Clothes!!!

Alright so this last weekend I was at a paintball event. Mad max Road Warrior.
I saw Roach she is from suicide Kings and I saw her wearing these cute shorts that were perfect they were durable and ventilated which is perfect because it was mildly hot. Anyways I asked her about them and she Say’s they were just like paintball pants only better for girls and they had extensions on them where you can make them pants. This excited me! because I need a new pair of pants then I thought what if I could get them to print a multi cam pattern on these or team themes, that would be perfect then they could not only supply those motor cross girls but also supply us girl paintballer’s. http://damzl.com/ How cool would that be? Please write a response I am interested in all the ladies opinions.

Hiding Ewok – Hunting Safire

When I first started playing paint ball I would go and hide in the deepest part of the brush I could find and sit there listening for someone to walk by. If they did, I would freeze and stay still until they were gone and everyone would get eliminated and I would be left with the best player and would surrender. Even though I would watch them walk by me I never shot them, I didn’t have the guts. Part of it was that I was also really shy at the time, and didn’t like attention. I was four foot 7 and would hide behind my Dad peak around him whenever some one talked to me. When my I was on the same team as my Dad, I would fallow him around in my gillie suit when he was wearing his and be his little shadow Ewok. This allowed me to hide extra well because I all ready new how to hide. Players would end up walking into me and then I got the nick name Ghillie Girl .

The day I felt like I was playing paintball and not hiding was when we played in the Virgin River Paintball Challenge on May 16 -17 2008. I was asked to go buddy up with Tad “Ajax” Trueblood. Our goal was to get past the other teams defenses. We made it all the way past the enemy line and took out a couple of guys before we got lit up. It was then that I realized that I can do this! I don’t need to hide anymore! During that event I learned that I could sneak up on other players and that I could learn faster by making mistakes. It made me a better player by allowing me to take what I had learned and applying it the next time I played.

After the Virgin River Paintball Challenge I felt I was an OK player, but not really one that could be a game changer. It wasn’t until later that year that I realized I was as good as anyone else on the field. The event was Aliens in the Rockies 2008. I was bunkered down in a dip and there was another player there with me and we held that spot for an hour. Another moment was when I was playing the night game and I partnered up with another player and we cleared a tree of opposing players and then belly crawled across the road and obtained the objective. Succeeding at Aliens was really the springboard that gave me the confidence to push harder on the field knowing that even though I was tiny and a girl I could still kick butt!

Paintball Can Be “Pretty” Intense

Safire and Dre Wolf at Living Legends IV 2011

Safire and Wolf cross paths on their way to final battle.

It’s been an issue for as long as I have played. There just aren’t any good resources out there that focus on clothing, gear,  or tactics that are focused specifically on girls. The final straw was showing people pictures of me at events and looking like all the rest of the sweaty boys. While its flattering to be on the same level as the guys and treated as an equal there are a few things that that just bother the heck out of me. CLOTHING! Boys tactical clothing is so uncomfortable I can barely breathe with that super high waist line, and as small as I am, it is extremely hard to find a pair of pants, shirt, vest, you name it, that I don’t have to modify or tighten up to the point where I look like a package that has been wrapped up wrong with all the ends hanging out! Lets face it Men’s clothing is cut for a square frame and we have curves.  I believe we can be both aggressive and feminine at the same time so why not show that on the field? We can look good and celebrate our ability to compete with boys on their level.

 

I started my journey into women’s paintball fashions by starting with hair clips. The simplest thing I could come up with that allowed me to show my feminine side (it’s hard to find camouflage silk flowers!) My latest creation is the tactical Multicam battle skirt that I premiered at Living Legends IV. Not only was there no mistaking I was a girl but while wearing it I didn’t have a single ball break or welt from a bounce from my waist to mid thigh!  There is nothing like charging a bunker with multiple players in it and watching the majority of the shots bounce off while they get frustrated!