One of the most important parts of paintball is the equipment. First you need a paintball gun. And then you need a good pair of paintball pants.
You always want to make sure you are protected during play. Which means you need to cover your legs. Getting a great pair of pants with all the necessary features is a great way to both enhance your comfort and create a much better paintball experience.
Paintball pants are a key part of gearing up for a game. But they are not all created equal. Some are more flexible, some prioritize durability and cushion, while others simply focus on being as breathable as possible. The following list shows some of the best pants on the market. And breaks down the distinct features that make them stand out from the crowd.
JT Cargo Paintball Pants
Pants come with ripstop core fabric to prevent any tears
Valken Crusade Hatch Pants
HK Army Hardline Pro Pants
Most sturdy and heavy-duty options
Valken Fate Exo Paintball Pants
Come with stretch panels
Gl Sports Glide Performance Paintball Pants
A minimal design, stretch material on both the groin and inner thigh
Bunker Kings Supreme Paintball Pants
Exalt Paintball Thrasher Pants T4
Great combination of protection and flexibility
Dye UL Pants
Great lightweight option
Planet Eclipse Distortion Code Pants
We start with some of the most advanced and durable paintball pants on the market. JR Cargo Paintball Pants are best known for their impressive range of features, which work together to keep you protected in all environments. No matter how rough the conditions are you may face, with these, your legs will stay safe.
This clothing item is extremely durable. Everybody wants their purchases to be long-lasting. Especially when you're quickly moving and tumbling through many different types of terrain. These pants come with ripstop core fabric to prevent any tears. As well as padded knees, stretch crotch, and low back. Those traits combined with the drawstring leg cuffs to make sure the pants always fit in the way you want.
Another important feature of these pants is the versatility. JT Cargo comes with an adjustable waist that ensures you can make them fit in any way that you want. That ensures you never have to worry about them being too small or too big. All of the above features, mixed with the specially designed pocket just for your squeegee. Makes these perfect for all types of play.
Number two in our discussion of the best paintball pants, the Valken Crusade Hatch Pants come from one of the most trusted brands around. There are several reasons to love these pants, but one of the biggest is how affordable they are. These provide you with one of the best quality-to-cost ratios around, which is always a welcome surprise in the expensive world of paintball.
The hatched part of the pants name comes from their design. They also have a padded fly with two buttons, no liner, and both Velcro and zipper. To add to that minimalist style, these pants come with few belt loops (for those who want a tighter fit), two front pockets, and a pair or swab pockets on the side.
These Valkens are also extremely breathable, which is an important trait when you're running around a paintball course. Being able to keep out heat or sweat is essential to making sure you can play as long as you want. Also, the pants also come with special stretch material to keep them feeling light at all times.
As the name suggests, the HK Army Hardline Pro Pants are one of the most sturdy and heavy-duty options out there. These pants close with two buttons, and they come with an elastic strap belt adjustment. You also get belt loops and two side front water-resistant pockets that sit on top of the thigh.
In addition, there is extra padding in the knee (to prevent any damage that comes from tumbles or falls) as well as Velco straps at the ankle to secure the pants. That is then supplemented by double stitching that helps prevent extra stretching or tears. Paintball is a tough sport, and you want to be able to make sure your pants keep up under duress during kneeling, diving, or sliding. These deliver on that front.
However, the biggest draw of these pants is their breathability and great water resistance. As with the Valken Crusade, the HK Army Hardline are designed to make sure you never sweat or overheat too much. That is always a welcome feature, and here it is a great compliment to the mesh-lined material to keep you dry on two different levels. The breathable mesh sits throughout the back, groin, and above the knee.
Our next Valken model, the Exo Paintball Pants have the same dependability as the crusader hatch pants but they feature a ton of top-of-the-line characteristics. These pants are insanely durable, but also quite breathable thanks to their special polyester material. You get all of the strength of heavier pants without any of the stuffiness.
You are also able to adjust the length on these, which gives you a ton of different ways to wear them. The Velcro closure is important when it comes to finding the exact fit you want for any given situation. Sometimes you want pants to be looser, and sometimes you want them higher up. The Fate Exo pants give you all of the options you could ever want.
Another great bonus with these is that they come with stretch panels built directly into the crotch for extra flexibility, as well as heavy-duty nylon knees. They look great as well. Strong pants are good to have, but you want your equipment to look good. These are just like the original Fate pants, except they have an improved pattern on top of their extensive features.
When talking about the best paintball pants, it is impossible not to mention weight. You want your pants to be with you for a long time (not a given in the rough world of paintball), but you also want something that will help you freely move around. The Gl Sports Glide Performance Paintball Pants do exactly that, giving you both form and function in one package.
These pants work because, while they are durable in all the areas that need it, they are also lightweight in the regions that typically do not come with problems. You get a sleek, elastic drawstring, wide knee pads, belt loops and double stitching to prevent wear and tear.
The Sports Glide also feature a minimal design, stretch material on both the groin and inner thigh, as well as unique mesh pads to allow and promote airflow. The goal of these pants is to give you the best of both worlds while you're running around, and they hit that mark with flying colors.
One of the more aggressively-named options on this list, the Bunker Kings Supreme Paintball Pants are a great choice for anyone who wants to take the extra effort to stay safe while playing paintball.
This product comes with a Velcro close fly, as well as a removable pad that covers the groin area. That is then bolstered by padded knees and extra padding in the ankle. The adjustable straps help create a great fit, while the mesh-lined material reduces sweat.
Another reason to choose these pants is the extra flexibility that runs throughout the groin area. This gives you a much greater range of motion than other options and makes sure your pants never get in the way of your play. On top of that, there are also two zippered front pockets that give you extra storage for anything you might want to carry during an outing.
Every pair of pants on this list has something that makes them unique, and the Exalt Thrasher Pants T4 sets themselves apart with their knee protection and pocket options. These have six different pockets that help you prepare for numerous situations. Two of the pockets are water resistant, two are swab pockets, and two are Velcro close. One of them even has special microfiber cloth inside to help you clean goggles.
The other characteristic that helps these stand out is the excellent knee protection. You always want your knees to remain protected when out on a course or in a game. The Thrasher Pants protect you with extra padding that is so thick you may not even need knee pads while wearing them. That type of protection is not something you will readily find on the market, and it is a welcome addition here.
