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SoCalFunJumper  (A 33875)

Feb 10, 2013, 7:18 PM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.


jumpsalot-2  (D 33093)

Feb 10, 2013, 7:39 PM
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My rig now was a brand new Infinity container, ordered by me ( for proper fit ). A used Safire 2 and a used reserve less than 5 yrs old. $ 3000.


SoCalFunJumper  (A 33875)

Feb 10, 2013, 7:58 PM
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Really? How much for the container brand new?


jumpsalot-2  (D 33093)

Feb 10, 2013, 8:34 PM
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I think it was around $ 1700. This is my second Infinity, love them.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Feb 11, 2013, 7:20 AM
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I think it was around $ 1700. This is my second Infinity, love them.

Yep, love Infinity rigs. I'm on my 2nd one, though it was a lot cheaper brand new in 1998 at about $650. Unsure


DougH  (D License)

Feb 11, 2013, 7:43 AM
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In 2006 I scored an awesome deal on Ebay for a barely used Icon, Pilot, Smart Reserve, and Cypress II with 10 years left on the clock... for 3500.

I think those deals are few and far in between now.


davelepka  (D 21448)

Feb 11, 2013, 8:09 AM
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$3500 is a good budget. You can get a really nice rig, or a pretty nice rig with a Cypres (or other AAD, but get a Cypres if you want an AAD).

Don't limit yourself to SoCal, although there is probably a good chance of finding a rig there. Anything you buy needs to be inspected by a rigger, and sellers should understand this and be willing to accomodate you.

Test jumps are 'iffy'. Unless you plan to take full responsibility for loss or damage (in writing) I would not expect a seller to let you jump anything. You could try it on for harness, but the serial number and a call to the manufacturer with your measurements should tell you what you need to know.

Check out the classifieds here, and post any ads that peak your interest. We can let you know what we think, and someone might be able to vouch for the seller.


heavydude  (A 53326)

Feb 11, 2013, 9:34 AM
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I have had real good luck with Dropzone classifieds and have bought my rig, helmets, altimeters etc from classifieds. However also consider if you buy a package some parts may not be optimum for your use, my first container was nice(Javelin old but almost no use) However I ditched the first main because it was really bad. Old 9-cell F-111 Hard opening version. I then bought a cheap used main used that for about a hundred jumps(it was $265) Then finally rationalized getting a new Triathlon main which I love. Now my used cypress expired so I just bought a new Vigil which should be good for 20 yrs.
I think this way I jumped regularly w/ money its just spread out over a longer time ! Also some of that Midwest and east coast gear gets allot less wear/sun/uv damage so it may be in better condition.


dthames  (B 37674)

Feb 11, 2013, 10:30 AM
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I purchased a rig with 3+ years o the Cypress, a Pilot main with about 150 jumps, a somewhat older reserve in good condition, in a Mirage G3 that was in good condition, for just a little less than $3500.

Waiting to find the right deal and fit can be hard.


BKS60  (C 41583)

Feb 11, 2013, 6:45 PM
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One of the instructors at our DZ regularly puts together rigs and sells them at real good prices. What are your specs?


Iago  (D License)

Feb 11, 2013, 6:54 PM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.

You should be able to get a solid used rig WITH an AAD for around or under $2500.

Retired jumpers are good places to look. Chances are some people at your DZ know a few.

If you're in SOCAL ask around the military circles as well. Someone looking at a deployment or PCS might not have much chance to jump for a long stretch. I know a few that sold their gear to get the value out of it and then bought something else when they got out.


SoCalFunJumper  (A 33875)

Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 PM
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Word! test jumps are iffy and I really don't need to do that. Knowing whom the rig is coming from is key. I agree a rigger should be the mediator on what is what. I'll be patient. I've seen some pretty sick rigs fully decked go for less than $3,500. I've been waiting for quite some time so I think holding out for that awesome deal while its cold is a good idea.
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SoCalFunJumper  (A 33875)

Feb 11, 2013, 9:46 PM
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Stocky/chubby 5'-8 - 175lbs but...skydiving might change that...HA!..? I Shouldn't skydive but parachutes don't seem to discriminate much LOL. Wink


davelepka  (D 21448)

Feb 12, 2013, 3:55 AM
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Knowing whom the rig is coming from is key. I agree a rigger should be the mediator on what is what.

Just to clarify, knowing who the rig is comign from is less important than knowing what the rig really is, and that's what the rigger is for.

The riggers role is more than just mediator for the deal. Truth is, anyone can mediate the deal, provided that both parties trust their 'business integrity'.

The rigger is there to inspect the gear, and that's how you find out 'what' it really is. For starters, they check that the gear is airworthy, meaning it's safe to jump. Additionally, they can check the serial numbers against various stolen gear databases, and they can check for any applicable ADs or SBs (mods the factory suggests/requires for safety) and if they have been done to the rig.

Don't ever buy any part of a rig used (main, reserve, container, AAD) without a rigger inspecting it. Helmets, jumpsuits, altimeters, etc are one thing, any part of a rig you need an inspection to really be sure of what you're getting.

Check out Chutingstar gear store. They do an escrow deal where they handle the gear and payments for private party sales, and all you have to pay for is the inspection. You and the seller send them the gear and the money, they will inspect, report, and then ship the gear and money to the 'new owners' if all is good. It's an easy way to buy gear from someone you don't know.


BloominOnion12  (A License)

Feb 12, 2013, 10:54 AM
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Yes, after my aff, i found a used g3, sabre 135 , pd reserve and used vigil for 3200! Got lucky and found someone with a 2nd rig they didn't need. however, wingloading is a bit highCool


airtwardo  (D License)

Feb 15, 2013, 8:28 PM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.


You're welcome Rusty - I know you'll enjoy it! Cool

Ya owe me a Beer! Wink


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Iago  (D License)

Feb 16, 2013, 7:49 AM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.

Call Ralph and see what he has on the shelf. I you know your measurements, particularly the Main Lift Web and yoke that will help.


airtwardo  (D License)

Feb 16, 2013, 10:16 AM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.

Call Ralph and see what he has on the shelf. I you know your measurements, particularly the Main Lift Web and yoke that will help.

I have a buddy getting out of the sport, saw a good match here & SoCalFunJumper now has a really nice rig & enough left in the budget to put it in the breeze...Cool


Shredex

Feb 16, 2013, 2:39 PM
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I got a good starter rig for $1100!

No AAD, but good nonetheless.


Iago  (D License)

Feb 16, 2013, 3:17 PM
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I've been waiting so long to get a rig and now I finally have what I feel like is enough money to land my hands on a nice starter rig. I'm hoping to find something local to southern CA so I can check the gear out in person and possibly test jump. Any way nice to meet you.

Call Ralph and see what he has on the shelf. I you know your measurements, particularly the Main Lift Web and yoke that will help.

I have a buddy getting out of the sport, saw a good match here & SoCalFunJumper now has a really nice rig & enough left in the budget to put it in the breeze...Cool

Yay!



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