Has anyone bought a first rig/canopy without testing it?
I'm talking about second-hand stuff in particular, of course. I'm in the UK and this year so far haven't found any suitable gear within a reasonable travelling distance. Info from sellers is usually vague at best and I don't want to commit to a 7-8 hr round trip just to go and look at something that I won't even understand much about myself. Anything advertised in the usual places tends to be snapped up in hours to days, so I'd have to move fast and arranging to travel (I don't have a car) all the way to see it can be tricky.
For my first rig, should I definitely get to see it in person and test-jump it? Or is it ok to have it inspected at a distant DZ then posted to me if it checks out? Will I be likely to find it "doesn't fit" or I just don't like it for some reason?
Every time I jump I spend £10 on gear rental, so you can see it adds up very quickly and so there is a financial incentive to buy ASAP, even if it's a bit more expensive than I expected. Opening up to distant sales might make it a bit easier, but with my current low level of experience might it be too risky?
(This post was edited by rss_v on Aug 10, 2012, 3:21 AM)