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I'm new to skydiving. I'm going to be taking my AFF course in May/August but had a question about rigs.

What are the main differences between a skydive rig and a base rig? Are the chutes packed differently? Are they made to open differently?

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yes they pack differently
yes they are meant to open differntly.

more than anything else the short(ish) answer is :

don't worry about BASE until you have a few hundred skydves. BASE rigs are not TSOd - thus cannot be jumped from airplanes. A BASEr system by Sonic of The Ranch can be skydived with but is NOT suitable to beginners, nor is really an every-day skydiving rig.

this is like worrying about getting a hi-performance sports car before you even get a drivers license - skydive some, and you will understand most of your answers.

BSBD

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I'm new to skydiving. I'm going to be taking my AFF course in May/August but had a question about rigs.

What are the main differences between a skydive rig and a base rig? Are the chutes packed differently? Are they made to open differently?

Thanks



Besides all the technical stuff....BASE rigs only hold one parachute.


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I don't think he mentioned anything about being interested in going out and BASE jumping. Like me, he probably just wants to learn as much as he can about anything involving the use of a parachute. Things like sliders with the hole in them, mesh sliders, stuff like that. General knowledge about a wide variety of things is cool. Don't belittle him.
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First of all, most BASE containers only contain one parachute canopy. They are held closed by one curved pin or two curved pins or Velcro (shrivel flap).
BASE rigs also have much larger pilot chutes in the 40 inch plus range.
Some BASE jumpers even use static-lines when jumping from really low objects.

BASE canopies started out the same as skydiving reserves: large, docile, 7-cell canopies made of F-111 fabric with Dacron lines, but when skydivers down-sized during the 1990s, BASE jumpers moved in the opposite direction. Typical BASE canopies are double or even triple the size of skydiving canopies.
For example, while I may jump a Stiletto 135 out of airplanes, I would buy a 270 or 300 square foot canopy for BASE jumping.
Much of the size increase is related to keeping my knees intact when landing among the boulders often found at the bottom end of many BASE jumps.
In this century, BASE jumpers started building their own specialized BASE canopies. While they may still look like large skydving reserves - from a distance - up close they have numerous minor modifications to improve opening speed (bottom skin vents) and reliability (tail gates to prevent steering lines form wandering too far). BASE canopies also use a wider variety of sliders (fabric, X, mesh or even slider-less) to fine-tune openings at different altitudes. Obviously, the lower the launch point, the quicker you want the canopy to open.

There are also a wide variety of specialized BASE packing methods. Most BASE pack jobs start the same as skydiving reserve pack jobs, but are modified to suit the height of the object and airspeed at opening time.
A few BASE fanatics don't even bother to pack canopies into containers, they just hold their canopies in their hands as they step off of low bridges!

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