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Aug 17, 2012, 2:34 AM

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Do canopy manufacturers tend to publish quite conservative size/wingloading guidelines, would you say? Im around 90kg (200lbs), without any gear. I have about 30 jumps, all recently. My instructor and others at the DZ have talked about me looking for canopies around 190 or even 170. I was originally thinking of something over 200, like a 220 or so. The smallest Ive flown so far is a 230 (the next size down in their rental rigs is a 190, I believe).

Given how rare it is to find second-hand canopies over 200sqft (even 190s are uncommon), I could be waiting a long time to find anything a bit bigger. I have a decent offer on a Sabre 2 190 which Im tempted by, but my first thoughts were that I ought to take something a bit bigger. A chart Im looking at here suggests I stay on 210s and 230s until Ive got over 200 jumps or so, and PDs Sabre 2 sizing chart recommends a 190 for only "advanced" and "expert" jumpers of my weight range.

Are my instructors and others being reckless in saying that a 190 is ok? Or are the manufacturers being understandably conservative and cautious? I have no particular wish to get a small canopy at this stage I do want a *good* canopy, though, that will be fun and safe to fly. If I had this same Sabre 2 offered to me but in a 210 size, I would definitely get that instead of the 190. But I struggle to find kit of that size, as mentioned before, and realistically the choice is between a newer, smaller canopy and a much older, larger canopy, which perhaps would not perform as well or as safely on balance.

Thanks for any advice,

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