sundevil777

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  1. It is officially available: http://www.velocityrigs.com/about/news/mard-now-available/ I like how Kelly thinks in terms of what is important - how it works. I like that the design is significantly different than the skyhook in ways that are important. I have never been comforted by statements from other MARD designers that mentioned how carefully the relative lengths of this vs that had to be fine-tuned, etc. I do not want such a mechanism to have needed to be fine-tuned! That makes me think that the design is not tolerant of unknown conditions/variables, and too dependent on being assembled/rigged "just right". I am much happier with a design where the geometry isn't critical.
  2. Ribs with extra “crossporting” ought to be adopted to reduce bulk and weight.
  3. You can get the answer without even asking, most on this site have their equipment identified in their profile. Whatever rig they have, if they bought it new, is what they recommend. Even if they bought used, it is likely what they favor. To really get the advice you seek, I suggest understanding what about their rigs impresses their owners, and what nagging complaints they have. Either put in the time to read various threads focused on such issues, or if you want a quick answer that is extremely biased and not so useful, then rely on the responses you’ll get in this thread. If you are real close to any of the manufacturers, that ought to be a significant factor. You are not an unusual size, so there is no reason to think some rigs are better suited because of that. You should absolutely get an Infinity from the good folks at Velocity Sports Equipment. They have been tested at supersonic speed during a low, non-orbital re-entry, and are preferred by people that haven’t always worn a rig on every jump. http://www.velocityrigs.com
  4. I don't know what you mean by "special solution". The surefire earplug filters and others like them allow air to pass through. The super expensive versions are not unique in that way.
  5. I think it likely that the filtering is similar to many other products available. Some of those products are also very low profile, so an audible won't be pushing on the earplug. https://www.dropzone.com/forums/topic/20291-these-earplugs-are-different/#4083263 I think I'll stick with the cheap version.
  6. The VSE Facebook page has some teasers with Kelly confirming it can’t be retrofitted to older rigs.
  7. You can submit a review in the gear section of this site. Those reviews can be critical to others as they consider if buying a new product is wise. My memory of the Neoxs altimeter was a lot of complaints about poor quality and lousy customer service, so getting the word out about it is at least being helpful to others.
  8. It appears that it would run into supremacy problems - local vs federal laws. Is there some reason why the local lawmakers would think that it would survive scrutiny? Is this just a gesture which they know will get slapped down as unconstitutional? How do they think their law will be able to require "...federal funds cannot be withheld from an airport that chooses to locally regulate noise." ?
  9. Wearing a bare rig (not Billvon - the others) to board a flight is not wise. So many likely nervous grandmas and pilots that can express their concern, and then it is an easy decision for security of whatever label to tell us it can't be carry on. The more this type of thing happens, the more likely they will not be allowed ever. It doesn't matter how many letters from the TSA/FAA or X-ray cards you have, they can say no and not have to justify it to anyone.
  10. The new pebbles audible is a good start. Small, thin, simple and cheap emphasis for me.
  11. His design has accelerometers instead of just pressure sensors. That changes everything in terms of what mode of flight can be detected.
  12. Twice this last season I likely would have had a Vmag mount knocked loose during combat RW shenanigans. My chinmount.com mount only became dislodged a bit. I am using the longer than intended rubber bands and still have no shakiness whether belly or vertical, but my session model camera doesn't generate as much drag as the larger models.
  13. That is terrific, but ads should be placed in the classifieds.
  14. I think it used to be described as “punch” instead of pull, and the distinction of urgency. A hard pull doesn’t feel so hard if you’re punching it out, and take advantage of the slack in the system to get some speed going before the real force has to be applied. It would be great to encourage specifically in training/safety day. Large ring risers/old school rocks. Gotta punch it.
  15. I wonder if it is the same or equivalent technology as these: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4083263#4083263 I’ve been using the low profile surefire earplugs for many years
  16. Some are able to be either an audible or visual altimeter, such as the Alti-2 Neptune series/Atlas.
  17. Something must be getting mixed up I think in the comparison, if those beavers on floats are going to be doing commercial service, they gotta be taking up the same or near the same number of passengers, don’t you think?
  18. My swift plus 175 had a great flare at a 1.26 WL. In my defense I thought it was a 200, as the size is not directly marked on the label, just coded within the serial number as R6 or R4 etc.
  19. Wearing surgical type gloves under thin leather gloves works great. My advice is to put on the surgical gloves on the way to altitude to reduce the likelihood of your hands getting sweaty. That means just wear the leather gloves at first, then add the surgical gloves on the way up. Work it out with your instructors, they won’t like the distraction, so clear it with them first so nobody is surprised.
  20. Does the Ares, like the Viso, show the “tens” of feet digit in free fall (a useless, distracting blur in freefall)? Am I the only one to think it is amazing they continue to show that digit? I think the readability of the L&B products is much worse than the Alti-2 products because the numbers are displayed on a seven segment display type arrangement - straight line segments to display the number. The Alti-2 display (even way back to the Neptune 2) does not have this restriction, allowing a much more quickly readable display. I think the “rounded” font, with higher aspect ratio of each character, and the narrower stroke makes for a huge distinction between the brands.
  21. The "keep an eye out" article on p. 61 of the magazine that showed up today (by Jim Crouch) says that the vast majority of us have brass grommets on the main dbag where bad interaction with rubber bands or tube stows is a real concern. I had thought they were gone long ago.
  22. Forward movement was a goal on some jumps where it seemed to not happen, when you did track, your legs didn’t adjust their position so it was an ineffective track which is common.
  23. Be aware security may demand you open the main and reserve. It does not matter if you have the X-ray cards and USPA letter and all, they can demand it and you can't expect to change their mind. Be aware that carrying your rig around exposed might cause some nervous Nellie to get security involved. No matter how cool it might seem to get on a commercial flight with your rig on your back, it draws unwanted attention and could result in skydivers being treated worse in the future.
  24. Cypres is $53/year more considering the difference in lifetimes.