What To Wear Paintballing

How to dress properly for your paintball adventure

General Recommendations of what to wear paintballing

Wear loose fitting clothes & wear layers

Imagine that you hang a towel out on the clothesline to dry. Now throw something at it. The towel will slow the baseball. If your clothes fit loosely they will have the same effect on paintballs, so it is better to wear loose fitting clothing when playing paintball.
We also recommend layers because then if you find you wore too much, or are getting too hot you can simply remove a layer between games.

Cover your hands & neck

Although neck hits aren't all that common, they are one of the most bothersome places to get hit so we recommend something like a hooded sweatshirt as the hood will help protect your neck even if it is down.
We also recommend gloves to help protect your hands, as this can be a common place to get hit since you are exposing them when you come out from behind cover to shoot.

Dress the same for both impacts

Some folks say "I am playing low impact, why do I need layers." Typically folks that are playing low impact are younger so don't have the same pain tolerance (it is low impact, not no impact).
By doing this you are coming prepared to play, rather than not having enough and wanting more.

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This package does not include any shoes, so you will want to bring some high traction shoes like boots or cleats!
The DBS Protection Plan

Specific Recommendations

Cleats and boots


At the Indoor Arena we recommend wearing cleats or high traction shoes. Track spikes are not allowed. At the Outdoor Park hiking boots and other high traction shoes will work. Any high traction shoe will work!
Hooded Sweatshirt

Upper Body

Hooded sweatshirts are the best as the hood can be used to cover up the head and offers additional protection for the neck. More coverage is better! Turtle necks work too!
Shorts and Sweats

Lower Body

Loose fitting is the key. Jeans work, but wear the biggest pair you have! Some people will wear snowboarding pants for the padding, but they can get warm on hot days. Sweats typically work well with basketball shorts under them for extra padding. Baggie is better. If you are playing outdoors something that is water repellent is normally better also!
Baseball Hat and Beanie

Head Wear

A backwards baseball cap or beanie works great! The hood from a hooded sweatshirt also works wonders! Anything to cover the head will work so long as it fits under the mask!

Bring a change of clothes for the ride home!

We highly suggest bringing a change of clothes for the ride home. Although the paintballs do wash out it is much easier to change and clean up before you get into your car.