Protection Equipment For Airsoft – Top Essentials
Protection Equipment For Airsoft – Top Essentials
These replica weapons are a blast. They’re low-power, smoothbore air guns that shoot BB-like non-metallic projectiles. They’re made of biodegradable resin or plastic, and are used by all ages for fun and sport.
However, their use still shouldn’t be taken lightly. You wouldn’t suspect it, but they can be dangerous if not used properly. There is plenty of safety gear out there and you should consider using it.
Here are our top essentials for protective airsoft equipment.
It’s important first to protect your eyes. A pair of goggles is perhaps the most important piece of protective equipment you can have. Without something to cover your eyes, a shot to the eye could blind you, or cause something even worse, like death. Check out the Valken Tango Thermo Goggles for a tight facial seal. It offers anti-fog protection and has great resistance to heat and cold. It also holds up really well to impact, so they’re worth the higher price if you play quite a bit. Pyramex I-Force is another highly rated brand that’s a bit more affordable. They’re scratch resistant and offer 99% UV protection. You can also get interchangeable lenses rather than a brand new pair if they get damaged. However, many people prefer to wear full face masks instead of just goggles. It can protect you
from a shot in the face, which may not cause too much damage, but will likely hurt quite a bit.
There are half masks and full masks.
If you have it in your budget, the FWA War Machine Mask not only makes you look like a pretty cool Marvel character, but it offers full protection with a high level of detail, and the foam lining gives you superior comfort.
The OUTGEEK half face mask is a great budget option that covers your eyes, mouth, and nose. It’s a one-size fits all option that won’t break the bank. The mesh face covering will minimize impact, but a direct hit will still hurt.
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It’s also important to protect your core. It’s the largest visible target from a distance, so it’s the most likely thing that your opponents will aim for. If you don’t wear a vest, it’s not as likely you’ll have serious injuries, but it will still hurt pretty badly and ruin your fun. The Lancer Tactical Vest is relatively affordable and has plenty of pockets for magazines and miscellaneous items. The built-in cross draw holster makes it easy to carry a back up rifle and it’s lightweight and breathable. As a plus, it also includes a tactical belt.
For the little guys, the Modern Warrior Junior Tactical Vest is an even cheaper, entry level beginner vest with everything you
Playing airsoft at an outdoor venue or in a field with a lot of trees can be brutal on your knees. After all, you’ll be crawling around, hiding from your opponent. Sooner or later, you may even lie down to take some secret shots at your enemy. AltaFLEX knee pads are some of the most comfortable knee pads you can get for both walking or kneeling, and as a bonus, they’re made in the USA. The name says it all. They’re flexible enough that there won’t be a huge learning curve when wearing them. If you’re looking for great combat knee pads, Arcteryx knee caps are comfortable, lightweight,
and durable. They’re also adjustable so they’ll fit many different sizes. However, they’re a tad pricey.
Ditch the sneakers for combat boots if you plan to play airsoft. You’ll cover lots of different kinds of terrain, and you’ll need something much more durable than a regular shoe. Boots are suitable for rugged ground, moisture, and fields. To start, any boot will do, but if you’re looking for an
upgrade, there are some great options. For those who play a lot, it’s worth investing in a pair of ALTAI tactical boots. They’re expensive and can be hard to break in, but will last forever once you do. They’re also waterproof,
lightweight, and easy to put on and take off.
Every shot you take puts impact on your hands. It’s important to wear gloves to reduce the risk of bruising or blisters. Plus, if an opponent aims to shoot the rifle from your hands, the vibration or direct hit could hurt.
Gloves are a piece of equipment that doesn’t come as highly recommended as the others, but it’s still a good idea. Sooner or later, you’ll feel the aching in your hands and wish you had a pair. The V-Tac half finger armored gloves are great for dexterity. The plastic cover provides extra
protection while you still have the use of your fingers. They are lightweight with good airflow, and available in multiple colors. For more coverage and a sleeker design, the Valken Zulu tactical gloves are also available in
multiple colors with a lot of padding and articulation joints for flexibility. They’re durable and well suited for any weather. They’re pricey, but well worth it.
This is another piece of equipment that’s not necessary, but if you have sensitive ears or the repeated whoosh and pop of the airsoft guns gets annoying after a while, it’s a nice thing to have. Plus, it’s nice to have some sort of ear protection to prevent a BB from penetrating the ear canal. That would be one heck of a sniper shot, but hey, it could happen. There are several different types of ear protection available. Ear and cheek shields go well with goggles to replace a face mask while some shooters prefer earmuffs. You can wear any sort of hunting earmuffs for airsoft, and there are plenty of affordable options out there. You can even get headsets with microphones so you can communicate with your teammates.
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It’s important when playing any sort of shooting game that you wear protection. It’s up to you which types and how much protection you wear, but it will likely make you much more comfortable in addition to protecting you from impact.
Written by Jay Chambers