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Posts posted by mahonie10

  1. It works as advertised, quick reserve extraction and it held onto the free bag. My rigger had no issues with it during initial setup or resetting it after activation. its a pretty simple system.

  2. We just had this disscussion at my dz a couple weeks ago. And this is what the DZO explained to us. Because before this, non inflated tracking groups were exiting first, then belly, free, aff, tandems, and then inflatables. Long story short the DZO wants the large tracking groups out after tandems and before the wingsuits and tracking suits. Though he explained it further talking about not just exit seperation playing a factor but horizontal decealaration of the groups exiting. This i think has alot to do with the ability of the people tracking as well. Some new jumpers probably don't cover much ground when first learning to track so seperation come pull time could get sketchy when a 8-way group such as your self star burst and track like bats out of hell. With that he said to put solo or low expeirenced trackers out after the freeflyers and before aff/tandems. It makes sense to me, wheather or not it makes sense to you coming second hand, i'm sorry. He's a lot smarter man then me. It just takes more communication before loading the plane, when there is a large mix of groups on a load.

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    Instead of a Sabre2 my other options are a Storm or a Safire2. From what I have read the Storm and the Safire2 will give me more stable on-heading deployments with a similar performance envelope to the Sabre2. Is my understanding incorrect?

    The storm while a great canopy is nothing like the Safire2 or sabre2. The storm is a 7 cell and the saf2 and sab2 are 9 cells. the sabre or the safire will have a better glide and a little more sporty than the storm. My first wing was a storm always had decent openings(500-600 feet) got on my new safire2 packed it the same way as the storm and had a nice 1,000 foot + opening.

  4. I like the Under Armor cold gear, a bit expensive but well worth it. You can also pick up some latex gloves to use as liners with some wind proof gloves. As long as they are not too bulky to use your handles. You can get a neck gaiter and some thick socks, and should be ready. I also like the full face helmet too.

  5. As I sit here at work[:/] in the Denver area looking at 50+ degree temps with just a trace of clouds in the sky, while i'm sure there is a "Mile-Hi now call" taking place, I read this this and sigh. It reminds me of a similar battle in a town were I used to live, a lady didn't like the music playing on a local FM radio station, she too rounded up a possey, and some how got the station to change it's format. While the vast majority of people in this world would(as I would)say "Just change the station if you don't like the music!" It shows us that there is a certain type of people out there that get so hung up on the things that bother them, they look for it! And look to find ways to take the cake away from everybody just because they don't like that particular flavor.

    I don't like to eat spinach, so I don't eat it, buy it, or order it. I'm not gonna try and get the farmer to stop growing it, because I know other people enjoy the stuff.

    To each his own!

  6. I'm still happy with my choice! I'm a consertive canopy pilot and love my Storm. I'm not in a big rush to down size, plus the Storm is very forgiving with my crappy pack jobs. When it comes down to it, it's your money and your gear, I feel(take with a grain of salt because i'm still a noob) that as long as your not over loading your wing for your skill level, buy the kit you want. Yes if you turn around and sell a year old rig your gonna get screwed a little on the price, but if you take your time on the whole down sizing craze you should be able to get mulitple season out of one container.

  7. I say if you can afford a new container and thats what you want to do, go for it. It's your money, I did the same exact thing you listed. I bought a new Mirage M2, the PD optimum 160 is listed as optimal fit in the M2, So your good there. As for mains you should be able to get a few years out of it I have a Storm 170 in mine, again this is listed as a optimal fitting canopy because it packs about the same as the 9-cell mains such as Sabre2 150 or Safire2 149 etc. Then you could go 1 downsize further on the 9-cells with a "soft fit". So you could easily get three diffrent canopies sizes out of one container and never be over stuffed. That was my thinking when putting my kit together.

  8. I asked the local rigger about the pin piercing issue and he pointed out to me that the way Mirage makes their bridles helps prevent piercing. Look at both sides of your bridle and you'll see the "grain" of the material is in a diffrent direction then the opposing side.

    Disclaimer: I don't know shit! I could of misunderstood him. At this point ive been up for 20 hours and not sure if this makes sense!:S

  9. Ive never used mine in a helmet, if anything i would think it may be more accurate with the wrist mount. I would suggest giving it a try and see what happens.

  10. If I remember right you need to jump every 30 days as a student to remain on course, if you exceed that you may need a tad additional training before your next jump. In your case you may need to go though the pre jump course again but im no instuctor, so call your DZ they will be able to give to more info. After your A you need to jump at least once every 60 days to stay current, B and higher every 90 days.

  11. If your going to MH, and it's your pre-second jump, don't bring domestics! can't go wrong wtih corona, but there's a "first" store right down the road so you can survey before. By the way welcome, and take a few practice flares! See ya up there some time!

  12. Is it the N3 or the N3A? Because if its the N3A it requires the use of headphones to here the alarms. I have the regular N3, but i use it as a visual, and can hear the canopy alarms, but never tried it as a audible. I have the L&B soloII and it works great, not too expensive either.