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Premier billvon  (D 16479)
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May 7, 2004, 6:06 PM
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If you were going to buy a new container tomorrow, what size main vs reserve would you buy? I'm asking because I have a feeling that the paradigm in place when I started (that your main is always larger than your reserve) has now completely reversed itself, and most people nowadays will get a main smaller than their reserve.

Personally, I'd go for around a 110 main, 135-150 reserve.


indyz  (D 28525)

May 7, 2004, 6:11 PM
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150-170 reserve, main in the same range.


skydiven4fun  (D 25506)

May 7, 2004, 6:27 PM
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104 Main and P.D. 143, I am too big of a guy to go any smaller.


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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May 7, 2004, 6:39 PM
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I'll be keeping my PD160 till some one refuses to make me a container to pack it into. I've got a 136 main and probally will one day go with a 120... but that 160R is staying on my back.


Premier slotperfect  (D 13014)
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May 7, 2004, 7:09 PM
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I reckon I'm still swimming in the old paradigm . . .

My main is a 190, my reserve a 176.


Nullified  (C 32259)

May 7, 2004, 7:26 PM
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My mains are a Lightning 143 and a Sabre2 170. My reserve is a 181, which I've had the pleasure of flying twice.
I could see myself eventually getting down to a 135 main, but I like my 181 reserve, and I don't think I'll ever go smaller than 160. I just don't see any good reason to.

Stay safe,
Mike


BabaLouie  (C License)

May 7, 2004, 7:28 PM
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Main is a 190 - Reserve is a 181


pilotdave  (D License)

May 7, 2004, 7:46 PM
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I switched when I bought my second rig. Started with a 150 main and 120 reserve. Now 135 main and 143 reserve.

Dave


Premier ianmdrennan  (D 25821)
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May 7, 2004, 7:50 PM
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90 main - pdr 113

Doing it again, I'd probably take a larger reserve, once size up MAYBE 2.

Blue ones,
Ian


(This post was edited by ianmdrennan on May 7, 2004, 7:50 PM)


Lindsey  (D 17865)

May 7, 2004, 7:55 PM
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I'm planning on buying new gear this summer. Planning on a Safire2 119 or Sabre2 120 with a PD 126R.

I had an FX110 with a Microraven 135.

Peace~
Lindsey


hookitt  (D License)

May 7, 2004, 8:02 PM
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Current set up.

Main: 78
Reserve: 106

If I were to purchase all new equipment, the main would be about the same. For a reserve I'd go with a minimum of 113. Something slightly bigger would be preferable.


beej  (A License)

May 7, 2004, 8:06 PM
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Raven IV 282 main and reserve, will be downsizing main to a zp 230 ish soon, but keeping the 282 Raven reserve...


Jimbo  (D License)

May 7, 2004, 8:33 PM
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I've got a PD160 that I've had the pleasure of putting one jump on. My current canopy is a 159 and my next canopy is likely to be in the 150 range, I'm sticking with the 160 reserve.

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Jim


Miami  (D 17626)

May 7, 2004, 8:34 PM
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If I were to buy a new container I would keep my main the same size at 78 and bump the reserve up to a 150.


jdfreefly  (D 24037)

May 7, 2004, 8:49 PM
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My current config is a 113 PDR for the reserve and a 119 Crossfire 2.

If I were buying a new rig and money was no issue, I would stick with the 113 PDR and would probably buy a velocity 111 or 103. Or an icarus gx 111, but since they don't sell it I guess I will have to switch to PD for my main :(


rmsmith

May 7, 2004, 8:53 PM
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Well, I have three "near-new" rigs in the closet and no time to use them right now with Homeland Security improvements in-progress. And, to answer your question:
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1: Racer, PD-253r, Sabre2-210
2: Racer, PD-235r, Crossfire2-180
3: Racer, PD-218r, Crossfire2-149
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BTW, I'm 6'2", wear a 48-inch jacket, have a 19-inch MLW, and I'm 240-lbs out the door!


RyanofOZ  (A License)

May 7, 2004, 8:57 PM
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I fly a 210 Spectre main and just bought a new Smart 190 reserve. I will downsize the main to a safire2 190 by the end of the year so I guess I'll be 190-190 then No matter how small a canopy I ever own, I think I will stick to 190 reserve seeing as I am 240 out the door.


skymedic  (C 33561)

May 7, 2004, 9:26 PM
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My set up now...218-M reserve and a 170 safire....

future will be the same...200ish square foot reserve and 150ish main...

I like the idea of instant upsize when I am down and out...Smile


MrHixxx  (D 24144)

May 7, 2004, 9:28 PM
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I have a 98 main and a 143 reserve (I'm about 215 out the door). I would probably repeat those sizes in a second rig...

-Hixxx


Chrisky

May 7, 2004, 10:34 PM
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120 Main 135 Reserve - No rides


AggieDave  (D License)

May 7, 2004, 10:37 PM
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Quote:
My main is a 190, my reserve a 176

According to the PIA chart, the PDr-176 is actually a 189, so how different is it, really?


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

May 7, 2004, 11:33 PM
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105 main, 135-150 reserve.


bodypilot1  (D 16037)

May 7, 2004, 11:51 PM
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Can somebody give me a reason WHY they would jump a smaller reserve than their main?Unsure

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FreeFlyFridge  (D 9545)

May 8, 2004, 1:37 AM
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Crossfire2 119 Main - Paratec Speed2000 135 Reserve (no rides)

I┤m┤thinking of upsizing the reserve to a 150, which I had before but for some reason (because smaller rigs look better Crazy, ahh... who cares about having trouble and being low under the reserve, I can handle that, but my rig should look fancy when I impact! PirateCrazy) I took the smaller reserve form my new rig, even though the 150 would fit into it just fine!

I┤m with ya bodypilot1, I just can┤t see a reason why anyone would have a smaller reserve than main!
Except for the smaller and fancier looking rig! But thats no reason that┤s a fashion statement!


gus

May 8, 2004, 4:52 AM
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99 main and 126 reserve in my new rig.

Gus


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