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  1. Highradwarrior

    Packing Practice

    I too use a psycho packjob as well, and wouldn’t do it any other way! Watch all the videos carefully, and have an experienced psycho packer show you first hand. It works wonders on a new canopy, and cleans up the overall packjob. Everyone seems to have different variations of it, but there are a few necessary steps, one of which is making sure to get the bridle/ attachment point out, and off to one side to avoid friction burns. If you have the space at home, just practice whatever method you decide to go with until you feel confident. Then ask someone experienced (instructor/packer) watch you pack at the DZ before you huck it. Regardless of the method, it’s an pain in the ass when you’re new.... it just comes down to repetition. But again, I’m a stranger on the interwebs... talk to your instructors!
  2. Highradwarrior

    Altitrack issue

    You may very well be right. I would only be speculating, but maybe it was a bad run of hardware, or an overlooked software glitch. It worked flawlessly until it didn’t, and has been hit or miss ever since. In all fairness, I never contacted L&B, and I’ve only ever heard good things about their customer service. Also, there are a lot more altimeters on the market now, and people are always looking to get the next shiny new toy, myself included, lol.
  3. Highradwarrior

    Altitrack issue

    I have the same issue.... doesn’t zero without resetting it, and sometimes that doesn’t work. I never got around to contacting the manufacturer because I also have a Viso (plus I’m lazy and the king of procrastination)... and haven’t jumped in some time as well. I’ve heard of a few others with similar issues and L&B replaced it, charged just shipping and handling if I remember correctly.
  4. Highradwarrior

    Packing Nightmare

    I typically pro pack up to the point of laying it down...from there, I open the rolled tail and requarter the slider, and make sure it firmly against the stops. Then depending on the jump I plan on doing, let’s say tracking, I roll the nose cells inward individualy towards the center cell on both sides. I also like to open the center cell and slightly tuck those rolls under the spread out center cell. The tighter you make those rolls, the slower the opening (to a degree). From there, I pull the bottom corners across to make the triangle, fold the edges up, and roll it up.... making sure to keep the bridle off to one side (to avoid friction with the canopy). Bag it while holding the roll between my legs, and flip the d bag over to take out the line twist before you stow the lines. There are a few more steps compared to a pro pack, but I find it easier to get the air out by putting a knee on each bottom corner of the triangle, and an arm up by the stops while using my free arm to push out the air. End result is a more even distribution of the fabric for a less lumpier rig when it’s all done. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people stop and watch me pack, claiming it’s “Black Death”, lol.
  5. Highradwarrior

    Packing Nightmare

    As always.... consult with your instructors and packers, and plenty of practice. I learned to “psycho” pack as a way of avoiding the s-fold. The name gives it a bad rap, and I’ll probably catch a lot of flak for even mentioning it, but I’ve found it to give me better openings then I was getting from a “pro” pack. There are a few things to watch out for (remembering the half line twist, proper placement of the bridle to avoid friction with the canopy), but I like having the ability to change the speed of my opening by varying the way I roll the nose. Having a few different experienced jumpers talk you through their pack jobs was extremely helpful for me as well.
  6. Highradwarrior

    Need advice on carrying a sign in freefall

    I had this same idea as well. One of the ideas I considered was a custom t-shirt with the question.... then bust into a sit when the time is right.