Houston, Texas – While Houston’s Paintball Majors may have just come to an end, the sport’s resurgence is far from over.
According to data from PaintballHouston, paintball is the most popular sport in the country, with fans spending over $1.5 million per year on the hobby.
And with an increasing number of players opting to wear masks and goggles, the popularity of paintball masks has skyrocketed in the past few years.
“The masks are so comfortable, they really give you that comfort and it gives you a sense of freedom,” said Jason Smith, owner of Paintball Houston.
“You can’t be out there with the paintball goggles on all the time and you can’t do it while you’re playing.
You can’t put them on and go to the park and play.”
Smith said masks are a way to keep a player’s skin and face covered and keep them safe while playing.
“When I’m out there and I’m getting in there with my mask on, I’m in a different environment, I can’t touch my face, I don’t know if I can breathe and everything else,” he said.
Smith said the popularity and demand for masks has prompted him to develop the first ever paintball mitt.
“You want a mask that fits you,” he explained.
“But also you want to have a protective covering so when the ball hits you you don’t have any injuries, you don.t feel the pain.
You’re not wearing the mask but you’re protecting yourself.”
The mask, which costs $39, is now available online and in stores.
“The mitt is designed to be worn in a glove, glove-like glove,” Smith said.
“It fits you perfectly and the ball’s going in a very natural direction.”
If you’re out there in the rain and the goggles are not comfortable, you can just wear the mask and the mitt will help you,” Smith added.
The mitten is a standard paintball ball-sized glove.
It is meant to help protect against the elements.
It comes with a foam padding, rubber band and Velcro fastening.
It is one of the best protection equipment you can have, but it also comes with its price tag,” said Smith. “
I use the mittens as a ball protection because the ball stays in place, it doesn’t fall off, it’s not slipping out of your hands,” he added.
“It is one of the best protection equipment you can have, but it also comes with its price tag,” said Smith.
Smith said the mask is the best protective equipment available, but that it is not without its limitations.
“As a mitten, you’re going to lose grip, you’ll lose control of the ball and you’ll feel like you’re having to hold the ball with your hands or feet,” he noted.
Smith added that it’s important to have the right gear.
“If you have to wear a mask while you play, you need to have one that is the right size, the right fit, and it’s going to help you play and protect you,” said he.
Smith, like many other players, is looking to expand the hobby and expand the number of people who can play paintball.
“We are just starting to see more people play paintballs,” said Miller.
“There are now more than 600 players that play paint balls and we’re going up as time goes on.”
Miller, like most players, has been inspired by the mask that comes with the mitte.
“Now when I see a mask on the floor, I think, ‘Oh my God, I really want that,'” he said, laughing.
Miller is also excited about the growth of the hobby in Texas and beyond.
“Paintball is getting a lot of attention now because the numbers are so high, and I think that’s why we’ve seen such a big growth in Texas,” he concluded.