Jul 29, 2001, 1:52 PM
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Hi! Im about to buy my first rig and canopy. So what canopy do you personally recommend? I have only 50 jumps this far. Do you consider Sabre as a good choice for a first canopy? I´m probably buying a Mirage rig.
The Mirage sounds good. I just got mine a month ago. Unfortunately I live and work for the man and don't know any thing about it other than it fits. From what I've read so long as the Saber isn't new it should be all right. There are a ton of canopies out there that are better than the Saber and won't be out dated yesterday. Of course if cash is the problem then a Saber is a good choice. Just my clouded ramblings.
The Spectre, Sabre, Safire, and Triathlon seem to be popular choices in the 'first canopy' market. Of course, as always, you should talk with the experienced jumpers at your dropzone, they'll have a much better idea of your abilities and therefore be able to help you make the right choice.
The Sabre is a good canopy, but expect to get slammed on openings now and then.. I think that most non-elliptical canopies would be fine for a first.. When I say non-elliptical, I'm referring to FULL ellipticals(Stilleto, Crossfire, Diablo), not semi-ellipticals(Sabre 2, Hornet, Safire, Spectre).. Ask some of the experienced jumpers around your DZ about the different types of canopies, and how they fly.. Talk to your instructors regarding wing loading that's appropriate for you, and which canopies are right for you..