just as important, as it’s those clothes that will keep you comfortable when the action kicks in. Does it hurt when paintballs hit you? It certainly stings, but having a couple of sneaky layers under your suit definitely takes the edge off; which could give you a subtle advantage in the field.

So, for protection first and foremost, try and wear long trousers and a long-sleeved top or t-shirt under your jumpsuit, as these will reduce the impact of any shots, and also make crawling through the undergrowth that will bit more bearable. Oh yeah, and most places should also give you protective gloves to sport too, as getting hit in the knuckles totally sucks.

As I’ve said before, you don’t have to be particularly fit to play paintball, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be running around performing all manner of commando-esque rolls etc in the heat of the game, so make sure you’ve got some flexibility going on. Don’t wear anything that’ll restrict your movement too much (as vulnerability isn’t a positive paintball trait) and, on hot days at least, consider how warm you might get. Wearing a full face mask, gloves, overalls and clothes underneath can get pretty darn hot, so choose your layers wisely.

And if the groom simply has to stand out from the rest of the stag party, why not get him bright pink overalls or spray hit mask luminous yellow for the day?

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