These pants also come with many of the standard additions you want in high-quality pants. You get belt loops, a silicone pattern that helps keep your pack in place, stretch material throughout the groin and stretch material around the knee pads. A great combination of protection and flexibility.
Another great lightweight option, Dye UL Pants are fantastic for anyone who wants extra stretch or who needs a lot of extra mobility. These have 4-way stretch to give you the easiest movement possible. They are also incredibly breathable, making them one of the best lightweight packages around.
As good as that extra mobility is. There is no reason to invest in extra movement without a lightweight feel. The Dye UL are some of the lightest pants on the market. The back of the legs and groin both have a special stretch mesh. To keep you going for as long as you want. In fact, the back leg is so thin it is almost see-through.
However, do not worry about that reduced weight sacrificing any other important features. Dye UL pants are incredibly durable, and they are also waterproof to handle a range of different environments. The pants are water resistant all the way through, and they wear without tearing. They also tie close and come with two swab pockets. To top off the extensive features. They also come with adjustable Velcro bands on the waist and special Velcro adjustments on the ankle.
We end our list with the Planet Eclipse Distortion Code Pants. This product comes with extra padding in both the groin and knees, and it is also equipped with removable hip padding. The knee padding is quite thick, giving you more protection and helping you push through any tough situations you may find yourself in.
These, like so many different pants, come with a belt loop. However, in this case, the belt can be threaded completely under the back. To keep from getting caught up with your pack. A nice feature for anyone who wants a bit more ease as they move around. On that note, there is also rubberized lumbar support that holds your back as you run.
Other great features here include a fly with two snaps, Velcro, and a zipper. You can adjust the waist with the Velcro to give you a snug fit. And unique stretch panels in the groin and knees keep your pants move with you instead of against you. There is also a small zippered pocket for your ID and key, drawstring cinchers on the ankles, and mesh lining throughout the fabric. That keeps the pants breathable and helps them naturally vent as you sweat.
There are many different options when it comes to choosing the best paintball pants for you. Some are lightweight, some are heavy duty, and some are extremely breathable. Whatever you need, as long as you choose from the above nine you will be fine.
Though all of the options laid out in this guide each bring something different to the table, they all give you the standard features and then stack them with their premium upgrades. It is up to you to choose what exact upgrades you want and need.
Spire has long been one of the leading brands when it comes to reliable, well-built paintball loaders. They often pride themselves on being ‘one step ahead of the game'. A commitment they seem to uphold year after year. Stating that they plan to build upon the fantastic design they’ve always been known for. As well as the consistent show of quality synonymous with the virtue spire name. They are showing no signs of slowing down.
Many consider spire to be the most trusted loader on the market – it’s no coincidence this brand has won more professional tournaments ever since its creation than any other make of loader. And at such as low price, the reliability and ease of use are almost unbelievable.
Below, we’ve taken a look at the two most commonly used Virtue Spire loaders – the IR and the III – and what features they offer that keep them at the top of the market. Even though Spire offers some of the best loaders you can find, their dedication to quality products means both of their latest models are still in circulation by many fans.
Take a look for yourself and decide which of these class-leading loaders is for you.
Virtue Spire consider the IR themselves to be the best in its class, and it’s easy to see why. The IR improves upon the tried and true design to create a loader that fails to disappoint. Using intelligent proactive feeding, the IR feeds ammunition more reliably than previous models the 200/260, all without pulsing. Of course, that is barely the start of the feature list, which is full of brilliant, handy features that serve to improve the quality of your games.
The system the Virtue Spire IR is designed with is built to never jam – the feed runs faster and more consistently, while still managing to deal with damaged or misshapen paintballs. The newer sensors on the IR get rid of unnecessary pulsing, resulting in a quieter, more efficient loader.
The IR sensors behind the units’ polycarbonate allow the virtue spire to feed in a proactive fashion (as opposed to retroactive like normal other sensors). This allows for a continuous stream of paint that will never let you down.
The virtue spire IR was designed to take care of the most fragile paint you can get on the market – giving you an edge every time you play. Pliable, spring-loaded fingers feed in brittle paint without a problem.
Aiming to be as durable as possible, the nylon back shell assures every player they can trust that the IR to be sturdy under all conditions. The back of the shell is now also sharing the same material as the body – making it difficult to wear out.
Always aiming to one-up themselves, spire has crafted the most efficient battery thus far. This is due to its proactive feeding logic, alongside electronics that are built to use energy as efficiently as possible. Using the virtue spire IR with the virtue n-charge battery gives incredible performance and reliability.
The redesigned nylon back is compatible with the spire III’s CROWNSF II without any hesitation. Swapping between a lid and a speed feed is quicker than ever – in fact, it takes mere seconds. Each finger can also be removed as easily, combining great feeding performance and paint retention.
Now replacing the choice of the spire in 200 and 260 round choices, the price of the 260 has been reduced to make every spire user able to take advantage of both 200/260 round shells.
To add to the customization element of the IR, spire has made the color kits low price, allowing customers to create beautiful, low-cost color combinations.
Still using the original spring ramp? This still works with the IR and helps to put those last few balls back into circulation, especially when firing strings at unusual angles.
The spire IR is a brilliant loader, no doubt. Below, we’ve collected a few of the testimonials from customers who are really enjoying all of the effort Spire have made in crafting this fantastic loader.
‘Virtue has consistently excelled themselves when it comes to creating products that really perform, and I think the IR is definitely no exception. For me personally, I consider it the best loader I have ever owned.
It has a perfect capacity, and the shape, along with the lower profile is amazing for reducing hopper hits. I have to say though, the way it functions is what makes it so essential for me.
While it is quite simple compared to a lot of loaders, its simplicity really makes it a pleasure to use. The design is straightforward and super smooth – it’s so easy to keep clean.
Because the motor doesn’t move so fast, the battery life is fantastic. I originally thought the lack of a rip drive would hurt how the IR performed – but it proved me wrong. All hail Spire!!’
‘The IR is one of my favorite loaders, and works wonderfully on a wide range of games – it doesn’t slouch behind any hoppers I’ve had in the past and easily keeps up with my marker.
