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Paintball Protective Equipment

Updated on October 30, 2014

Protective Gear Makes The Game of Paintball Safer and More Fun!

The fear of getting hit with a paintball keeps many people from trying the sport. Fortunately, wearing protective gear will make your experience safer and more enjoyable. Most will agree, the sting of being hit by a high velocity paintball can be intense... enough so the fear of which will speed up your feet on the field! While it may be uncomfortable, getting hit by a paintball is not fatal or dangerous - unless you are hit in the eye. A direct hit in the eye with a paintball can cause blindness and this is the reason why your paintball mask is absolutely essential gear. You are not allowed to play paintball without a mask.

GREAT NEWS! There is equipment that can be worn for paintball that will completely block the feeling of impact of being hit. This paintball protective gear is often cheap, easy to use and readily available. This equipment includes paintball helmets, chest protectors, knee and elbow pads, shin & forearm padding, gloves and even groin protection. Wearing this type of gear will give you a new confidence on the field - imagine running through the bunkers with no fear of being hit!

Save Phace Lazarus paintball mask
Save Phace Lazarus paintball mask

Paintball Masks That Rock

Your Paintball Mask is absolutley essential gear....

Other than your paintball marker, the paintball mask is your next piece of 'have to have' paintball equipment - so don't skimp! You get what you pay for in this realm and $20 masks may be uncomfortable to wear and almost always fogs up all the time. Do yourself a favor and purchase a fairly good mask right off the bat and you'll have a much better experience playing your first few times. Don't be afraid to spend between $50-$100 and you will be pretty satisfied with your purchase.

Choose a mask that provides good coverage for the face but also a wide viewing area with the lens. Make sure they're very lightweight but also made of a firm enough material to properly deflect paintballs. When possible, try the mask on to make sure it stays securely on your face when moving. Make sure the paintball mask you choose also has plenty of ventilation so you don't get too hot; a common problem in the cheaper masks. Also, be prepared to deal with lens fogging, no matter which mask you buy; they all have this problem but the more expensive ones just have it less if barely at all.

Dye desert Chest protectors
Dye desert Chest protectors

Protect Your Front and Back!

Paintball Chest Protectors are great to protect your torso....

Covering your body and torso is an excellent idea in paintball. A direct hit to the oblique area, chest or back can leave an unsightly bruise and welt that will sting severely for 30 minutes if shot at close enough range. Paintball chest protectors are excellent for preventing any pain at all from being hit in the chest, abdomen or back. Many players opt for wearing a loose fitting paintball jersey or baggy shirt to lessen the blow of being hit but others don't want to feel the impact at all and use a chest protector.

Choose the type of chest protector you want based on how you like to play. Some paintball chest protectors are completely solid, molded plastic material fit over the chest and back like you're wearing a sign. These types are generally cheaper to buy but somewhat more difficult to move in as their so rigid. Other higher end price range chest protectors are more like a comfortable, t-shirt-like body sock with moldable padding sewn into them. These are often much easier to move in but are on the higher end of the price scale.

Arm & Leg Protection

Cover your elbows, knees, forearms & shins with padding....

Paintball protective gear doesn't just prevent the sting of being hit by paintballs, but also protects your body from the physical effects of rough play. In most cases, paintball is a fast game with much sprinting, diving, rolling, crawling, etc. and physical injury to the joints is not uncommon. It's also not uncommon to get cuts, scrapes and abrasions from landing in the playing environment. Knees and elbow pads are great for keeping the parts of you that stick out covered and protected from being bumped.

Paintball Knee and elbow pads are particularly great when crawling on the all fours or on your forearms. Elbow pads that extend down past the forearm make crawling and diving much easier to take! Shin guards, knee and elbow pads are also great for preventing abrasions and cuts that occur when your skin battles the playing field. These are not essential gear, but make the game much more painless and therefore more fun.">

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Cover Yourself Head To Toe In Armor

Wear a paintball suit of armor for all-out play!

Turn yourself into a paintball Robocop uniform by wearing protective padding and gear on every part of your body. Wear a paintball helmet over your mask and neck protector to cover your throat. You might also consider wearing a tactical paintball vest in place of a chest protector. A vest can carry tons of gear and also does a nice job in complete protection when fully loaded down. Realize you will be trading gear storing capacity for movement; any chest protector will much lighter than a packed paintball vest.

Next, wear your elbow/forearm and knee/shin pads to cover your arms and legs. A pair of gloves will cap off a complete paintball protective uniform. Experiment with different amounts and pieces of protective gear until you find the proper balance between coverage and movement. Whether you cover yourself from head to toe or just wear the bare minimum, paintball protective gear will definitely add to your fun on the field.

Paintball Protective Gear

Here are some resource links to help you find your way to a complete paintball protective gear set up...

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      JeremiahStone 6 years ago

      nice lens!