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  1. I had a similar predicament when I started skydiving and did a similar thing. New wings container (found a 50% off coupon that I paid $50 for), used PDR, used sabre 2, new AAD. Worked great. Wings containers can typically hold 3 sizes. Mine was good for 150-190. I had a 190 and 170 in it before I moved on to a better container, but it could definitely hold smaller. Just decrease the closing loop size a little. Check with the manufacturer to be sure.
  2. Zero to trash talking in one full season of jumping!
  3. Hell yes I would. It's actually what I did. Three years (and two job changes) later I bought a C2rve that was made for me, and it does fly a little better - but outside of the tunnel (which isn't in your future if you're trying to save $$$) you're not going to tell the difference. My wife still flies her original Havoc from like a decade ago, and kicks major ass in it. She actually prefers it to her Magister. Gonna be hard to get her to retire it... and it's in really rough shape. I then passed that Havoc on to the next guy for $400 or so to the next guy. He's having a blast... or was before the COVID. The planform has aged well. If you're strapped for cash, something in the Havoc family for a price you can pay is a good choice, even if that something is the original.
  4. You basically want something that is long. Look for a Vector size that is longer than ~18-20" here: https://uptvector.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Sizing-Chart.pdf Or get an infinity. Aerodyne makes "long" versions of some of their smaller sized icons that look pretty good too. Double check the dimensions of whatever container you end up ordering. Javelin, Wings, Mirage, Glide, short vectors are all not a good fit for your body type.
  5. Shit, I wish I knew the current world record holder of wingsuitting! He is the best one.
  6. If you plan on going to the tunnel for a significant amount of time, it may make sense to get your own carve or magister (depending on body type), as those are the tool of choice. You'll get more out of your money with a proper-fitting pursuit-specific suit. Squirrel suits are great, but the DNA of the company is power and not precision - and in a small enclosed space you need the precision. If you don't think you can handle a Strix, you can't handle an ATC. As far as a wingsuit for DZ goes, given you have the experience, you'll probably want to invest in whatever is popular at your dropzone (or at least that class of suit) as it'll make flying with the other people at your DZ easier.
  7. I've noticed this as well packing a friend's Curv one time. One of the reasons I don't jump a Curv :)
  8. I was told by their reps that the new containers are the ones that end in "-1" on their size chart, indicating they are 1 inch longer than their original forms (which also correlates to their stated sizes). The 34X vectors have been around for ages now...
  9. Spectre does a reasonable job as a canopy. There are, of course, more ideal options, but most cost a lot more money (and a few alternatives in the same ballpark - Sabre1, Triathlon, Pilot9). Certainly plenty of people wingsuitting with spectres out there. The question of size boils down more to wingloading - most don't recommend > 1-1.2ish to start (you can work your way up from there once you get the opening technique down more, or choose to stay there as many professional wingsuitters do). A lot of people are higher wingloaded, many substantially (i.e. me), but for the first couple hundred jumps while you fine tune openings you risk higher probability of spinning line twists if you get too happy with the wingloading.
  10. Not sure if skydiving wings can maintain the energy of the wing well enough - they're made pretty inefficient so they can open well - but other wings can do a pretty good job... Try this at the end of a swoop and you are sure to break yourself...
  11. I don't think there is a reason to use a cypres in student mode. Wingsuit cypres exists. In my opinion, after the introduction of wingsuit cypres, the reasons to use an AAD in 45 MPH mode ("student" on vigil, "intermediate" on mars) is if you a) trust either of those more than cypres, b) you already own one and don't want to sell/buy cypres or c) don't want to pay the 2x as much that cypres charges. If you want to decrease your AAD activation vertical velocity, you should probably do the homework and using a flysight or similar figure out what the maximum vertical velocity in a deep toggle spiral would be. This will tell you how near/far you are from your intended AAD firing threshold. Ever since I suggested the idea on here 4-5 years ago (before WS cypres existed), a few people have reached out to me and said they use vigil in student mode without incident. This having been said, skydiving is a game for all the marbles. Be certain. Make sure you do the legwork. All the hypotheticals about what may or may not happen are not constructive without measurements. You can indeed go below 78 MPH unconscious. Far below. There was a fatality where the horizontal speed of an unconscious wingsuitter hit much less (~50 MPH if I remember correctly). In my opinion, "just increase the activation altitude" is bad advice advice in the age of large highly pressurized wingsuits. Reach out to your local master rigger or canopy coach for more information.
  12. ... I think I get > 2'10" on my Shadow...
  13. This is taught in paragliding, where "line overs" (or as they are called, "cravats") result from large collapses with some frequency (unlike skydiving where they happen almost never) and must be cleared during SIV (canopy course). You have to stall out the part of the wing that the line is over for it to slide down, and in general, a full stall is a "reset button" for your paraglider. It will work just as well with a parachute to clear the lineover, but realize that paragliders are MUCH better behaved wings with regards to stall recovery and maneuverability in an impeded state (i.e. the "canopy course" you take as a PG pilot will have you intentionally collapse 50% of your wing by pulling on front risers, and then fly controlled - straight, make turn one direction, turn opposite direction... you just can't do that with a skydiving wing very well...), so unless you are comfortable recovering your wing from a stall and have done it a bunch of times, a line over is not the time to experiment because poor stall recovery can make everything much worse very quickly in all kinds of creative ways.
  14. I don't really keep tabs on what other companies do. I've seen at least one non-Grellfab one that looked like it had a reasonable design... but not sure which mounts you are looking at. I've been using my Grellfab for five years or so (I was an early adopter) and they've worked great for my wife and I. That having been said, among their mounts, those that keep the camera closer to the face seem to work better than the ones that can "change angle" or that work with a number of different cameras.
  15. Depends on the particulars, but in general chin is safer. How many times have lines been caught around someone's neck? The below is specifically in relation to a mount on a Cookie G3 helmet: If the chin mount is a grellfab mount, it's held on by two rubber bands. if anything gets entangled with them, it will cut through them. Furthermore, Grellfab mounts have a cutaway. Most "top of head" mounts do not. Some helmets do though, but some do not. Finally, should anything get caught on the mount, you have the rubber bands to act as a shock absorption, whereas if the mount is screwed onto your helmet, you'll get the full whiplash. I was an early adopter of Grellfab mounts and they are just safer. Kind of common sense when you think about it.