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  1. rehmwa

    Z1 Helmet -> How is it?

    Back in. Got the visor upgrade and love it. This old helmet, though, in the tunnel, when I'm on my head and the wind is up, the visor pops open at random times. Wondering if the newest models stay better.......
  2. rehmwa

    Finally a tunnel in MN. Now for the bad news

    I'm thrilled with this tunnel. The new generation tunnels are fully round, so this 12 footer is effectively bigger than an 8, 10, 12 sided 12 footer for us. 4 way is fine in there. We've done decent with the following blocks (new 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, new 13 (not fully free, but a good workable practice), 14, 15, 16, 17, 21-ish). I haven't tried the other yet, but expect to able to find ways to make them work. The question will be if the workaround helps or hinders practice. That said, greatly enjoying getter better on back and sit also. (head down within the month likely) The best is being able to coach this stuff without planning a big trip. I expect great things from this tool for our local talent.
  3. YESSSSS!!!!! 1 - The DZ needs a policy and 'whatever' it is, everyone follow (whether it's follow the guys, set landing area, or into the perceived wind) it. The idea is predictability is safest as a good general rule not some specific option. 2 - Then, if some asshat breaks the rule, go land over in the alternate landing area and avoid his shit and the fallout from it. Cause I don't like the idea of the 3rd guy down now posting a thread about the confusion the 2nd guy added to the mix.
  4. rehmwa

    Bootie Types/ Vented Booties?

    Gimmicks are stupid. Avoid them at all costs. Clean air flow is what you want. So clean fabric surfaces are optimal. IMO - anything other than standard (but full sized) booties are a DETRIMENT to performance. So an extra $100 and 3 week delay for something that's worse? silly regular booties are absolutely more than fine (especially if you are small) you will be amazed at how much power you gained (once you learn to fly them correctly) - you should be super happy Edit: RockSkyGirl's comments are perfect and I won't repeat them as she did a better job
  5. Hi Wendy - FWIW every time I've jumped there I've had a great time and SUPER positive and friendly attention from both Bill and Kathy. The only other DZ in the region I've visited was ok, but not even close to as welcoming It's been a long time, I don't get to Cali much anymore. But if I did, I'd go jump there.
  6. For your situation, you are right. Smooth surface beats flapping skin and normal fabrics for going faster (99.99999% of the time). It probably still applies, even if you have booties and bigger grippers - no booties and smaller grippers would speed you up even more. But I think booties are a MUST. get a weight belt, take some mantis training with fall rate drills. You'll be fine. In general, you can get a suit fit and fabric combination to speed up, slow down, etc to some extent. For that matter, even if you want to slow down, I'm not a fan of bagginess except as a last resort. Skin drag (material type) is better. Bigger control surfaces and things that DON'T FLAP can slow a person down without sacrificing fine control in freefall. Fast or slow, you want a suit that you can fly, not a suit that flies you. Suits are more than just fall rate control. The right cut adds stability, good designs provide more predictible air control surfaces, sturdy material protects your skin, etc etc etc
  7. I'm not a big fan of calling that "lift". But I know what you are trying to convey and agree with your intent. Kallend is an excellent tracker, Whitey, and a few others I remember from Couch when I was learning had it figured out and I learned a bunch watching. My best experience was local. We had a few bigger loads and someone on the ground pointed at one flyer simply screaming away from the rest of the group at breakoff. A local packer said "oh, that's probably Bill (me)". That made me proud that he assumed it was me.. (it was, on that jump). Be careful assessing from the ground though, angles can hurt or help one's impression of how someone is tracking.
  8. You want the track that will give you the most horizontal distance from your starting point - if everyone does that and the lines are separated evenly, then that gives the most separation on average from the rest of the team. (exceptions for organized tracking groups where you pretty much want to just go to your targetted opening region) And since we choose an opening 'altitude', not a 'duration of tracking time' - then that means your shallowest glide angle relative to the planet. (take into account that we are all drifting en masse in the same air column, so just visualize that on a no wind day) Think of it in these terms - breakoff at 5000 ft, open set at 3000 feet - you want to travel as far from the center point in 2000 feet. That's a purely distance based metric. Whatever it takes to get as far as you can horizontally by the time you reach pull altitude.. Frankly, the best trackers I know 'appear' to the rest of the group to do both - they go faster horizontally AND appear to also rise and track up and away (slower fallrate) relative the rest of the team.....
  9. I have nothing to add beyond Derek's (Hooknswoop) original post. If I'm in a situation where I'm concerned about the tracking abilities of my teammates (noticed before or during the dive), I might just focus even more on out-tracking the field (general dives) or being even more diligent if it's an organized track pattern. I'll look over my shoulder before squaring up, but that's an old habit and not always friendly to on heading openings with today's canopies. Barrel roll would have to be a very unique situation (very high, small group, I 'sense' an idiot right behind/above me) Track your best, clear below, wave off big to help those above clear below them.
  10. rehmwa

    Looking to Join A Team

    If you need a team, if no one else can take you, and if you can find them....maybe you can join The A-Team
  11. rehmwa

    tunnel suit for kids

    did you ask the tunnel if they have a kids club and, if so, could you contact the parents? we did this for a helmet with my daughter a couple years
  12. rehmwa

    Singapore tunnel camp

    Maybe it would be useful to have a tag at the top of the forum for people to advertise their tunnel camps like the 'tunnel time classified' link letting people know about these camps is useful, but not really the intent of the forums (but if the greenies don't care, I don't either)
  13. totally different canopies - with different design goals if you say what type of flying you want to do, there's a lot of knowledgable canopy experts here - but asking what's better, is like asking if a hammer or an apple is better - it depends on if you want to smash things or eat something I love my Stiletto, and not a fan of the Katana when I fly it. But if I was a serious swooper, I'd prefer the Katana - FWIW
  14. rehmwa

    Where can I find a RW stamp?

    I don't know..... 1988? (I'm sure they are in the Paragear catalog, still, as one example)