May 14, 2001, 10:20 PM
Post #1 of 9
Looking for new canopy
I am in the process of buying a new set of gear and am about to buy a new main canopy. My last 100 or so jumps have been on a Sabre 150. I have been looking at the Safire 119 or 129 but the issue is that I would like to start skysurfing in the next 50-100 jumps and don't want to find that I need a different canopy again. If anyone has any tips or hints about this could you please let me know.
I don't know what type of characteristics you'd look for in a canopy for skysurfing, but I'll agree about the openings. The only person I know who jumps a Safire packs it with the nose fully exposed (not pushed back, rolled, etc.) and still gets great soft openings. After packing the sabre for 100 jumps and all the pickiness that you usually have to do packing it to keep it from snapping you on opening you'll love the Safire.
If I were you I would email Tanya Garcia O’Brien from Perris Skydiving in Cali. She is the World Champion and could probably give you a great recommendation on buying new gear if you want to start skysurfing. I am also VERY interested in skysurfing when I get the experience necessary.
WHO said that the wait on a Cobalt is six months!? Try FOUR WEEKS in custom colors. My last one was to me in TWO WEEKS. In comparison, my old VX took three months. Either way, there are plenty of "straight and soft" opening mains, to include the Cobalt and Safire. The Crossfire would be my choice of Icarus canopy though; I am not a fan of Safire landings.