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which digital alti is best

 


daleskydive  (E License)

Mar 28, 2012, 3:55 AM
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Im into swooping ( not competition but would like to have a go one day)but only have a couple of guys at my DZ into it. I have an optima but a an analouge wrist alti (not good enough)and want to make sure I get the right digital wrist alti that can be moved to the inside of my wrist. Looking forward to some good advice.Cheers


BMFin

Mar 28, 2012, 4:06 AM
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I use Suunto Core. Works great.


daleskydive  (E License)

Mar 28, 2012, 5:05 AM
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Is that the watch sunto cos I would like a decent displsy size. Thanks for the feedback


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Premier ianmdrennan  (D 25821)
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Mar 28, 2012, 6:45 AM
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You can't go wrong with a N3, or a Viso.

Personally, I prefer the N3 but you can't go wrong with either one.

Blues,
Ian


BMFin

Mar 28, 2012, 6:58 AM
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Is that the watch sunto cos I would like a decent displsy size. Thanks for the feedback

This one http://www.suunto.com/...uunto-Core-All-Black

I have had 3 visos earlier. Two of them were broken by itself. (though L&B has great customer support and they replaced those units) The last one was lost in freefall once the velcro wristband came undone. I then decided not to get a fourth one and decided to go another route.

IMO the suunto may not be perfect in freefall, but under canopy i find it excellent. I never use my alti in freefall anyways.


DaVinciflies

Mar 28, 2012, 8:22 AM
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IMO the suunto may not be perfect in freefall, but under canopy i find it excellent. I never use my alti in freefall anyways.

IMO I don't trust the Suunto to be accurate enough for flying a set-up. I frequently land and find my Suunto is +/- 50ft or more off since I left the ground.


TheCaptain  (D License)

Mar 28, 2012, 8:26 AM
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I have had 3 visos earlier. Two of them were broken by itself. (though L&B has great customer support and they replaced those units) The last one was lost in freefall once the velcro wristband came undone. I then decided not to get a fourth one and decided to go another route.
I have had 2 Sunnto watchs "vectors" stop working for no apparent reason as far as the altimeter goes.What I mean by that is both watchs have reset altitude to 0 on exit (even though they read fine on the way up), both have give erroneous reading in freefall, also both have switched off that screen in freefall too. Also it should be noted even Sunnto does not recommend them for skydiving.

L & B has finally figured out mounting for their Viso. They fit inside a plasitc/rubber housing very securely now.


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Pablo.Moreno  (C 13216)

Mar 28, 2012, 3:47 PM
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I use VISO on my chest, it works great.

A friend of mine use his N3 which is great as well, since it tells you how much altitude you are losing, so on drills you know at what altitude you level off

With the viso you can do the same thing by reading the altimeter when is not losing altitude. If I was going to pick another alti I would go with the N3. Besides, it is re-chargeable. To bad that they took the screw holes on the N3, they worked great on the previous versions for chest mounts.

Also, we use Optimum II (as an audible). They are awesome to get to the IP at the right altitude.


theplummeter  (C License)

Mar 28, 2012, 8:41 PM
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I have a VISO mounted in this:

http://www.chutingstar.com/...tic-wrist-mount.html

It's easy to twist it to exactly where you want it and stays put so far.


daleskydive  (E License)

Mar 28, 2012, 9:47 PM
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That mount looks awesome and just what I need and it obviously reads in 10 ft incraments under 1k? Sorry about my spelling


daleskydive  (E License)

Mar 28, 2012, 9:52 PM
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The N3 also sounds like a good option. Are you able to have it on the inside of your wrist. I wear two audiables in my helmet for free fly so dont really use the wrist alti in freefall and its not hard to look on the inside of the wrist anyway.I use optima 2 and protrack so the chance of both failing at the same time is pretty slim


theplummeter  (C License)

Mar 29, 2012, 5:36 AM
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That mount looks awesome and just what I need and it obviously reads in 10 ft incraments under 1k? Sorry about my spelling
It is ten foot increments under 1000.


artard  (B License)

Mar 29, 2012, 8:53 AM
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I have a Viso II and use these gloves:

http://www.chutingstar.com/...-viso-ii-gloves.html

I wear gloves every time I jump so it works perfectly for me, and the angle I think is ideal for being easy to see in freefall and under canopy.


browny05  (F 752)

Mar 29, 2012, 8:05 PM
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run the Neptune N2 or N3, seems to be the swooping standard run by the PD factory team, think all of the Aussie CP team etc.

can be purchased in Aus from Keiren Rundle @ www.gravitycalls.com


bqmassey  (Student)

Mar 29, 2012, 10:17 PM
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I'm not a swooper, so I can't comment on that application, but...

I love my N3. Screen is very easy to read, easier than the other digitals, imho. The menus are easier to work through as well (if you're looking to use some of the additional features).

It has an LZ offset that allows you to set the difference between the runway altitude and the LZ if you're at a dropzone where that difference is notable. Very handy feature. (Other alti's might have that feature, not sure).

I play around with my canopy a lot at altitude, and I like the descent rate reading that's on the screen when you're in the saddle.

What I don't like about the N3 is the mounting options. The soft rubber case protects it well, but I've seen them get pretty destroyed with lots of use. The gloves and wristbands for the Viso are pretty cool, and seem more robust.


sdsouthsask  (D 684)

Mar 30, 2012, 12:52 PM
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The N3 now has a hard plastic mount that has a metal back and 4 screws to it (one in each corner) I took a wristband and pushed the screws through the wristband and put the N3 in the plastic case so it can be anywhere on your arm now. Easy to do and cheap.


morris

Apr 1, 2012, 12:22 AM
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Wristmounted AltiTrack und Optima 2.
From my point of view the AltiTrack combines the advantage of being digital with the analog face - which I prefer as I think I can read it very fast and Im only using it while still very high up anyways.
As I start my turns pretty high (on average ~1400ft depending on size, WL and location) Optima already comes alive for the first time at (~2200ft). From that point on I fly everything with nothing but the Optima. Last time a have a look at my AltiTrack might be on average at 2500ft...


ataltitude  (C 1009)

Apr 1, 2012, 3:11 PM
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Go N3. Rechargeable battery. Can become a ditter, if a ditter dies, atleast you can still jump. water proof. On board log book.


bofh  (D 13995)

Apr 2, 2012, 6:14 AM
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In reply to:
Wristmounted AltiTrack und Optima 2.
From my point of view the AltiTrack combines the advantage of being digital with the analog face - which I prefer as I think I can read it very fast and Im only using it while still very high up anyways.

I used to turn the AltiTrack over under canopy to read the digital backside, but with my faster canopy it starts to stand straight out because of the wind and it can't be read. So now I have the AltiTrack for freefall and logging, a Viso on my leg for canopy flight and an Optima in my helmet. I use the combination of beeps and the Viso for flying to the IP and start the turn based on the beeps with a second confimation on the Viso.


phoenixlpr  (D 3049)

Apr 2, 2012, 6:54 AM
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+1

Neptune or Viso

Viso even might agree with Optima about altitude indicated.



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