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What about buying a 20 year old Javelin J1 container?

 


adangst  (B License)

Mar 16, 2013, 7:12 AM
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So I am poor and buying my first rig. I am trying to save money by buying older used gear. I am looking at buying a 1993 J1. What do you all think is it worth the money to go newer or can I get by with using the old stuff?


This is what I am looking at:

http://www.dropzone.com/classifieds/Detailed/Containers/Javelin_J1_for_smaller_person_5_5_or_less_I_think.__141840.html


SwampMan

Mar 16, 2013, 7:45 AM
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It all depends upon condition. If it's 20-years old but little used, it could be in perfect condition. Have a rigger inspect it and give you his opinion, before you buy it.

A seller who advertises that it "seems to be" in good condition, and it's made for small perople "I think", is something to be wary of. That's why you want an independent expert to tell you for sure.


councilman24  (D 8631)

Mar 16, 2013, 9:44 AM
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You need to arrange for an independent rigger to examine the rig and see if any work needs to be done. Possible needs, new/first BOC (it looks like it may have been Rear of Leg pocket), new reserve PC (I just made a customer replace the PC on similar Javelin, spring weak and lots of packing damage on fabric), new risers, new main PC (less likely). I'm not saying it needs all or any of these but it might.

This may very well be a good first rig, BUT this holds very small canopies for a new jumper. Depending on your experience and weight this may not be big enough. Many people recommend that a 150 main is too small for ANYONE's first canopy. Other disagree but at 150 even the most docile zp mains become higher performance based on size and line length. And the available reserves that is will fit may not be big enough. Fill out your profile and provide weight (specify naked or geared) and we may be able to give more advice.


Mac  (C 101464)

Mar 21, 2013, 10:52 AM
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As other said, its all about the condition and how well its been looked after and maintained.

My Jav is 15 years old and in spanking condition, its been well looked after. Dont let the DOM put you off from checking out older gear.


danornan  (D 11308)

Mar 25, 2013, 5:34 AM
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My Javelin J-1 was manufactured 1/97 and is still in great shape. It was modified with a BOC and bridal cover and except for not having a Skyhook, operates like new.

I have decided to sell it, in order to have a Skyhook, but the container looks very good and works like a new one. Whoever gets it will be able to easily add another 1000 jumps to it.



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