What to Wear for Paintball

Despite its military background, you might be surprised (and pleased) to discover that the grand ole game of paintball doesn’t require too much specialist equipment. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. For your own peace of mind, each and every one of our UK paintball sites provide the standard equipment needed such as your paintball marker, mask, goggles and overalls.

However, as with any outdoor activity, it’s important to prepare beforehand and think about what you’re going to wear underneath all of that protective gear. The general rule here at Go Ballistic is to put function before fashion – for your own and everyone else’s safety. So, read on to discover what we think you should be wearing when you turn up for a day of Go Ballistic paintballing action!

Head and Hands

All of our paintballing sites will provide the overall protection for your head and eyes through goggles and masks, but there are additional steps you can take to ensure that your most precious body part can be well protected from those flying paintballs! You could sport your hood from your hoodie, as this provides neck protection, too. Failing that, then a baseball cap (worn backwards) or a beanie hat should do the trick. To protect your hands, consider wearing golf, gardening or gym gloves, as these offer a certain degree of protection but aren’t too cumbersome.

Top Half

It’s important to cover as much as possible up top as a direct paintball hit on bare skin can be a painful affair. This rules out vests, t-shirts and any other short-sleeved top you may be considering! We suggest wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt or a hoody – which is also useful for neck protection. If the weather’s wet (let’s be honest, it probably will be) then remember to pack a waterproof jacket. But, in our opinion, the more mud, the better!

Bottom Half

It’s best to favour comfort and protection over fashion – so leave those skinny jeans at home! We’d recommend wearing a pair of loose-fitting jogging or tracksuit bottoms. Failing these, then a solid pair of cargo pants would also do the job sufficiently. Remember that all of our paintballing experiences include overalls to wear on the day, so make sure you’ve got room for them over your underclothing!

Footwear

Leave your Jimmy Choos at home and dig those old trainers out of the shoe rack because you’re going to have to wear something you don’t mind getting wet and dirty on your feet. If you can, opt for a high-top shoe which offers some degree of ankle support, as ankle twists are the most common injury when paintballing.

Final Thoughts

The above pointers should shoot you in the right direction for safety and success out in the paintball arena. The most important thing to remember is to favour function over fashion, as it could be the difference between a minor or more serious injury. Also, be sure to wear clothing you don’t mind getting muddy and covered in paint! The water-based soluble paint used in paintballs washes out of clothes easily, but it’s best to play it safe by not wearing your Sunday best. That’s about all there is to it. All that’s left to do is to think comfort, think safety and most importantly, enjoy the game!

Ten of the Best Paintballing Songs

So you’re about to step into the paintball arena, emotions are running high and adrenaline is kicking in. But what’s running through your head? Maybe you should be thinking about your strategy for when you enter the game zone. But instead there’s that annoying song you heard on the car radio this morning – going over, and over, and over again.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. This is why we here at Go Ballistic are here to provide you with some of the most inspirational, motivating songs for you to listen to before you reign supreme in the paintball arena. Check them out below.

Europe – The Final Countdown

Swedish band Europe count down the seconds until you load up that hopper and pull the trigger with this hard rock classic from 1986. The song is based around an apocalyptic yet optimistic trip to Venus – but instead we can pretend that it’s about a trip to one of our UK paintballing venues.

Rage Against The Machine – Guerrilla Radio

The late nineties saw a few rap metal bands come to the limelight.One of these bands,Rage Against The Machine,proved to be rather successful with their signature brand of politically charged tunes.This one will get you psyched up,for sure.

Drowning Pool – Bodies

‘Let the bodies hit the floor,let the bodies hit the floor…’.This nu metal classic from 2001 is perfect pre-paintballing listening material – hence the name.Although it can be used as a perfect paintballing soundtrack,it has been the theme song for a number of WWE events and has been featured in various films,TV programmes and advertisements.

The Prodigy – Voodoo People(Pendulum Remix)

This wouldn’t be a motivational music list without a healthy dose of drum n’ bass.Pendulum get the job done well on this classic from English electronic legends The Prodigy.

