Regular BBs can’t seriously injure you.
But if you’ve ever gotten hit in a body area with no/little protection, you know they can sting.
NOBODY wants that pain in a sensitive area, like your eyes.
So the best airsoft gear is here to protect you.
But gear can serve many more purposes: It can help you carry more stuff around, help you blend into your surroundings, and even mitigate risk factors like heat or direct sun exposure.
Which should you choose though? There are a lot of options out there.
Let’s talk about each category of gear, and see what the best options on the market are.
Glasses For Airsoft
A pair of sturdy, durable, and reliable protective glasses are a MUST-HAVE, no matter where you go playing airsoft. The risk of playing without protective gear on your eyes is just too big, and the cost can be really low.
Here are some of the best options for airsoft glasses on the market:
The Rothco ANSI Ballistic OTG Goggles aren’t the most affordable option on the market, but they’re everything you need to stay safe on the battlefield.
They’re based on high-grade military ballistic protection technology, with thick 2mm polycarbonate lenses, and a sturdy frame.
Not to mention, they were specially designed to fit over prescriptions or sunglasses.
If you want a budget-friendly option for your eye protection, Valken Boy’s V-Tac Echo goggles are probably the best option on the market.
They’re really affordable – you can usually find them in between $15-$30.
But they still meet ANSI/ISEA high-impact safety requirements.
And if you ever want an upgrade, you can always keep them on hand for when you’re just out on a range playing with some new guns.
If you want to go all-out with your glasses and money isn’t an issue, Lancer Tactical’s glasses are a fantastic choice.
They’re made out of durable and highly resistant polycarbonate fiber, they’re comfortable to wear and adjustable in size.
If you care about the tech, you’ll also be happy to know they’re angle vented, which improves airflow.
They’re pretty expensive, as I said. But you get your money’s worth.
Helmets For Airsoft
I’ll be honest with you, you don’t have to buy an “airsoft” helmet to be safe on the battlefield. My first airsoft game, I was only wearing a thick cap. And I did get hit in the head, and I was OK. So if you can’t afford one, you can definitely improvise!
But if you want the entire look, and guaranteed safety of a helmet, here’s what you can pick:
If you want a lightweight and affordable option, AT’s PJ Type is the helmet for you.
It’s nothing too impressive – just a simple polymer helmet with a padded interior.
But it gets the job done.
Pair it with a set of glasses, and your face is (mostly) protected against BBs.
It even has room to add attachments on it.
Just know, this one’s flying off the shelves. You might not find it on stock everywhere.
6mm ProShop’s PJ Type is a heavy-duty helmet, fit for experienced players that want more out of their gear.
It has the basics taken care of: Made out of a lightweight, yet durable hardshell, with plenty of side rails and attachment areas, and a fully adjustable strap system.
If you want something – anything – out of a helmet, 6mm’s PJ Type probably has it.
It’s just that you’ll pay extra for the extra quality.
You don’t want to bother getting all the different accessories to protect your face?
Then H World’s full face protective helmet is the best airsoft gear for you.
As the name implies, this helmet will protect your entire face, including your mouth, eyes, upper head, and even ears.
Besides the full coverage, and resistant materials, H World’s helmet has plenty of support for different attachments, so this one’s a good investment that will serve you for years to come.
Airsoft Vests don’t really differ too much from the vests used by different armies all across the globe.
There are different types of vests on the market – and despite what you might think, their main purpose is carrying capacity, more so than protection.
If you just want protection, BYU or thicker clothing is enough.
If you DO want the best airsoft vests around, here are your options:
If you want the best in the market, 5.11’s Tactical TacTec plate carrier is your top option.
First, it comes from a longstanding supplier of the FBI. A behemoth in the niche of tactical gear, so you know you’re getting high-quality craftsmanship. That’s why it’s made from 500D ballistic nylon fabric.
On top of that, 5.11’s Tactical plate carrier also has:
- MOLLE support on the back, and front of the vest
- Support for two ballistic plates
- Padded zonal panels to accommodate a healthy airflow
If you want the best airsoft vest, you can’t go wrong with it.
However, the $200 price tag might drive some people away, so let’s see what cheaper alternatives there are on the market.
Condor’s entire line of vests is affordable and pretty reliable.
The Gunner plate carrier is the best in their line though, IMO. It’s not too different from the LCS Sentry plate carrier – they both have sturdy, laser-cut webbing, and a smart design.
The biggest difference though, for me, is the attachment support.
