Paintball Elbow pads help to protect you on the field from injuring yourself, but they can also help you get bounces off your elbows when coming out of your bunker. These are vital for players that frequently dive, have to crawl, or have to put themselves in awkward positions to win the point!
There are a variety of elbow pads from a variety of manufacturers that will all fit a little differently. Some of these will have straps to keep them in place on your arm without sliding around, some will be a little looser, but will have gantlets to help keep them positioned correctly, others will be integrated into protective tops that offer complete upper body protection. Which paintball elbow pads are best for you is going to be mostly personal preference, but you do want to make sure that they fit comfortably, do not cut off circulation, and that they are going to provide adequate protection for the position that you are playing on the field. For example, if you are playing the snake, you will want a pad that will take a good amount of the impact, that has a dense or thick padding. If you are playing the back, it is less important that you have a very thick pad, but you still want to make sure that you are protected in case you need to fill a position.
When it is time to get new elbow pads for paintball it is definitely important to get ones that you are going to be comfortable with wearing for extended periods of time, so be certain to try them on, stretch with them, make sure they do not bind up, and that they are going to achieve what you need them to on the field.