Non-Paintball Items You Can Bring into a Paintball Game

Paintball is seen as a sport that can be played by athletic guys as well as by geeks and nerds. Hard-nosed players include a fair amount of women who enjoy the running and shooting around as much as males do. Besides the paintball gun, goggles, helmet and the body armour, there are several other things that a player can bring along to the paintball game.

  • Two-way radio. This does not have to be CB quality. You can bring along a toy walkie-talkie with a limited range, and that would be okay. It might not be legal according to the rules you play with, though. However, if it is allowed within your league, then it is a distinct advantage and can lead to a more strategic game. With a walkie-talkie, you can split up your forces, or you can talk strategy with your partner without using hand signals, or even without being in sight of one another.
  • Large water bottle. Paintball is an energetic game, and it can be exhausting. Even if the games themselves do not extend more than ten or fifteen minutes, you would still need to drink water at some point. Large groups of paintball players can take a long time to finish a game of capture the flag. In such a case, a water bottle can be a lifesaver.
  • Pouches. There is always a need for extra pouches. Even if you were wearing a vest with extra pouches, you would still find a pouch attached to your belt a necessity. Some of the things you can put in pouches include the compressed air containers, as well as extra paintballs. Of course, if the rules of the game have a set limit to what you can carry, you won’t need these extra pouches, but still, it is always better to have an extra container or pouch on your body.
  • Duct tape. Seriously, you can bring a roll of duct tape to a paintball game. First off, it is cheaper than gaffer tape. For another, you can choose your colour of duct tape. It can be used to tape items together or to attach specific items on your body, which you can easily discard later.
  • Sports camera. If you have a GoPro or any other sports camera, you can bring this along to the game. You can record your moves and games as you go along. If you regularly play with others, or if you are a team playing in a league, you would need a replay of the game where you can watch and learn how the other teams interact. This is like having the best tennis racquets for intermediate players, more than just an edge, and it can help win games as well.

Paintball sounds like it is an individual sport, when in fact, it is more of a team sport where coordination with others is important. However, that does not mean that you can just join and bring what everyone else is bringing. You can choose to bring other items to the game, the better to enjoy it, and to have a better chance of winning.

Also see: Can Self-Balancing Scooters Add Excitement to a Paintball Game?

How Do Paintball Arenas Keep The Grass Trim?

How Do Paintball Arenas Keep The Grass TrimFor a great paintball experience, equipment has to be well maintained. What one often does not think of maintaining, however, is paintball arenas. Arenas have to be well take cared of to ensure that paintball players feel welcomed and excited. Furthermore, movements should be easy and safe. It is harder to run when the grass is too high and one may be more prone to falling.

Mowing the Arena

In order to keep the floor of the arena suitable for paintball, the grass has to be trimmed. A lot of equipment is usually on the arena. To trim the grass thoroughly, one must therefore remove all obstacle/paintball objects first. Mowers and trimmers can be bought from any store like Sears or Canadian Tire. Mowing grass can then take place, with one or more passes of the field. With some fields, a large mower is passed first, and then a smaller mower is passed to make sure that the field is well cut. A trimmer can be used around the edges of the field if deemed necessary.

If you are reading this because you’re researching on how to keep the grass in your large lawn trim, make sure to read Poulan Pro riding mower reviews or other similar articles. Doing so will really help in making the right decision on what mower to purchase.

Low Maintenance Alternative

Alternatively, one can buy Astro Turf, which is artificial grass that does not have to be planted nor trimmed. It can be passed as real grass, and is even softer. One buys the turf as is, and minimal maintenance is necessary. In fact, turf is the more popular choice, as natural grass requires much more care. Please see the links below for more information about Astro Turf. Many different turfs are available for purchase.

Natural Grass or Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is more often used for indoor paintball, and it makes sense because adding soil and growing grass is not quite practical inside a building. In outdoor paintball fields, however, natural grass is more often found. Many people have started using artificial turf outside to make maintenance easier, although this requires a somewhat challenging initial stage: clearing grass by the root or finding a large enough area that is devoid of grass.

Also read: Can Self-Balancing Scooters Add Excitement to a Paintball Game?

What are the Best Shoes for Paintballing?

What are the Best Shoes for PaintballingOne of the best questions that people should ask before they go paint balling is: What are the best shoes for paintballing? There is no simple answer to that question, which should make the requisite shoe shopping more difficult for most people.

Naturally, a wide range of shoes should work for this purpose. People just have to take into account the actual physical demands of paint balling. This is a sport that really does require people to be really fast on their feet if they want to avoid getting hit by other people’s paint balls. As such, they are going to need shoes that will work very well like top rated running shoes, or they are never going to stand a chance at succeeding at paint ball.

There is also the fact that people should try to get running shoes that are fairly quiet. Paint ball might be very aggressive in its active phase. However, a good portion of this sport really just requires sneaking up on people in some way or another. As such, people are going to need shoes that will give them some sort of of a stealth ability. Otherwise, they are going to lose the game for a completely different reason. Paint ball requires speed, but it also requires sneakiness. There are plenty of shoes that can more or less give people everything that they are looking for, since plenty of running shoes are also great in terms of being quiet.