I’ve got through around three to four cases since I got it over the last six months and it hasn’t even jammed. It was a bit on the expensive side, and it can be sensitive, but the quality is great. I would say go for it if you want a really good hopper.’
The spire III is a fantastic addition to the virtue roster. Encompassing the meticulous design of spire 200 and 600, virtue has made the spire III one of the most coveted high-class loaders in paintball, whilst increasing performance and usability.
Spire is never ones to rest on their laurels, and this shows with the III. As always, Spire aims to make their loaders the best in class. This means being designed to win time after time.
The spire III is built with technology known as a hinged shell, making it the most simple to take apart and put back together. Whether you’re changing the batteries, modifying the speed feed or cleaning down the loader, it can all be done in mere seconds.
Durability is also vastly improved – by putting together the top, back, and bottom shells into a single unit. The shell can also be unlocked by pressing one button, allowing the high strength nylon hinge to reveal access to the entirety of the loader.
The internal height of the spire III’s drive has been reduced – the loader has also received some alterations to the geometry at the bottom of the loader, increasing the capacity of to 230 rounds, all without making changes to the overall weight.
Spire’s freshly updated speed feed CROWNSFII is compatible with the spire III. This enables you to switch the lid for a powerful feeder that has spring-mounted fingers, enabling for greater paint retention and reliability.
Spire’s spring ramp can detect when the loader is running low on paint. And give a notification via a heads up LED and an adjustable speaker alarm.
The spire III can also be programmed wirelessly using apple or android devices. Using downloadable firmware, you’ll never be without a manual! Upcoming versions of the firmware will also allow you to make adjustments to your settings.
With a larger spring ramp, the spire iii can be fed at a wide variety of angles, as well as interacting with the reload indicator to prevent running out of paint.
Virtue’s spire III is super efficient! Because of a smaller, lighter spire drive, you can expect long-lasting life throughout use. LEDs are dimmed by default to save an amazing 50% power after they are not active. An ultra-low battery can also be utilized to further save power – great for if replacements are hard to find.
With a quicker and more intelligent processor, the spire III can keep track of the stack and feed much more reliably.
The g-sensor within the spire III has not only been upgraded but has been mounted onto an independent housing made of silicone, reducing undesirable spinning and consistent functionality.
Even the tray and the raceway of the spire can be taken apart at record speed, making it easy to clean and service without the need for tools.
The inside of the spire III is built to prevent brittle paint from breaking – its smooth surface guides paint gently inward.
The spire III drive is attached by a smooth magnetic surface on the top of the drive, making it easier to remove and install.
Attached with a slick, magnetic surface, the spire iii is incredibly easy to remove and install.
Below are a couple of the reviews for the spire III. Much like the spire IR, this hopper is proving to be a favorite with both casual players and professional enthusiasts alike.
‘Having played a lot with many of the previous versions of the spire, I was looking for a new upgrade since I had some extra money leftover from Christmas.
There were a few I had on my list to pick, but wow – I’m so glad I went for the spire III in the end! The design is much better than the older spire; it’s so easy to clean now.
You have to unscrew a few things if you want to mix and match colors but this is a concession I feel I can live with. Definitely worth the money!’
‘This hopper works really well – I really like what virtue have done with it. I’ve only run it for about six hours so far, but I’m not disappointed at all.
I switched from a rotor, and I’m not sure if I would go back. I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive. But I’m so glad I gave it a chance in the end.
I must also take my hat off to virtue’s customer service. They are so responsive and thorough in helping you out.’
Virtue continues to excel in creating brilliant paintball loaders. For the legion of customers that are eager to buy their products.
Both the spire IR and the spire III offer their particular benefits and points of interest. But ultimately, each one is a fantastic product that delivers quality time and time again.
Take a look at any busy playing field for paintball or airsoft, and you’ll notice one thing. The serious players are always kitted out in full tactical apparel. It not only looks great but gives them plenty of handy features that you can’t find on regular overalls.
These features are imperative for players trying to up their game. They include utilities like extra capacity for magazines and ammunition tubes, as well as reinforcement against hits, plus much, much more. For anyone getting into playing regularly, we do recommend a mask and a paintball vest be the first things to be bought to supplement gameplay. After that, however, we think getting a paintball vest is the next best investment.
We would probably suggest some tactical trousers too! But for now, we’re going to stick to what we think are the best vests you can get.
Even after you’ve weighed up what vests are a good match for you, you may still need some help.
Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite vests, and why we think they’re among some of the best when picking the right paintball vest for you.
Empire BT Tactical Battle Vest
Durable with a lightweight build and functionality.
VX-200 Tactical Vest
A military-style vest that works well for both types of players.
Condor MCR5 Chest Rig
Provides a lightweight choice for players
WASING Military Style MOLLE Tactical Vest
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MOPC MOLLE Condor Vest
Super tough and offers plenty of protection for the chest.
Designed for use in paintball games, the Empire BT tactical vest combines durable with a lightweight build and functionality.
The front is zippered for easy access, and ammunition slots dotted around can hold pods of 140. Allowing you to carry around plenty of additional paintballs. It also works for airsoft too, as pouches on the vest double as magazine slots. The pouch on the reverse lets straps in your tank, making it easy for players that have paintball markers using line systems. The quality construction Empire is known for evident here – this vest is well put together.
Another reversed pouch on the back is great for storing a camelback drinking bladder. Which is very handy for playing games in the heat. The BT tactical vest is incredibly light, and while it doesn’t afford a lot of protection, it is very breathable and a pleasure in-game.
The Bakara vx-200 tactical is a military-style vest that works well for both types of players.
Made with sturdy materials, you can get down and dirty and not worry about any damage done. The webbing that covers the vest is a lightweight mesh. Which helps to keep your cool, while the pockets themselves are made from heavier materials. The layout of the Bakara vx-200 tactical is quite clever, including a pistol drawer situated on the right side of the body. This is a great touch for a situation where you have to draw quickly and works well with any airsoft or paintball pistol. This vest also comes with a tactical belt, which looks great too. Front pouches on here will hold most normal size ammunition containers or magazines.
We have to say, this vest is one of the firm favorites, utilizing a slim profile with an appealing aesthetic.
The Condor MCR5 chest rig provides a lightweight choice for players that need a full range of movement.
