Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:01 PM
Gas wise, I've got nothing on the Co2 issue not covered by everyone else. I'm making the switch to HPA, personally, just so I don't have to deal with the fluctuations any more (plus, I hate when fields run out of Co2).
Clothing-wise, there's rarely such thing as too much. Under armor, long johns, sweatshirts, turtlenecks... anything that will keep the warmth on you, wear, and wear in layers. Nothing sucks more than overheating in your jacket when all you have underneath is a t-shirt. I use three or four layers, depending on the temperature:
1. Thermal underwear/under armor. This layer should wick away sweat from your skin to keep you dry, as well as serving basic heat needs.
2. Pants and shirt. Cotton or fleece pants and shirts will be your base heat layer and extra padding between your bigger layers.
3. Sweatshirt/sweater and snow pants. A wool/cotton sweatshirt will be your outer layer on "coldish" (40+ degrees) days. Snow pants (waterproof, insulated) apply when snow or frigid temperatures are present.
4. Heavy winter jacket. Once it starts snowing or dips below freezing, you need a windproof, insulated outer shell, such as a parka or ski jacket.
Gloves, hats, and face masks are your own choice. Ski masks, balaclavas, and wool caps work well under your paintball mask. As for gloves, look for the warmest pair you can find in which you can still operate your marker (i.e. shoot and reload). I found out too late in my winter game last year that my heavy winter gloves are too bulky to use, and I had a minor case of frostbite. Not fun.
Shoes - anything that floats your boat. In above freezing temps, a solid pair of boots and wool socks will get you through. Below freezing or snowy, you may need something heavier, as well as waterproof. Neoprene socks, I've found, are excellent for keeping your feet dry and warm when put on over wool socks (they're made of the same material as scuba suits).
Food and water - everyone has said it so far, and I will say it again. Dehydration is your #1 threat, even above extreme cold, simply because you will not get thirsty like you do in the heat. If you have one, a portable camp stove (basically a propane tank with a torch on top) is excellent for making more refreshing hot beverages (who wants to drink cold water when it's below freezing?). As for food, granola, fruit, and trail mix as between-game energy snacks, and a more substantial meal for a long day.
Make sure to pack extra of EVERYTHING to your game. Socks, shoes, shirts, everything. Wet clothing is almost as bad as no clothing when it's cold, especially in the wind.
Out of curiosity, you wouldn't happen to be going to the FEAR game in Harvard on the 24th, would you?
It is dark. You are likely to be flanked.