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

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.
Average Rating = 5.00/5 Votes: 2 | Comments: 4 | Views: 9553

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: 9 | Views: 7779

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: 4632

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: 6035

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 ...
Average Rating = 3.17/5 Votes: 6 | Comments: 6 | Views: 5482

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 ...
Average Rating = 4.90/5 Votes: 10 | Comments: 5 | Views: 14939

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: 8021

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: 8767

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: 12855

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.
Average Rating = 4.25/5 Votes: 8 | Comments: 5 | Views: 84815

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...
Average Rating = 4.33/5 Votes: 3 | Comment: 1 | Views: 15516

USPA & PIA Team to Revise FAA Repack Rule - 2008-12-18 by Jay Young

USPA & PIA Team to Revise FAA Repack Rule After years of effort by USPA and the Parachute Industry Association, the FAA has approved a new final rule that will lengthen the parachute repack cycle from 120 days to 180 days.
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Derek's Gear Tips - 2004-01-03 by Derek Vanboeschoten updated

Derek's Gear Tips Derek Vanboeschoten is a Senior Rigger, Tandem Master and AFF instructor with more than 3300 jumps. Derek also moderates the Gear & Rigging forum on Dropzone.com where he first posted this list...
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Do Skydivers Care About Safety - 2003-08-17 by Bill Booth

Do Skydivers Care About Safety If I've learned one thing in my 35 years in the sport, it's that it is very difficult to get most skydivers interested in safety.
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Top 5 RSL myths - 2003-08-17 by Bill von Novak

Top 5 RSL myths I keep seeing the same arguments made against RSL's, over and over. Many of them are just myths, word-of-mouth anecdotal stories passed down for so long that their original meaning has gotten lost. I ...
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Inspecting your Gear - 2003-08-17 by Gary Peek

Inspecting your Gear The following is a list of items on your main canopy assembly that you should inspect occasionally. This inpection should never be a substitute for a periodic inspection by a rigger but should...
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Personal Parachutes: The Ethics of Safety - 2001-10-19 by Heather Sinclair

As daunting as it is to think of, a parachute appears to be a logical and effective means of escape from a building. Why then have we never seen this technology in use? Simply put, it is not...
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AirLock - 1999-11-08 by Brian Germain

Many skydivers believe that airlocked parachutes are the way of the future, while others see the introduction of this new technology as a temporary fad. In this article I will discuss the pros and...
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How To Select The Right Canopy For You - 1999-10-30 by Nancy LaRiviere

In this article we will explore some of the questions you might ask when you go shopping for a parachute. While this advice is intended primarily for the novice jumper--just off instruction to one...
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