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Chest mount?

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Why would you want to slap on a chest mount? I use them a lot but that is because many of the rigs I jump that is where the reserve goes or for test jumping occasionally when I feel I want a second backup. Most of the time it typically isn't being used as a third parachute.

If you are thinking of having a chest mount as a second reserve. I would advise against it. You wouldn't be creating a safer environment for yourself but most likely doing the exact opposite. Adding the addition of another parachute is going to make the system more complex and increase the chances of mistakes.

Some crw jumpers used to have a tertiary or chest mount reserve as a back up but that seems to be a forgotten practice and you don't see it as much anymore. Also some intentional cutaway rigs have them.

The only reason that I can really see having a third parachute or chest mount, other than the possible two listed above, in that configuration is for test jumping. Then it is usually worth having an extra but test jumping isn't a typical skydive and shouldn't be confused or compared as such IMHO.

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Yeah I hear you, I've also been pondering about adding that sweet chest mounted chrome cup holder ;)

More seriously, chest mounted altis are good for freeflying and wingsuit flying because in those flying positions it can be awkward to look at your wrist/hand mounted alti.
"Common sense is not so common" - Voltaire
Dudeist Skydiver #9

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It is very easy to see without moving you hand. And as mentioned before, easy to see under canopy and others on the load can see it.
The one in the pictures is mounted on a leather mount that will crush down during lineups.

Sparky
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I'm a big fan of em'. Since I have a lot of wingsuit students, I have 3 different chest and mudflap alti's.
Monkey/Sean Horton makes a nice mudflap mount that isn't painful to fall on.
Mine is made from LookMa.de Folds up when packing or lineup and is holding an L&B Altitrack.
Bigger pillows are preferred, IMO, for most cheststrap mounts. The small ones mostly just fold over.

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I still have my first altimeter, mounted on my chest strap. I only use the U-bracket and a piece of wide velcro webbing; the U-bracket is on the topside of the altimeter; the webbing is around it, and an elastic holds the bottom of the altimeter to the webbing. Very easy, very low-maintenance, and instantly flexible. I've been happy with that for quite a long time.

Wendy P.
There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)

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I had to smile recently when a young jumper noted that I wear my altimeter on my chest. Please tell me it's not the first time he's seen that. Good thing I was using the "new" rig. Not sure if he's ready to deal with the belly band. :o

Cheers,
Jon S.
Happy anniversay to me - first jump AD 9-30-82.

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DSE, are you holding someone else's helmet for them in the photo? Is that a GoPro with a rubber band?

You’re our video “Sensei”; we’re looking up to you.
"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"

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Read through some of my posts. I'm not at all anti-GoPro. I have several. Use them regularly, especially for AFF and wingsuit FFCs. Fast, filebased, lightweight, and can get multiple angles.
The rubberband is a safety feature to hold the housing closed because GoPro hasn't yet sent me a replacement latch.
I even have a chest mount, mudflap mount, wrist mount....for the GP. :-)

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I think wrist mounts are just a fad that took off in the late 90's. I look at it this way, two most critical times that you need a altimeter is when you are tracking away\getting ready to deploy and when you are about to initiate a cut away\dump your reserve. With a chest mount its right there in your face in both these situations.

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