The other day, I heard someone mention that Airsoft is partly a fashion show and when you think about it, that statement has a good amount of truth to it. But with all the gear available out there, as a beginner, I have wondered what is most crucial and what I should start with. I did some research and looked through multiple forums and youtube videos and here is the summary of what I found.
So what should I wear to an Airsoft Game? Apart from Eye protection, there are no defined rules for what you should wear to an airsoft game. However, a good pair of boots, Khaki pants or Denim, and a thick shirt should be sufficient for your first game. Once you start playing regularly, you can upgrade to camouflage clothing and Military boots but this will be mostly for show since they are not required or necessary unless you are at a Milsim event. Lets dig deeper into this and see what this means for you as an airsoft player.
What should I Wear to my very first Airsoft Game
Your first airsoft game is an opportunity to see if airsoft is something that you will enjoy before investing in good gear. Don’t spend any money on any airsoft gear that will be available to rent at the airsoft field you will be playing at. Most fields have the following gear available for rent.
- Safety goggles
- Face protection
- Ear protection
Get a good pair of boots
The one thing that you may need to purchase if you don’t have it already is a good pair of boots that have good ankle protection. A good pair of hiking boots will serve the purpose.
Wear thick clothes
To avoid getting hurt by the bb’s when they hit you, make sure that you wear clothes that are mildly thick to reduce the impact of the bbs. Clothes do not need to be too thick since this will make you really sweaty but they need to be, at least thicker than polyester or silk. (I know you are not planning to wear silk to an airsoft game but it’s the best way I could illustrate this point)
What to wear to airsoft that doesn’t hurt
Airsoft bb’s only hurt when they hit you on the bare skin or light clothing . You therefore want to wear something that will cover up as much skin as possible and it needs to be thick enough to prevent heavy impact on your skin when your hit by a bb.
Pair of Jeans and a sweatshirt
A basic pair of jeans and and a long-sleeved sweatshirt will do a good job of padding you from bb’s.
Another thing you may want to do is get a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Your airsoft gun will be one of the first things that will be seen when you are shooting from a corner. This means that it will be a target most of the times and your hands will get hit quite a lot in the process. This is the main reason why loves would be a good idea.
Enquire if the feel you will be playing at rents out gloves to know if you need to buy a pair or not.
Should I buy my goggles or rent them at the field on my first game?
Since eye protection is one of the most essential things in airsoft I would advise that you buy your own pair of goggles for your first game. Even if you end up not liking airsoft, you will have a great pair of protective eye glasses that you can use for many other things.
The great thing about airsoft goggles is that they are impact tested and rated and would be useful not just for airsoft.
When buying a good pair of starter airsoft glasses you will need to make sure that they are glasses that you will be comfortable wearing in other things other than airsoft.
I found the Valken Zulu below to be a great option for this. It’s a popular pair of protective glasses and can be used in many scenarios other than airsoft.
Do I need Camo Gear to play airsoft?
While many people claim that airsoft camo gear is useful in helping to keep them out of sight when playing, I suggest that you first play a few games for you do figure out your style and preferred mode of gameplay before getting camo gear.
There are different types of camo gear and many are take actual military style
Why are good Boots Important
Most of the fields you play at in airsoft have really rough terrain. This is part of increasing the realism and making game play more interesting. The only challenge with this is that since you’ll be running around the field trying to escape from getting hit you are likely to step on uneven ground and there is a real danger in rolling your ankles in the process.
The other challenge is that if you will be playing in an abandoned building you are likely to find hazards like planks that have nails sticking out of them and other similar dangers.
Getting a good pair of boots that have thick soles and good ankle production will help to reduce the possibility of rolling your ankles or having a nail go through your foot.
For your first airsoft game, i would recommend that you get a good pair of hiking boots that can be used for other things other than airsoft if you find that you don’t like the game. I would recommend the the Merrell Men’s hiking boot below as a agood starter boot for Airsoft.
Once you play for few months and find that you love the game you can upgrade to tactical boots that look more like military boots than the hiking ones.
How long should I wait Before buying my loadout
Based on the research I have done and the comments given by the dozens of thread posts I read, I would suggest that you play at least 2 airsoft games on rented equipment to get a feel for what Airsoft is like and what kind of player you will be.
After 2 games, You can get the most essential gear in the next section.
What should I wear to CQB game
Face and ear protection are important when playing CQB. This is because you will be playing close to other players and you are likely to be shot from close proximity and it will hurt more in CQB than in the field.
Most CQB arenas require that you have ear protection when on the field. They don’t have specific requirements
This is a part of the body that is not usually well protected in airsoft games and it becomes even more important to cover it up on CQB
I found this Shemagh scarf to be good solution for this purpose.
Since cqb is normally played indoors, dark clothes will help you blend into the dark corners. Dark shoes will also help with the camouflage too.
Here is a video of an interesting DIY blackout kit I found for CQB.
What should I wear to field games
What you wear to the field will depend on the kind of position you play and the weather you will be playing in.
If you are a sniper, camo gear will be important to help you blend with the surroundings. However you may not need neck protection and gloves that will be essential for riffle men.
As a rifleman, camo will be less useful compared to a sniper so other than for the looks, camp will not be very necessary. However, you will require to have more protection than just the eye protection if you do wants warts all over your visible skin. So consider getting gloves, face protection and neck protection. Wear what’s comfortable and will cover up a lot of your skin but don’t make it too thick since you will be running around all day and you will will get really hot and sweaty. So it’s a balance of being covered up and keeping cool
Good shoes are critical in protecting You from rolling your ankles as you run around the field. Get a pair of hiking boots with ankle protection or consider tactical boots early on as you start playing.