A Complete Guide to Choosing Paintball Gear

Turning up to paintballing with the wrong gear is like turning up to a gunfight with a feather duster.

It’s just not going to get the job done.

Paintballing is just one of those games that you got to get right when it comes to gear. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming the laughing stock amongst your friends.

We understand that there’s a lot that goes into paintballing equipment, which means a lot of gear. And that can get confusing.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’re here to present our ultimate guide to choosing paintball gear. (Keep reading and never worry again.)

The Paintball Marker (Gun)

Markers are the most important thing you need on the paintball field. There are markers that use CO2 and others that use electricity.

Beginners should start with CO2-powered semi-automatic markers, but experienced players might want to use electrostatic ones for their speed and power.

If you’re looking for a full paintball gaming experience (including spare magazines and gear), then an electrostatic HPA (High-Pressure Air) powered marker may be more suitable.

While it takes up more space in comparison with CO2 or mechanical markers, the initial outlay is higher, making them cost-prohibitive for some recreational players.


The two main types of balls available include standard fill and tournament grade. Standard paintballs are made of 100 percent biodegradable material and can be bought in bulk, saving you money in the long run.

Tournament paintballs, on the other hand, use compressed air instead of CO2 to propel balls at greater speeds, which is ideal for competitive play.

Protective Gear

No matter what skill level you are at, if you don’t wear the right paintball attire during a paintball game, it will be hard to play. Your skin is exposed and there is much protection available.

There are many things that can protect your body, however, like goggles and elbow and knee pads (tactical vests).

While many safety protocols will advise you not to use cotton clothing when out on the paintball field, keep in mind that it makes excellent padding for extra protection.

Also remember to get full coverage under your pants – wearing shorts/skirt is a good way of exposing yourself!

You can learn more about what to wear here.

Paintball Pods

Pods are containers for holding paintballs. You can quickly reload them during the battle. Make sure to figure out if your marker is compatible before buying more than one!

Remember, pods come in different sizes and shapes – so do some research on the best type for you.


While some may spend a lot of time on the field, others tend to remain near the base and use paintball as an excuse to get out of work for a day or two. If you fall into either category, then comfortable clothing’s your best friend!

While many players choose to wear fatigues such as those used in military training, bright colors such as neon green/orange are ideal since they make it easier for opponents (and referees) to spot them during games.

Also keep in mind that while paintballs generally wash out of most clothing (especially sports gear), it can take several washes and up to five minutes of scrubbing with soap and water – so don’t forget your old toothbrush!

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We hope this guide has been helpful in your quest to find the perfect paintball gear for you and your team.

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