The rig offers less protection but also gives movement, lighter, and less restricting than a full-size vest. The upside comes with plenty of utilities that your regular player hunkers for – pouches to carry ammo and gear and expanded or fit your preference.
This rig is a brilliant choice for those who want to stay mobile on the go. This vest also caters very well to those playing multiple games in hot weather. With the vest lacking an extra chest and back layer, to stay cool quite easily.
The high-quality materials the Condor MCR5 chest rig is made of still durable despite the lessened protection, but this tradeoff makes it a fantastic transportation vest. Quick, agile players can find their stride with this chest rig.
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Made of bulkier materials than some of the other vests on this list, the WASING military style MOLLE is designed for protection, offering a sturdy, padded design.
The chest plate of this vest can also be adjusted; so extra pockets can be added or taken off. Front gear pouches can hold surplus paintballs or magazines, and the front and back make use of the standard MOLLE build for limitless customization. Not content with being a heavyweight piece of apparel, the WASING military style MOLLE has a removable pouch on the back that houses miscellaneous gear like tools or items for maintenance. Although it only has four pockets, the WASING military gives plenty of fortification against hit confirmation.
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Loved by players for its great quality, the condor MOPC is super tough and offers plenty of protection for the chest thanks to its heavy-duty fabric. Again, this vest makes use of the MOLLE system, which means customization is brilliant, and any mix of utility pouches, holsters and ammunition are quick and simple.
The inner lining of the condor MOPC MOLLE is a mesh-based material that allows the vest to breathe and dry very fast. This is very handy in the hot conditions and is perfect for alleviating sweat and allowing the wearer to cool down.
As mentioned before, MOLLE designs are great for those that want to tweak and edit their kit as much as possible, and their versatility and rugged build makes them one of the best in class.
Tactical vests are undoubtedly some of the most useful pieces of kit you can have when playing competitive shooting games. Their combination of utilities makes them brilliant for those taking shooting sports seriously. A paintball vest usually comes with hard plating to protect your upper body and prevent injury, as well as having sewn on pockets, clips to carry water and ammo (among other items).
There are plenty of vests in the market, with different manufacturers offering different options. This can make buying them fairly complicated. However, below we’ve listed some of the vests you are likely to find in the market.
The three main types of vests that you can get are tactical cross-draw vests, plate carrier vests, and chest rigs.
The first of these, tactical cross-draw vests, are laid out in a way that cannot be modified and put together to use as soon as they are purchased. Plate carrier vests can be configured in any number of ways.
Finally, chest rigs can also be customized but are noticeably lighter and smaller, allowing for more speed in exchange for less storage.
When looking for the right vest to buy, there are several variables you’ll want to consider.
These include how the vest will fit, its construction, and the level of durability. Of course, your particular requirements will vary depending on your play style and what you consider important on the field.
The vest you pick should be very snug and fit tightly around your chest and upper body without limiting the range of movement you have. This is incredibly important, as any restrictions can severely impair your ease of play.
Aside from being easy to wear, a paintball vest should feel good worn both with and without your gear. Most vests can be adjusted to fit the ideal size for the player.
It’s not just about being durable, but you also need to be able to breathe with these vests too, as movement up and down the playing fields can be sweaty, tiring work.
You’ll need plenty of cool air to make sure you don’t overheat during gameplay. Lots of pockets are a must, as well as adequate storage for markers, magazines etc.
Whether you want to play once a month or here and there, it’s important that the vest you choose stays in one piece.
Pick something that is durable enough to take repeated use – you may have to go for the hardier of vests if you’re playing games very often. The most durable vests are made from quality materials that are not only tough but water-resistant also.
Anyone aspiring to play paintball with want to buy the very first thing that comes to mind – a paintball marker. And although they are important, two very critical items – the vest and the mask – should be considered first. However, once bought, you can feel free to take a look at the range of paintball markers available.
Both paintball and airsoft have a large market when it comes to the models of paintball markers available. Although many vests can double for either airsoft or paintball, the guns used are more specific.
The difference most noticeable between paintball and airsoft guns is the level of realism. Competitive level paintballing requires a high-end gun because of the high-level play.
There are items and various accessories that can be added to paintball markers to make them perform better and have additional utilities.
Competitive games, however, require better guns in order in competing at a high-level of play. Modern paintball guns are put together from various components. These are the barrel, the hopper, and the air tank. They can also be electronic or mechanically based. They are powered by either CO2 gas or high-pressure air, pushing paint out of the marker at high-velocity.
Entering into paintball is a great undertaking. But it’s always important to make sure you take note of the items you will need. To have continued success in your games.
Alongside the items, like markers and masks, vests are one of these pieces of apparel that are important and can change the quality of game you have.
Many paintballs burst when they hit a target – as is widely known, paintball is not permitted without a mask. However, vests, while optional, are great additions to have on the field. After sustaining some injuries without a vest. You’ll be eager to get one just from the welts and bruises you’ll accrue.
Make sure you are armed with the right knowledge and the right equipment. A paintball vest isn’t just protective, but it gives you the added functionality you need to secure the victory.
When trying to find the best online paintball store for your needs, there are many options from which you can choose. That’s why we’ve compiled the list of the best online paintball store options that are in operation today. These stores lead the way when it comes to providing inexpensive and diverse buying options. Each of them stands out from their competitors by offering the gear that you want while also having other exciting features. Here’s what you need to know about these shops.
ANS Gear is one of the most well-known and respected paintball shops on the market. In fact, they are often the go-to source for a variety of professional and competitive paintball players. Its diverse range of products and its fair prices make it one of the best online paintball store options around today. Beyond that, it also offers reasonable shipping prices that shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg when buying a product from this shop.
This shop is one of the best paintball shops online due to its longevity. It has been in operation since 1995 and has served nearly one million customers in over 60 different countries. As a result, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a product that you like in this shop. Their range of products is as diverse as the playing experience of the individuals who run the shop.
Action Village has been serving the paintball community for over 15 years and has become one of the best online paintball store choices in the world. They focus heavily on inexpensive gear, high-quality service, and prompt delivery. Those who have ordered from this store have had nothing but good things to say about the quality of their gear and the quickness of their delivery. If fast-speed delivery of your gear is necessary, try out this store to get the best results.