Only the gunner plate carrier supports MOLLE attachments.
Which sets it apart as the best budget vest in my book.
If you want neck protection on top of the regular areas a vest can secure, this is the best pick for you.
Honestly, that’s about it.
Matrix’s MOLLE SDEU plate carrier vest is your average airsoft vest, fitted with adjustable design, and made out of nylon.
The only reason you’d pick it over some of its competitors is the adjustable neck guard.
Holsters For Airsoft
Nothing beats the feeling of a pistol on your hip, tucked away in a stylish holster.
If that’s what you want, or if you’re looking for a holster for a different weapon, here’s what you can use:
Avengers sells a lot of high-quality, wallet-friendly airsoft gear. And their MOLLE tactical pistol holster is no different.
It’s made out of heavy-duty ballistic nylon, it has a hook & loop retention strap, and even a spare magazine pouch.
The best part?
You can mount all of it wherever there’s a MOLLE on your body.
If you want a pistol holster on your leg, but you don’t have MOLLE on your pants, Condor’s universal drop leg holster is the solution.
It has its own magazine pouch, it’s fully adjustable, and it boasts polymer buckles.
The best part – like all Condor products, it’s affordable without sacrificing too much quality.
If you’re looking for a pistol holder and you don’t want to mount it using MOLLE, this is probably the best alternative you have.
If you plan to use a bigger gun as your sidearm, or if you want a way to carry your airsoft rifle/shotgun from point A to point B, a scabbard might be a smart investment.
And no, this isn’t a simple piece of fiber meshed together hastily.
The Matrix tactical gun scabbard features:
- Its own strap
- MOLLE/PALS webbing
- Double D rings to attach a shoulder strap on it
- A zipper pocket
- Padding for extra protection
Suffice to say, it’s the best option if you need a scabbard.
Again, I don’t want you to go around spending all your disposable income on unnecessary airsoft accessories.
So I’ll tell you this: you don’t NEED airsoft gloves to go to your first game and get started with airsoft.
But if you want extra hand protection, and the “tactical” feel on the battlefield, you’ll appreciate:
Made out of thermal plastic rubber, the Mechanix M-Pact Tactical Gloves are as reliable as tactical gloves get.
The palm padding absorbs shock and vibration, the rubberized grip on the index finger and thumb help with your grip.
And to top it all: the MultiCam color version helps you blend in wherever you are. In fact, MultiCam was originally developed for the US army.
The price isn’t too bad either.
ASG Strike’s tactical assault gloves come with hardshell kevlar knuckles, decent ventilation, and an improved grip.
They’re not top of the market.
For example, kevlar knuckles only provide moderate protection from BBs. They’re definitely not as good as Mechanix’s thermal plastic build.
And since the price difference isn’t too big, I’d still recommend the entry on top of this one.
If you want to save around $10 though, the ASG Strike tactical gloves will still be decent on the battlefield.
Evike’s Field Operator tactical gloves are a great alternative to the M-Pact gloves.
They’re made out of spun nylon and air-flow neoprene.
This means two things: high-quality protection, and breathability.
The textured fingers provide some improved grip, but that’s not the gloves’ main selling point.
If you’re looking for a pair of shooting gloves, this one’s a top contender.
Check them out.
Other Gear And Accessories To Take Into Account
Helmets, gloves, and vests all matter a lot.
But they’re not the only gear that can make your life easier.
Here are other things that could help you perform better on the battlefield, and enjoy airsoft more:
- Appropriate clothing. You don’t have to go out of your way to buy tactical/BDU apparel, but do consider what you put on before heading to the airsoft field. You want some skin protection from BBs, but you also need a breathable material. Good footwear can also make a HUGE difference.
- Bags. You can make do with a simple backpack/the box your gun came in when you’re getting started. For total comfort though, do consider some heavy-duty bags.
- Walkie Talkies. Communication is key on the battlefield, so you want a way to keep in touch with your teammates even when you’re not in a shouting distance.
- Recording devices. A GoPro (or any similar device) can record the highlights of your day on the battlefield. If you want to take it a step further, you can also get a drone to scout for you.
- Targets. It never hurts to have some extra targets on hand. Practicing your aim can be really fun, even if you’re not shooting at other people.
- Tools. If you want to fix your guns yourself, consider getting some tools as well. Especially if you’re going on a multi-day camp.
- Batteries. If you use an AEG, make sure you always keep a spare battery on hand.
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