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Iago  (D License)

Feb 14, 2013, 6:13 PM
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Wow.

When you put it that way...It scary.

I have Brian Germain's canopy downsize chart in front of me. I will have about 65 jumps in three months, when my kit is complete.
Assuming the rig i mention weighted 25 pounds, my exit weight will be somewhere around 175 pounds. In his chart, he recommends a never to exceed size of 166, so i guess im good.

In any case, I think my instructor is the one that should have the last word and he and the DZO gave the ok. I know its probably not the safest way but its not like im getting a velocity or something...I mean, its a pilot 168!!!!!! and i weight 150 pounds!!! Im the skinniest guy ever!

Thanks for your advice though, ill beware of girls with big boobs getting on my load :D

Best regards,

G.

Pilot is a good choice. The dacron will slow you down somewhat (it's a pretty big source of drag) but it should make your opening shock a lot less. It's going to have a lot of extra pack volume as well. You should get a few seasons out of it at a 1:1.1 ish load. You're not that far over the line and it's not like you're Sanji or something. Basically you want a canopy that you're comfortable landing in Grandma's back yard.

In a hundred jumps when it's getting a little boring get some good canopy coaching and start being more aggressive.


(This post was edited by Iago on Feb 14, 2013, 6:15 PM)


FastRodriguez  (Student)

Feb 15, 2013, 7:01 AM
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[..]Thats not even counting the shipping to Slovakia and the clearing customs.[..]

As a European, any idea how much would customs cost when buying gear from America?

Searching around I've seen everything from 0 to 30% of the price of the rig just for customs.


Hello :)
Thank you for your answer, I think it is in the ballpark of 20%. The problem is most rig manufacturers will send using fed ex or some other courier. This companies will handle all the customs paperwork for you but will add around 90 euros for their services. To give you an idea. My instructor bough a Icon student brand new. He had to pay fed ex 368 euros upon delivery (that included tax and their customs agency services).
I got really lucky because my instructor will fly soon to Florida to jump and he will bring my container for me, so ill save on that. I have to get the pilot and smart shipped though since I ordered a few months after my container. I can send you a message once I get it and tell you the exact amount I paid, so it gives you an idea :)
In any case, if you wanna order now, maybe you could ask your manufacturer which courier do they use and give them a call directly, im sure they can tell you exactly what duties you need to pay. There is also something called the taric (http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en#). There you can find the duties you are supposed to pay for every specific item to the EU but I think each country has some other things they add on top.
Hope that helps man :)
Have a nice one!


FastRodriguez  (Student)

Feb 15, 2013, 7:12 AM
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Wow.

When you put it that way...It scary.

I have Brian Germain's canopy downsize chart in front of me. I will have about 65 jumps in three months, when my kit is complete.
Assuming the rig i mention weighted 25 pounds, my exit weight will be somewhere around 175 pounds. In his chart, he recommends a never to exceed size of 166, so i guess im good.

In any case, I think my instructor is the one that should have the last word and he and the DZO gave the ok. I know its probably not the safest way but its not like im getting a velocity or something...I mean, its a pilot 168!!!!!! and i weight 150 pounds!!! Im the skinniest guy ever!

Thanks for your advice though, ill beware of girls with big boobs getting on my load :D

Best regards,

G.

Pilot is a good choice. The dacron will slow you down somewhat (it's a pretty big source of drag) but it should make your opening shock a lot less. It's going to have a lot of extra pack volume as well. You should get a few seasons out of it at a 1:1.1 ish load. You're not that far over the line and it's not like you're Sanji or something. Basically you want a canopy that you're comfortable landing in Grandma's back yard.

In a hundred jumps when it's getting a little boring get some good canopy coaching and start being more aggressive.[/reply


I really dont think Im being aggressive. I mean, I have asked to my DZ, talked to my instructor, some other instructors, read many posts in here, send more than a few emails to the guys at aerodyne.
I really do think I made an informed decision. I can fly this canopy for a few hundred jumps, then maybe go to a pilot 150 for a little longer and then progress to a mamba 150 when im ready. This should mean Ill keep this container for a good three or four years depending on how much I jump.
As for the M2, I think a little competition to cypres and Vigil can only be a good thing. Not only because it will push the prices down ( which is nice), but also because it will force companies to improve their gear and better their service.
And the Dacron I chose because I am not a swooper, and I dont plan on swooping for a long time. I really dont care if my canopy flies a little slower or packs a bit bigger, I do care about keeping my back straight and healthy. I like jumping and wanna jump for a long time, and every thing that helps keeping me healthy, its a good thing I guess :)

Thank you :)


tsisson  (D 19283)

Feb 15, 2013, 8:31 PM
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I'm still jumping my first rig...17 years later...


FastRodriguez  (Student)

May 15, 2013, 4:10 AM
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Morning friends :).

Took forever and ever to get here but finally I have it!! What do you guys think? Isnt it is the sexiest rig ever or what? Cool
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strife

May 15, 2013, 4:36 AM
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sweet rig, write down all your serials, check your insurance, read your manuals :)

Looks awesome.


Trafficdiver  (C 39999)

May 15, 2013, 4:54 AM
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FastRodriguez wrote:
Morning friends :).

Took forever and ever to get here but finally I have it!! What do you guys think? Isnt it is the sexiest rig ever or what? Cool

Very nice! Now get out there and jump it!


JeffCa  (B License)

May 15, 2013, 5:05 AM
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FastRodriguez wrote:
Morning friends :).

Took forever and ever to get here but finally I have it!! What do you guys think? Isnt it is the sexiest rig ever or what? Cool

Congrats dude, I've always liked the combo of black and red. I just ordered my first canopy to go into a container that I'll be ordering soon. I went with the Pilot 188, Dacron lines and ZPX. I'm happy to hear you had a good experience with Aerodyne service.


DHemer  (A License)

May 15, 2013, 8:31 AM
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Sweet looking rig
I'm sure it will serve you for many years to come


-Joey-  (B License)

May 15, 2013, 8:39 AM
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FastRodriguez wrote:
Morning friends :).

Took forever and ever to get here but finally I have it!! What do you guys think? Isnt it is the sexiest rig ever or what? Cool

That's pretty win. Funny, I just got a pretty sweet-looking rig too. If you're ever in my neck of the woods we'll have to do a photo op sometime.


TracyS  (B 38652)

May 15, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Nice looking rig bro!

Hope you have a long happy jumping career with it. Tongue


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

May 16, 2013, 11:12 AM
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Freeflaw wrote:
This rig will carry him through two downsizes. I jumped my first rig for about 3+ years. Put between 800-900 jumps on it. If you are in a hurry to downsize then maybe not. Plus...it is an awesome wingsuit rig.
And who says you HAVE to downsize? WinkLaugh


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