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Techno 155 / PD 143R

 


aber_aos  (C 104142)

Apr 29, 2005, 10:02 AM
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Hi.

Can anyone help me out. I demo'ed a PD143R and a Smart 150 last weekend. I thought the PD reserve was very nice. (I didn't like the Smart as it felt far faster) However, I've heard lots of very good things about the design of the Techno 155, and was going to buy one before the demo jumps. (There were no Techno's available for demo).

Please could someone (preferably who has jumped both, but other knowledge is also appreciated) tell me how the Techno flies compared with a similar sized PDR?

Thanks in advance.


libor  (C 877)

May 20, 2005, 2:00 AM
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Hi,

I have three reserve rides on Techno 155 at aroud 1,6 lbs/ft2. The only other reserve ride was on old Swift (really strange canopy - 5 cells) so I can't tell the diffrence beween PD and Techno. I have only good experiences with Techno. I have cutawayed from both high and low speed malfunctions and it always opened quickly without any problems like line twists or end-cell closures. I think that it flares better than average F111 canopy of same size like Falcon or PD-9 cell. Canopy is also more responsive . First two landings were with modrate winds so I used straight in aprroach and the last one was when threre was no wind so I did 180 deg turn using front riser. It was easy to land in all cases.


Definetly I would recommend the canopy. It saved my life 3 times.


mjosparky  (D 5476)

May 20, 2005, 8:30 AM
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In reply to:
First two landings were with modrate winds so I used straight in aprroach and the last one was when threre was no wind so I did 180 deg turn using front riser. It was easy to land in all cases.

Do you think a HP landing maneuver is the smart thing to do on your reserve? After all, how many jumps do you have on the canopy?

Sparky


pbla4024  (C 2033)

May 20, 2005, 9:01 AM
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Don't worry. Ambulance is always there to grab him. They train it quite often.


sneaky

May 21, 2005, 2:26 AM
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Hey Dude

Buy the PDR, PD reserves are the best reserve on the market in my opinion, I have had a few chops and my PDR has proved outstanding in every aspect.


libor  (C 877)

May 23, 2005, 12:01 AM
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3 jumps. I tried front riser turn at 1000ft to see how it behaves compared to my main. As I was overloading the canopy I thought that if I try to land it without turn I would end up
sliding on my ass esspecially when there was no wind. I was prepared to stop my turn if I was to low. There was no wind so landing in different direction wouldn't be a problem. I don't want to state that straigh in approach was unmanageable but it seemed to me that I would be easier If I gain some speed.


mjosparky  (D 5476)

May 23, 2005, 1:17 AM
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In reply to:
3 jumps. I tried front riser turn at 1000ft to see how it behaves compared to my main. As I was overloading the canopy I thought that if I try to land it without turn I would end up
sliding on my ass esspecially when there was no wind. I was prepared to stop my turn if I was to low. There was no wind so landing in different direction wouldn't be a problem. I don't want to state that straigh in approach was unmanageable but it seemed to me that I would be easier If I gain some speed.

All I can say is, Good Luck.

Sparky



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