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dpfire29

Jan 27, 2013, 2:11 PM
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I AM A ROOKIE SKYDIVER WITH ONLY 6 JUMPS, LOOKING TO BUY MY OWN ALTIMETER AND THE TWO I HAVE LOOKED AT ARE THE ALTI 2 AND THE DIGITAL ALTI TRAK. ANY SUGGESTIONS?


monkycndo  (D License)

Jan 27, 2013, 2:19 PM
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Shhhhhh, no yelling needed. (Turn your caps lock off)

And if you use that helpful search function, look for info on the Galaxy altimeter. Been discussed many times before.


(This post was edited by monkycndo on Jan 27, 2013, 2:22 PM)


Turboprop  (D License)

Jan 27, 2013, 2:58 PM
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Right on.


phreeloader  (Student)

Jan 27, 2013, 3:42 PM
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I just started myself, And I decided to go with an Alti-2 Galaxy. I bought it used thru the classifieds here so i picked it up for under $100.

Here's why I picked it as a newbie

* Established Company - I know if I have problems with it, Alti-2 will most likely still be here to help me out (Plus i live in DeLand, so it's local)

* Analog altimeter - While i realize anything can break, I know my eyes are not yet the best judge of altitude, so I did not want anything that depends on batteries as my primary altimeter

* Field replaceable lens - I know my landings are going to suck, I know I'm clumsy in the plane, and I haven't even started group dives yet... So i know it's only a matter of time before the lens is scratched or broken, so it's nice to know "I" can fix it for $10

* Glow Face - Night jumps are a long way off.. but it's nice to know the altimeter I bought as a newbie will still be useful later on as well

I will say that I hate that it's pretty much worthless once you get below 200ft (the width of the needle is about 100ft).. I think it would be nice to have a digital when it comes time to land... however I also think that's an area where I really need to train my eyes, so it's probably for the best

Another thing I like about my galaxy having a removable lens, is that it allowed me to somewhat customize the face.. I didn't want to do anything extreme, but when i was going thru AFF I found myself looking at my altimeter.. but not always READING my altimeter... so I wanted a reminder that 5.5 was time to pull ... so i made some tiny vinyl decals and added them to the face, pics attached

With all that said, this doesn't mean it's the best altimeter for you, but those are the reasons i chose it for me


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GLIDEANGLE  (D 30292)

Jan 27, 2013, 4:06 PM
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I wanted a reminder that 5.5 was time to pull ... so i made some tiny vinyl decals and added them to the face, pics attached

That is great... until your pull altitude moves down. You won't be pulling at 5.5 for long. If you are... you will likely have few folks to jump with.


RyanFYF  (C 41792)

Jan 27, 2013, 4:13 PM
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Loving my VISO2.


phreeloader  (Student)

Jan 27, 2013, 4:13 PM
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That is great... until your pull altitude moves down. You won't be pulling at 5.5 for long. If you are... you will likely have few folks to jump with.

Yep, it won't be long and I'll be pulling the decals off, But it sure has been handy in the mean time! Smile


(This post was edited by phreeloader on Jan 27, 2013, 4:14 PM)


IanHarrop  (C 1152)

Jan 27, 2013, 4:33 PM
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I agree with your choice of an Alti-2 Galaxy but I suggest that under 200 feet you need to be using your eyes

So this:
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I will say that I hate that it's pretty much worthless once you get below 200ft

... shouldn't be a problem.

You're only seconds from landing at 200 feet Smile


05BlackWRX  (A 64866)

Jan 27, 2013, 5:03 PM
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I bought an alti trak as my first altimeter. I really wanted the analog face as well as the digital jump log. This is nice for filling out you log book afterwards or you can load into pc software. It is also nice because the altitude marks are at different intervals for different altitudes. So when you are at 13k, it is only marked every 2k feet, but below 6k it is marked every 1k. I've been really happy with it so far. It has a back light for night jumps and the battery lasts awhile. I'm a new jumper but wanted to tell you my experience with the alti trak.


nigel99  (D 1)

Jan 27, 2013, 6:50 PM
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Shhhhhh, no yelling needed. (Turn your caps lock off)

And if you use that helpful search function, look for info on the Galaxy altimeter. Been discussed many times before.

