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Todd Shoebotham Talks Pilot Chutes - 2017-12-05 by Annette O'Neil new

Todd Shoebotham Talks Pilot Chutes Our beloved little workhorse, it’s the first thing we take out and the last thing we put in. It gets dragged around. It gets abused. For all the obsessive fawning we do over our canopies, our pilot...
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How the Pros Keep Their Canopies In Perfect Form - 2017-11-28 by Annette O'Neil updated

How the Pros Keep Their Canopies In Perfect Form Canopy wear-and-tear can sneak up on you--and, if you’re new(ish) to the swooping trade, you might not know exactly what parts of your equipment need extra attention. Since a dedicated canopy pilot...
Average Rating = 4.00/5 Votes: 4 | Comments: 0 | Views: 4202

Know Your Gear: Harness and Container Systems Part 2 - 2017-09-07 by Damian Alvarez

Know Your Gear: Harness and Container Systems Part 2 During part 1 we described the different parts of a skydiving harness and the materials used on it. On the second part we are a bit more practical. Here we will go through most (all?) harness options ...
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Know Your Gear: Harness and Container Systems Part 1 - 2017-07-03 by Damian Alvarez

Know Your Gear: Harness and Container Systems Part 1 The harness is a fundamental piece of your skydiving gear. As such, you know it like the back of your hand, right? Maybe the answer is "well, not really". Many experience jumpers will answer that....
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The RSL and Skyhook Debate - 2017-06-09 by Andrew Goodfellow

The RSL and Skyhook Debate So…you just crushed an 8-way angle jump, stacked tight and flying fast. Damn that feels good. Or maybe it was a Sunday night sunset BFR with all the sky-fam that stuck around till the very end of...
Average Rating = 2.67/5 Votes: 6 | Comments: 10 | Views: 8010

Preventing Camera Snags - 2016-11-15 by Annette O'Neil

Preventing Camera Snags Remember when getting a camera onto your helmet required power tools, soldering irons, hot knives and makeshift camera mounts? Um--probably not. It wasn’t so long ago, really, that you had to have...
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Performing a Great Wingsuit Gear Check (The Easy Way) - 2016-11-07 by Annette O'Neil

Performing a Great Wingsuit Gear Check (The Easy Way) Let me ask you this: When was the last time that you saw the pilot running down a safety checklist on the jump plane? If you’re paying attention, you certainly have--or at least seen the clipboard...
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How To Avoid Line Burn (Because Raw Canopies Work Better) - 2016-09-02 by Annette O'Neil

How To Avoid Line Burn (Because Raw Canopies Work Better) When a suspension line gets out-of-place and slides across neighboring nylon, another line, or another skydiver (in a collision scenario), the damage can be catastrophic. The lines connecting your...
Average Rating = 3.67/5 Votes: 3 | Comments: 5 | Views: 7912

A Great Suit Fit By The Numbers - 2016-08-10 by Annette O'Neil

A Great Suit Fit By The Numbers You might think twice--or three times, or never--about dropping many hundreds of dollars on a dapper tuxedo. A skydiving suit, however? Shut up and take my money, dear manufacturer. Just make sure...
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How To Show Your Three-Ring System You Care - 2016-08-04 by Annette O'Neil

How To Show Your Three-Ring System You Care Three-ring systems look pretty tough. They’re made of thick, heavy metal, after all – what could possibly go wrong? Bad news: lots.
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6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear - 2016-07-04 by Annette O'Neil

6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear Paul Iglin has been brokering used skydiving gear for more than a decade. He’s seen it all. He has definitely seen your kind before, and wants you to know a few things about the buying process, so...
Average Rating = 3.80/5 Votes: 10 | Comments: 10 | Views: 10756

How To Clean Your Container - 2015-11-16 by Annette O'Neil

How To Clean Your Container If you’ve managed to drag your beautiful gear through the mud, you’re going to have to stare at it in shame for a while before you make a move. Wait for it to dry completely -- which may take a...
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What To Ask Yourself Before You Mess With Your AAD - 2015-11-12 by Annette O'Neil

