First off, welcome to TechPB! Don't worry about the mess earlier in the tread, people are very.... opinionated here
Alright! I just needed some perspective from a player. It looks like Santa Clara Paintball is $15.00 admission, and unlimited air. Then probably about $5 for gas to get there and $60 for paint. So about $80, seems pretty fair! Thanks for the insight
Another Bay Area Paintballer is born! SCP, Los gatos pursuit and TAG in Hollister are my main fields. The admission and air is $25, and the basic paint costs around $50 a case, so after tax you are looking at around 75-80 dollars a weekend, not including gas and guns and such. What is economical for many people is to buy their club card(not a membership, those are a bit of a rip off imo) if you will be going a lot, they give you about $10 off admission/air (so free air essentially), and $5 off your paint purchases every time you go. I believe to pay for the club card its 25$ and it doesn't really expire. They keep your waiver on file too, which is useful for under 18s such as myself.
Overall, I wouldn't say paintball is more expensive than Motocross. the maintenance costs of a paintball marker are a fraction of the cost of maintaining a dirt bike (tires, front end, anything breaking, etc)
After an initial investment of about i would say $750-$800, you should have a decent setup that will last you a long time. I say 750 because paintball requires some soft goods, and just well being items, as well. Pod pack, pods, squeegees, lube, knee pads, elbow pads, (for sliding and diving, not the actual paintballs),bandanas for looking badass, and pants will all be things to think about.
I would highly recommend a used gun, but please research what the attributes of the gun you are buying is. I'm assuming since you are transitioning from dirt bikes, you are at least somewhat mechanically inclined. Research what goes into making the marker tick, and pick one that has the best attributes for you. Since Santa Clara, for the most part, is a Semi only field, a decent trigger will be a priority. Look for that in your search for a gun. Factors like loudness, smoothness, efficiency, and ergonomics are preferences that you develop as your playing style does.
So the cost of you playing paintball can be modeled as
Cost= $750 + $80x+ (gas costs)x
where x is the amount of times you go, assuming you buy one case every time . If you start playing tournaments, it gets really expensive really fast. Paint use/price goes up, you need id cards entry fees etc.
Feel free to hit me up the next time you go to SCP, always down to play with another techpber
Edited by asthmaticrhino, 29 January 2013 - 12:40 AM.