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footballhokie  (A 64294)

Nov 15, 2012, 6:43 AM
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I got my licence over the summer and it was great, but then school came back and I've been out of the air for about 90 days so i lost my currency. the good news is that with thanksgiving break i will be able to go spend i weekend at the drop zone and burn the rest of my bank. but with the resent whether i am a bit concerned having never jump in anything colder than 50 degrees. so basically i was just wondering what clothing is appropriate for jumping and staying warm? obviously gloves, check, but what else. i was reading that hoodies create a potential entanglement hazard, and i would have never thought of that. so what are your thoughts on what you jump with in cold weather?


Andy9o8  (D License)

Nov 15, 2012, 6:56 AM
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Welcome. This has been discussed a few times on here. You'll find the Search function on the 2nd toolbar up top to be helpful. Here, I'll get you started:

http://www.dropzone.com/...post_time&mh=500


DougH  (D License)

Nov 16, 2012, 4:23 AM
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Weather you jump in the cold whether is up to you. Tongue

Wear layers, you aren't exposed to the cold that long, but you will sweat you butt off once you are back packing in the warmth. I don't know why you would want to jump with a sweat shirt when you could wear a heavier weight base layer, warmer and way less crap under your jumpsuit.

Gloves are good, but they shouldn't be bulky, and they should grip your handles well. Practice how all of your handles feel with the gloves, don't forget the little tab on your RSL lanyard.

I would rather have thinner gloves that leave my hands a little cold in the tail end of the season, than toasty hands in gloves that make it hard for me to hookup my students, feel all of my handles.


PiLFy  (A License)

Nov 16, 2012, 1:04 PM
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Winter jumps are their own kind of fun. Talk to the Instructors at your DZ. Learn commonly made mistakes in clothing choices. Then, bundle up & have at it. Winter yumpin is FUN Cool!


erdnarob  (D 364)

Nov 16, 2012, 5:48 PM
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Beware of glove/handle combination. It can be deadly.

Wear gloves which allow you to feel precisely your main and reserve handles. And, REPEAT and do an ACTUAL PILOT CHUTE THROW AWAY on the ground. I cannot be clearer.


dominicc  (C License)

Nov 16, 2012, 6:46 PM
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About the glove, I use thin neoprene glove and they are perfect (i use to have it for kayaking). Make sure to practice before because some neoprene gloves are bulky.

If you have a full face helmet, make sure you have anti-fog on your visor. That make a huge difference


Mach1dmb  (B License)

Nov 16, 2012, 7:40 PM
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I'm new in this sport too and was searching for the same answer on here. I went last weekend while it was cold and dressed in layered shirts and sweatpants under pants under jumpsuit. Only thing that was cold was my feet..they were numb for landing. But otherwise, not bad at all. Like veryone else said though, check your gloves. I wore thin snowboaridng gloves and they are a little too bulky, but as long at you can throw your pilot chute and flare..


DvK  (B License)

Nov 17, 2012, 8:00 AM
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I'm new in this sport too and was searching for the same answer on here. I went last weekend while it was cold and dressed in layered shirts and sweatpants under pants under jumpsuit. Only thing that was cold was my feet..they were numb for landing. But otherwise, not bad at all. Like veryone else said though, check your gloves. I wore thin snowboaridng gloves and they are a little too bulky, but as long at you can throw your pilot chute and flare..

.... and are able to properly grab AND pull cutaway & reserve ripcord handles, able to grab riders to kick out linetwists etc.

There's more to it then you'd do during an "all-goes-well" skydive. If the gloves don't keep you from being able to do all things you might have to do during yourjump, then they're suitable glovesWink


fanya  (D License)

Nov 17, 2012, 9:12 AM
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I've found baseball batting gloves work best for me, thin to provide that tactile feel you need and warm enough so your hands remain useful.


skyjumpenfool  (Student)

Nov 18, 2012, 3:21 PM
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motorcycle riding gloves also work very well.


Shredex

Nov 18, 2012, 5:00 PM
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I bought this pair of Monkey Grease multipurpose gloves from Home Depot for $10. (see attached)

Got 3 jumps with them today. Work great and can feel the hacky just fine! And no cutting feeling on the hands when pulling the toggles after freezing them in the air lol


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hillson  (D 33134)

Nov 18, 2012, 8:15 PM
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I carry around a box of disposable latex/rubber gloves during the winter. Put the gloves on under at std pair of neumans (sp?). Was ~ -15F today when I got out. Hands were toasty warm. Used them all last winter too.

A box of 50 is ~$5 at your local food store.


PiLFy  (A License)

Nov 19, 2012, 1:42 PM
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Cheap Mechanic's gloves w/cheap $10 liners work in all but the coldest temps for me. Latex gloves hold in moisture. Neoprene duck hunting gloves w/those same liners cover the really brutal days.

OP, talk to your instructors. There are too many things you might overlook before pull-time. Everyone has their preferences here. Talk to the peeps that are partly responsible for your safety.


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Nov 20, 2012, 10:22 PM
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Last weekend I used those little warmer pouches in my gloves. Wish I had started using those years ago. Cool


PiLFy  (A License)

Nov 21, 2012, 9:30 AM
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Last weekend I used those little warmer pouches in my gloves. Wish I had started using those years ago. Cool


Make way for Grandpa Tongue....


theonlyski  (D License)

Nov 21, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Last weekend I used those little warmer pouches in my gloves. Wish I had started using those years ago. Cool

I wouldn't suggest using them in your shoes though.

Especially heavy weight military combat boots.

Trust me. Pirate


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Nov 21, 2012, 10:34 AM
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Make way for Grandpa Tongue....
LaughLaugh

"Back in MY day, we didn't have all these fancy handwarmers and gizmos . . . yadda yadda. . . blah blah . .. " Tongue


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Nov 21, 2012, 10:36 AM
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I wouldn't suggest using them in your shoes though.

Especially heavy weight military combat boots.

Trust me. Pirate
Once I used a propane torch to warm up my feet inside my wet hiking boots.

Yep, bad idea.PirateLaughLaugh


footballhokie  (A 64294)

Nov 27, 2012, 4:52 AM
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thanks for all the input guys. ended up going with a nice pair of Under Armour neoprene gloves that worked like a charm. wasn't cold at all even. i forgot how quickly jumps go.



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