What To Ask Yourself Before You Mess With Your AAD Just a quick note, friend: you might want to poke a little deeper. According to the USPA, there have been no less than nine fatalities related to AAD fires at designated firing altitudes that did not ...
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Safety in the Sky: A Skydiver’s Defense - 2015-10-29 by Eury Marte

Safety in the Sky: A Skydiver’s Defense An AAD is a small, technically advanced device used to automatically open a skydiver’s reserve parachute. The device is equipped with a small computer designed to compute the skydiver’s speed of...
Average Rating = 3.14/5 Votes: 7 | Comments: 13 | Views: 6413

Fly Gear: The New School of Tracking Suits - 2015-09-29 by Annette O'Neil

Fly Gear: The New School of Tracking Suits Invented by pioneers of the tracking discipline in the unforgiving terrain atop Norway’s bigwall exits, the first suits were resourceful repurposings of the stuff they already had on-hand – the rain...
Average Rating = 3.14/5 Votes: 7 | Comments: 5 | Views: 9098

How to Buy New Skydiving Gear - 2015-09-16 by Annette O'Neil

How to Buy New Skydiving Gear You’re no doubt aware that this purchase is going to rival car-buying in the cash outlay -- there’s really no way around it. That said, there are some steps you can take to get the best possible deal ...
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Toggles Matter - 2015-08-11 by Brian Germain

Toggles Matter It is often the little things in our skydiving day that change the way things go. Paying attention to the details can make all the difference when it comes to preventing malfunctions, and when we get ...
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Why Your Canopy Is Slapping You Around - 2015-07-20 by Annette O'Neil

Why Your Canopy Is Slapping You Around When you first got together, everything was great. A few tussles over crispy, slippery fabric were the biggest issues you two had. You packed carefully -- lovingly, even -- or you were at least...
Average Rating = 3.18/5 Votes: 11 | Comments: 6 | Views: 9518

How To Buy Used Skydiving Gear (The Smart Way) - 2015-07-09 by Annette O'Neil

How To Buy Used Skydiving Gear (The Smart Way) Buying your first gear is an investment (and somewhat counterintuitive) but trust me: you will find it much more cost-effective to buy your first set of gear than to keep renting, but If this is your ...
Average Rating = 3.00/5 Votes: 8 | Comments: 4 | Views: 11769

10 Things To Note Regarding Malfunctions - 2015-06-29 by Annette O'Neil

10 Things To Note Regarding Malfunctions If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s going to. Sure, there are skydivers with thousands of jumps who have never had to make alternate nylon plans. But don’t be fooled: your first reserve ride is not a...
Average Rating = 4.20/5 Votes: 10 | Comments: 9 | Views: 14482

Digital or Analog Altimeter - 2014-07-14 by John Hawke

Digital or Analog Altimeter We all know there are some hot debates in our sport: RSL or no RSL, AAD dependency, and exit separation are well-known dead horses. Another topic certainly worthy of discussion is the choice...
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A Guide to Buying Your First Skydiving Gear - 2013-02-18 by Alain Bard popular

A Guide to Buying Your First Skydiving Gear In this article, Alain Bard lays down some advice on how to go about choosing your first set of skydiving gear, focusing on new vs used gear and in which order to buy.
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Less Weight, Feels Great - 2011-08-11 by DSE

Less Weight, Feels Great Tonfly is well known for their camera helmets. Designed in Italy, built in Slovakia, their carbon fibre helmet designs are a bit different than everyone else.
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Understanding your AAD - 2011-03-30 by Eric Boerger

Understanding your AAD With all the recent issues that have been brought up by the Argus AAD ban by multiple container manufacturers, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that while most modern AAD’s have a similar...
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Voyages of a Skydiver - 2010-02-02 by DSE

Voyages of a Skydiver Logbooks are the basic standard of proving jump numbers in the world of skydiving. Jump numbers are a basic indicator of skydiving experience. A logbook may also be a means of keeping track of where...
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