Sniper Footwear What're you runnin on to keep you quiet?
Posted 16 September 2008 - 09:34 PM
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:05 AM
Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:31 AM
My buddy plays in Adidas Sambas, and never falls or slips or anything. I might just get a pair of those.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:16 AM
These are great for speedball or if you know you'll be running A LOT. Cleats I think are ideal for a speedballer or someone playing "Dagger" in woodsball. For a sniper, not so great, because the cleats will crunch leaves very loudly and cause excessive noise.
A great overall choice for any woodsballer. These provide comfort, cushion, and some softness of walking in a wooded environment. I normally wear one of my old sets of phased out black combat boots from the Army.
IMHO, this is your best option... of the 3 choices you listed. Hiking boots provide all of the benefits of combat boots, AND more. Though they may not be as rugged, these will give you the "softest step." Hiking boots tend to be very padded, and usually have a VERY good sole on the bottom. Really, all it comes down to is what kind of sole you're walking on.
There are some very expensive combat boots that have amazing soles. I bought a set of Blackhawk's for Afghanistan, and they are absolutely amazing. It's a rugged boot, with the feel of a sneaker. I wouldn't go out and spend that much money on boots for paintball though. Just use what you have handy. Even thought it might look weird, a good set of sneakers would also do nicely for trying to soften your step.
This post has been edited by Brainshot: 17 September 2008 - 10:18 AM
Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:59 AM
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:16 PM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:11 PM
Very true, no movement is best, hands down. And watching your step never hurts. But, an awesome sniper I play with swears by his pair of Etnies. We got into a duel one sunday and I barely saw him BOUNDING towards me and didn't hear a thing. Since I'm getting in to that aspect of the game, thought I'd see what guys elsewhere like to use.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:03 PM
Yeah, we had to move quiet through terrain of hell to get to our vantage points. Silence was a luxury with 90-lb. rucks.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:53 AM
Footwear has very little to do w/ the sound of your footsteps while creeping. That pile of sticks is going to make all kinds of noise when you step on it whether you're in cleats, boots, or stocking feet. Watch your step out there & you'll be next to silent. On the otherhand, their is a difference when moving fast - the sound of my 180 pound frame plus gear wearing NB trail shoes is much less than that of my friends of equal or lesser weight in their combat/hiking boots when we are quickly moving down a trail to an objective. They can sound like a stampede of elephants.
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 06:16 PM
However, I personally use whatever cheap hiking boots I can find. They have good traction, usually a somewhat softer sole, and most importantly they have ankle support.
This post has been edited by Piller: 24 September 2008 - 06:19 PM
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 12:44 AM
In my youth, I tried combat boots, sneakers, hiking boots, and even a pair of padded Tabi Socks (the split-toed things that Ninja wear).. what can I say, I was a kid ?!?
The Tabi Socks actually were really good for silent movement across most terrain, but they were far from practical. They wore out quickly, soaked up water/sweat like a sponge, and offered no ankle support.
Ultimately, it's how you move that makes the most difference, and I use combat/tactical boots for the most part, now.
Still, those Ninjas ARE deadly... maybe they were onto something.