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  1. It won't change the pressure on the risers, they are both connected at the same point where the load is applied. But it does reduce drag and as you touch the ground it's just much easier to start running in a forward leaning position than being neutral oder even leaning back.
  2. From my experience: start as a packer. If you get on a busy dropzone, you get tons of cash in quite a short time. Don't underestimate it though, it's a really really tough job. Did it for nine months. Was already jumping before, had some packing experience from the jumps I did myself, around 100. Started packing in Australia. But I'm sure there are other places where you can start too where you won't have visa problems. Pack for maybe half a year to one year, you earn good money, get to know the community and how everything on a dropzone works. If you got any questions shoot me a private message. Blue skies, hope it all works out well for you!
  3. Don't think too much about it. Just enjoy the moment of jumping out of an airplane alone for the first time. You definately shouldn't try any stupid new stuff you don't know anything about it, stick to the things you learned like turns and maybe even flips, but mainly just relax and enjoy this freefall which seems to last forever. Talk to your instructors, this acutally isn't the place you should learn what to do. Blue skies, good luck finishing your AFF
  4. What he said! I learned how to freefly without going to the tunnel. After around 80 jumps tried sitflying first, stopped after few jumps to improve my belly skills till i had around 190 jumps. It's quite senseless to move on if you don't even have the basics. Got tired of it and was totally into freeflying again. Started to learn backflying and then transitions from back to sit. I went the hard way and taught myself by listening to other people, discussing body position and hanging out on youtube (yeah, stupid idea as i noticed afterwards). This method is really not a good way. Takes a lot of time and you will develop bad habits which are hard to unlearn. If I were you I would talk to freefly instructors and see if they can help you learning to freefly. You can do a jump with them from time to time, so they see your improvements but also the things you still have to do differently. That way you'll probably learn headup pretty quickly. As soon as you are sure you can hold a sit without backsliding or falling back on your belly (which is quite dangerous in a group jump) you can start freeflying with other people. Start as a base. That way you learn quite a lot. Then jump, jump, jump, get better, have fun, and stay safe. Blue skies :-)
  5. Don't know about Canada but i've done that for 6 months in Australia, which is a pretty expensive country aswell. Really good time, although packing for a big dropzone is a really hard job you absolutely shouldn't underestimate. But i made quite some money, had a great time with the people, did quite a few jumps. I was living on the dropzone there eating cheap food, but still worth it. Can highly recommend giving it a try :-)
  6. Hi, i recently testet a Piranha 2 and loved it. I'm gonna order mine over winter for sure. It's very easy to fly and still has a great performance. In comparison to the Phantom (i only flew a Phantom 1) it seems to have more power, and it's also easier to get the power from the suit with the wing surfice next to the hips. Blue skies
  7. Yeah, i guess you're right. Really looks quite a bit bigger. Check out this new picture of the Swift they shared today
  8. Great Video, makes me wanna get a Squirrel suit even more now ;-)
  9. Hey guys, just seen that the Swift is released. Did any of you guys ever had a try on one or got anything to say about it? Looks like a phantom but with more innovations. Cheers and blue skies
  10. Finally somebody gets it! Still it might be helpful to get to know which canopy to test, but this is a questions that is best asked to instructors who know your skills.
  11. Jumpsuit: Can highly recommend a Tonysuits FF suit (well if you wanna get into FF of course ;-) ) got one, love it! Depending on weight if you're always on the fast side maybe consider getting a 620, otherwise a 619, not a 618 Helmet: if you wanna get a fullface, i prefer the g3 i only jump fullface and i love mine, great helmet overall Altimeter: since you're pretty new to the sport, get an analogue altimeter first, don't rush with digitals, they are a lot harder to read in ff and there are enough other things to concentrate on Blue Skies
  12. I can highly recommend getting a safire 2: i've jumped a 169, 149 and own a 139 now, great canopy overall, nice very soft openings, great performance from beginner to experienced, just a canopy you really can't say anything bad about. I would try some different nice cell canopies just to see if you like them more than 7 cell.
  13. Ok, congratulations, nice. Like I said, if you like the feeling of a fullfacehelmet, you absolutely can't go wrong with a g3. It's a perfect helmet allaround. Can't recommend the revolve though.
  14. Are you still in your student time? If so, aks your instructors what they recommend you to use. Normally they want you to jump an open face in order to see your face expression to judge your ability whether you work in freefall or block. If not, i would definately recommend you to test jump a fullface helmet first, whatever model you can lend out from another jumper or instructor. It's a different feeling some people don't like. If you are fully decided to buy a fullface helmet i can highly recommend the g3, it's a great helmet, in my mind perfect overall, love mine, never without again. Hope this helps. Blue Skeis
  15. Nice, quite some work they've put into that :-)