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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,...now the visor pops open at random times. Wondering if the newest models stay better.......
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    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.
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    Why is it necessary to pull both handles

    There was a bad batch of rings a while back (like decades ago). There hasn't been a problem with rings ovalling since. None at all. yup - spinning the rings is old school, but a hard habit to break. Another consequence we were told (don't know if true today) is that spinning will deposit a film from the rings into the harness material and that will make the harness stiffer - which is to be avoided. I still touch each ring during a check. I can't for the life of me remember if I still turn a ring when I check the rig I'm wearing though. I don't intend to. I don't when checking another's gear.... ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  4. 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. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    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 ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    JOKE OF THE DAY CLUB

    You just stole 17 seconds of my life I want them back....... (nevermind, I would have wasted them anyway) ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  7. 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. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  8. 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 ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  9. 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. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  10. no, not even close ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  11. 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..... ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
  12. 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. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    "Black Mirror" - season 4

    It speaks to society also, as a result of the isolation, impersonalization, and anonymity of social media. e.g. How far will a troll go just for laughs, how quickly mob mentality takes over, how quickly joining that mob can turn on you, the ease in which people dehumanize others, etc etc etc. It resonates a LOT with what we see today. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Best thing you've ever seen a student do....

    Had a woman on a Cat A do the tuck and flip and I ended up with her in just a perfect two hand grip with her on her back just as stable as can be. the other AFF closing slow. She looks at me: - Super clear eyes. - She makes eye contact, smiles...... - She calmly checks her altimeter - and then arches just as pretty as I could have asked for ----easiest flip I could ever ask for. ---- I love it when they are aware and clear headed. so much fun I also had a really heads up guy go to pull early and he eyeballs me and I smile and shake my head 'no'. he then looks at his alti a bit more, and then at pull time looks over and nods - essentially "how about now?" - that had me chuckling I once also gave the 'practice pull' signal - at our dz it's an open palm. Student high fives it. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Reserve Side Instructor Ride Through on AFF

    I just want to point out - these are seriously the most fun types of jumps I've had. I learn so much. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Reserve Side Instructor Ride Through on AFF

    This - Main side needs to help at pull time and then provide clear air. He's the most likely of the two to end up having only one hand on the student at that point. Give the ride-through to the guy most likely to have two hands on at the very beginning - he has a better option to stay there if needed. All goes well, drop one grip and ensure even better air (and don't get kicked). In the end, IMO, it's still always the same for any question - just make sure both instructors agree on the plan and then execute that plan. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    When was the first 100 way?

    Sorry, hard to google it too for some reason Big photo at my home DZ, my instructor was on the 100w record and those on either side. the pic of the 144 way diamond (opposed) is gorgeous Also video in one of the Wally Gubbins vids. the 90 and 100 I think you can see my first rig in there - though I wasn't wearing it for the film. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    semi stowless bag

    get some more experience with it and then come back and tell us what you think then - I expect you'll change your mind (you must be pretty quick with bands though. good stuff) ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Oh screw you, Burger King

    anyone that actually calls it a "Whopper burger" instead of a "Whopper" deserves to be ostracized from society ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Super Bowl LI - W.T.F. ???

    the turning point for the game - bad choices there by Atlanta With no preference in this game, normally I'd have rooted for the Pats just for fun. But the way the Falcons played against Green Bay made me a temporary fan. That game showed some greatness. Apparently though, they only had one more half like that before the batteries totally died out. The best bit of this game was that pass reception - no one needs me to describe it - you all know. wow ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    "You're gonna need a bigger shark cage"

    I'd think a bigger cage would have been worse, not better. When trapped in a cage with a shark, I'm in favor of the shark NOT being able to maneuver too much ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Cars that appeal to jerks.

    There would be a lot less road rage if entitled assholes would chill out. See attachment.... The most obvious car that appeals to jerks are the cars that insist on passing you on the right when there is heavy traffic. Perhaps this is just a California thing, but when I'm in the fast lane, going 70-80mph and there is traffic ahead me in my lane as far as the eye can see. There are those people who insist on hitting the right hand lane and flooring it towards the 18 wheeler 1000ft in front of them. And then just at the last second, swerve back into he fast lane, not caring there's only 20 feet in between the cars in the fast lane, and then only to just keep repeating the process. Sorry, man. that's the entire GTFO movement right there - it's for that guy. It's not supposed to be, but that's where it ends up - you're going 80. "name here" is pissed at you because he wants to go 90 or 100. And he's the guy posting the memes and arguing for it. He thinks it's your fault that he is 'forced' to cut people off on his commute. what do you mean - the designated 'slow moving vehicle' lane is clearly his own personal passing lane. As is the left lane his own personal "going 30-40 mph faster than posted" lane - GTFO. (IMO 30-40 over and GTFO is just as bad as 30-40 under and JGAM (just go around me)) and, that is the guy that thinks "GTFO" is a cool and informative way to spread the message. It's a kind way to phrase it and makes his mother proud. clear message to slow drivers - I know you think you are safer than the others....you're not, you're just slower and annoying clear message to speedsters - I know you think you're an amazing driver.....you're not, you're likely just an ass 3 lanes and 70mph posted - I visualize people being courteous and getting over for each other and the lanes kind of ending up left to right: 70-80mph; 70 or so; 60 to 70 (with less than 60 taking another route). I bet if 50 of us wrote down their own opinions on the speeds in those three lanes, we'd get a LOT of differing opinions on how fast vs which lane.....that's why these tangents just don't work out no matter how clever the memes. now, back to jerky cars.......pickups with extra long beds where the owner also doesn't take the hitch (receiver) out when not using it. They also tend to park with their wheels up on the curb, or even back in with the hitch completely over the sidewalk at shin level.They also stop well over the crosswalk so no one can see around them. Edit for all; Thanks for letting me rant - this morning's commute was a record setting day for cell phone texters and right lane speeders on the road ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Pegasus and X210

    My first canopy (1987) was a Pegasus (Centaurus container, Phantom 24 reserve - it was in at least 3 world records and can be seen on one Wally Gubbins video). Loved it. The container was super comfy. I usually had at least 5 of 7 cells inflated at any one time, usually 6. More than enough. ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Cars that appeal to jerks.

    well, yeah.......it's a Prius owner. of course ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants
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    Cars that appeal to jerks.

    There would be a lot less road rage if entitled assholes would chill out. They are the only people responsible for it. regardless of whether others are being courteous or discourteous. the idea that someone driving at the posted speed limit is responsible for -another's- childish temper tantrum on the road is ludicrous - and cowardly. Kindergarten level rationalization at best. (It's 'courtesy' to move over, it's not a right. I'm a believer in courtesy - as long as it's both ways - so I get over when I'm not passing. But if someone isn't doing it the second I scream up into their tailpipe, it's not the end of the world). ... Driving is a one dimensional activity - a monkey can do it - being proud of your driving abilities is like being proud of being able to put on pants