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  1. No one is forcing you to use it. If you decide to buy one, you just better have enough brains to check your gear properly. And if not, then thanks for helping evolution make it's thing. Hahah +1 And ignore leg straps while at it, since they are also hidden
  2. If you jump a sabre2 170sqf you can switch to a katana 170sqf right now, given you have the experience. There is no lower limit considering WL on a katana, just minimum experience level and the fact PD doesn't make em bigger then 170sqf. MAX WL to achieve what, broken pelvis?
  3. Buying one session (30 minutes) in the tilted tunnel "pro flyer time" will cost roughly 653 USD, equals about 21,77 USD / minute. A regular 13500' skydive ticket cost approximately 23,50 USD. If you exit the plane at 13500' and pull at 3000' it doesn't take much effort to get a lower price / minute, jumping at a DZ, even if you are a fat fuck in a small suit. But once you are certified and you can share the cost, I have no doubts the price will even out, or even become beneficial compared to regular skydiving. Jumping from a plane/balloon is awesome, but a few hours flying wingsuit with friends in a tilted tunnel doesn't sound that bad either :P
  4. This sentence makes absolutely no sense. It's like saying given enough wind, you can get back from long spot flying backwards. And given enough altitude you can get back even on round parachute. But how does is apply to most real life situations? Ok, trying to clear things up: If you and your boyfriend fly in deep brakes, both weigh the same and use the same size canopy; your storm 150 will take you just as far as the spectre 150 flying next to you. This example won't work if you fly your scirocco 93 (2.70 lbs/ft²) next to the spectre 150 (1.67 lbs/ft²) as you will fall out of the sky much quicker. You might object and say that you fly next to bigger size canopies on a regular basis keeping the altitude, but that is bias. If you won't make it back from a long spot with your storm, it isn't likely due to canopy model. It is more likely due to to someone's poor judgement (possibly yours), a malfunction or some other unpredicted shit I cannot predict. Your logic: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/strawman
  5. Given you have a good tailwind, a proper wing load and decent altitude under canopy I see no difference making it back with a steeper trimmed storm vs a more moderate canopy like a spectre, given both are same size canopies and you know how to use the brakes In skydiving 0p over f111 any day, or at least a hybrid with 0p top skin, unless you are discussing reserves. If I had to chose between storm and epicene I'd pick 0p over 0-3cfm fabric any day. But since price is also a factor I'd much rather take a used inexpensive canopy like an old sabre, electra or spectre for 200-400 dollar over a brand new storm for 5-10 times that amount.
  6. Trying to simplify things with Ms-paint: http://i.imgur.com/XP9OCNC.jpg
  7. Do you need a reserve that slams you like a slider down base canopy in order to be quick/safe enough to use? I simply want to get a decent amount of fabric above my head if I ever have to ride the reserve, and if shit hits the fan the optimum doesn't differ much from flying a regular spectre. At the same time I use a container that doesn't require an expert rigger in order to get the reserve to fit in the reserve tray. I also picked a main that I can handle, and switch to an even more conservative choice when flying wingsuit. PD Optimum openings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw0k0LA4P-0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGwHR8uhtvs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEZOOe2tK28
  8. Every pull after a wingsuit flight is a potential screw-up. Picking a canopy to use for WS is a balance between what is "safe" and what is "fun". I think the key is to realize a Petra 69 isn't a good wingsuit choice, yet it's possible to stay relatively safe without going all in on the other side of the spectrum and jump a reserve either. The more sensitive a canopy is to harness input, the more prone it will be to put you in a situation where you are flying on your back with linetwists all the way to your neck, with a spinning, diving canopy. Wing-load, length of lines and plan-form will all contribute. Preferably you should use a canopy where you can just focus on unzipping your suit if you end up in a line-twist, while the canopy keeps flying straight, a situation where you can more or less do nothing, and then canopy and gravity will untwist you, without any struggle. I've done roughly 200 wingsuit jumps under a katana 135 without problems, but I don't recommend it. I ended up using my old PDF Electra 150 as main in my new wingsuit configuration since I had a strong gut-feeling I wouldn't be in charge of the canopy in my bigger suit if shit hit the fan. Although the Electra might be a bit elliptical in shape I prefer it over any other canopy out there due to it's flight characteristics. Short snivel, distinct opening , flat flight, predictable and smooth recovery and not very sensitive to harness input, hence not prone to go diving when in a line twist made it a good choice for me. The fact I paid less then 250$ (risers included) was also a contributing factor.