Of course, even apart from all of the athletic demands of paint ball, people need to remember that this is a messy game. They are probably going to get paint all over their shoes as a minimum. It’s important for them to avoid getting shoes that are too expensive, unless they don’t mind covering their expensive shoes entirely with paint.

Since we’re in the topic of paint ball gear, read this to find out what you should look for when purchasing a paintball backpack!

Can Self-Balancing Scooters Add Excitement to a Paintball Game?

Can Self-Balancing Scooters Add Excitement to a Paintball GameEvery year, it seems like some huge technological breakthrough completely changes the way we carry on with our day to day lives.

We are living in the middle of one of the most exciting technological revolutions in human history. Though most of us are just kind of along for the ride and watching it unfold right before our very eyes, history will show that this was a time of transformative technology across a wide variety of different areas.

While most of us see new and advanced technologies being unveiled in the consumer electronic world, the transportation world is also going through tremendous and seismic shifts. Self balancing scooters or hoverboards are a perfect example of that shift, and they have gone from an urban commuting tool to something that can completely change the way we enjoy our “downtime” – like paintball, for example.

Self balancing scooters are no longer just for the sidewalk

The early versions of self balancing scooters were designed specifically for the smoothest and most even surfaces possible, but that’s no longer the truth.

Today’s hoverboards have learned a lot from the first few generations that were produced only a handful of years ago, and are now capable of tackling off-road terrain as well.

Sure, there’s no self balancing scooter that can match a Jeep Wrangler for its off-road capability, for example – but you’re definitely going to be able to cruise through a pastor or a wooded area with one of these underneath your feet, especially if you’re playing paintball.

Knobby tires, advanced gyroscopic technology, and an effortless control scheme definitely help paintball players get the most out of this personal transportation solution.

Golfers have been using hoverboards for a few years now

Golfers have been taking advantage of these kinds of scooters for a couple of years now, and they really were the “prototype” market for this technology.

More and more upscale country clubs are swapping out their gas guzzling carts for “hoverboards”, and golfers are jumping on top of the opportunity to zip around their favorite course with the self balancing solutions.

Though most golf courses are a lot more even and well-kept than most paintball fields, the technology transitions pretty effortlessly from one surface to the next.

Again, you probably aren’t going to be able to climb over any rock ledges or wood obstacles with a hoverboard – but you’re definitely going to be able to deliver yourself and your team to the opposite side of the playing field a lot faster (and with less fatigue) than you would have been able to otherwise.

Cranking up the excitement of a paintball game with self balancing scooters

At the end of the day, you’re definitely going to be able to take advantage of this new and advanced scooter technology to really crank up the excitement of a traditional paintball match.

Imagine this for just a moment.

You are hunkered down, taking enemy fire and have absolutely no chance of getting out without getting marked.

You jump on your radio, calling for the “cavalry”, and all of a sudden your teammates or a couple of extra squads are able to fly across the battlefield – on top of self balancing scooters – and provide you with the cover fire that you need to turn the tide and win the match.

That’s what’s possible when you are playing with these kinds of scooters out there on the open field. Definitely consider adding a couple of these scooters to your squad rollout kit, and you’ll find out firsthand just how much fun it can be!

How drones could add an extra element to paintball

drone223Drones or unmanned aerial aircraft can certainly add to any experience. But how much more fun would you have in the paintball sports arena, if you added a drone that could spray paint from above? What if aerial views could be taken with the drone while you and your friends are having a blast spraying and painting each other? You are well protected with a mask, so there is no element of being less safe when there is a drone around who has the capability to do such. Drones have the capability of hovering around for hours, so why not let the drone hover and photograph you from a different angle.  For sure, it would make a memorable and crazy scrapbook, like no other. You and your friends will spend hours and hours laughing about your paintball sport experience. And you will have the photographic pictures taken from the drone to allow those memories to last a lifetime.

Inexpensive Experience

While you are planning your paintball sports experience with your twenty best friends, keeping in budget is always at the forefront of your mind. Drones are inexpensive and can be built and maintained with ease, so adding one to your paintball party will not break the bank. Keeping in mind that the drone is sturdy and is meant to withstand any element, whether you are paintballing indoors or outdoors, the drone can be there through it all. Photographing every silly and hilarious moment that only you and your friends have shared is what the drone will do. Also, for the new friends you make during your paintballing experience, the drone can be there for photos. The drone will simply replace taking photographs the old fashioned way with a camera or a cell phone.

Creating Something New and Special for You and Your Friends

The drone will create something new and special for you and your friends to talk about. Many people have not heard of the drone for taking aerial views or for doing amateur projects, so your paintball party will be a first for everyone. Droning will become the new wave of the future and cell phone and old cameras will be for those other folks who don’t want to try something new and exciting. Take aerial views of old friends, new friends and the excitement that comes with the paintball experience.