While Hustle Paintball is relatively new to the scene, they have quickly become one of the best online paintball store choices around. That’s because they are run by real enthusiasts who have a love of the sport. And they won’t try to con you with low-quality products at unreasonable prices. Instead, they stock just the best gear and charge fair prices for them.
This choice is the best online paintball store option for someone who wants inexpensive gear or who is looking to trade. This site is a subsidiary of Trade My Gun and let users swap used guns, gear, broken guns, packages, bags, barrels, and many other items. And their shipping options are some of the best on the market. If you place an order before 2 PM EST, it will ship the next day. And all orders over $49 will get free two-day delivery, and those over $499 get free one-day delivery.
Last on our list is this low-priced paintball shop that focuses on inexpensive gear. They provide free shipping on all orders over $99 and try to sell gear for prices that are as low as possible. As a result, this is the best online paintball store for someone who is trying to save money or who is getting into the sport.
As you can see, the best paintball store will vary depending on your personal needs. You may find that a medium-priced shop is your best bet or believe that the highest-priced gear is worth your time. You may also find brick-and-mortar versions of these shops nearby that can decrease your shipping prices exponentially.
If you have any experience with these shops and would like to share it with our readers and us, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
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Want to get into the world of shooting games, but weighing up airsoft vs paintball?
Today we’re going to take a look at the differences between the two and how you can make that all-important choice.
Paintball can be played in either team or individually. The main objective is to shoot your opponent with paintballs, which are fired via a paintball marker.
The paintballs, which usually explode upon impact, ‘mark’ the player with a water-soluble paint dye. After being hit, players must leave the field.
Airsoft is played in a team and has a defined set of goals. Players shoot each other with non-metallic bb pellets; each gun used is often a replica of a real firearm.
It also has an honor system whereby players must admit that they’ve been hit. The honor system is a marked difference from paintball.
Many new players think that the first thing they will buy will be a paintball marker, but it’s important that the mask/goggles are invested in beforehand.
Other equipment, such as the gun, hopper, the tank, and paintballs all come after this.
Airsoft players begin with an airsoft BB gun, the BBs themselves, and eye protection.
However, full facial protection is recommended, especially if the players are young.
There is a large variety of equipment that airsoft players can purchase, and the leniency in airsoft means you can wear casual clothing or kit yourself out as much as you please.
In both paintball and airsoft - players start out with a gun that matches their price range. The main difference in airsoft vs paintball is the realism of the guns.
Accessories and items can be added to make durability, performance, and accuracy better.
Competitive level paintballing requires a high-end gun because of the high level of play.
Paintball guns are comprised of the barrel, the hopper, and an air tank. They have the option of being either electronic or mechanical, with both shooting paintballs in very unique ways.
Paintball guns use either co2 or high-pressure air that in turn is used to power a mechanism pushing the ball out of the front of the marker.
Electric can power these guns, spring-loaded mechanisms (allowing the gun to be cocked), or gas – either co2 or green gas.
It has many replicas that mimic the design of real firearms; some of these such as the Tippman M4 and their pistol range can use high-pressure air to propel ammunition.
In the airsoft community, many of the weapons used are RIF issue. RIF issued weapons are designed to mimic the appearance of real firearms to a tee.
Conversely, if guns are colored, (known as IF) they are designed that way so that they can be distinguished as a toy.
The weapons used in these scenarios can range from pistols all the way up to sniper rifles.
Ammunition in paintball, is, of course, paint (or rather a colored dye that looks a lot like paint). The special mixture of ingredients is easy to clean away from clothing and apparel.
Generally, the more you pay for paint, the more brittle it is for easy removal.
BB pellets are the ammunition of choice for airsoft players.
These BBs are constructed from plastic and measure roughly 6mm across. They usually have specific weights – these include 0.12, 0.2 and 0.25g.
The weight of BBs affects their trajectory and speed. Lighter BBs are faster out of the barrel but lose speed more quickly than their heavier counterparts.
Lighter BBs can also be affected more by factors such as wind, which can blow them off course.
The ‘paint’ in paintballs will leave a noticeable mark on the player, causing them to be eliminated, although splatters from nearby objects do not count.
Players that are hit must retreat to the ‘dead zone,’ a place for those that have been successfully eliminated.
Players in the game are not allowed to go outside of the designated boundaries, use blind fire, or shoot an opponent at close range. Removing your mask is also strictly prohibited.
As mentioned earlier, airsoft players have to admit that they’ve been hit. This requires them to shout ‘hit’ and also hold their arms up so their elimination is apparent.
However, eliminated airsoft players may ‘respawn,’ after a certain amount of time, allowing them to re-join the game.
A medic system can also be used to give players multiple lives. Rules are dependent on the organization and site being played.
When looking at airsoft vs paintball, you can see that they are both brilliant, tactical and competitive games, each with various pros and cons.
Whichever one you decide, we guarantee you’ll have a lot of fun and learn a lot about the nature of team-based strategy!
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Those changing to a magazine-fed gun have to be wary of a few things when making that all-important decision. Luckily, the Tippmann TMC is one of the best on the market, and indeed has all of the features you could wish for on a top class paintball gun. Notably, it also has remarkable durability and can probably outshoot the majority of markers in the same class. Pick this gun if you’re looking into mag-fed paintball – it’s one of the best options. However, don’t just take our word for it.
Down below we’ve outlined some of the reasons why we think the Tippmann is a great purchase.
The way Tippmann TMC built makes it nigh on indestructible. Its construction has made of metal, including the frame, bolt, inner gears and the trigger assembly.
What this means is that parts of the gun made from polymer won’t have an effect on its performance. This polymer itself is a high-quality material that is tough and long-lasting, shooting under any condition without fault. In fact, the TMC is as reliable as the AR15.
It’s also notable that the TMC is a pneumatic marker – so there are no electric components. So while you can only fire it in semi-automatic, it lasts markedly longer than its electrical counterparts.
The TMC is designed primarily for the real AR15. It goes to show you how tactical the TMC was.
This design includes a Picatinny railing system that can fit a wide variety of different accessories. The stock on the TMC can be adjusted. Users of the TMC can collapse into one of five different positions.
