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there isn't a recommendation i have heard of that works for everyone although by doing a quick search of the forums about this Brian Germains article on the PIA website comes up a lot. If you search the forums you will probably find the same,

also talking to your DZO will probably be able to give you a better idea then the people on here as they have seen your landing ability

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Brian Germain has a wing loading chart available that can be used as general guide only.

http://www.bigairsportz.com/pdf/bas-sizingchart.pdf

It's a good starting point but talking to the DZO and instructors should also be part of the process in deciding what size canopy to try.

A good rule of thumb is not to make a big leap in size, but to go in small increments.
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Recommended would be whatever you're able to fly into a small back yard dodging power lines and a viscous dog.

A general easy to remember minimum size is something like your jump numbers / 1000 + 1. So 1.1 at 100 jumps, 1.2 at 200 jumps, etc.

But that even varies. Sub 150 canopies are twitchy so you have to be careful with them. If you get into stuff like wingsuit jumping you'll want to downsize more slowly. And if you just flat out suck at landing or don't jump a lot, you'll want a bigger canopy.

Just downsize slowly and for specific reasons, not just because "I have x jumps now, I need a smaller canopy". Small canopies are fun, limping around on the ground not being able to jump isn't :|

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