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Downsizing from a 250

 


jclalor  (B 33202)

Sep 12, 2012, 11:18 AM
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I Have been jumping a solo 250 for about my last 300 jumps, is going down to a 210 to big of a leap? I weigh about 240 out the door and would just like to get something a little more sporty. (I'm also old as dirt at 50)

would a 210 (pulse?) fit inside a container built for a 250?

Thanks


skyjumpenfool  (Student)

Sep 12, 2012, 11:59 AM
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would a 210 (pulse?) fit inside a container built for a 250?

Thanks

What container? Contact the Manufactuer?? Some have sizing specs on their website. You'll need to know pack volume?


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Andrewwhyte  (C 1988)

Sep 12, 2012, 12:18 PM
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At your experience level I would not consider this to be a huge leap. The Pulse is a very docile canopy, more so than a Solo. If it fits a bit loose you can get your rigger to add a bit of fill to the back-tray of your main container for cheap.


excaza  (C License)

Sep 12, 2012, 12:22 PM
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As a general rule, you want to change square footage or canopy type, not both at once. That being said, a 40 square foot drop is pretty sizable, but with these canopies I don't know how much you'd notice.


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linebckr83  (D 30571)

Sep 12, 2012, 1:30 PM
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I'm 255 out the door, and jumped both a Navigator 260 and Navigator 220 a few weeks ago just for the shits of it. There is hardly any difference in that size range. If you were happy with the solo 250 but want something slightly more sporty, I think you'd be very happy with a pulse 210.


adamUK  (C 104423)

Sep 12, 2012, 1:59 PM
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The pulse has a low pack volume so packs much smaller than, say, a sabre 2 so it's definitely worth having a chat with the manufacturer of the container.


tmccann  (A 61009)

Sep 12, 2012, 2:37 PM
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I feel a bit silly offering any suggestion here, since I have far too little experience to know, but hopefully a leading question doesn't come off presumptuous: does your DZ or local gear shop have anything in between that you can rent/borrow for a few jumps to judge for yourself?


skyjumpenfool  (Student)

Sep 12, 2012, 3:36 PM
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I feel a bit silly offering any suggestion here, since I have far too little experience to know, but hopefully a leading question doesn't come off presumptuous: does your DZ or local gear shop have anything in between that you can rent/borrow for a few jumps to judge for yourself?

Never appologise for posting common, good sense. Cool

@ OP... Check with your local instructors on size, but you might want to demo a couple canopies from the Manufactuers. It's a great way to try before you buy. Larger DZ's or Boogies sometimes have them available. Contact the Manufactuer of your choice.


Bertt  (D 99999)

Sep 12, 2012, 7:27 PM
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Actually, that's about what I was going to say. Demo a Spectre 230 for a few jumps, then move on.
Wings containers have a long closing loop, so there's a good chance you can take out enough slack to make the 210 work, but I'd email the container manufacturer with the container serial number and date-of-manufacture and the particulars on the canopies to get their opinion.


wasatchrider

Sep 12, 2012, 8:24 PM
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i have a raider sprint its a 9 cell f-111 canopy I could sell ya


wasatchrider

Sep 12, 2012, 8:25 PM
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sorry its a 220


5.samadhi

Sep 12, 2012, 8:55 PM
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i have a raider sprint its a 9 cell f-111 canopy I could sell ya
he doesnt want your old ratty canopy you've probably used for base jumps into water Laugh


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Sep 13, 2012, 7:20 AM
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In reply to:
I feel a bit silly offering any suggestion here, since I have far too little experience to know, but hopefully a leading question doesn't come off presumptuous: does your DZ or local gear shop have anything in between that you can rent/borrow for a few jumps to judge for yourself?

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Good advice.
Also chat with a coach before jumping any new canopy.
Ideally, the coach will video your landing, then you can review the video with him/her to decide how to improve your next landing.
Alternately, ask a friend to video you landing the new canopy and share the video with a coach in the evening.


deltron80  (A License)

Sep 13, 2012, 8:04 AM
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I'm about 250 out the door and I jump a Pulse 230...I love it!

The only problem is the parachute just keeps flying and will not actually descend in any meaningful way.


fcajump  (D 15598)

Sep 14, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Spent ~800 jumps on a PD-260 and Star Trak II (~300sqr ft)

Finally went to a Spectre 230 and after ~300 more jumps picked up a Spectre 210 as well.

At the same time (over 20 years) I've gone from an exit weight of 235 to 260.

Personally, I would recommend demo'ing a 230. If you don't think you're going to want to stay with it long enough to pay full price, get a used one. Don't be in a hurry to down size, give that 230 a good work out, I think you can find that it's "fun enough" for now.

JW



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