1. Tactical Glasses
This is where your protection glasses comme into play. In Airsoft, eye protection is of the utmost importance, and it would be stupid to opt for a cheap option as you might loose your eyesight! However, most airsoft players are content with the one pair they bought and have always worn since.
There is a lot to gain by choosing different lenses or pairs according to weather conditions. Dark of smoked lenses allow you to see better when the sun is balzing in summer time. That way, you can better spot ennemies, even when you face the sun and tis blinding rays. Alternatively, darker lenses also work great in the snow during sunny winter days; they prevent reflexions on the snow's surface.
Yellow and Pink lenses are better for low visibility conditions like fog, rain and dusk/dawn scenarios. The particular treatment on these glasses allow for better target definition as they appear distinct from the background environment. Clear glasses are for high visibility, normal light conditions, such as partly cloudy days in mostly open terrain where targets are easier to spot anyways.
This is why we recommend that you get good sturdy glasses from a recognized brand with at least 3 lenses, so that you may adapt better to each weather condition, spot targets faster and gain tactical advantage.
2. Tactical Gloves
Let's face it, during an Airsoft game, if unprotected, your hands will suffer! If your hands are not good after a fall or untimely enounter with nature, you won't be able to hold and shoot your replicas properly.
This is why we recommend that all team members get themselves a nice pair of tactical gloves with Kevlar reinforcement on the fingertips and palms. For urban terrain, knuckle protection is a must as players will often slam themselves into cover during firefights and bang their hands on hard concrete walls. You get the idea, gloves are not there to look pretty, they are a must have.
3. Waterproof tactical boots
The airsofter's ankles are his weak spots since he runs, looking out for ennemies, and not necessarily looking at where he's threading. This is why tripping, falling and splashing are quite common during any game. To avoid ankle injury, it is very important to select good 6 inch or 8 inch high combat boots that are built to protect your ankle articulation.
Furthermore, good airsofters are always on the move; if your shoes are uncomfortable, soggy, slipping from the ground or not laced properly, chances are you will get awful blisters, probably paralysing you within a couple hours or at least the next day. If you can't walk, you're a sitting duck.
This is why we recommend waterproof (not water resistant, big difference) boots, preferably in Goretex, so that your feet stay light and dry. We also recommend that you pick a sound manufacturer that includes anti vibration and anti shock technology into the shoe sole. This preserves yoru foot plant and absorbs impacts from irregular terrain. Ideally, the shoe's sole should also be designed so that it does not slip on wet rocks or flat terrain so that you can keep your balance whilst running or shooting, improving your aim.
4. CQB Mesh Mask
Mesh masks will save your teeth during close range encounters and prevent your cheeks from bruises; you might not want to explain to coworkers why your face is full of red and violet spots mondya morning.
We prefer the simple half face mesh masks that cover cheeks, mouth and nose. You can easily bend them so that they adapt to your morphology and don't disrupt too much your shooting stance: getting your mesh covered cheek to sit properly on a rifle's buttstock does take practice and is not always comfortable - such is the price of safety.
We do not recomment full face mesh masks as they obscure visibility and are dangerous: unlike glasses that cover yoru eyes properly; there is always a risk with mesh masks that a poor quality BB might explode upon impact and that tiny BB fragments will spread on your face and might get into your eye.
5. Sturdy Kneepads
This is why Knee pads are always a great addition to any Airsoft loadout. Whether you pick EVA reinforcements that slip into your pants, integrated or scratch-on kneedpads, these will save you a world of pain post game.
Moreover, if you are a good player and practice many different shooting stances to exploit ever inch of cover, you will heavily solicit your knees in the crouching and prone positions. The kneepad will be an idispensable battle ally, making the whole airsoft experience more pleasant and comfortable.
We definately recomment the thick padded soft kneepads as they provide the best protection, absorb shocks perfectly and be silent when crouching in urban concret terrain - the hard plastic ones will make a recognisable sound as they slam on the ground, giving away your position to a knowledgeable opponent.
We hope that these 5 tips help you enjoy a better and safer overall Airsoft exeprience!