The best pants for playing paintball should be of light in weight and loose fitting to avoid being hurt by the ‘gun shots’ which can sting. Also, paintball involves crawling, sliding, running, and even rolling, similar to real combat. Therefore, it’s important for the pants to be padded in the shin, hips, knees, crotch, and rear. Colors range from dark blues to full camouflage designs depending on your taste, environment, or rules of competition. The best paintball pants have meshed areas in order to absorb sweat and keep you comfortable throughout the game. They should have large pockets for storing gear that you may require during a game, such as cleaning materials, extra parts, and repair tools. Top brands include Kingman Spyder, Smart, Dye, GXG, Raven, Empire, Diablo, Sly, and NXE.
Spyder Paintball Pant
High-grade nylon is the main material for these pants. They are reinforced with ballistic nylon pads that allow one to slide, crawl, and roll while offering protection to the knees. They also have Velcro squeegee holders to keep them in place and an adjustable waist strap for comfort and ventilation. The padded leg straps help to keep the kneepads comfortably in place. They are available in small to extra-large sizes, in a variety of colors, and retail for $49.95.
Dye C11 Tactical Paintball Pants
These pants retail for $ 169.95 and are available in dye-cam and black colors. They range in size from small to extra extra large. The pockets in the front are good for easy accessibility. Belt loops are standard and the waist is flexible and adjustable for easy crouching. Other features include kneepads that are resistant to abrasion, padded crotch with stretch flex, and Velcro cuffs that seal out debris. The pants offer maximum mobility and protection from impact and sharp objects.
Empire Invert Limited zE Pants
These pants have features such as hip padding for impact and abrasion protection as well as a padded groin. Reinforced and pre-curved knee padding from Denier Ballistic nylon allows the pants to withstand pressure. They offer breathability through the well built in front and rear mesh panels. For storage, you cannot go wrong with their two flex swab pockets. The adjustable leg cord cuffs make them great to fit all body sizes. Lastly, they have a Custom Colorfast poly-mesh. The $83.95 price makes them affordable.
H18 Cargo Pants
These pants are made from durable, hard wearing material with extra-strong built in "sliders." They are flexible and their ability to cover both the ankle and the knee at front offers protection to those of you who like to slide in on your shins. They have a variety of pockets and come in plain black. H18 cargo Pants are available at a price of $62.