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SWhiplash  (D 29662)

Jul 26, 2012, 10:29 PM
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I know the vast majority of people in our sport are in their 20's and want to jump the fastest canopies they can handle as soon as sanely possible. But what about jumpers with a bit of age on their side? I fall into the POPS category now and could benefit from nice consistent landings....even at Mile High elevations! What are my options? I'm 170 on the scale...probably about 190 +/- with my gear out the door. Let's talk about a good main canopy to consider. Make/Model and size.
Many thanks from Colorado...but with Lost Prairie Always on My Mind...


Bip  (D 573)

Jul 26, 2012, 11:32 PM
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I am 54. After a 11 year break I started jumping again in 2007. After trying out various canopies I settled on a Pulse 170. Nice light toggles on a fun flying wing has been the perfect combo for me. It is also a dream to pack. I am about 190lb in the skin. My elder brother has also just converted over to a Pulse 190 and is very pleased with his choice. Makes for hassel free skydiving.


hokierower  (B 36150)

Jul 27, 2012, 5:14 AM
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Spectre 170/190? On the long side for snivel, soft & on-heading openings, pretty flat glide in full-flight, nice strong flare?

I've flown both and they were really awesome canopies.


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Jul 27, 2012, 6:34 AM
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What are you jumping now?

I'm a big Spectre fan for old farts like me. Loaded at about 1.0-1.1, with Dacron lines (cuz old backs and necks really appreciate the softer openings - and so you can do casual CRW).

Ask some of the old farts at LP what mains they jump and why. Betcha most of them jump Spectres.


DBCOOPER  (D 24112)

Jul 27, 2012, 7:09 AM
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A Pulse 190 would fit in your container if it's holding a Sabre1 170 in it now. I recently upsize from a Pilot 140 to a Pulse 170 after my Moab boogie almost killing myself experience last year Light and variable winds @ 7500 density altitude.Crazy


Fullmoon  (C 38934)

Jul 27, 2012, 7:42 AM
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When I got back into the sport I tried both the Pulse and Storm, and bought the Storm, but loved them both and would have been happy with either. Even if I was 20 YO today, I would probably have the same mindset about wanting to fly a lightly loaded canopy. Good luck with whatever you choose.


GLIDEANGLE  (D 30292)

Jul 27, 2012, 7:45 AM
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In reply to:
I know the vast majority of people in our sport are in their 20's

Not so....

In 2010 (most current data I can find), USPA membership:

Age Percent of members
16-30 24%
>= 40 47%

http://www.uspa.org/...veys/memsurvey10.pdf

I love my big, slow, docile Spectre 210.

"Docile" = It behaves well when I do not.


jimmytavino  (A 3914)

Jul 27, 2012, 1:25 PM
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upsize??????


....already DID !!!Wink

jmy
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cocheese  (D 24000)

Jul 28, 2012, 7:32 AM
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Most skydivers are old. If we aren't getting any younger, lighter, or more current, UP sizing is a smart thing to do.Sly Now go buy a wing suit and big 7 cell.Cool


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Jul 28, 2012, 8:51 AM
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Another vote for the Pulse. As already mentioned, it has nice advantages in that you can potentially upsize without having to buy a bigger container (though if you're upsizing your main, you'll probably also want to look at upsizing your reserve ... and you might be able to get a bigger Optimum into your current container*).

The Pulse's openings are pretty consistent, they're soft but not snively, and are generally on-heading. Even brand-new it practically packs itself (now wouldn't that be great for us old folks!).








*No, I don't work for PD, nor am I sponsored, I just like their products.


Martini  (D 23756)

Jul 29, 2012, 6:47 PM
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You may be underestimating your exit weight somewhat. I'd bet clothes, shoes, rig (with 170/175 sf canopies), helmet, alti, etc are at least 30 lbs.


5.samadhi

Jul 29, 2012, 7:09 PM
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I have also upsized recently. I went from a 120 elliptical foot to a 205 sq ft troll Laugh

My vote is for something as square as you can possibly get with a very low aspect ratio.


(This post was edited by 5.samadhi on Jul 29, 2012, 7:10 PM)


skydivingchad  (D 28984)

Jul 29, 2012, 7:16 PM
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I am also upsizing, fron a Sabre 2 135 to a Nitron 150. After breaking my back this year I figure if I want to jump for many years to come it will be best if I give up tandems and slow down my landings.


monkycndo  (D License)

Jul 29, 2012, 7:53 PM
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In reply to:
I am also upsizing, fron a Sabre 2 135 to a Nitron 150. After breaking my back this year I figure if I want to jump for many years to come it will be best if I give up tandems and slow down my landings.

And what a beautiful canopy it is.Wink



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