The TMC also uses an internal gas system, prevents gas lines from affecting the appearance of the weapon. Simultaneously, this lets the marker be completely operational.
The tank of CO2 is attached to the bottom of the grip. It does have a tiny effect on how the weapon is fired, but after being used a few times, it’s easy to use.
The TMC features a rubber grip that snugly fits natural curvature of the hand. The gun’s safety switch and the mag release are both easy to activate.
One of the most appealing things about the Tippmann TMC, it can switch from a hopper to a magazine in pretty much no time at all.
The mag-fed options pose one of the best advantages you can have when playing high-tier games – shaped projectiles that are much more accurate than their round counterparts. However, shaped projectiles are more expensive compared to normal paintballs.
The best way to use a marker with a magazine is by loading the rounds into the magazines, allowing you to put normal paintballs in the hopper. This allows for great flexibility when laying cover fire or letting a lot of paint across the field.
If you’re going for accuracy (such as sniping), you can use the projectiles within the magazine to nail your target.
The TMC holds 20 rounds within each mag. Bearing that in mind, extra magazines are also available and are not only fairly priced but well-built too. In testing, the magazines had fewer issues when only 19 rounds were loaded inside of them – this enabled more reliable feeding with less dimpling on the balls as they were loaded in.
Having the choice to dual-feed separates the TMC from many other paintball guns currently on the market.
The TMC’s authenticity goes past the aesthetics of the marker – it even works like an AR15 too.
The TMC has a charging handle that is completely operational – most paintball guns have this only as a cosmetic feature.
The blowback you’ll find on the TMC is what really sets it apart, giving it an inimitable experience on the field, accurately emulating the recoil of its real counterpart!
Tippmann has been using a signature bolt system on their most recent markets, and the TMC is no exception. This inline system gives the TMC the ability to shoot consistently.
It also lessens the chances of the gun causing damage to the paint before leaving the barrel, which is great for preventing chopped paint.
Throughout testing, there were thousands of rounds put through this paintball marker. Tests included both mag-fed and hopper-based systems – and amazingly, not one shot was misfired or broken! The test is even more notable for using cheap, low-quality paint in a bid to see how effective the Tippmann system really is. The only thing affected was the accuracy of shots.
The accuracy Tippmann have blessed this marker with makes it one of the best on the market. Its level of accuracy is simply outstanding – even using regular projectiles, the TMC is incredibly accurate.
The 12-inch barrel achieves a range of 150 feet or more using round paint. However, switching to shaped projectiles doubles your accuracy.
Adding optics as many players do is a great way to tune the accuracy of the marker to make up for loss when targeting using paint. These optics are easily added to the TMC’s rail system, allowing for a staggering consistency at lengths of four to five hundred feet.
Aside from additional optics, the TMC’s own front and rear adjustable sights are great for close-quarter frays and occasionally long distance targets.
In comparison to other mag-fed markers, the magazines loaded into the TMC are much easier than you might expect.
Using typical mags, it would be normal to load the paintballs and compress the spring simultaneously.
However, the TMC allows you to turn a knob on the side of the magazine, compressing the spring, making reloading when you need to quick and simple.
Aside from being able to add accessories to the TMC, you can also customise or upgrade the TMC to your liking.
The interior parts of the marker work in the same fashion as the Tippmann 98 – this means any barrel using 98-style threads is good to go.
Upgrades, when regarding the trigger or other internal parts, are simple to implement.
Mag-fed paintball provides the most realistic real-world simulation around. Mag-fed markers are evolutions of the first pump paintball guns and provide a similar playstyle.
When shooting using a magazine, you cannot simply fire and hope. Since you have a limit to how many shots you can let off before reloading, so you must make sure every shot counts.
The biggest advantage of mag-fed paintball is how immersive gameplay is. Appearance is everything here. They manage in a similar manner and seem like real assault rifles. This produces great realism.
People who enjoy this type of play have said that it emulates the feel of being in the military. Shooting from a magazine also speeds up gameplay by making it much easier to reload.
Below are some of the reviews of the Tippmann TMC – as you’ll able to see below, the name this marker has gained for itself shows the fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail that has casual and pro players alike vouching for it.
“First I must say, congratulations to Tippmann for making such a fantastic marker. Not only it's excellent, but the magazines and dummy mag are great for whatever type of paint you want to shoot.
Personally, having swapped to shaped projectiles, I don’t think I could go back to paintballs.
This gun is also really light – I own a salvo, and that was a monster to carry around, even though I loved it. This gun has made me fall in love for real! I had a few cool bits that I was able to attach to the Tippmann as well, such as an apex barrel.
It’s quite sturdy too, and the rail, although plastic, looks durable enough to take quite a beating. The grip is fantastic.
After I put my barrel on the Tippmann, I was shooting so straight that I couldn’t believe it.”
“Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to get by buying a $200 marker. I have quite a few high-end paintball guns, but this has to be my firm favorite.
It’s also lightweight. The threaded barrel gives options for upgrading, and the rail system is amazing. The included mags and dummy mag for hoppers are good too. I like the feel of the stock; it’s well built and doesn’t move about like some stocks I’ve encountered before. Overall, the whole gun is remarkably sturdy. Being a Tippmann, it’s about as reliable as a real-world AK-47.
The stock barrel is very accurate up to say, 40ft before the balls’ trajectory begins to change. A co2 line is perfect for this model.
Overall, this gun is bound to make you happy. And at such low prices, I can’t recommend it enough!”
All in all, we believe the Tippmann TMC to be a brilliant choice for players that want to try out the fanfare of mag-fed markers.
Although it can be more complex when taking the gun apart, it’s excellent for those seeking a realistic, yet fun experience.
Reading the manual, however, is very important.
In doing so, it is unlikely you will run into any issues regarding how the Tippmann works. It will, however, take someone to get used to the weapon’s operational capabilities.
As mentioned before, the Tippmann comes with two magazines in the box, although you can always buy more if you so desire. The Tippmann TMC has the stamp of approval for quality and build that would very much expect from this legacy brand.
If you are interested in getting started in the wildly popular sport of paintball, it is essential to know which brands have got your back. There are many paintball companies on the market that provide some incredible equipment that is well worth the price. Other brands create disposable junk that wouldn’t hold up in the most basic competition.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the six best paintball brands on the market today. Each of these brands has showcased a base level of quality and customer service that makes them worth your consideration. We’ll start with our lowest pick and work up to the best. Each of our mini-reviews will highlight the best information about each brand.
