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  1. I’ve read a lot on topics similar to this and this is the first time I’ve seen this particular issue brought up so it peaked my interest. I agree that it seems unlikely to get stuck in this orientation but I was shocked at how much I could lift by the bride with the orientation as you described, which happened to be the way I had it packed. Again, probably a very low chance of causing a mal, but definitely something I’m going to pay attention to on future pack jobs. Really surprised at the force difference to extract the pin from such a small change. Good info IMHO.
  2. I know this one is from ages ago, but came across it again. I've had several used rigs over the years and this issue was always in the back of my mind, but I never actually tried it, though I'm tall and skinny so I presumed most of this would be applicable. I've given a lot of thought to bungies and webbing regarding how I might prevent this as well. Just got a new rig in and figured I'd give it a shot and see, and came away quite surprised. I didn't have an issue with the top hole as expected with a new rig especially since I like a snug chest strap, but I definitely expected to be able to slip out of the bottom hole and was extremely surprised to not be able to, even after several minutes of trying with the main out of the container. After determining what was preventing my rig from coming off, I have to give a shout out to the design by RI of the Curv, as I believe that to be the difference. Looking at the MLW, it attaches to the container several inches in from the side of the container on the back which is exactly the point that was catching and unable to pass beyond my armpits. It almost fits more like a belt rather than moving straight back from the hips. I was still able to easily slide the leg straps to roughly my knees, however getting the container over my head wasn't possible. I have been a Vector 3 fan for a long time, and haven't tried this on a properly fitted Vector, so can't comment there, but definitely noticed this design difference and how much more snugly this fit on my back. This may also be due in part to the fact that it's a new rig and who knows, after a few hundred jumps this may loosen up a bit. I'd be curious to know if any other owners of new Curv's notice anything similar.
  3. Sunday hike success, found main and free-bag! Now just to get it all back together.
  4. Well, that looked shockingly similar haha. Standard length bridle, possibly was a factor, been considering an extension, didn't notice a delay on it though. I use the UPT semi stowless bag, usually really smooth, no rubber band issues there. Not sure on size of PC either. Didn't have much twisting until I went for the zipper, might have been coincidence but definitely going to remember that for the future.
  5. Finally joined the club yesterday. After about 20 wingsuit jumps, went for my first jump on a brand new suit. Flight went great, pull was smooth, then for some reason, even though I know better, went for my arm zippers during deployment. Canopy inflation or body position may have had an effect as well, but found myself staring up at 5-6 line twists. After a few seconds started a nice spiral straight down and had 3 or 4 twists left at my hard deck, bye bye main. Reserve deployment was extremely quick with no issues. It appeared the skyhook deployed it with how fast it was out, but the free bag fell separate from the main so not too sure. I saw reserve bridle before it felt like I was even done chopping. Now for the best parts: No handle, no main (...yet, got dark, looking again), no free bag, no video (forgot to hit record, good video of flight down though!), and best of all, it was re-packed 20 minutes prior to this jump! (He never told me not to test it out right???) Anyway, my free birthday jump ended up being rather expensive but everything did what it was supposed to so no complaints here! ...oh, and yes, there will be beer.
  6. I just have to say, everything else aside, thank you for taking the time to research and ask this question. It is definitely a nice plus to have in a movie/book an accurate description of something you are personally familiar with. There are a lot of people willing to help get an accurate picture but cudos for asking!!
  7. Great thread, glad this got bumped, on to my contribution... Jump 20ish Forgot to secure the strap on my Phantom X helmet, was a solo jump so just stayed belly to earth until pull hoping I wasn't about to have a couple hundred bucks fall off my head. Very persistent about my pre-jump gear checks now. Jump 100ish Flying around my Sabre 2 170 which I thought I was pretty familiar with. Clear of traffic at 1600 ft with some larger canopies about my level so I dug a toggle to do a 360 and start my pattern, dug a little too much and ran into about 2 line twists at 1550. In hind sight, should have just chopped, way to low to mess with it but was able to clear in five or six seconds and stable again at 1200. Still here, but made me seriously consider similar situations and what types of maneuvers I will do lower to the ground.
