Airsoft/Paintball Throat Protector From EVA Foam




About: I am a recent graduate of the Sustainable Manufacturing program at California State University Chico. I currently consult with local businesses and provide freelance design work. I've been making things for ...

Do you play Airsoft or Paintball?

Do you hate getting tagged in the throat, and the resulting welts?

I play Airsoft, and every time I visit my local field (actually an indoor CQB arena, but same thing) I always seem to get hit in the throat. For a while, I wrapped a torn up shirt around my throat like a keffiyeh, but this made me sweat and my mask fog.

This is the throat protector I made.

This is every simple to make, and only requires a few things.

  • 1/2 inch EVA foam (sold at places like WalMart as interlocking foam floor mats. It is cheap and has a million uses, so just get a whole pack. )
  • About 6 inches of stiff wire.
  • Some nylon webbing or elastic straps, even heavy cloth could work.
  • one set of those click-in connectors found commonly on backpacks. I don't know what they are called, but I just cut mine off of an old backpack. You can also get them at stores for pretty cheap. 
  • Razor knife
  • marker pen
  • hot glue gun
Step 1: Figure out what size you want it to be. I have a long skinny neck, so my protector measures six inches for the straight back piece, 12.5 inches for the front curved piece, and 2 inches wide. It helps to make it pretty loose-fitting. You can figure out the size you need by making simple templates with tape and paper.

Step 2: Once you have your measurements figured out, mark them onto the foam and cut them out with the knife.

Step 3: Glue the short piece onto the long piece as shown. bend some wire into a square "u" shape and stick it into the joint to strengthen it. For more reinforcement, glue some cloth strips to the joint.

Step 5: Loop a strip of cloth through the slot on the "male" piece of the clip. Glue one end of the fabric strip to the end of the longer section of foam. Refer to the pictures.

Step 6: The female piece of the clip has much more surface area, so you can glue it directly to the end of the short piece of foam as shown.

Step 7: Let the glue cool, and paint the protector if you want. I put my name on mine so no one would take it in the midst of the huge jumble of gear that happens at most games I play at. The whole thing should snap on as shown. If it fits well, it should be very comfortable, and even fit over the collar of a BDU jacket like mine does. This thing will stop Airsoft BBs completely, and makes a snap noise when shot, to indicate the hit.

Go wild with the design. Put soft cloth inside to pad it, or more foam to fit your needs. 

Enjoy, and play safe!



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    9 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I'll make a whole suit for airsoft and will have my fiberglass face mask

    black hole

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea. I've only been hit in the neck once, and you're right: it hurts like hell.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    is this comfortable enough? i mean, when u move your head/neck around, does it rub a lot and irritate or anything? and does it prevent u from moving your head at certain angles?

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This is actually pretty comfortable. I can turn my head like always, and It does not interfere with my mask, although it might with other models of mask. It doesn't really rub on my neck or anything, The only form of restriction it gives is it prevents me from tilting my chin down to my chest, but that isn't something I really need to do anyway. It is made of foam, so it isn't rough or scratchy.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I understand that view. Airsoft isn't for everyone.

    I can't wait for the next Faire to get more, that is the last one I have. The rest got stolen or lost.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, this thing helps protect you a huge amount. It seems like the throat always hurts way more than any other place. I am used to getting shot anywhere else usually, it barely hurts anymore. The throat always hurts.

    I love the pin too! I got a bunch of them at the Bay Area Maker Faire, and that one seems to be the only one that has lasted since then.