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  1. sammielu

    Safire 1 Identification

    Paraconcepts is where I get my Safire linsets. Proud owner of 3 at the moment. Is there a serial number inside one of the cells?
  2. IMO, bare minimum is at least 1 day/month, plus mental review and practice - and even at that level your skill is going backwards not forwards (you and your body will forget things). That's the 50 jumps/year minimum. I'd say 100 jumps/year to maintain, at least 200 to improve. At LEAST. And mental practice is a must at any level (both for skill building and for unexpected/what if/emergency training).
  3. sammielu

    Tips for packing a new canopy?

    1. Consider the price if the first 10 packjobs (they're $10 packjobs IMO, even for a packer, new shit sucks to pack) part of the price of a new canopy. 2. Ideally, pay for the first 25 packjobs to save your personal sanity. 3. Constantly changing the way you pack with all these different methods and tweaks and tricks is making it harder on yourself. The only way to learn to pack is through repitition. Pick one method and practice. After 25 times doing the same thing, it get easier. At 100 times it starts to feel comfortable or automatic. At 600 you don't think about it anymore. New to packing = a challenge. New canopy = a challenge So it's doubly challenging already. Now if you did the common thing where you chose a container "that you can keep for future downsizes" and you're cramming the biggest possible canopy into it, that's 2x more a challenge. If you made this hard on yourself, it's absolutely worth a couple hundred $ in paying for packers to make your jump days more fun. It just might keep you in the sport (vs the new folks who get all excited, buy all new everything, hate spending 45 minutes of effort packing for 60second skydives, and jump less and less and then quit). PS. Do you jump somewhere dusty or have a dirt road/patch? Drop your canopy in the dirt a couple times to help it be less slippery faster. Personally, I have a deep deep love for canopies with 1000 jumps on them. I'd rather pay to put a line set on a $500 canopy that I can pack myself than pay 3x that for anything slippery :)
  4. sammielu

    16 year old skydiving

    It's all about liability. Dzs have jumpers fill out a waiver that waives their right to sue (in case of injury, etc). No one can sign away the right for anyone else to sue - only for oneself. A parent can not give up the right for a child to sue, so even their signature doesn't help, and a minors signature doesn't count until they are 18. No waiver, no jumpy.
  5. sammielu

    is it safe to downsize from 230 to 190 ???

    All good advice on here. Get your main inspected by a rigger before you jump it. The only F111 old PD canopies around here are considered garbage (We use them for intentional cutaways) - so I recommend you be cautious with yours. F111 wears with age, not just use (jump numbers). Separate from that is the downsizing question. If you have to ask because you don't know, the safe answer is always no in skydiving. Search on here for downsizing checklists, there are lots of skills to master and ways to add speed before you need to downsize. Personally, I bought my next canopy (10sf smaller) 2 seasons and 1000 jumps ago and still have not hooked it up - because I have no reason to do so. Any canopy can be flown fast and any canopy can swoop with the right skill, so why do yuou need less life saving material above your head at thus point?
  6. sammielu

    Tandem suit

    Our TI staff suits are Vertical, model name Inverted and theyre holding up well, and Vertical has good customer service for adjustments, fixes, etc. We opted for after market hook knife add on (via our riggers) so they are mounted according to each instructor preference for location, type of knife, size, and if it attaches with a snap or not, etc. I am apparently the biggest klutz when dropping my rig so not having a snap on my thigh for the leg strap to get hung up on 17x a day is a plus.
  7. sammielu

    How much is it worth??

    Split the reserve. You'll be hard pressed to find someone who wants a 23 year old reserve and pay for a 5 year old container. Reserve value might be a few hundred $ to the right buyer. That said, I did just purchase a 95 PDR and am very happy with it, especially because it was a great deal and easily passed inspections. What size container is it and what size person it it built for? Rigs for averge human size with beginner canopy sizes sell faster.
  8. sammielu

    Strong Release System Failure.

    Gear checks!!! Handle each part of your gear, with bare hands to feel small signs of wear. After practice, a thorough gear check takes less than a minute even if you have to give something a second look/wiggle. Thanks for the post and picture! Flex pin plastic coating wears faster in the cold and with abuse (i.e. new or inefficient packers who struggle to pack efficiently to make closing the container easier, thereby putting all their physical effort into monkeying with the flex pin).
  9. sammielu

    Second rig, new or used?

    Why do you want to downsize this time and would that apply in the future? High performance landings can be performed at any wingloading on any canopy, it absolutely and only depends on the skill of the pilot.
  10. sammielu

    When to Cut Away?

    Skydiving is really complicated and confusing to learn all at once. For newcomers to the sport, instructors break it down into manageable pieces of information that you add on through training jumps, then later licensed jumps, and build knowledge from there. Problems can happen and be resolved in less than a second so there is no time for confusion. The same applies to people new to looking for skydiving information on the Internet - trying to take it all in at once leads to confusion. The correct answer for licensed jumpers is: it depends (on the jumper, the gear, the malfunction, and the specific scenario). The correct answer to you is: listen to your instructors. If you don't yet have instructors because you haven't done any jump training, then start training (go to a first jump course).
  11. Freefall skydives last 60 seconds max. With wind noise, etc, I don't know of people having luck using Bluetooth for freefall (plus 60 seconds isn't much time to process what someone is saying and change what you are doing). Under canopy it's quiet and there's much more time for coaching and communication. I haven't used your model in particular (I use Sena radios that we got for free as hand-me downs from sponsored teams) - but using Bluetooth radios is very common there (among canopy pilots, Canopy Relative Work jumpers and competition teams).
  12. It'll be interesting to see if you get responses from people with experience with both rigs. It is really rare for jumpers to buy 2 new rigs from different manufacturers, especially at that canopy size. Usually people get something used, eventually might get something new, and sometimes if they work in the sport order 2-3 duplicate new rigs (so switching back and forth feels and functions the same). You're likely to hear that one is "the best" because it's the only one that someone has ever jumped... and no further information. Those are both great manufacturers, the top 2 in my opinion and my riggers opinion. Also both are sexy rigs, so you've got all your bases covered.
  13. sammielu

    Old Raven 1 Reserve

    Ask your rigger. Some will decline to deal with reserves older than 20 years. Personally, it's quite a gamble to buy from another country and risk getting gear that is not serviceable that you may or may not be able to use (after inspection and dealing with customs).
  14. Your instinct to have a rigger look at you in your rig is correct. Canopies do take up room in containers, so it will fit a bit tighter. Anything specific would be a guess. If you got measured for a rig (by a rigger or dealer - someone with experience doing rig measurements), how do your measurements match the manufacturer measurements?
  15. sammielu

    Balloon Jumps @Eloy

    Not yet. You can call the dz to ask, they can't schedule a jump but they will know once it starts back up again.