Jun 24, 2001, 4:39 PM
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After all the stuff I'd read in the Skydivers handbook I still didn't wave & pull on my first level of AFF!!! Damn. My altimeter wasn't tight enough on my wrist and I had trouble reading it. It kept "flying around". I was locked on it, after 2 prcp's, to check my alt and my tandem instructor pulled, at 5500. If you don't know how high you are, what do you do???? Arch and pull!! I got a bit scared after that cause I realized just how fast you lose altitude. Anyway, I'm going back this next weekend to give it another go. Anyone have any suggestions on the strapping on of altimeters, for tightness? What models do you guys think are the safest, most accurate, don't fly off, etc ??? Obviously, I'm a newbie but I've found my thing, I think :)
Hey Rainier! There have been a couple of times I have felt like my alti was too loose in freefall. I think I decide sometime on the ride up that it would feel more comfy if it was looser and then in freefall it is too loose. So I keep it on pretty tight and don't adjust it again. And during freefall it is perfect. Also, don't adjust the fit over your sleeve. Your sleeves often pull back from your wrist a bit when you arch and then your alti may be too loose around your bare wrist. Hope this helps!
I asked the same question yesterday of my jm. His advice? Loosely strap the alti onto your wrist, get into an arch, and adjust it so that all you have to do is turn your head to look at it, and not move anything else. Then tighten it right there, and just get it as tight as you can stand it. This meant for me that the face of the alti is literally on the inside (but not underneath, more like on the side) of my wrist, and terribly uncomfortable.
In freefall and under a canopy, tho, it was just perfect. I didn't have to move or "roll" my arm or hand around to see the face, and it was a real quick glance and I knew what the alti was. I had no extraneous movement to counter, and was able to see it throughout with just a slight turn of my head and a quick flick of my eyes.
I had the same problem two weeks ago. I just moved my hands together in front of my face so that I could hang on to my altimeter with my right hand, yet still be symmetric.
Although a loose wristband was the problem last time, I feel like the Altimaster IIs, with their larger face, can hang out past the edges of your wrist, catch air, and be pushed around a little. The Altimaster-IIIs actually get smaller as you go from the base to the face, so as long as it's strapped tightly it can't catch air on an odd edge.
Hmmmm... that didn't come out very clearly. But take a look at one and you'll see what I mean. The Altimaster III just looks more "aerodynamic" than the Altimaster II.