Fort Minor – Remember the Name

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park formed an alternative hip hop group who released this banger back in 2005.The motivating lyrics can be applied to all kinds of sports,including paintball,as it has been included numerous times throughout television and advertisements in many countries.

Roy Jones Jr – Can’t Be Touched

No,you’re not seeing things.Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time,Roy Jones Jr,holds multiple world titles in four weight divisions.Turns out,he isn’t too shabby behind the microphone,either.This upbeat song is perfect listening material if you’re looking to knock out your opponents(I’ll grab my coat).

Disturbed – Indestructible

This is the third single from American heavy metal band Disturbed’s fourth album.Representing the band’s success in the music industry,the song is also known for encouraging troops who are about to embark on the fiercest of battles – game on!

DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win

This 2009 hip hop song from DJ Khaled will get you more than pumped for a paintball battle.Numerous sports teams from around the world have used this anthem as their walk on tune.You should do the same.

Kanye West – Power

Kanye West released Power as his lead single from his fifth album,My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.The title of the track says it all,with its powerful lyrics combining with the tribal-warfare backing track,you’ve got a recipe for a perfect motivational track.

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

American rock band Survivor provide the motivation right until you step into the ring…I mean,the paintball arena.It really wouldn’t be an inspirational music list without this song,would it?

Conclusion

So there we have it,a list of songs which will hopefully keep you hyped-yet-focused throughout the duration of your paintball battle!Not sure when you next battle is going to be?You can search for your nearest paintballing venue over on ourmain website.

St Albans Paintball Wins Venue of the Month for August!

Go Ballistic should most definitely be your first port of call when it comes to adrenaline-fuelled action on the battlefield. After all, we boast some of the best venues that the UK and Ireland has to offer!

On that note, it’s that time once again – time to name our venue of the month winner! So, without any further ado, we’re proud to announce that St Albans Paintball are the worthy winners for August! Read on and you’ll find out exactly why.

Based in the south of St Albans, this fantastic site is ideally located for thrill seekers across the South of England, meaning you’re less than an hour away from the capital, as well as within reach of Watford, Hatfield, and more!

But, it’s of course the awesome Paintball experience which makes a visit to this wonderful city all the more worthwhile. Blasting your way through the awesome game zones, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re in a real life warzone from the very first moment to the last!

A true adrenaline rush is exactly what you can expect, and there’s no need for any previous experience either – making St Albans the perfect venue for a group event such as a stag/hen do or corporate event! Recent visitors to the site certainly enjoyed their experience too – here’s what they had to say:

“Had absolutely cracking afternoon. all the staff & marshals friendly and nothing was to much trouble.
explained all the rules thoroughly and always on hand to help.
my son, his friends & i couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon. was everything we expected & more”.
– Richard Leighton, Visitor to St Albans Paintball

“The best place in London”.
– Krzysztof Terelak, Visitor to St Albans Paintball

So, there you have it – if you’re impressed by St Albans Paintball and think that it would be the ideal destination for your next battle fix, head on over to our main website to find out more information about our latest venue of the month winner!

Go Ballistic Welcomes Ballynahinch Airsoft!

The new venues keep on rolling in here at Go Ballistic – and this time, we’re heading over the Irish sea to the charming town of Ballynahinch, which just so happens to be home to our epic new Airsoft site! So, read on as we spill the beans on this fantastic new site which is one of the biggest Airsoft venues in the whole of Ireland!

If you’re in search of the chance to get in touch with your inner warrior, Airsoft is the perfect activity for just that. At our new Ballynahinch venue, there’s plenty of awesome game zones for you to take part in across a whopping 22 acres. The site even comes complete with authentic military props such as artillery guns, communication equipment, as well as trenches and tunnels too. For that reason, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re on a real-life battleground from the first moment to the last – even if you’re a complete beginner!

