A warm hat is essential, even if it is only worn in the staging area. A lot of your body heat is lost through the top of your head. Bring a pair of warm gloves. Warm ones usually are not one you can still get your finger in the trigger guard with comfortably, but when you are in the staging area at least you can put the gun down and warm up the hands a bit.
Mittens are proven warmer than gloves, the fingers can share the heat. Some sort of on field gloves for playing, something with alitllte padding is recommended. Ever get hit in the hand or finger on a frigid day by a bouncer? You know what I mean. OUCH !!!If you are to be playing in deep snow, or crawling alot, here is one you shouldn’t be without. Take a pair of old white socks, high shin or knee recommended, and cut the foot or at least the toe out, pull them over your outer pants before you put your boots on. Now pull these nice homemade leggings down over the boot. Allow a few wrinkles of the sock over the boot for slippage.
A bit of info on gear to buy and wear:
Tactical pants: http://www.rangermade.net/best-tactical-pants/
Tactical knives: http://www.rangermade.net/best-tactical-knife/
Good daypacks: http://www.rangermade.net/best-daypack-for-hiking/
This will help keep alot of snow out of your boots, and help keep you feet dryer, at least from snow getting in. Works better the higher the boot is. Wearing too many layers in the beginning will make you sweat alot, then when you start to remove layers you get colder faster, and may catch a heck of a cold. Dress for play, you will be moving around. Bring that extra old jacket from the back closet that you don’t want any of your friends to see, and wear it in the morning or late afternoon in the staging area before you go out to play, or if you are just hanging around. that old jacket may look funny, but hey, you will be warm. Even though your paintballs are in a bag, and seal up, they can still freeze or be affected if you leave them directly on the snow or ice, or directly in the sun. try to keep any balls you are not using in a small cooler or at least out of direct contact with the snow and ice or weather conditions.If it is snowing out, and you nee to fill your hopper or pods, try to put a jacket or covering over the bag when you open it to fill up, then close it when you are done. What is snow when it melt? WATER. What does water do to paintballs?
A little bit of snow in there may not make a big difference but try to keep ’em covered. Just a word of advice. Never use paintballs that are on the ground, especially in the winter time. That is moisture contact. It causes a weak spot on the ball and may start to dissolve the shell in warmer times. Now think, one of those balls in a hopper with about 150 other balls slamming around as you run or you hopper takes a hit. A good chance that ball will break when it gets into your breech, or in your hopper. That last ten seconds you charge that last guy, he pops up, you fire !! SOUP, and he rains on you little round hard things called paintballs.
When playing in Standish in the winter, a few extra bucks $$ for that nice hot chocolate in the middle of the day from Bodge’s store would do well to heat ya up a bit, at least the hands.Try to get your tanks filled the day before, or a few days before a winter game. It is not necessary but it helps to be using a equalized tank to crony in with or try to play that first game. Fresh filled tanks 20 minutes before your first game on a day with single digit temperatures, tends to echo alot of jackhammering sounds or pressure problems first out, and may leave a bad taste in your mouth about the upcoming day’s events if you have problems with your gun from the get-go. DO NOT PUT YOU TANK NEXT TO A HEATER OR USE A LIGHTER TO WARM IT UP let it warm up on its own.
Keep it under your arm pit, NOT IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH YOUR SKIN. When firing in the field on a cold day, try to keep your shots slower, or at least not so many at once. Rapid firing your paintball gun using CO2 in the winter time on cold days tends to freeze up the gun. If you like to fire alot of paint in a game, that’s fine. Some guns react better to cold than others. If you are the type of player that like to take advantage of the “One case one hit” theory in a game, and are using a blowback semi without upgrades or expansion chambers on a cold winter’s day, I’d wait till warmer weather to play, or bring a big squeegee.Try to breath through your nose as much as possible, it will help alittle bit with the fogging. Dehydration is a major concern in Paintball. Soda takes more time and actually needs more water to digest.
Water, plain is far better than soda. Drink lots of it even if you are not thirsty. Bring some “Bug Rub” to the field. bug spray. not only for the pesky ‘skeeters but tick repellent as well. If you have played a long or hard game, rest out one and let your body take a rest. Find a shady spot, sit down and drink some water. For you players that wear bandanas and hats… take them off when in the staging area, they hold in a lot of heat.. vent it when not playing… for you thinning or balder chaps, be careful of sunburn to the ole dome.
Wear Sun Block on at least your neck, and arms or legs if they are exposed to the rays.. even though you are playing in the woods, the sun can still get ya.. ever been hit on a freshly sunburned arm or neck ???If you start feeling dizzy, find yourself mumbling or slurring speech a lot, or fatigued, see a ref immediately, for your own safety. These may be signs of heat stroke, and dehydration.Try to keep your balls in a sealed container, close the bag up. try not to leave the balls in the sun, it causes condensation in the bags, that is moisture, moisture swells balls, and makes the shells weaker. shooting more soup than ball. If you have a cooler, even a cheapy Wal-Mart styrofoam one. Try to keep you balls in there and out of the sun.. it will help regulate the temp a bit, its also a good idea to store them in there when not on the field.
Even though it is hot out, try to stay out of those big black lake type puddles. Unforeseeable dangers can lurk under the calm tranquil surface. Uneven washouts, sharp stones and sticks, a bottomless puddle, ( at least up to your waist or so) it didn’t look that deep.. Make Mom happy, I believe how it was stated in the Paintball 2 Extreme Mag. Bring a plastic trash bag for paint drenched clothing and gear, and one to cover the car seat when you ride home… Drying out those shoes.
Ask permission for use of the dryer first !!Bang off as much as the excess mud you can, outdoors, pull back the tongues and drape the shoe laces over the door when you close it, to hang the shoes in the dryer, not letting them bang around in it. set on low to med and start them up…WARNING some shoes can not be dried in this manner check with your parents FIRST.when in the staging are, don’t set you mask on your head. your hair is sweaty and it soaks into the foam on your mask, accelerating the fogging in the field. Take the mask off and let it air before next game.
Try to breath through your nose as much as possible, it will help alittle bit with the fogging.unconfirmed reports say that using an deodorant stick on your forehead helps keep the fogging down, by not letting sweat build up as much… make you smell better too..