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  1. Because I started on rounds, and because I'm weird, it is likely my formal training/what I do is not SOP.. I always, always grab the toggles right away, after opening shock. sometimes before it completes sniveling. I cannot remember a time when it seemed that I ever missed cleanly grabbing even one of them. I don't need to look at the toggles to get them, they are nice stay open type and they just seem to fall into my hands. I often go into deep brakes immediately, reducing speed for a few seconds to identify other canopies and other, later groups in freefall, and I like having that level of control without any delay. i understand scenarios where things could go bad compared to grabbing rear risers. It kinda hit me in the last couple years, figuring I'm kinda unusual in this regard. Or maybe not so? Please let me know what you think, Of course I want to discuss, but don't try too hard to get me to change my ways.
  2. sundevil777

    On opening, grab toggles or rear risers?

    I think it was my Para-Flite Astrobe that got me in the habit of grabbing toggles so early. It would snivel until I unstowed the brakes.
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    Riser design & toggle fires

    Isn't all of that true for std toggles with the webbing-nose? I don't see how the metal pin avoids any possible failure scenarios.
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    On opening, grab toggles or rear risers?

    Of course, a big difference for me is that I have wide risers and no interest in pulling the slider down past the toggles.
  5. The Firebolt from jumpshack/parachute labs I believe is also low bulk due to hybrid fabric construction (at least it used to be). I believe they make them in larger sizes.
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    Z1 Helmet -> How is it?

    I found the Z1 to be the best fit for my large head, and I used it for about 10 years. Even the largest G3 would not allow for the width across my ears. The audible pocket on mine also got stretched out over time, and I did not like the distortion from the updated visor, which I used for one season. I've never had either visor on the Z1 open during freefall. I sold my old Z1 helmet with both visors and a nice helmet bag, which was in really great condition except for the drawstring cord being broken. There was no interest in the helmet until I eventually lowered the price down to $80. I really like my new Kiss helmet, no visor distortion, easy to use, love that audibles are securely held, not just in a pocket, and camera accessories are available. Only the price is bad.
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    Mard (skyhook) reserve opening issue

    Therefore, when in the low basement and wanting the reserve out, throw out the main pc and cutaway in one smooth motion...problem solved
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    Fear of Landing

    Looking farther out doesn't have to mean really far. All things in moderation...
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    3D printed Camera Mounts?

    I think keeping this earlier thread going would be better: A thread I started about chinmount alterrnatives
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    3D printed Camera Mounts?

    go to The guy makes really high quality parts. The design is well thought out. I had to get one with a greater possible angle "upwards" than normal. Apparently I fly with my head tilted down more than others.
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    Best Audible for a KISS Helmet

    Many, including myself, have found that an audible is easier to hear with earplugs. The Optima works very well in a KISS. I consider it to be internally mounted, but externally accessible.
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    Microraven 150 reserve pack volume?

    Don't buy it, they have a bad reputation for stalling suddenly on landing. That reputation seems to be well deserved. Pass and move on...
  13. Do you mean Charlie Merritt's Sky Hi Pioneer Sport Parachute Club?
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    Great beginner canopy for new A license jumper?

    From any of the manufacturers, the canopy models that are made in the bigger sizes are appropriate for the up and coming jumper. That would exclude outliers like CRW and accuracy canopies. Therefore you have lots of choices that would very likely be great for you.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    You should not be so sure of your advice. It is wrong to portray the choice as so clear. If the main deploys simultaneously and is already cut away, everything still has to be pulled up and past as the reserve is also deploying. If it is cutaway first, then the loose risers will not just go straight up, they will be flapping around as they go up, with the possibility of snagging the main (it has happened), especially if you have an RSL shackle that will be attached to a riser. If the main container only opens up after the reserve opening shock, then it will fall harmlessly down instead of up, and of course can be chopped with no concern at that time. The PD/army testing concluded that not cutting away was better. You can argue that the canopies used do not represent your situation, but we don't have other testing data, just actual experiences
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    Easiest Stability Exits

    You might have some fun closing your eyes intermittently during an exit. You must resist the instinct to squirm like a cat will do to land on its feet. You must trust your launch and body position, ride it out even if it feels like you have been tipped over. In general, I've found that having more confidence than is justified will help performance. Plenty of time to have self-doubt later, go confidently now.
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    Altimeter Combos

    I think many are convinced an analog alti will result in less time wasted staring at it compared to a digital alti. I can understand that it seems logical to make that conclusion. I think it is usually incorrect. If you're looking at your alti only long enough to realize it is a long way from breakoff time, you should have been able to tell that from the ground. If you're wanting to know if it is 6 or 5k, I think it takes longer than people usually want to admit to themselves. I have noticed some videos recently where people spend an awful lot of time staring at their analog alti each time they "glance" at it. Real people in freefall might not match up with what seems intuitive.
  18. I found the small rubber bands supplied with it just too short. The guy that designed/makes the mounts shows it to be easy, but I just went with the larger rubber bands and it was a lot easier. Applying a little silicon lube also helped a lot, and would likely help prevent rubber bands from being shredded during installation. I had not thought about using a tube stow, and I wonder which would break first, a tube stow or 2 rubber bands!
  19. I have used the unit for the KISS helmet for several jumps. The quality of the design and the 3D printed parts is very high. Total cost including shipping is only $45 for my session mount for a KISS helmet. It would be only 20 or 25 for a G3 helmet depending on whether you will use a session camera or "full size" gopro. The design has a very high priority on keeping the camera as close as possible to the helmet. The limit for how close it can be depends a lot on the "upward" angle that the camera can achieve. I needed a design that allows a little more "up" angle because I don't naturally fly with my head as high up as a 20 year old...but it was OK because the guy in Sweden that makes these things already has a modified design like that. I love that it has a cutaway and it can be dislodged/snap back in place. I already tested that on a hula hoop dive where I dragged the camera against the hoop. The camera got dislodged, allowing it to get past the hula hoop without upsetting the hoop too much, then snapped back right into place. If a bridle or line does manage to snag it, I think there is a good chance of it clearing on its own. That still leaves the cutaway as an option, or the 2 rubber bands holding it on can break. It hits on the mudflap area of my harness if I don't lean my head back a little when looking far to the side. I think I'll quickly get used to leaning back. Besides that, it rocks!
  20. One must do one's bights right, especially if they're tight.
  21. I would like to understand, but can't from that description. Start by single stowing the band. Then instead of grabbing the band and wrapping it around a second time, your grabbing the band, twisting it 180 degrees, and then wrapping it a second time which creates a knot in the band. In my case, I was not twisting the band 180 degrees, I was spinning the bag 180 degrees, but the end result is the same. The "grabbing the band, twisting it 180 deg, and then..." part isn't unusual, if after twisting the band, which causes you to have a "loop"you then pass over the line bite. I think the problem you've described is in how I see some people wrap the band around a line bite (byte?) as if the band were loose at one end and you needed to wrap the loose end around the lines twice. I noticed this a while back, some young jumper wrapping the band around the bite (as if wrapping a piece of tape around the line bite). It had never occurred to me to do it this way. Instead I've always placed the loop of the band over the bite of the line, then twisted the band 180 deg to make a new loop that again gets placed over the bite of the line. There is no "knot" that results if this is done, but the other way of wrapping the band around the bite definitely seems faster.
  22. I would like to understand, but can't from that description.
  23. What are you calling the base of the lark's head knot? Is it the red box portion? Thanks and sorry about the pic. Was in a hurry before my boss came in. Yes, correct.
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    Altimeter Inaccuracies?

    Please clarify the distinction between deployment and deployment detection, and how canopy detection differs from