If you’re the competitive type, then you certainly won’t feel out of place at this epic site. After all, it’s tailor-made for group events of all occasions – everything from stag/hen dos to corporate events! You can expect nothing but pure action from the very start. So, if you’re looking to go head to head with your mates in an adrenaline-fuelled session, Airsoft at Ballynahinch certainly won’t disappoint!

If Ballynahinch Airsoft sounds like the ideal place for your next action fix, then you can visit the following link to find out more information.

Maidstone Paintball Wins July’s Venue of the Month!

If you’re a regular reader of the Go Ballistic blog, you’ll know that each month, we present our venue of the month award. Well, it’s that time again folks – this time for the month of July! On that note, we can happily announce that the worthy winners are Maidstone!

200 acres of beautiful Kent countryside are at your disposal at our fantastic Maidstone venue. Combined with the epic paintball experience that’s on offer, you’re guaranteed to have an adrenaline-fuelled session from the very beginning! With multiple game zones at your disposal, there’s sure to be something to exhilarate you at this excellent venue.

Full equipment hire and expert tuition is provided, meaning even complete beginners will soon be getting in touch with their inner warrior! Players as young as 10 are able to take part too! So, there really is something for everyone if you decide to pay them a visit.

Recent visitors to Maidstone certainly weren’t disappointed – just take a look at what they had to say about their experience!


“The paintball day was booked for my sons 15th birthday. he enjoyed a brilliant day with his friends”.
Sarah Hewitt
14th July 2018

“The staff and instructors at the sittingbourne site were excellent throughout the afternoon and made the event very enjoyable”.
David Rogerson
14th July 2018

Given the excellent feedback our Maidstone venue has received recently, you’d be foolish to not pay them a visit if you’re based within the Kent area, or if you’re planning on heading there any time soon! So, if you’re looking for an action-packed experience on the battlefield, the is the perfect place for you!

Low Impact Paintball Now Available at Ballygawley!

Do you know a young action seeker who’s always looking for the chance to unleash their inner ‘Call of Duty’ warrior? If so, we’ve got just the place – our brand new venue in Ballygawley which we’re proud to announce is now offering ‘Splatmaster Paintball’, otherwise known as Low Impact Paintball!

The summer holidays aren’t so far away now. So, the perfect chance for youngsters to get their fix of action is now here! At our new Ballygawley venue, there’s over 100 acres of epic paintballing action to be had, with no less than seven paintballing sites to get through – this includes the likes of Michelin Mountain and Dunlop Valley. You’ll even get the chance to be transported around the site in an ex-military passenger vehicle too. So, a unique paintball experience is most definitely what you can expect!

Juniors as young as six are able to take part in the action, all thanks to the specialist equipment which is used for the Splatmaster Paintball experience. Equipped with a specially designed marker that’s lighter than a regular paintball gun, ease of use is guaranteed for all those taking part. Plus, the paintballs strike with less than a third of the force of the ones used in regular paintball too.

Provided with full safety gear and a complete safety briefing upon arrival, experienced marshals will be on hand at all times. So, even the complete newbies will soon be having the time of their lives on the battlefield!

Go Ballistic Welcomes Stratford Laser Combat

Action seekers, listen up – we’ve got some great news for you. Yep, another new venue! We’re always adding new locations to our ever-growing network. But, Stratford is just one of the latest to join us. They offer the awesome activity that is Laser Combat. So, read on and we’ll tell you all about it!

Placed perfectly to the east of central London, our epic Stratford Laser Combat venue is based just a stone’s throw away from London Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. So, you’re most definitely within easy reach of some of the best tourist attractions in the capital. Plus, there’s plenty of excellent transport links available to access us with ease too, including Stratford International Train Station.

But, the place to get your fix of action is right here at our epic Stratford Laser Combat venue. When you pay them a visit, you’ll get the chance to step through the airlock and enter the federation’s galactic outpost – navigating the maze in search of enemies to take out!

It’s suitable for all levels of ability and there’s no previous experience required either. So, if you’re after an action-filled activity for a birthday party, then Laser Combat is most definitely a great option! If you like the sound of our awesome Stratford venue and you’d like to find out more, then visit the following link and you can do just that.

