If you are fortunate enough to own a set of Virtue Vio Thermal Paintball Goggles, you already know exactly how comfortable this mask really is. With a design that’s perfect for both protecting your face and keeping it comfortable, as well as a mask that comes in a huge variety of color combinations, this is quite possibly the best mask you’ll forget you’re wearing on the paintball field. If that wasn’t enough, the guys at Virtue Paintball decided that, yes, you can improve on a good thing, releasing a set of aftermarket additions to your mask designed to make your mask even more comfortable. You can watch the video here, but if you read on, we’re going to break down some of their best new stuff and get you links to each piece, as well as how to install them.
Let’s face it: at the intermediate level, you’re simply awesome. You push your gear to the limit, you’re confident maintaining every piece you own, and you spend as much time planning your strategy and staying in shape as you do playing the game. You may even be on a paintball team, competing for cash and sponsorships. You’re a tournament-grade player who needs the very best gear customized to your play style, and price is no longer an object.
You’re a seasoned player, so you (think) you know how all of this stuff works.. If it breaks, you can fix it. If it’s slow, you have an idea of how to improve it. While you may not be at a tournament level, you’ve got a decent amount of skill, a fast reaction time, and you don’t have to work against your gear to score hits. At this point, you’re going to be doing more upgrading than purchasing, but there still are a few pieces that you can really benefit from adding to your arsenal.
If you’re just starting paintball, you’re gonna get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you can get when you first step onto the field. Because you’re going to (obviously) want it all, you won’t be able to afford everything you want. Fortunately, in this three part review, we’ve tiered out all the gear you should get for your skill level.
Once again, we’ve got a brand new episode of your favorite behind-the-scenes paintball show, The Reload, from your favorite paintball guys, the team at Hustle Paintball. Today, we’ve got a real treat for you in the form of our brand new Havoc Launchers, back in stock and ready to sell. Of course, it wouldn’t be as fun if we just told you, so we’ve made sure that we’ve got a good show to make it interesting. People could probably get hurt, so this might be the last time you see some of your favorite Hustle Paintball employees (heck, anything can happen). You should probably watch this one here.
Just like any sport, paintball has its share of people who, whether they mean to or not, are actively making the game less enjoyable for everyone else. While in most cases, this is an awful lot like the “defining pornography” debate (“I shall not attempt to define it, but I know it when I see it—Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, paraphrased), there are a few solid types of behavior that are just marks of a bad paintball player. If you find yourself doing any of these things, it’s a good idea to take a step back and correct yourself; whether it’s an accident or not, it’s still bad form that might be making you less fun to play with.
After a certain point, you may find yourself growing a bit bored with your standard paintball games and scenarios. Sure, paintball is a fun game, but after a while, all the team-on-team shootouts start to feel kind of similar. Fortunately, pickup paintball is pretty fluid on the rules and offers a lot to anyone who wants to try something new. Whether you want to make a big change or a small one, mixing your game up a bit can keep you entertained for much longer, and also keep you learning new things about your paintball style. Here, we’ve got a list of some absolutely unique types of paintball game that you can try the next time you and your team are out of ideas.
One of the great things about paintball is the fact that, unlike other sports, you can really load yourself up with huge varieties of fancy equipment, all designed to give you a situational edge. You can specialize, you can generalize, you can set up your market to fire exactly the way you want, and you can anodize it to give you a distinct style. Of course, the same thing that makes this sport so cool can really work against you if you’re not careful; with the huge variety of aftermarket pieces and instructional know-how on the internet, it’s incredibly easy to spend a lot of money on cheap pieces you don’t understand and don’t work. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran paintball player, here are a few solid rules of thumb to make sure your gear doesn’t get in the way of your game.
We’ve all been there at one point or another; right in the middle of an important game, your visor goes all white and you can’t see anything but blurs of color before you get tagged. It’s called mask fog, and it’s a natural part of wearing a mask in paintball. When you sweat or breathe in your mask, little bits of water get out and condense on your lenses, which mess up your vision. Unfortunately, you can’t simply get rid of the mask, because playing without one is incredibly dangerous. Rather than simply putting up with the occasional mask fog and getting tagged out, you can actually do something about it. We’ve got a list of some of the best techniques here, but if you’d like to see the whole video, it’s right here.
While paintball markers tend to replicate a firearm in most respects, new players may initially be confused by one thing above all others the double trigger mechanism. Instead of a single curved trigger for your index finger, you’ll see a much longer trigger indented for both your index and middle fingers. This model, much more common on tournament-grade markers, is an easy way to increase your rate of fire, reduce fatigue on your trigger finger, and generally make your marker easier to fire. But why? If you want to see the video, we’ve got a link for that here.