hillson

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  • Number of Jumps
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  1. hillson

    Easiest Stability Exits

    Jump more. It will come.
  2. hillson

    UPT sizing chart

    Or because the Speed uses a different, thinner, fabric, so therefore packs smaller? You're probably right. I haven't seen one yet. Just going with what my rigger reckons. Do you have any experience with it? Perhaps of a 150 in a V308? I have a 308. At those sizes you really need to step up to a larger container. Stop trying to cram the biggest shit in the smallest container you think will fit. How's your OP126 fit then? Should be loose according to the chart... Fits fine. Not loose by any stretch of the imagination.
  3. hillson

    UPT sizing chart

    Or because the Speed uses a different, thinner, fabric, so therefore packs smaller? You're probably right. I haven't seen one yet. Just going with what my rigger reckons. Do you have any experience with it? Perhaps of a 150 in a V308? I have a 308. At those sizes you really need to step up to a larger container. Stop trying to cram the biggest shit in the smallest container you think will fit.
  4. hillson

    Should the USPA BOD Meetings Go Virtual

    Ever dealt with a Homeowners Association? Same principle applies... I'd settle for streamed mtgs etc. Any excuse why they "can't" is pretty much non-serious at this point.
  5. Around a 1000 with zero chops. I pick up the repack on Saturday so the risk will be higher this weekend, of course.
  6. I've got a dozen or so no illumination. Really not that big of a deal, imo.
  7. hillson

    Crossfire 2

    I thought it was a pig lightly loaded (1.4). As such...I wish I'd spent my money on a Sabre 2. Beyond superior openings on the XF2 (obviously) the Sabre 2 was a much better all around performer. The XF2 felt "soft and spongy" for lack of a better term. Much better alternatives to spend your dollars on, I think.
  8. hillson

    Pilot 188 ZPX vs Vector 348

    What other "sources" do you need other than 1) the manufacturer's own words and 2) their long-standing published sizing chart? Low-bulk fabric isn't some sort of miracle-worker...especially when you're 20+sq over what the manufacturer considers a "tight fit." Buy a properly sized container FFS.
  9. I know a few folks that have a V319 and tried the OP143. All now have an OP126 in there as it was like a brick. I have a 308. Again, some use a 143. I can't imagine doing so...so have a 126, as do most I know. The better answer is to step up a rig size instead of fiddling around the margins. Also, per UPT: Caution if you put a full fitting main canopy and full fitting reserve canopy in the same container; this may be very hard to pack if bulk distribution is not correct. This is particularly true for the containers V303, V304, and V306
  10. hillson

    Stolen Rig

    If it is really spendy and you're stuck with USPS...send it registered mail. Overseas? DHL.
  11. hillson

    Full Face 2016

    Just general use over the last 4ish years. Taking the audibles in an out etc. I didn't baby the helmet either...just used it like a helmet and didn't think too much about it. Made it through ~1000 jumps just fine. The only reason for a new one, frankly, is that I *want* a new one eventually.
  12. hillson

    Full Face 2016

    There's enough throughput of US and foreign jumpers in FL that if any of the BH products were as good as their (basically sponsored) reviews you think we'd be seeing tons of them. I can probably count on one hand how many I've seen during the last few years - even the Aero which appeared fairly decent. We're just living in a G3 world...though I will say that most first time full face buyers I see these days are going with the KISS. Everything that is good about the G3 plus better ventilation and audible integration. The audible pockets on my G3 are pretty trashed. I'll pick up a KISS when it is time to replace I think.