Everyone who knows about paintball loves to talk about how much fun and stress relieving it is.  Now place those moments in a life-like photograph and enjoy your paintball party. The drone will allow people to experience a new thing in their life and discover something that they did not know before. Paintball and Droning make for a magical combination for those who just want to enjoy life and add photographs for memories. So begin droning by taking the drone to your next sporting paintball experience. With the capabilities of the drone being able to take indoor and outdoor photographs your droning paintball experience will be priceless for both you and your friends.

Paintball Backpacks – What to look for…

Paintball is a sport that is growing in popularity and recognition. It has its origins in military training methods, where soldiers were trained using paintball guns, which allowed them to execute realistic maneuvers with true-to-life replica equipment to engage in battle with no risk of danger. As the sport has grown in popularity, more and more styles of equipment have been developed, and the breadth of ‘paintball equipment’ has grown, to include specialized clothing and special backpacks. Let’s talk about what makes a paintball backpack a paintball backpack, and how to choose one, even if you’re just as much a gamer as a paintballer and want a bag that caters to that as well.

Special Tasks a Paintball Bag Accomplishes

Paintball bags have to hold specialized equipment and protect it, so shopping for one is a little more complicated than finding a normal sack to throw your stuff in. But not by much! The first thing you need to keep in mind is that a paintball bag must house a gun, or marker. Now, markers typically disassemble into a body, and the barrel. Make sure your bag includes a large, but separated, space in which to place the body of your marker. There should be at least one space in which to house your barrel — but, since most people will have multiple barrels after playing for a few years, it’s best if you find a bag that has two or three such spots, which look like enlarged pencil slots in normal bags.

A paintball bag will also have a space for you to place your tank, typically next to but separated from the spot for your marker. All these spaces should be made with soft and elastic fabric, so as to prevent damage to your marker, tank, or barrels. There should also be a large, open space to place your mask, and, in certain bags, enough space to place your jersey, if you’re a more involved paintball athlete, and your special pants, also typical of competing athletes. This extra open space is only common in the larger bags designed for experienced players, so don’t worry if the bag you’re looking at doesn’t feature it. In general, a good bag will, however, have the other things we’ve suggested — space for your mask, barrels, marker, and tank. As well, you’ll notice that many bags have large slots on the outside — typically two or four — in which to place paintball pods, which hold ammunition on the field, and a wide space of fabric on the bottom around which you can wrap your belt.

Given the popularity of computer games and the tendency of most young paintball players to be avid gamers, as well, many paintball bags also offer laptop space, as well. Some of the best laptop backpacks can easily double as a paintball bag. It’s important to ensure that your bag offers a well-padded space for the laptop, as it’s close to a lot of hard, potentially scratch-inducing objects, so more protection is necessary than normal. But, this is standard, so have fun shopping for styles you like!

Get better in the paintball arena by improving your fitness!

Something that is often overlooked by both amateur and even pro paintball players is the impact fitness can have on their performance. This isn’t like playing pool or darts in the pub, playing paintball actually involves a lot of running around and often maneuvering through tight spots and difficult terrain. You have to realise that if you are too big or too slow it not only makes you an easy target but you just cannot move quite enough to be at the top of your game.

Now this hasn’t been a huge problem for me over my 15 years of paint balling but lately I have to admit I piled on the pounds a little. I’m not saying I’m the best player in the world but I certainly noticed that my game had dropped slightly in recent years , and I am putting that down to getting a bit “fat”. So, in order to remedy this issue, in 2014 I have embarked on a fitness regime to try and get back to the highest level…well the best I can be at least!


I spent many an hour looking at diets and fitness regimes in order to help me get into top shape, and after getting tired eyes I finally decided to go with a low carb diet and to invest in a rowing machine. I decided on the low carb diet after hearing about a friend that had great results using something called the Paleo diet and I also heard about how cutting out the carbs can be great from reading Tim Ferris’s blog. He is a guy I am a huge fan of and have a lot of respect for. So for the foreseeable future I am going to cut out all breads, grains and will limit my intake of potatoes…most likely sweet potatoes will become my new best friend as they have a lower impact on blood sugar levels and are full healthy nutrients like Vitamin A.

In terms of my fitness regime I aim to workout between 3 – 5 times per week and to help motivate me I spent quite a bit of money on a rowing machine. I am hoping that seeing this baby here in my home will guilt trip me into using it regularly, plus I think it will be quite fun to use. I decided on the Kettler Favorit after reading many rowing machine reviews and it does seem to be the best rowing machine. Well, the best for me at least in terms of price, quality and features. You may be wondering why I chose an indoor rower over something more popular like a treadmill, well the answer is simple really. These machines give a far more intense and all round body workout. It isn’t just aerobic but it will work your muscles, sure you won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger but it will certainly tone you.

So anyway I hope this is going to help me out, and I also hope my reflections have inspired you. I look forward to getting back to my best…whatever that is!