  9. The KA is like a utility tool with just enough tools on it so it's not cumbersome, yet have all the stuff needed to do about everything you need and even more so after some coaching. Being experienced enough to jump a KA doesn't mean you have to have 1000 swoop jumps, but it doesn't hurt having enough knowledge to pilot it without putting you or anyone else in danger. By having enough experience on your current canopy, fly it well and picking an appropriate wingloading on the KA, at least I didn't feel any drastic changes going from a Sabre2 to a Katana. But on the other hand;I'm one of those guys who fall in love with a canopy and keeps jumping it for a few hundred jumps at least and spend a season or two before starting to look for a new smaller canopy ;)
  10. From trying to decipher the text I assume the OP was booked on a tandem and "she" gave him a link to the fence landing accident and was afraid something might go wrong. Since the post was made Jun 24, 2015, 12:59 PM and the fact he mentions he doesn't wan't to die next week I assume he can write a report by now telling us if he survived or got surfed. Oldie but goldie - Tandem Student Surfing:https://youtu.be/i_6XJ9BB6l4
  11. From my limited understanding of rigging it's OK as long as you avoid the combination of certain sizes of container vs certain reserve sizes;ie avoid those combinations that say "EXTREMELY tight, requires skilled rigging" in the mirage sizing guide. An experienced rigger might shed some light on this, as the only thing i heard when ordering my rig was to try staying away from the EXTREMELY tight combo :)
  12. Yep! I agree. Safire2: Will fly a little bit further at landing before starting to shut down, convert more of the forward speed into lift while still maintaining horizontal flight. Softer landings with less running involved even at zero wind conditions. Easier to squeeze out more range when flying tailwind back to the DZ after a long-spot. Feels more fun to fly. Spectre: Gets the job done.
  13. Agreed! Both are nice opening canopies and can be landed well. Whatever canopy that has seen most abuse, sun, sand and plenty of jumps,will most likely perform worse, no matter if its based on a 7 or 9 cell design, but still fly well enough to land safely and might cost 1/10 the price of a new canopy. And before you know it you will start thinking: how would a crossfire fit in my rig? and how are the flying characteristics compared my current canopy, and so on...
  14. And why would that be a problem? Or is that something else that you "don't know that you don't know"? Is that a real question(s)? People keep saying "don't know what you don't know" Have you ever thought about how ridiculous that statement is? It's literally impossible to know about everything. Since it is impossible to know everything and people in general are aware that they do not know about everything how can one claim that someone isn't aware that they don't know something? It's why people learn. It's like saying that people aren't aware there is something to learn about. Which again is a ridiculous statement. But I'm curious, what is it exactly that you don't think I have ever considered/hear of/read about/experienced/discussed that is directly related to my post? You don't know what you don't know: It doesn't imply you don't know everything but more likely you think you know enough to be OK, when in fact you aren't even experienced to know the basic stuff yet, and think you do! Another fact after reading all of your posts is that you are not aware of the fact that you don't know. Something that has been repeated to you over and over. The real difference between you and the one that do know he doesn't know is that he doesn't know, but is aware of that fact and is prepared to take advice from someone with far superior experience in the subject, instead of constantly slamming the head into the wall without seemingly noticing it (making it even more ridiculous to those that do). I can see more reasons then the mere fact you would trigger your AAD for not doing 720 hooks above the DZ before entering the landing pattern. Other skydivers gathering at the same spot is one of many... I'm not even going to mention anything about the camera and jump numbers philosophy, it's already been repeated enough times to make sense to most people by now and in all other topics on DZ.com about camera requirements. Edit: @ds8221 damn, you beat me to it! :P
  15. This is the Sangi guy they are referring to btw unless you are familiar with the name already, @Zsombi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF578oSkrKk