In paintball your harness is your best friend. As some players spend $700 on a new marker and drop a measly 5 bucks on a Walmart harness, they will be disappointed quickly because of the limited amount of paintballs they can carry. With a limited ammo supply, you either have to be ultra conservative with your shooting or learn to be happy with a very short game. Spending $30-$50 is a small fee for a good paintball harness that will greatly expand your ability to carry significant amounts of ammunition. The more ammo you can carry the longer you can play. If you can carry more ammo than your opponents, you will definitely have the edge by being able to last longer then them or take fewer re-load breaks.
Paintball pod harnesses are such an essential part of your most basic equipment, they are often included in many of the best paintball gun packages. You will find good harnesses for both tournament play and scenario woodsball with most performing the same functions however different appearances. Pod harness for tournament paintball are great to match professional looking jerseys and competition uniforms. For woodsball military simulation style play, paintball harnesses are awesome looking in camouflage to match your tactical outfit. Regardless of the type you choose, it’s important your pod harness has a proper fit. If the ammunition harness you wear is too loose, it will bounce around when you’re running and throw you off balance. The best paintball pod harnesses wrap around the body with a comfortable padded material and secure tightly with a large velcro strap. For players with larger size abdomens, an extra expansion strap is an easy addition.
When shopping for the best paintball harness, make your decision based on how much ammo you want to carry. Harnesses come in all sizes with the smallest carrying only 2 pods and the largest carrying up to 10 or 12. While it’s advantageous to pack as much ammunition in the game as possible, the position you play on the field may call for something different. Front men should keep their gear as light as possible for the fastest movement so they often will use the smaller harnesses, however even larger capacity harnesses work fine when held securely around the waist. Back field players or heavy gunner positions can get away with carrying the most amount of gear as they often move less than the forward positions. Sometimes players who use the largest paintball harnesses become the ‘supplies guy’ on the team, carrying and supplying ammo for everyone else. This can be a fun position to play however dangerous as the extra weight can slow you down, making you an easier target for the opposition.
Most paintball harnesses are designed to carry pods of ammo, however the best harnesses also have a pouch for an air tank. The air tank pouch is often balanced directly in the middle of the harness and usually used as a convenient pocket to carry your CO2 tank connected to your marker with a remote line. While some players prefer not to use a remote line during play, the air tank pouch is still very handy for carrying either an extra tank or various other supplies that fit in the pocket. The best harnesses with air tank pouches have velcro straps or a drawstring to tightly secure the tank in the pocket. Air tank pouch paintball harnesses are the best value for your dollar and also the most convenient and advantageous on the field. Besides a malfunction with your paintball gun, the only other reasons you may have to leave a game are running out of air or ammo. Paintball harnesses with air tank pouches solve both of these issues.
Another important feature to look for when buying the best paintball harness is how the ammo pods are secured. Most harnesses have pouches for pods that have a fairly tight fit but also hold them in place with a velcro strap on top. Large 140 round pods sometimes need to be pulled from the harness with both hands. It seems the most vulnerable situation on the field is when you’re out of ammo and have to reach into your harness for a pod full of paintballs. If the pods are difficult to get out of your harness, it can take too long and you can become an easy target. The best harness systems have a small elastic strap at the bottom of the pouch that acts to eject the pod upward when the velcro top strap is released. This feature works well and makes all the difference in being able to get at your ammo supply quickly when you need it most in the middle of the action.