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theplummeter  (C License)

Sep 13, 2012, 7:05 PM
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Hey all. I have nearly 150 jumps and have aggressively downsized, but only to make the Cessna look big and because I hate packing.

Since I'm already on such a small aggressive canopy, swooping seemed the logical option, so I've been turning lower and longer using the toggles.

It's working out perfect! The big drawback is this:
I can't afford awesome swoop pants to get more speed, which left me wondering how many of you are stealing your wife/girlfriends capris (or wearing your own) for swooping?

If I'm not going to pay a canopy coach I sure as hell am not going to pay for swoop pants.


SRI85  (D License)

Sep 13, 2012, 7:08 PM
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Spandex is the cheapest way to go.


theplummeter  (C License)

Sep 13, 2012, 7:11 PM
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Spandex is the cheapest way to go.

I didn't even think of that. The Gloria Vanderbilt stretchy denim capris I pilfered have a higher Y cut, leaving me dealing with a mooseknuckle conundrum from which there may be no escape.


piisfish

Sep 14, 2012, 1:03 AM
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define cheap.

the best for you would be this one


5.samadhi

Sep 14, 2012, 3:46 AM
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define cheap.

the best for you would be this one
I'd recommend something heavy duty so that way when you poo poo in your pants from a botched swoop you won't get poo poo on your canopy.


flipper  (D 11524)

Sep 14, 2012, 4:02 AM
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Forget swoop pants ... just oil yourself up ... less drag and more Ooooo from the crowdWink


missbrz  (B License)

Sep 14, 2012, 6:54 AM
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Forget swoop pants ... just oil yourself up ... less drag and more Ooooo from the crowdWink

^this. It's the Sunman approach to swooping. Extra points in freestyle if you glisten WinkAngelic


RichLees

Sep 14, 2012, 9:42 AM
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budgie smugglers!
if you want to keep your skin, get some Dickies from WalMart - shorts or pants, but no budgie smugglers.

Dickies won't save your bones, tho


bushwarp4  (D 33223)

Sep 15, 2012, 5:46 PM
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Anyone have an opinion on Flite Suit's Bomber shorts?


TMPattersonJr  (D 30299)

Sep 15, 2012, 7:59 PM
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Forget swoop pants ... just oil yourself up ... less drag and more Ooooo from the crowdWink

^this. It's the Sunman approach to swooping. Extra points in freestyle if you glisten WinkAngelic

What if you sparkle?!?Tongue


Dutton  (D 15542)

Sep 18, 2012, 9:17 AM
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Ease of packing is the absolute best reason to downsize. Check.
Parachutes were made to be flown and landed with toggles, check...

You lost me on the Clamdiggers, though.

Gay.


piisfish

Sep 19, 2012, 3:07 AM
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Parachutes were made to be flown and landed with toggles, check...
that is wrong... we have rears for a reason. Because we can always trust them... Except on a Hobbit Laugh


kevin  (D 678)

Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 AM
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"Since I'm already on such a small aggressive canopy, swooping seemed the logical option, so I've been turning lower and longer using the toggles."
Just wear a hospital gown, that way you can cut out the middle-man.


theplummeter  (C License)

Sep 19, 2012, 1:18 PM
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"Since I'm already on such a small aggressive canopy, swooping seemed the logical option, so I've been turning lower and longer using the toggles."
Just wear a hospital gown, that way you can cut out the middle-man.

That sounds reasonable, but I'm looking for something lower drag, that looks like I was poured into and will eventually have to be cut out of with trauma shears.


missbrz  (B License)

Sep 20, 2012, 5:34 AM
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"Since I'm already on such a small aggressive canopy, swooping seemed the logical option, so I've been turning lower and longer using the toggles."
Just wear a hospital gown, that way you can cut out the middle-man.

That sounds reasonable, but I'm looking for something lower drag, that looks like I was poured into and will eventually have to be cut out of with trauma shears.

oh! old school style suit then. Windmiller has a sexy red pleather one. You should definitely go that route too. Except maybe go with sparkly pink or neon yellow. Tongue


Premier slotperfect  (D 13014)

Sep 20, 2012, 12:41 PM
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Windmiller's suit gives me nightmares and acid reflux.


Premier ianmdrennan  (D 25821)
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Sep 20, 2012, 12:43 PM
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Windmiller's suit gives me nightmares and acid reflux.

Fixed it for you Smile


theplummeter  (C License)

Oct 15, 2012, 9:05 PM
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Follow up questions:

For those of you swooping in Crocs, do you grease them up and if so with what?, and is anyone using boatloads of heavy rhinestones instead of a weight belt?

I feel like my canopy loading is as low as my Bedazzler is underused.


(This post was edited by theplummeter on Oct 15, 2012, 9:07 PM)


gainer  (D 800)

Oct 25, 2012, 1:47 PM
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Try Rob Kruger, swooprobk@gmail.com or robert.s.kruger@facebook.com. He made swoop shorts for the whole South Africa team in 2008 and 2009, still using the 2009 version. Pants cost ZAR 1000, which is around $1100. Not as fancy as a deepseed version but a rigger can easily fix them when needs be



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