Following our blog on “Tips for Airsofting In Winter”, we thought it’s probably a good idea to cover some of the essential points for airsofting in summer! Now, the greatest British summer is a bit of an oxymoron, but we’re going to pretend that we at least get a little bit of nice weather. This way, it’s applicable to you players of the airsoft world that are blessed with the finer summer weather.
First of all, let’s cover the basics:
This is obviously number one. Dehydration is a genuine risk for someone airsofting on a hot day. Most airsofters will take a large bottle of water with them, however only a small percentage will actually take it into the field to drink whilst playing. Often, the car park can be a long way away from where you’re playing and you don’t want to be the person who’s constantly taking other players’ water.
Take a bottle into the field with you to drink, even if you only leave it at the respawn point, it’s much closer than the car park. Alternatively, carry something more accurate to your loadout, such as a canteen or hydration bladder backpack.
Don’t drink energy drinks, they raise your heart rate and have been shown to dehydrate you even further.
As you play in the warmer weather you’re going to get hot, sweaty and your eye protection is going to fog up. This can result in reduced visibility (potentially walking into trees) or tempting you to remove your eye pro – even if only quickly – to remove the fog, this is incredibly dangerous.
Quality anti-fog spray and eye protection will completely stop fogging and misting during play, allowing you to stay mobile, effective and safe.
It goes without saying that wearing a scarf, coat and mittens is not the smartest loadout in the height of summer. However, correct clothing choice is one of the most important things to bear in mind when airsofting in the heat.
Clothing that you would associate with ‘summer’ is not the same kind of clothing that you would think to wear whilst airsofting. Shorts and a t-shirt will leave you with cuts on your legs and sunburn on your arms. Cover up, including your head but ensure that any thick kit is lose fitting and you are able to breathe. You may want to consider moisture wicking layers that will draw moisture (and therefore heat) away from your body faster.
Mosquitos and other blood sucking insects are arguably one of the worst parts about airsofting during the summer. BB welts will go after a few hours, aching muscles will leave after a few days but mosquito bites will be with you for the rest of the week.
Good quality bug repellent will allow you to stay comfortable during your skirmish. You can get yourself deep into a swampy defilade and not worry about the enemy spotting you swatting away mosquitos!
Watch your Shadows
During the more overcast times of year, your shadow is less prominent on the ground, you don’t have to worry about the shape on the floor as you round a corner.
In the summer however, your shadow on the ground is like a little version of you intent on ruining your flanks and corner peaks. A prospective BB magnet on the other side of cover can see exactly when you’re about to peak, because your shadow betrays you.
Conversely, if you’re playing against someone who isn’t an avid reader of the Abbey Supply blog, (unlikely, I know), keep an eye on the ground around corners for a good insight as to whether there’s a player there or not.