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#1 User is offline   BIGBOSS_202 

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 05:35 PM

A lot of the research for this particular thread was based on looking thru pictures and video references spanning from the WW2, Vietnam, right into todayís conflicts.


Operating in a humid environment is a daunting thing even for experienced players. Playing in these areas means what you wear and what gear you take with you can mean the difference between walking off the field and being taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Clothing: Any player will go with camouflage in someway but in a place were the heat index can be high, the best thing to remember is to not tuck your pant legs in to your boots to increase airflow. Shirts or jackets are a good thing but keep in mind that in high heat itís better to go with a camouflage/ tactical t-shirt. Most are cotton and will absorb sweat. Your best bet would be a moisture wicking shirt like Under Armor. Key idea as far as colors go is to go with an olive drab, brown, or kaki color. Avoid black because the darker the color, the more heat is absorbed. White is good but it can kill your concealment to a point. If you decide to wear a camouflage or military type jacket, itís a good idea to roll the sleeves up a bit at least just above to below the elbow to allow for some air flow.

Marker set up: This is a personal choice for a player because in woods/ scenario/ mil-sim their marker is a since of identity. Itís kind of like how the katana was for the samurai. Cutting back on the weight of the marker is a good idea. A heavy scope or sight isnít really needed and will weigh you down. A basic red dot or iron sights work well. All that should be considered is the balance of the marker as far as a stock and maybe a front grip. The goal is to cut back on unnecessary weight that will slow you down and can lead to muscle fatigue, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.


Vests, Rigs, and Gear: There is a wide variety of gear out there from pod packs, military surplus and everything in between. In game were the heat can be any ware from 80 to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) and depending on the scenario, game, and team position, gear set up becomes factor. With MOLLE gear and military type vests on the paintball market, a lot of players put a great amount of gear on their vests and that weight can wear a player down after a certain period of time. If you do run with a full cover MOLLE vest, itís a good idea to use one that is made of mesh/ tool because these vests are good for breathability depending on how itís configured. Distribution the weight is a good idea to prevent heat exhaustion. Leg rigs, are a good concept to consider so not all the weight of your gear is focused on your torso. I do wear a padded vest under my gear vest to lessen the pain of getting hit and I learned the hard way about why not to wear it on a hot day. I nearly passed out because all the heat was locked in and I got rid of it in a heart beat. Best advice and safety tip is to not wear those type of vests on hot days. If youíre looking into a basic military style set up particularly for high heat conditions you really donít need a heavy vest, all you really need is a basic camelback, and 2 of the Spec Ops 3 pod belt pouches on a military issue pistol belt and youíre good.

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All and all Theses tips are in the name of safety for players who play year round in all climates. Mainly high heat environments are the best place to employ these tips and I hope this helps you in these hot summer months.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 05:46 PM

I agree on the padded vest observation because, man those would retain a lot of body heat.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 06:25 PM

You may sound like a Spec-Ops sales associate for saying it, but you simply can't forget to mention their Ultralite lines of Camo jerseys. Even in the hottest of games, I wear a long-sleeved ultrlight and it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing a shirt.
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:02 PM

I was trying to be a detailed as I could be but I was also keeping in ind that a good portion of players do wear camo BDU's and tactical gear
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:33 AM

good tips. Don't forget constant hydration, muy importante. Don't strain yourself, if you start getting a head ache dizziness you body is telling you somthing. Take breaks, sit in the shade cool off when you have a little bit of time.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 12:59 PM

I played in the Oklahoma D-Day a few years back and that was the most miserable I've been playing paintball. Lots and lots and lots of water.

Good post


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Posted 08 June 2010 - 01:06 PM

toss in a spec ops scurry pack with a hydro bladder and your gold..

Living Legends was pretty hot, and a few people went down due to heat stroke, or just heat exhaustion.

just remember if your not sweating and peeing on constant basis.. it might be a good idea to sit in some shade and drink lots of water before going back out.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:10 PM

you need both cold and room temp water. if you perchance, or a friend overheats, cold water can put them into shock. room temp water will not. salted snacks, protein (fights off soreness), banana (fights cramps), pb&j sammiches usually work great. but pb&b (peanut butter and banana sammiches) work well too. dont be afraid to eat and definitely snack. Gatorade works in unison with water.


wearing bdu's can be hot because they usually dont breathe well. i reccomend underarmor (or something with the sweat wicking ability) and bdu pants. if you still want to wear a camo jacket, at least you'll have a breathable layer under it. on long outings during scenaerios i would reccomend a camel back, or canteen, or even a bottle of water or two in a pod pouch.

even having jerky to chew on a trail during a mission will help reduce stress, keep your comrades quiet (if you share that is), reduce soreness later, keep you fueled, and be tasty.

i play in florida, it's about as hot and humid as it gets. i also play as a hammer, so trust me when i tell you if there's an authority on overexerting yourself during paintball, it's your neighborhood hammer.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:49 PM

View PostBig Bone, on Jun 8 2010, 01:59 PM, said:

I played in the Oklahoma D-Day a few years back and that was the most miserable I've been playing paintball. Lots and lots and lots of water.

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I went there in '08 and 110 plus 80% humidity yeah, sucks. The shade didn't really seem to help either.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:53 PM

Drink a lot of water beforehand. Like, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Gatorade and Water. Do about a 50/50 mix. Too much Gatorade and you get too much sweetener (whatever they're using now). But you do need it to replenish your lost sodium from sweating.

If you're out in the sun, don't think short sleeves will make it cooler. The direct sun on your skin actually makes you hotter.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:57 PM

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 04:26 PM

http://forum.specialopspaintball.com/index...showtopic=62787



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Posted 09 June 2010 - 10:16 AM

I'm pretty fortunate to play at a place w/ a lot of wooded areas, but don't always get to play in them when I want. If it's gonna be a hot one I typically carry a bottle in one of my pod pouches. The parking lot is never so far away that you can't get more when needed, typically I run out of pain/air before water. I tried the camel back thing but it just added too much weight to my vest, IMHO.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:04 AM

View PostPirate, on Jun 8 2010, 03:53 PM, said:

Drink a lot of water beforehand. Like, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Gatorade and Water. Do about a 50/50 mix. Too much Gatorade and you get too much sweetener (whatever they're using now). But you do need it to replenish your lost sodium from sweating.


I've heard that the only 'atheletes' that require an entire Gatorade are marathon runners. The amount of stuff loaded into a single drink is extremely excessive for what our body requires.

You're 100% correct with a 50/50 mix or so. I always take my Gatorade/Powerade and dilute it with water so I can get multiple bottles out of a single purchase. An alternative is to mix water with a small bit of a citrus juice. I prefer using orange juice but lemon/grapefruit work great too.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:25 AM

stuff like chips and stuff with salt in it is also vital because you also lose salt when you sweat. That salt keeps your electrolyte count up.
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