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salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 12, 2011, 9:49 PM
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I have tried searching for an average price of a used birdman gti but havent really come up with any answers. I also tried to look up the price of a new one when they were still being manufactured but couldnt find anything either. Lets just say its a suit with no damage and has 50-100 jumps on it. Any input is appreciated!


mccordia  (D 94775)

Sep 13, 2011, 2:22 AM
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Ive seen those sold for prices ranging from 120 to 250 euros.
Anything over that would seem a bit steep..


ik_sky

Sep 13, 2011, 9:28 AM
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Better rent GTI for app. 10 jumps and buy a bigger one.


mccordia  (D 94775)

Sep 13, 2011, 9:47 AM
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Renting a suit for 10 bucks per jump, and doing 20 or so jumps on it, isnt gonna be much cheaper. Plus he or she can sell that same GTI later, or save it for friends to fly with who dont have their own suit yet.

Nothing wrong with buying an older suit, and doing a double dozen or more jumps on it, to learn to fly their body. Feel what the suit does. What the wings do. And than move up to another suit (in which case ┤bigger┤ isnt always better).

I know plenty of people who own big suits, that would SO benefit flying something more aimed at beginners for a while....learn to fly that maxed out, instead of owning a big one they always fly at 50% or less..


davelepka  (D 21448)

Sep 13, 2011, 10:11 AM
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Nothing wrong with buying an older suit, and doing a double dozen or more jumps on it, to learn to fly their body. Feel what the suit does. What the wings do. And than move up to another suit

Funny how nobody mentioned option 'C', buy the GTI for a good price, and fly and enjoy the suit. There's no requirement for moving up, getting a bigger suit, or being on the cutting edge of anything. Last time I checked, the GTI is a real wingsuit, and a new pilot could probably jump for a long time and have a ton of fun with.

Look at the OPs profile, his profession is listed as 'student' and he jumps a Sabre1 as a main canopy. A $1000 jumpsuit may not be in his future, but a $300 suit might be just the ticket for him.


mccordia  (D 94775)

Sep 13, 2011, 10:23 AM
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Depending on where you jump, and with whom, option C is not really a realistic one, once you start flying with others.
Though suits such as Classics, GTi┤s etc are great suits to learn to fly, any mid/range flock with current day suits wil be flying at speeds beyond what those suits can do. A skyflyer3, if one is not built like an anvil, seems to do fine for that. But on a GTi, you┤ll definately be strugling.

That said, the skills one wil aquire in a cheap beginner suit such as a classic or GTi all carry over to whatever suit they end up jumping after. Be it also a mid to (former' high-end) wingsuit model, or a newer modern wingsuit (with added perks such as inflation on the back).

But suits currently ranked ┤intermediate┤ do seem to be the most viable option for a suit that is great for any flock, solo or bit of acro (regardless of brand)


virgin-burner

Sep 13, 2011, 10:34 AM
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nothing wrong with sabre1's as well.. Smile


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 13, 2011, 11:06 AM
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Thanks for the responses everyone! Yes i am a student and although i would love to buy a new suit, its not practical for my budget. Im looking at the GTi because i have heard its a good suit to learn on and pretty reasonably priced. I wont be ready to jump a wingsuit for a few more months but was curious on what price range i should be looking for so if one does pop up on DZ.com for the right price i can go ahead and pick one up.
(PS I love my sabre1. Just sold my sabre1 170 and picked up a sabre1 135 Smile)




Zeemax

Sep 13, 2011, 11:57 AM
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(PS I love my sabre1. Just sold my sabre1 170 and picked up a sabre1 135 Smile)

That's some pretty aggressive downsizing at just over 100 jumps.

Spend the $ on jumps and worry about WS at a later date. The sky will always be there.

Stay safe.


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 13, 2011, 4:08 PM
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thats why im only looking for pricing. im not even considering wingsuiting until i reach 200 jumps and can schedule a coaching session


Zeemax

Sep 14, 2011, 1:43 AM
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Why such a jump from a 170 to a 135? What are you loading the new canopy at?


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 14, 2011, 8:44 AM
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The 170 was my own personal canopy, then i started jumping my friends 150 and i had to give it back. I have made my last 20 jumps on a demo 135 and feel confident i can fly it.The spot on my last jump was way off and i even had to land off DZ and i had to land in a tiny field next to a forest which further assured me that i could fly the canopy. I'll be loading this canopy at 1.2


Zeemax

Sep 14, 2011, 8:48 AM
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Are you tiny? Laugh


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 14, 2011, 8:54 AM
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haha yes im a twig. i fall veryyyyy slow


mnskydiver688  (D 30125)

Sep 14, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Keep in mind that even though the loading is what it is, the 135 will fly more aggressively than a larger canopy ie. 170 at the same WL.


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 14, 2011, 3:02 PM
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thanks for the tip! Anyone else have prices on a GTI??????????????


KrisFlyZ  (C 34590)

Sep 14, 2011, 3:06 PM
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thanks for the tip! Anyone else have prices on a GTI??????????????

What size GTI? If you can't find one in the classifieds, your best chance is if someone reading this thread offers to sell their old one. If you post what size suit you are looking for there may be a chance of that happening.


(This post was edited by KrisFlyZ on Sep 14, 2011, 4:30 PM)


hjumper33  (Student)

Sep 14, 2011, 3:12 PM
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Yah I'd say 300-400 depending on condition.


mccordia  (D 94775)

Sep 14, 2011, 4:00 PM
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300 to 400 often gets you newer suits if you look around. P1, Prodigies etc. Several friends of mine just bought mint condition classics and GTIs for prices of 100 to 120 euros. Its gear thats 8 to 10 years old...

Id say 400 is quite steep....


salomon767  (C 41118)

Sep 14, 2011, 5:14 PM
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im 5'11' and 150 pounds


Zeemax

Sep 15, 2011, 1:40 AM
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Which means you're loading that new canopy at closer to 1.3

Seriously. Don't worry about buying a wingsuit yet. You're still a long way off flying one, so why not wait until you're ready, do an FFC and see if WS flying is actually for you. You may not even like it.

Again, spend the $ on jumps and worry about about buying a wingsuit in another 100 or so jumps when you've actually given it a go.

Stay safe.


BenediktDE

Sep 15, 2011, 5:05 AM
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Which means you're loading that new canopy at closer to 1.3
I did it the same way and downsized from a PD 9cell 210sqft to a Sabre2 with 170sqft loading it about the same.

Been there, tried it, declared it stupid in my case! Just sprained an ankle that bound me to the ground for 3 weeks. But I could just have been less lucky.

I'd say - enjoy a 150 canopy, have fun and don't care about buying a suit now. It will just get older until you can use it. So let it get older in an other guy's attic and buy it a few bucks cheaper next year. ;)


(This post was edited by BenediktDE on Sep 15, 2011, 5:06 AM)


skydave114  (D License)

Sep 16, 2011, 8:45 AM
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$516.32 Sly


mfnren  (Student)

Sep 19, 2011, 3:55 AM
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I say save your money a little longer and buy a phantom 1 or 2...

The extra money is well worth a little extra $.

The gti is out dated and you will have way more fun on a more modern suit...


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