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!