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Old 01-13-2012, 10:17 PM #1
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Paintball in the snow?

For all of us who decide to brave playing in the snow, lets hear some tips to make our life easier, cool stories? Hell anything really snow can really change the game.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:23 PM #2
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Wear warm clothes and waterproof pants! I used to play outlawball in the snow a while ago, I always used old ski pants to keep my butt dry and warm. Unfortunately here in jersey it doesn't look like it is gonna snow at all this year. Usually when it is cold/snowing I will bust out the underarmor and old sweatshirts to keep warm.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:27 PM #3
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Layers for warmth.

Good socks and boots
Water proof pants...
Gloves! or several pairs of gloves!

Most importantly, have a Dry set of clothes and shoes to change into at the end of the day. Toss all the wet stuff in a garbage bag.

If you can have a warming hut with a fire or something to rest in thats always nice.

Winter paint.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:28 PM #4
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I play in the snow a lot. We use silicone 0-rings, as they work much better below freezing, and then make sure you air up your remote line inside before you get your gun cold...

I use a cooler with a heater inside, and put all my Co2 tanks inside that with my paint, switch out your paint between games, and you are good to go.

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:00 AM #5
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As much as I loooove paintball, once snow hits I'm done. I will play late into the fall and when the snow melts in the spring, but I'm not trotting outside in snow gear. Props to those that do.
If you need me I will be inside under a blanket drinking coco lol.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:51 PM #6
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Played once on a frozen lake in the north woods of Wisconsin. The guys had gone out on the lake beforehand with a plow truck to plow the snow cover into bunkers. You could get some SERIOUS slide distance on that ice!

On the down side, just about every gun broke down over the course of the day. The only two that didn't fail were my SL-68II and another guy's Viper M-1, and we all had paint breakage problems.

Having said that, I tend to look for an indoor solution if I get the urge to play in the winter. I've done my time being outside in the winter with a gun.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:14 PM #7
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played in the cold yesterday. bundling up is good. but i stock up on hand warmers and toe warmers every year. those are life savers right there.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:28 PM #8
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goretex socks and spare gloves. You can also wear plastic baggies over your socks to give a little water protection. Cleats definitely work in the snow. Stay very well hydrated, it won't feel like you want to drink much, but it's very easy to get dehydrated playing snowball. Generally it's good to keep your spare paint in the car. I played Stalingrad a couple years ago in a light snowstorm, what a blast! I wore a long raincoat with a hood and goretex socks and kept paper towels in a plastic bag and life was very good that day.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:53 PM #9
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Lots of good tips here. I would not even bother using Co2 in the cold. Go with compressed air, a lot more consistent.

Dress in layers, stay hydrated, change out of your wet cloths when you finish.

You may want to consider going to a sporting goods store and buying disposable foot and hand warmers. They work wonders.

I wear a shemagh around my neck and head to keep my head and neck warm. If my head and feet stay warm, the rest of my body seems to stay warm

I wore Wigwam brand socks with Goretex Timberland boots, and my feet never got wet, and we ran in snow all day.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:09 AM #10
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I love to play in the snow. All of the above are good suggestions.

I personally would suggest that you do not "overdress". Too many layers will cause you to sweat and then during down times you will get chills, etc...
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:59 PM #11
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Gloves... I remember one day forgetting them and after 1 game I couldn't feel my fingers at all and was seriously worried about frostbite, luckily I was able to borrow a pair but still.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:36 PM #12
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When playing in the cold make sure you only wear just enough to keep you warm. Once you start running around to many layers will make you get to hot and start sweating, if you get your under layers damp then it will make for a long cold day.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:39 PM #13
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Warm clothes, then extra dry clothes, and try wearing white.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:42 PM #14
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If you are using electros take the grips off and saran wrap the grip frame to keep water out as much as possible. then put the grips back on obviously.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:32 PM #15
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stay warm, use good paint (used bad paint once and it was just shooting liquid out of my barrel), wear gloves that are warm, bring hot chocolate
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:37 AM #16
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Compressed Air! CO2 tends to have too many problems, yes you can do it and make it work but Air is easy.

Good boots, I see too many players in sneakers. Don't over dress, once the paint starts flying you'll warm up, also watch your time in warm places (pro shop, warm up tent) cause you'll start to sweat and that can be bad out on the field.

I also try to keep my mask cold, all those temperature changes can fog it up bad.

Lastly, and this probably only effects us low end gunners (bt-4/tipp98), but once the temp drops below 35 the receiver (frame) of my BT-4's are made of aluminum which gets tighter, I have to make sure it's very clean and oiled. I probably use three times as much oil in the winter.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:40 AM #17
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Compressed Air! CO2 tends to have too many problems, yes you can do it and make it work but Air is easy.

Good boots, I see too many players in sneakers. Don't over dress, once the paint starts flying you'll warm up, also watch your time in warm places (pro shop, warm up tent) cause you'll start to sweat and that can be bad out on the field.

I also try to keep my mask cold, all those temperature changes can fog it up bad.

Lastly, and this probably only effects us low end gunners (bt-4/tipp98), but once the temp drops below 35 the receiver (frame) of my BT-4's are made of aluminum which gets tighter, I have to make sure it's very clean and oiled. I probably use three times as much oil in the winter.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:44 PM #19
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make sure you bring gloves, and extra clothes because everything is gonna get soaked
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Warm water for hydration, may taste funny but best thing to keep your core warm.
Gloves, a thin pair of gloves than a winter pair on top. Make sure you can pull/walk the trigger.
Wool socks, so toasty.
Some type of face mask, like them gator half face mask or full head.
Visor for your mask to keep snow from getting between lenses.
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