Mask: Use a mask fan if you have one. They surprisingly help more than you’d think. Because what you’re going to want to do is to tape around the fan and the top vents on the mask to keep ran drops off the inside of the lens. This way you only need to wipe the front lens on the mask. And a visor will help keep the front somewhat dry. Obviously with the poor ventilation from the tape and the moisture in the air, the fan comes in handy to help ventilate the mask to keep from getting foggy.
I suggest a clear lens or yellow lens. However, I still use my smoke lens, because usually that’s the only lens I ever carry with me, or buy. It still works fine for me. However, a clear lens is definitely more ideal.
Have plenty of extra microfibers in the pit for the team to use. Keep them off muddy surfaces! Have a couple bags dedicated to strictly keep the microfibers in. Have ones to clean paint and mud with, then have ones strictly for drying clean so you get a nice clean finish and you’re not just smearing paint and mud.
Carry a microfiber in your pocket! Some times you get caught at the start box and maybe the clock stops due to a technical issue, or they call a timeout. You need to be able to wipe the outside of your mask down before the next point starts. Being able to see clearly is too crucial to not be prepared. Don’t rely on using your teammate’s, you need to have your own in your pocket so you know if it is clean or not. And with that being said, swap it out for a dry, clean one when you need to between points.
Dry the foam in your mask between matches. I just squeeze the foam with a towel. It seems to get the job done well enough for me. If you want to get anal about it, you can pop your lens off, and put your mask in your car over the air vents. Hell if you want to be cool, use a hair dryer plugged into your car. Whatever gets the job done, right. I bet warm foam would feel pretty good on your face on a rainy day anyways. Talk about a moral boost.
Pants: Make sure your pants don’t get below your cleats. I recommend just roll them up to your ankles and pull the draw string (if it has that, or tape them). Loose pant legs that hang below the ankle will drag and pick up additional mud at the bottom. And as your pants get wet and muddy, they will droop and collect more mud. This additional mud collecting on your pants will just slow you down even more. The conditions are bad enough, let’s at least try to help our cause as much as we can.
As your pants collect mud and begin to droop, they might get under your heel and stuck on the cleats on your heel. Which is a spot you definitely want traction at in the mud. So overall, rolling and tightening/taping your pants to your ankle is just a simple fix for all of that.
Cleats: Wear a soccer cleat. Football and Baseball cleats work fine too. Just make sure they have cleats meant for mud. Don’t wear turf cleats, golf cleats, or any of these other weird cleats I see people wearing. They need to be designed for dirt and mud.
Make sure you double knot your strings. Some people tape their strings down after they do their knots. I just sew/tuck the strings after I do my knots into the laces so they don’t drag into the mud. Some people like to have extra long strings on their cleats so they can wrap their strings around the bottom of their cleats. It helps add a little more traction/grip in the middle.
Gloves: Wear gloves if you can. They help you grip your gun better. It’s very difficult to unscrew your barrel without gloves when your hands are wet and muddy.
They also help keep your hands clean. You can handle paint when you have clean hands. You can also clean things like your hopper and gun when you have clean hands. There’s nothing better than taking your gloves off, and being able to grab a clean microfibers to clean your mask, and being able to put your mask back on without dirtying everything again.
Headgear: Try to switch your headgear out between matches, or at least try your best to dry it out. You’ve been doing all this preemptive work with your mask to keep it clean, dry, and from fogging up. You don’t need water to be dripping through your headgear into your mask.
Hopper: You want to use a lid. However, it’s not completely necessary in my opinion. I personally hate lids. My rotor and z2, I hated changing and using a lid on them, so I just threw it away. But with my Spire. I can quickly switch to the Lid. So if it’s completely down pouring, I use a lid. However, I still hate using the lid and it’s typically never down pouring. So I usually just put a plastic bag over my hopper until the game starts and then shove the bag in my pocket. Otherwise, if I put my hand over the speed feed or under my jersey. I’d rather have the speed feed.
Tank: Have either athletic tape, grip tape, or a tank cover on your tank. It really likes to slide off your shoulder once there’s some mud on it.
Gun: Bring extra guns, and make sure they are working and ready to go in case something happens. Guns always go down at the worse times in the rain. Always make sure you have fresh batteries. If you have an axe, make sure you use electrical tape to keep the water away from the board.
Barrel and Squeegees: Overbore your barrel a little. You’re paint will most likely get a bit wet and swell some.
You’re going to want to tape the rear part of your barrel with some time of grip tape, hockey tape, or athletic tape next to wear you thread it into the gun so you can grip it when you need to screw it off.
You also want to tape the porting of the barrel with electrical tape to keep water out of it. Just like when you break paint in your barrel, water makes your paint swerve like there’s no tomorrow. I suggest poking holes in the ports at the bottom of the barrel to help disperse smoke as well as help water escape.
You’re going to want to keep your barrel pointed down as much as possible to prevent water from getting in it.
You also want take it off and squeegee it between every point. The rubber pull-through squeegees work best in the pit when it’s muddy and rainy. Keep your fluffy squeegees in your pockets so they are as dry as possible for use during a point. And you’re going to want to switch out fluffy squeegees every few points to a dry one. Have someone in your pit crew cleaning and drying squeegees if you don’t have enough of them. And especially do it between matches.
Don’t forget to have clean barrel covers, you don’t want to clean your barrel in the pit, then put a muddy cover over your barrel on your way to the start box.
Pods: Have plenty of spare pods. You won’t have time to clean them during a match. In between matches, have more than one pod swab or something to clean the inside of the pods with. And towels to clean the outside with.
Paint: Keep your paint sealed in the bags for as long as possible. Once the seal is broken, the humidity and water in the air can get to it. Make sure your paint is chilled to keep it brittle if it’s not cold out.
Packing: I hope it goes without saying to have garbage bags and extra plastic bags to keep everything in. But I said it anyways.
When you pack up to leave, turn your muddy pants inside out before you put them away. If you don’t have a bag to put them in, this helps keep your gear bag clean quite a bit. You can also put your muddy jersey, cleats, and socks inside your muddy pants that you turned inside out.
Playing in the rain isn’t always fun. Especially when you’re paying thousands of dollars to try and win a tournament. We can’t change the weather, so the best thing to do is to be more prepared for it than the other team. With some of these tips, you should be more prepared. Head into it ready to win some games.