  8. I got to ask you a question. If you wanted to give some space, why can't you enter standard pattern high and pull both front risers to burn altitude? Unless I am missing something here, the use of front risers is safer and will achieve the same goal that you focused on this jump without aggressive maneuvers. That's an option, as well as a few others, including Toggles since my airspace was clear. It just boils down to knowing your canopy and not putting it in a situation like I did, and flying more conservatively down low.
  9. I'd advise rethinking the bolded part. At many dropzones - particularly larger operations - there can exist an area of converging traffic as groups setup for proper pattern entry...a cone of airspace sort of like a "holding area." A lot of times you can find this between 1200-1500 feet... Perhaps it wasn't an issue on *this* jump...182 load, first out, whatever...but still bad practice. I expect the "guys above me" to aviate and navigate appropriately. In turn, I expect people to assume that I'll pilot like a good citizen especially at the altitudes you mentioned. We can't control everybody...but we can do our part, keep our heads on a swivel, and not just hang there under the canopy like a side of beef. At a light wingloading and aforementioned "non aggressive" canopy you could be looking at up to 540-720 degrees of rotation to lose that much altitude. That is a lot of time and altitude - down low - where you're not seeing all you should be seeing. Anyhoo...be safe and add a little bit more to the knowledge bucket. That is a fair point and I only did it as it was appropriate for this jump. I was in the holding area after being first out on a 2 way, the jumper I was with was on base leg and I could see the other groups down jump run about 500 ft above me and grouped up. Was trying to clear so they could separate as well, but typically I wouldn't dive like that in the holding area.
  10. Well, I've done quite a few high pulls and aggressive maneuvers up high with this canopy and never had an issue but I had heard of it happening to others. It's not much of an issue up high if it happened but I shouldn't have been quite so aggressive as low as I was, or used fronts instead. On a side note to the experienced guys out there, as I understand, using fronts reduces the chances of this happening, correct? It feels like a much more stable turn as well.
  11. Agreed. I didn't mean to say it was the winds fault. It was absolutely the aggressive low toggle turn that put me in this situation. I've done quite a bit of flying on this canopy including two canopy courses and not had this issue so I feel the wind may have played a part or been the straw that broke the camel's back, but still, it was a poor decision to put myself in that position to begin with and I don't intend to again.
  12. Over the weekend had a skydive that got my heart racing a bit. Under a good canopy and trying to give the guys above me some clearance went to spiral down from 1600 into the pattern. During a steep toggle turn felt a gust hit me just after I started the turn and spun me into about 1 1/2 line twists. The twists kept me in a slight turn (not a high performance canopy, loaded at about 1.1) and on instinct I was kicking before I knew it. The kicks were immediately having an effect so I decided to give myself a few more seconds and was able to kick out at about 1200 after 5 or 6 seconds. I overheard a few other jumpers talking about the turbulence on that jump as well. I'm sure there are plenty of arguments to say chop immediately in a situation like that and I'm not here to say right or wrong just what I went with at the time. It just goes to show and enforce in me, that it's no time to get complacent just because you are under a good canopy, it can change in a heartbeat. It was definitely an experience that I will learn from and if this helps any other newer jumpers be more prepared for what might happen, I feel it's worth sharing. If anyone has similar experiences or suggestions feel free to post, I'm always open to consider other points of view.
  13. I have a Sabre 2 170 with a semi-stowless bag in my V348, never had any issues fitting it, can't imagine a bigger bag would be much help as the tray is still the same size..
  14. Or get into a habit of cocking it after you roll the tail and set it down. Once you pull it out from under the canopy cock it and it's not in the way, next step is to throw it in the bag. (plus checking it right before dbag goes into container never hurts.)