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#1 Jarmak

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

So I've done quite a bit of internet searching on this topic (including this forum) and what little info there is out there seems out of date, often recommending equipment which is no longer being sold (looking at you Invert pants).

So I'm bringing my wife out to the field for her first game and while she's set with a typical renter-style ad-hoc gear arrangement (Black BDU pants w/ kneepads, hoody, gloves, mask), I really expect she's going to want to play more (she already owned the BDU's and pads from being heavy into nerf wars and live action roleplaying in college, I feel like scenario ball will be like taking that to the next level) so I've started to tackle the "real gear" problem.

First big issue has been pants, neither of us have any idea how to translate women's measurements into men's sizing. I was looking at Empire prevail pants because the sizing conventions appeared to be the same as the older invert pants that are heavily recommended for women but ran into a problem. The internet seemed to indicate that they were good for women because of generally longer length to waist ratio, which makes sense if you compare my wife's waist/inseam measurements to the sizing chart. But unlike men, women have hips significantly wider then their waist (10" wider in the case of my wife) so we're both wondering how she could possibly fit into a pair of men's cut pants measured accurately to her waist, but going according to her hips would put her in pants comically too large. I'm assuming the loose cut of paintball pants allows for wider hips then waist but how much wider? I feel like we're shooting in the dark, any female players who could give insight to this?

Padding, she has professional concerns regarding visible bruising in areas which would be visible in modest cut business attire, as well as general pain from being shot in the breasts. Leaving the women's hockey/fencing pads to a fall back, I was trying to figure out if there were viable options intended for paintball usage. I was looking at the Dye chest protector (forearm pads I figure aren't hard, just get a smaller size) due to the fact unlike most everyone's offering it is not one big pad covering from chest to shoulder/traps, and my thought pattern was the bit of spandex material between the chest padded area and the trap/shoulder pads would allow it to accommodate the female bust better then the solid pads.

Everything else I figure shouldn't be too hard to figure out, jersey's for example are alot easier to make alterations to then the nylon and pads that make up paintball pants. I'm already tracking i4s being the best fit for females (though my wife insists normal mask's fit her fine), and again gloves/forearm/knee pads are pretty unisex to begin with.

Anyone able to help?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

Dye pants have really adjustable waists. I mean super adjustable. I wear an XL which fits 40 inch waists and I can tighten to fit my 30 inch waist. They'll be baggy in the legs on the larger sizes though. I'd say if you have an shop that you can go to nearby try them on, I'm not familiar with woman sizing.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Dye gear will be the most comfortable hands down

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

I think DYE is the way to go also. I use Dye C11's and I am a size 30 waist but bought XL and it fits great. Also the DYE pads are perfect, my wife uses the Dye chest protector and it hurts but not nearly as much and bruising is virtually nonexistent (plus she gets tons of bounces :P). Also, the Dye neck protector works very well and is comfortable if she is afraid of unsightly bruising. You can never go wrong with Dye soft gear, you really get what you pay for.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

I think DYE is the way to go also. I use Dye C11's and I am a size 30 waist but bought XL and it fits great. Also the DYE pads are perfect, my wife uses the Dye chest protector and it hurts but not nearly as much and bruising is virtually nonexistent (plus she gets tons of bounces :P). Also, the Dye neck protector works very well and is comfortable if she is afraid of unsightly bruising. You can never go wrong with Dye soft gear, you really get what you pay for.


Ya I forgot to mention the neck protector is a given, wasn't too worried about it since another one of those unisex type items. Was actually looking at the PE neck protector because of looks and the fact the Dye one looked bulky, but you say the Dye neck guard is comfy?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:57 PM


I think DYE is the way to go also. I use Dye C11's and I am a size 30 waist but bought XL and it fits great. Also the DYE pads are perfect, my wife uses the Dye chest protector and it hurts but not nearly as much and bruising is virtually nonexistent (plus she gets tons of bounces :P). Also, the Dye neck protector works very well and is comfortable if she is afraid of unsightly bruising. You can never go wrong with Dye soft gear, you really get what you pay for.


Ya I forgot to mention the neck protector is a given, wasn't too worried about it since another one of those unisex type items. Was actually looking at the PE neck protector because of looks and the fact the Dye one looked bulky, but you say the Dye neck guard is comfy?


Yeah, the dye neck protector is comfortable. I have tried it on, although I never play with it my wife doesn't mind it at all. If possible try both on but the Dye neck protector offered the most padding which is why I got it for her. If you decided to go with P.E. I don't see there being a problem since both companies make stellar gear.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

Why can't she just play in her BDUs if she has them? I played in BDUs for years and they were super comfy. If she wants pants, I just go by the waist and any pants I've bought have been fine, even with hips. If she's on the top end of the waist I would buy the next size up, they're almost all adjustable around the waist.

I've never used a neck protector, don't think I would like them personally, but she could always tie a scarf (or something scarflike) around her neck. I don't know what your wife does, but I work in a law firm and only one time have I had visible bruising on my neck, and it was obviously from a paintball. Everyone just looks at me like I'm crazy to even do it.

As for chest protection, fold up a towel in a sports bra for a tight fit. I don't like tight clothes and prefer nice, loose fitting clothes to play in so I wouldn't be too concerned about making alterations on a jersey.

I use the JT Flex for a mask and it fits great. One of the few masks out there that gets small enough for my head and doesn't move around a lot.





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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

Use a turtle neck for neck protection if it's cool enough.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Other neck protection can include something like a shemagh, just wear it much like a scarf and you're set. Plenty of paintballers do that, either for protection, or looking tacticool.




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