While Valken may not be the best known of the brands on our list, we think that may change soon. That’s because this company produces some of the best paintballs we have ever seen. They are very consistent, thick, and rarely burst by accident. However, we are also big fans of their paint grenade because it produces a pretty potent spray of paint with every throw.
And while they don’t make markers or guns, they do produce other accessories. For example, their Valken Harness holds up to seven different pods and paintball accessories. They also have high-quality paints and protective gear that is worth a look.
While we think Tippmann deserves to be on this list, we know that others may disagree with us. That’s because Tippman is typically considered a budget line by many buyers. Their guns are less expensive than their competing brands and, therefore, may lack some of the features and even some of the precision that those items offer.
However, we believe that their lower-cost guns are an excellent choice for people who are just getting into the sport. Even better, their firearms are respected for being surprisingly durable and for rarely breaking down. And when they do, their excellent customer service will take care of you as quickly as possible. Consider Tippmann as your brand-of-choice if you are new to paintball or don’t have a lot of cash to spend.
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Some paintball fans may be surprised to see Empire a little lower on our best paintball brands list. You might even think we’re one of those annoying Empire haters you see online. Thankfully, we’re not acting like an annoying troll here. In fact, we think Empire is probably the best all-around paintball brand available. However, the top three choices on our list beat it as far as quality, precision, and customization is concerned.
However, if you want a brand that you can trust for all your paintball needs, Empire is a great choice. They make a variety of guns, markers, masks, gloves, and gear that are durable and reliable under real competition. They focus heavily on creating an attractive product is also useful in real game situations. As a result, they are an excellent brand for beginning and advanced players.
Dye Precision has often topped our list of the best paintball brands but doesn’t quite make it there this year. That said, there are a few different reasons we think this is a good brand. For example, they are part of a larger corporation that focuses on precise machining. As a result, most of their paintball products feature very few, if any, design or manufacturing errors and are very accurate.
However, we also find that they produce some of the most diverse and useful products on the market today. For example, you can get a variety of goggles, anti-fog items, gloves, guns, and accessories. While they aren’t quite the top brand on our list anymore, they remain an excellent option for those who don’t mind spending a little money. And you will pay with this company, as they are one of the highest-priced paintball brands on our list.
Custom Products is so close to being our top paintball brand but isn’t quite the powerhouse as the best. That said, you really can’t go wrong if you choose this company. They are based out of Mesa, Arizona and are part of a custom machining operation. As a result, they create some of the best types of customized paintball guns and barrels on the market.
In fact, we suggest upgrading your old paintball gun barrels with a model from Custom Products. Their barrels are designed to have glass-smooth interiors. That smoothness is achieved with a hand-polished process that creates precise threading. In fact, it is only the lack of other accessory options that pushes this brand out of our top spot.
Those who are searching for the best paintball brand on the market should consider Planet Eclipse. There are a few elements about this company that make them stand out. First of all, they have incredible customer service. As a result, it is very easy to get a gun replaced or repaired from them in less than two or three days.
Beyond that, they create the best quality paintball products on the market. Their packaging is detailed, easy to open, and protective of your items. And each product uses a variety of features that put them ahead of their competitors, such as small LCD screens and hand-grip bars that are padded for more comfort. You simply can’t do better than Planet Eclipse when choosing a paintball brand.
As you can see, the best paintball brands are very diverse. Some produce specific products, such as guns, while others take a more comprehensive approach. Others focus on high-quality if expensive, designs. And many try to save you money by creating an efficient and streamlined product.
If you liked our list, please don’t hesitate to share it. And if you think that we missed a great brand or underrated your favorite, let us know. We’re always willing to listen to what our readers have to say about the best paintball brands.
The resilience of paintball stains on the fabric depends on a number of factors including the amount of oil in the paint, the color and material of your clothes, and how long you take before you clean them. The solubility of the paint also determines the ease of cleaning. Generally, water-soluble paint is easier to clean than oil-based paint.
Here are a few tips on how to get paint out of clothes.
The dye used in paintballs is the same grade as those used in food dyes. And just like food dyes, paintball stains do wash away as long as you launder them the right way. If the dye sits on a garment for too long, it can seep deeper into the fabric and become difficult to remove.
For quick and easy cleaning, don’t let the paint dry on your clothes. Clean your clothes as soon as possible. If the first round of washing doesn’t do it, add a stronger stain remover and soak your clothes for about 45 minutes before washing them again.
If you’re cleaning white garments, be sure to use a bleacher for best results.
Before you throw your clothes into the laundry machine, remove all the sticks, leaves, or burrs that you may have picked up during the game. Such debris can cause further stains as well as clog and damage the washing machine.
This step is particularly important if you are cleaning the microfiber cloth used to clean the paintball equipment. It picks up so much dirt and debris. It’s recommended to wash it separately.
Before you soak or wash your clothes, take some time to pre-treat them with a strong washing detergent or a stain remover. The best way of doing this is rubbing the cleaning agent onto the garments with your hands, and let it sit for around five minutes before you start the actual washing.
Depending on the fabric of your clothes, set your washing machine’s temperature as high as possible. Also, if your laundry machine has “sanitary cycle” and “super hot” settings, utilize them for as long as your fabric allows.
Normally, clothes with cotton fabric or a mixture of cotton and other fabrics will withstand these settings without getting discolored. This is a tried and tested way of removing stubborn stains, even with poor detergents.
Contrary to what many people believe, the process of removing paintball stains doesn’t end with rinsing your clothes. The way you dry them affects the degree of the stain removal, and air drying is the best way to go about it. You can dry your clothes in direct sunlight or under a shade.
If your clothes are white, drying them in the sun (after washing them with a good bleaching agent) will work like magic as far as stain removal is concerned. However, you shouldn’t leave your clothes in the sun for too long as this weakens and decolorizes the fabric. A maximum of four hours will do.
Also, avoid drying brightly colored clothes directly under the sun as this can cause fading. You can either turn them inside out or dry them under a shade to preserve the colors. You can also use a color care agent.