A used Galaxy is a great investment. I've still got mine and it gets used occasionally.


dpfire29

Jan 27, 2013, 6:54 PM
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let me make sure my caps are off, thanks for the input, i think i am going with this one, i guess i was wanting to go big and have all the bells and wistles with the altitrack, but the more i read i think this one may fit me better, i dont want to train myself to rely on audible just yet.


Premier NWFlyer  (D License)

Jan 27, 2013, 6:55 PM
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I'd agree with the other recommendations; a Galaxy is a great first altimeter, particularly if you can find one used.

The Altitrack is a fantastic piece of technology, and I own one, but I waited (patiently - over 5 years to be exact!) till I found one used at a really great price. They don't pop up used all that often, but sometimes you can get a deal.

IMHO, since you're going to be spending a ton of money on a lot of things as you build up your pile of skydiving gear, the additional $250 you'd spend on a new Altitrack (vs. a new Galaxy) could be better put towards other gear (such as a rig, or a jumpsuit, or helmet) for now.


(This post was edited by NWFlyer on Jan 27, 2013, 7:03 PM)


dpfire29

Jan 27, 2013, 6:57 PM
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thanks, really torn between the alti 2 and the altitrack


Bignugget  (A License)

Jan 27, 2013, 7:32 PM
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I grabbed an alti-2 off the classifieds as well. Bang for the buck it seemed the best bet.

I was comfortable with the way it fit on my hand during AFF and just felt no reason to add new things right away.

I only have 17 jumps.


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Jan 27, 2013, 8:24 PM
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In reply to:
I will say that I hate that it's pretty much worthless once you get below 200ft (the width of the needle is about 100ft).. I think it would be nice to have a digital when it comes time to land... however I also think that's an area where I really need to train my eyes, so it's probably for the best

Exactly. At 200 ft you'd best be looking where you are going and watching for the bozo that's trying to run into you instead of watching an altimeter...of ANY type.
You got it.
Good stuff.


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Jan 28, 2013, 6:03 AM
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The one that is in stock and that is priced to fit your budget. They all do the job.


sundevil777  (D License)

Jan 28, 2013, 7:35 AM
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Allti 2 is a brand (mfg), not a model.


fasted3  (D 30104)

Jan 28, 2013, 8:45 AM
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In reply to:
I bought an alti trak as my first altimeter. I really wanted the analog face as well as the digital jump log.

Another vote for the Alti-Trak, if you can afford it. I bought mine at 12 jumps and have been totally satisfied with it, going on 6 years now. I've only changed the battery once in that time. I like the automatic recording of exit altitude and freefall time, and the speeds are helpful too. It's easy to read the analog face day or night with the backlit feature.
The only downside is the expense, but I looked at it as a commitment to skydiving; I knew I'd be sticking with it. Another plus is the reputation of the company. I've never needed service, but from all reports, if I do, they will take good care of me.


dontlikemustard  (B License)

Jan 28, 2013, 11:13 AM
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if you look around the classifieds long enough you will eventually find a very good deal.

i got a very nice altimaster alti 2 for 40 bucks.


skytribe  (D 9403)

Jan 28, 2013, 11:31 AM
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It was also a model, altimeters were built by SSE prior to the altimeter business being sold to the current owners.


firstime  (B 28972)

Jan 31, 2013, 7:15 PM
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ding ding we have a winner in this thread


firstime  (B 28972)

Jan 31, 2013, 7:17 PM
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In reply to:
I will say that I hate that it's pretty much worthless once you get below 200ft (the width of the needle is about 100ft).. I think it would be nice to have a digital when it comes time to land... however I also think that's an area where I really need to train my eyes, so it's probably for the best

Exactly. At 200 ft you'd best be looking where you are going and watching for the bozo that's trying to run into you instead of watching an altimeter...of ANY type.
You got it.
Good stuff.



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