Everyone knows the most important safety rule for playing paintball is you never, ever, take off your paintball mask while on the field. With the high speed that paintballs travel at, and their small size, it could be very easy to be hit in the eye. Losing your vision is a life ruining experience and by simply wearing a visor, googles or full face paintball mask you completely eliminate the chances of injury. Last Saturday down at the local playing field there was a new recruit who was walking across the field with his mask pushed up. This is a major mistake and one he will certainly never make again. Even though he was out, did not call out and raise his hands. So during his walk across the play space, some confused players began to shoot at him. The first hits smacked into his chest and startled him. This caused him to panic and knock his paintball mask off the top of his head when he frantically tried to get it back in place.
Bending down to pick it up, he took the next barrage of paintballs directly in the head and face. One such hit narrowly missed his right eye and left a massive bruise on his cheek and eyebrow. To say he was very lucky that day is to under sell it. He could have easily lost an eye if one of those rouge paintballs had hit him in the right spot. He was left with minor injuries and took a very good scare, which in our opinion was much needed. Now he will remember forever the reasons why paintball masks are so important in this game. While he was shook up, everyone made sure he was ok and after sitting down for a few minutes, rejoining the paintball game for the next round, this time with mask firmly in place.
So, we now always recommend going for comfort and quality over just trying to spend less money on paintball masks, as it will be easier to keep it on at all times. Remember, your eyes are very important to you, you only have one pair and they are irreplaceable. So I tell people, go with quality masks or goggles, ones you feel like you’re not going to want to take off your head every five minutes because they fog up or make you sweat. Ideally avoid rental masks as they tend to be uncomfortable and a pain in the ass. They are the cheapest of the cheap. You want a quality paintball mask to wear that’s comfortable. A single lens design is great, very basic and in high humidity, it’s not going to fog up on you. We hope you now understand the importance of keeping your paintball mask on at all times, we don’t want to hear about any more eye injuries, playing paintball is supposed to be fun!
purified3d November 9, 2015
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