Littlehampton Paintball Wins Venue of the Month Award!

On England’s wonderful south coast lies Go Ballistic’s awesome venue in Littlehampton – the perfect destination for you to unleash your inner paintball warrior. With several action-packed game zones, state of the art equipment, and much more, you’re sure to have a memorable experience from the get go. On that note, we’re proud to announce that they have in fact won our venue of the month award for June!

Suitable for all levels of ability, you’ll find that there’s sessions to suit all occasions – whether you’re just looking for an epic battle against your mates or if you’re looking to immerse the stag/hen in an adrenaline-packed experience before their big day! For the younger ones, there’s even Low Impact Paintball available too. So, there really is something for everyone when you pay Littlehampton a visit. That’s not all though! In the past month, they have received glowing feedback from their visitors; here’s what they had to say:

“4 15 year olds had a great time .. the guys running things at littlehampton were great with the boys .. i booked a half day … will be back with my other son in september..”.

Katrina Miles – visitor to Littlehampton Paintball

So, there you have it folks! That’s our venue of the month award done and dusted for June. Make sure you keep an eye out for our latest winner as we announce July’s winner in the coming weeks!

Go Ballistic Welcomes Hull Paintball!

If you’re a regular reader of the Go Ballistic blog, then you’ll know that we’re always welcoming on board awesome new venues, and our Hull Paintball site is certainly no exception. As one of the latest venues to join us, it would be rude not to introduce them to you! So, read on as Go Ballistic spills the beans and tells you everything you need to know.

Just a short drive away from the centre of Hull, accessing our Hull Paintball site is plain and simple. Awesome tourist attractions such as The Deep and the Streetlife Museum are within easy reach too, making a visit to our Hull Paintball site all the more worthwhile. But, of course, the main attraction is right here on the battlefield!

Offering an epic paintball experience from the very start, you’ll be equipped with all the gear and safety equipment you need to take part in your session. As well as this, you’ll be provided with full tuition. For that reason, it doesn’t matter if you’re new to paintball! There’s plenty of awesome game zones for you to take part in. So, if it’s pure action you’re in search of, then that’s exactly what you’ll get! With everything from ‘Tank Attack’ to ‘Save the President’ at your disposal, you’ll get in touch with your inner war hero from the first moment to the last!

They even offer Low Impact Paintball too. So, for those aged seven and above, you’ll be able to take part in all of the action – making use of specially designed paintball markers which fire out at a lower velocity, making it the perfect activity for adrenaline seeking youngsters!

All in all, there’s something for everyone at our fantastic new Hull Paintball site. Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned pro, you’ll be in for an action-packed experience from the get go! If you’d like to find out more information, visit the following link and you can do just that.

Go Ballistic Welcomes Knowsley Laser Combat

Based close by to Liverpool and within a whisker of Knowsley Safari Park, our fantastic new Knowsley Laser Combat venue is perfectly placed for thrill seekers from across Merseyside and further afield. It’s recently joined Go Ballistic’s ever-growing network. So, read on and we’ll tell you everything that you need to know.

Suitable for those aged eight and over, there’s plenty of epic game zones on offer at Knowsley Laser Combat. It’s ideal for all ability levels too. So, there’s certainly no need to worry if it’s your first Laser Combat experience.

Tailor-made for birthday parties, players will get the chance to go head to head with their rivals in a woodland battleground. Equipped with state of the art gear and provided with a full safety briefing, players will have everything that’s needed to take part in the session.

If you’re not sure if Laser Combat is the activity for you, then just take a look at some of the rave reviews which some of our other venues have received in the past:

“My son had his 12th birthday here and absolutely loved it! his friends gave it a 58000 out of 10!”

Naomi Lockwood – visitor to our Newmarket, Suffolk venue.

“This was a fantastic team building exercise and it really did the trick”.

Godwin – visitor to our Docklands, Greater London venue.

If you like the sound of our Knowsley Laser Combat venue and would like to find out more information, visit the following link and you can do just that.