I disagree with both of those answers.
I believe that everyone has their own playstyle, and, even if they aren't on a team, that they can benefit from the experience of people who's playstyles mirror their own. A person who plays light, fast, and aggressive is a Dagger whether he's on a team or not and his tactics and equipment have different requirements than a player who is heavy, slow, and conservative.
Right now, I'm going to focus on the gear that, I believe, a Dagger should use. Later on I might get into tactics, but for the present I'm going to just deal with the toys (because, who doesn't like toys?).
This is the single most important piece of equipment in your gearbag and should be treated as such. Do not skimp on this purchase. You want light, breathable, and comfortable. The lense should be damn near fog-proof and offer an excellent field of vision. My personal preference is the DYE I4 because, to a certain extent, less is more to a Dagger.
This is the second most important piece of equipment for a dagger. I used to advocate hiking boots before I tried some Inov-8 X-Talon 240s and now I'll never go back. You want light shoes with very high traction for grass and mud. Some claim you need ankle support, some that you don't, I think it's personal preference. I do most everything in shoes with no ankle support and don't have a problem, but I also do a lot of things in the woods that I don't do anywhere else, so I like the support there. I'd reccomend Inov-8s or Vibrams (which is my favorite running shoe).
Wear whatever is comfortable, and, once again, less is more. Do you need knee or elbow pads? Chest protector? Slider shorts? A jersey? Wear what you need to be comfortable... no more and no less. Two things I will suggest here: knee pads or pants with knee pads in them and something to soak up sweat before it gets into your goggles and/or eyes.
Most of the time, you don't even need these... you should be fine with a hopper unless you're playing scenario. If you do need more than a hopper, don't worry about a cumbersome vest, just go with a small pod pack.
Ahh... the $35,000 question: What gun should I buy? Sadly there's no single answer for that, what there is is a list of guidelines. A Dagger's marker setup should be:
- and that's it.
A Dagger does not need high rates of fire or a large air/ammo capacity. He does not need an efficient gun or a quiet gun. All a Dagger needs his setup to be is small and light. With that in mind, I'd suggest a light gun (most modern electros fit the bill nicely), barrel no longer than 12", and tank no larger than 68ci. Pistols and pumps are excellent for a Dagger gun... they're small and light taken to the extreme.
Just as an example, I'm going to post up what I currently like to play with:
Mask: Dye I4
Shoes: X-Talon 240
Clothes/Pads: old BDU pants, volleyball knee pads, Underarmor jersey shirt (it's like a soccer jersey top), and sweat band
Pods: If I need them, I have a 300rd pod pack
Gun Setup: DP Threshold, 10" Fibur barrel, Halo Frontman, 68/4500 tank
This post has been edited by redthirst: 03 March 2011 - 11:29 AM