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What are different parachutes known for?

 


tsf

Mar 15, 2013, 10:42 PM
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As a beginner browsing around for a first canopy, I'm lost in all of the different types of canopies (pulse, spectre, etc.). Once I've decided on a certain size for the appropriate wing loading for my jump experience, how do I decide which brand/model is most appropriate? Are there any folks here that have jumped many different ones that can comment on what certain types of parachutes are known for (easy to pack, hard to pack, softer openings, harder openings, slower openings, sensitive flight, etc.)?


mahonie10  (B License)

Mar 15, 2013, 11:14 PM
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This is a great question........for you to ask your instructors


obelixtim  (D 84)

Mar 16, 2013, 4:48 AM
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 Find some old fart lounging around in the bar after jumping and lubricate with beer. Ask their advice. That will narrow down your choices. Run those past your chief instructor or DZ rigger.

Don't take the advice of anyone looking to sell gear who isn't a reputable dealer....


councilman24  (D 8631)

Mar 16, 2013, 9:52 AM
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Start by reading the reviews on this website and the canopy descriptions on Performance Designs website. You may see terms that you don't recognize. Find someone local to ask. The differences between canopies are like the difference between a VW bug and a Dodge Viper. There are several general purpose canopies that are suitable for a first canopy. From several manufacturers.


Zoso  (D 32786)

Mar 16, 2013, 11:46 AM
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I would recommend obtaining a paragear catalog and reading about every canopy they sell. Brian Germain's book would also be very educational to you. I'll let you figure out the name of it so I don't look like I'm advertising.


racerman  (C 18409)

Mar 16, 2013, 12:25 PM
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And DEMO,DEMO,DEMO before you buy! You don't say how many jumps you have but a boogie, like Summerfest, is a great place to demo gear.


champu  (D 28302)

Mar 16, 2013, 2:48 PM
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Find some old fart lounging around in the bar after jumping and lubricate with beer. Ask their advice. That will narrow down your choices. Run those past your chief instructor or DZ rigger.

Don't take the advice of anyone looking to sell gear who isn't a reputable dealer....

Choose your old fart wisely though otherwise he or she will just tell you that "7 cell canopies don't have good glide," "stilettos give you line twists," and "the 45 degree rule is the best way to get exit separation."

A combination of the advice given here is probably best. Read up on the manufacturers' websites and reviews here, ask your instructors, demo as many as you can, and beware the advice of someone with a canopy for sale.


Rover  (D 241)

Mar 16, 2013, 2:58 PM
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Units have slow openings Cool


airtwardo  (D License)

Mar 16, 2013, 3:26 PM
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Units have slow openings Cool



LaughLaughLaugh ~ Yes they DO! Cool


ctrph8  (D License)

Mar 21, 2013, 2:19 AM
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Mine was poorly behaved. It would open softly just often enough that I'd stop being afraid of it... for a little while.


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nigel99  (D 1)

Mar 21, 2013, 5:35 PM
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The PD flight characteristics details are really informative. I think they are in the user manuals, regardless they are easy to find.

I've found a reasonable amount of brand snobbery, so be cautious if people rubbish a brand.

For most people looking at first canopies Sabre 2. Saffire 2 and pilots are very popular choices.


AdamUSN  (A 57465)

Mar 23, 2013, 2:03 PM
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I have a Sabre2, sporty when I want it to be, great openings, and generally a good resale value when it's time to downsize.

PD has a ton of videos on their YouTube channel about their canopies. If I changed anything right now, I might have gotten a Pulse.

I love my SA2 it's a great canopy for how I fly and the 170 will be great for 500jumps.



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