I first put this in a different thread, but after Savage's suggestion I thought I might as well start my own thread with it for any guys who have girlfriends who want to start playing or girls who are thinking of starting themselves.
I'm a girl and I just started playing paintball the last few months. I absolutely love it, but buying gear and committing to a marker was one of the most difficult parts about starting up. Luckily, my boyfriend is MattyK and since he plays he was able to help me out a lot.
What I would recommend for your girlfriend, and I know a lot of people might talk shit about this, is getting her an autococker. Not an old one, but a new one. My reason behind this is that getting her a non-electric gun will make things ten times easier for her to understand. She's already going to have to learn about the tank, loading pods and managing her hopper so her gun is just one other thing she shouldn't have to worry about. Electric guns can be hard to understand at first, especially for girls who aren't already electronically savy (such as myself). I shoot a WGP Trilogy and I love it. I've played with my boyfriend's Bob Long Vice and although its a nice gun, starting with something like that would have confused the hell out of me. (I am saving up for a Protege or SLG though )
As far as hoppers go, just get her something decent that doesn't have a reputation for breaking balls.
Tank, go with the boobie tank. The size was the most difficult part about shooting a paintball marker for the first time because of my small size. Those tanks are amazing and I'm saving up to get one.
For mask, just get her something that WONT FOG UP! We went paintballing the other day and the weather was pretty cold, so even though I have a decent mask (Proto), it fogged up after a few games. That can be tough for anyone to deal with, but for a beginner its even more frustrating. I'd go with a V-Force Pro Vantage. Its only $25-$30 and has a lens that's anti-fog and anti-scratch. That's the best bet for your buck, if you ask me.
Gear? Just stick with sweatshirts and sweats for now. I just got my first pair of real pants (Inverts) and I love them, but they can be expensive. Make sure she's okay with getting hit a little more before you invest in gear. Clothes are clothes at the end of the day, right?
If you need any more suggestions, let me know! I don't think there are many girls on this forum and although I'm not as experienced as some of these guys, I'd be willing to help give advice to girls who play. I'm loving it and hope more girls get in to the game!
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