Since you can’t use a bleaching agent on colored clothes, you will often find yourself stuck with your regular detergent, which may not be as effective when removing paintball stains.
In such a situation, mix a cupful of water with a teaspoon of dishwashing soap and a tablespoon of ammonia. Let this mixture sit for around 10 minutes and then use it to soak your stained clothes for about half an hour.
Now that you know how to get paint out of clothes, don’t worry so much about stains when paintballing – this can take the fun out of the game. To have some peace of mind, designate some clothes for paintballing.
Furthermore, since you know that you are going to leave the battlefield covered in paint, you can minimize the damage by wearing dark colored clothes with soft fabric as they are easier to clean.
Also, avoid using cheap paintballs – most of them are oil-based and contain waxy fills. You can tell that a paint has wax in it by touching and feeling its texture. If it feels oily like a crayon, don’t use it.
Good luck on the battlefield!
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Paintball is a thrilling sport. It’s not just fun, it is also a great way to keep physically fit and stay healthy.
If you are getting ready for your first game of paintball, knowing how to play is essential and should be your biggest priority.
There are several types of paintball games, each with different variations that are normally specified prior to the start of the sport. In addition, there are various objectives that players should set out to achieve.
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Here’s a look at some of the different types of paintball games to play:
Alternatively, the game can be played as a singles sport, where the last man standing is declared the winner.
The rules of the game vary by game type, so make sure you understand the rules before stepping into the battlefield. Paintballing is all about having fun, and setting the rules is critical to maximizing fun.
Here’s a basic guide to follow when playing paintball:
Paintballing is one of the safest sports because it does not require physical contact between the competitors. Nonetheless, it involves a lot of physical activity including running, squatting, and crawling – which all help to strengthen muscles, but can also lead to injuries. With that said, it is important to get yourself proper paintballing personal safety clothing and gear before stepping into the battlefield.
Some basic protective gear to wear include a protective face mask, headgear, padded safety clothing, knee pads, safety gloves, and possibly more.
In paintball games, your gun is all you have to ensure your survival, so it is important to know how to use it to stay “alive”. Attending some shooting classes before your first competition is a great way to hone your paintballing skills and level the playing field.
Hitting and eliminating your opponents contributes to the fun and excitement that comes with playing paintball, so ensure you can aim properly.
To survive in a game of paintball, you also need to know how to dodge the opponents’ paintballs. This means you should always know where your “enemies” are and come up with an effective way to combat them.
Moving stealthily and communicating with your teammates at all times using walkie-talkies or through non-verbal cues, can help you steer clear of the opponents’ attacks.
Your paintball gun can only carry a limited number of paintballs at a go, so it is important to use whatever you have frugally until it’s time to break and get more ammo.
Generally speaking, you should only shoot an opponent when they are properly in sight and within range. You can shot at your competitor as a deterrent when you need to help a teammate move out of a dangerous situation.
If you follow these tips, your first paintball game ever should be a lot of fun. The best part is that you will also be able to keep yourself physically fit and healthy while having a blast!
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Among the undesirable things that come with the thrill of playing paintball are paintball bruises and welts. No matter how good you are, you will certainly get hit once or twice. That may be part of the fun, but when the dust settles and the adrenaline is gone, you will be left nursing several abrasions.
To effectively treat paintball bruises and welts, you must be able to identify and differentiate the two.
Bruises are the red, purple, blue, or black painful patches on the skin that occur after being hit with paintball shots.
The discoloration of the skin is caused by the pooling of blood under the skin upon impact.
Depending on their severity and how well you treat them, bruises can take several days to heal.
A welt is a red bump on the skin that appears after being hit by a paintball “bullet”.
The size of a welt depends on how close and fast the shot was.
They are usually painful to touch and heal faster than bruises – usually a day or two.
For quick recovery, you need to treat your paintball bruises as soon as possible. Here’s how you should go about it:
As soon as you get home, wash the bruise with water to remove dirt and sweat, and then pat it dry with a clean towel. Rubbing on the wounded area will only make things worse.
Once it’s clean and dry, apply Neosporin or alcohol to kill any germs and bacteria around the injured part. However, if your bruise is so severe that it’s close to an open wound, don’t use alcohol. This may harm the tissue and delay healing.
Next, apply a cold compress to the bruise. This will not only constrict the blood vessels and stop the bleeding under the skin but will also numb the area and relieve the pain.
To cold compress, simply wrap some ice cubes in a washcloth and place it on the injured area for about 15 minutes and repeat the process after one hour. Avoid using ice cubes directly on the bruised skin, as this will do more harm than good.
After a day of cold compression, the bruise is now ready for a warm compress.
Dip a clean washcloth in warm water and apply it to the bruised area. Alternatively, you can also use a heating pad, but you will need a buffer (a clean towel or any other soft piece of cloth) between the pad and your skin.
A warm compress improves the circulation of blood in the injured area. However, do not to leave the warm piece of cloth or heating pad on your skin for longer than 15 minutes as this can kill the already damaged tissues.
Warm compress again after one hour.
Pour a cupful of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak in this mixture for about half an hour. This will help relieve pain and soreness.
Vitamin K helps your skin cells regenerate faster for a quick recovery. It also reduces the soreness and improves the appearance of the bruise. For best results, apply the cream as instructed by your physician.
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To treat your welts, you should first cold compress them to relieve the pain.
Witch Hazel is an astringent compound produced from the barks and leaves of the Witch Hazel shrub. It is used as an ingredient for many skin care products.
It will help to reduce your welt’s swelling, soreness, and itchiness.
Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which acts as a cleaner or soother.
Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda with some water to make a thick paste and rub it on the welt. Let the paste dry completely and then wash it off with clean water.
If the welt is on your arm or leg, keep it raised. This will reduce the inflammation and blood flow to the injured area, and numb the pain.
Your body recovers best when you’re off your feet. So, ensure you get adequate sleep and eat well to hasten the healing process.
The only way to prevent welts and bruises is to avoid getting hit, which is almost impossible if don’t wear the right protective clothing.
Some basic protective gear to wear include a protective face mask, headgear, padded safety clothing, knee pads, safety gloves, as well as long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Taking cover behind obstacles will also minimize the number of shots you will take.
All in all, have fun!