mathrick

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  1. mathrick

    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    I switched to WinX ZP 150 from a Storm 150, and it packs smaller. Not massively so, but noticeably. Of course if you get a hybrid or low bulk option, then you shave further pack volume from that.
  2. mathrick

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Bug Description: Signatures in old posts are not formatted as such, and instead run-in with the post body. URL that it occurred: Any post before the redesign was deployed Additionally, signatures have not been preserved in people's profiles if set, so everyone was reset to having no signature in new posts.
  3. mathrick

    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    I've mentioned it on multiple occasions before, but I found P7 to open too hard to be enjoyable. I do not have any WS jumps on it, only belly, and I'd very much not recommend it for anyone looking for a canopy that can be taken to terminal. I have about 15 jumps on a P7 167 LPV, and it made me dread pitching the PC. That's not a good thing in my book. It also flies a bit too steep to be a good WS canopy, IMHO. It's very enjoyable to fly, and the flare is good, but with a WS, maximising the glide is what gets you home when you fuck up the flight pattern. Horizon is, in a word, boring. It flies like an Optimum, packs like an Optimum, opens like an Optimum. And the Optimum was made to be compact and boring. Not a bad thing at all to have in a WS canopy, but be prepared for an extremely unexciting ride. It doesn't fly quite as flat as WinX, but less steeply than a P7 in my experience. My personal favourite (and personal canopy) remains WinX. It flies really flat, but is still rather agile and surprisingly fast with good flare, though you're definitely not gonna be swooping that. The openings are really good and positive without being painful. At WL 1.8+, it reportedly begins to open a bit too fast, but I only load mine at 1.3, so I wouldn't know. But even at 1.8, it has an incredible glide range, as evidenced by my friend who still made it back on his 135 when we opened in a spot even I didn't think would make it back from. I got my WinX through a dealer recommended by a DZ buddy, so I don't really have anything to complain about in terms of customer support.
  4. mathrick

    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    Out of curiosity, why are you limiting this to specifically those two? "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  5. mathrick

    CURV vs Vector M-351 for speed skydiving?

    I'd like to see some pictures of that modified Javelin, please. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  6. mathrick

    Navigator Mains

    However you want to word it, the reality is that the lower skin does not really matter for the wing's flight. This has been convincingly demonstrated by the creation of single-skin paragliders and speedwings. I don't claim to understand how it works, but it clearly does work just fine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm6atN0AaFw There are so many of them out there you can easily find comparison reviews. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  7. mathrick

    360 Video for Watching Deployments Recommendation

    What mount do you use? Their "sky bundle" borders on criminally negligible; it's full of extension poles, long thumb screws, and they actually peddle a selfie stick with it (complete with a video of someone using it under canopy)! "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  8. Audio is very quiet and noisy, so it's not easy to figure out exactly. The voices of people laughing do not sound like they're instructors or in any way involved in handling the student. What's being said is roughly: [laughing]... [inaudible with lots of cursing]... fuck me[student starts to turn hard and kick their legs][different voice, shouting]: OK, easy! You got this, easy, don't spin it! Easy, just head into the wind![sound of reserve deploying, shouting]: FUCK ME! "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  9. mathrick

    Vortex/Volt set up: Opinion?

    They're great rigs, I'm very happy with mine, and I've never met another Vortex owner who wasn't happy with theirs. I've never flown a Volt, but I've only ever heard good things about it. There seems to be a consensus out there that it's a better Sabre2, more or less. The Decelerator is a fine reserve too; the one time I needed to use it, it was one of the most boring canopy rides I've had. It was great. At $4500 + AAD, it really is a fantastic deal. Normally I'd say too good to be true, except that in this case, I know it is true. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  10. mathrick

    MARDS and wingsuits

    *bridle :) "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  11. mathrick

    PS Vortex delivery time?

    Neat, how did you get to see the prototype? Any pics? "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  12. mathrick

    Racer by Jump Shack

    Oh really? Let's see how well you do at teaching then. Your own manual (which, btw, you do NOT make properly available on your website; out of two different links to a "manual", neither works, so I had to use this copy, dated Oct 2003) has this to say: Not only does it not say a single word about the "correct" emergency procedures, it actively misleads anyone reading it by claiming that this is something that can be done after the reserve and main is out. No panic indeed, it's not like you can do anything at all after it chokes off your reserve! This kind of shitty, stubborn, blame-the-jumper-for-your-own-fuckups attitude is why Racer deserves to die a thousand deaths. I don't think it'll come as a surprise to anyone but Jumpshack that Campbell got a "Friends don't let friends jump a Racer" t-shirt after he shot that video. And any manufacturer who can't figure out how to publish a working copy of the manual online in 2018 should rightly be rejected by riggers in the field anyway. Which Racers are thankfully seeing more and more of. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  13. mathrick

    Turbo-Z

    I think you might be missing my point as well
  14. mathrick

    Turbo-Z

    I feel you're missing the point of half of these. WinX and Kraken are WS-specific canopies. They're made to open quickly, on heading, and pack small, whilst still giving the good longevity of a ZP/hybrid design, the performance of a modern wing, and being good enough all-rounders that you can take them on a non-WS jump without worrying about getting slammed. I dunno about Kraken (haven't jumped one), but WinX also excels at glide ratio and if it's at all possible to make it back from a long spot, WinX will get you there. You cannot have that and also expect a long recovery arc. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."
  15. mathrick

    Turbo-Z

    That "brand new" Sabre2 is a design that's been around since 2000 or 2001. Just because it was manufactured in 2018 doesn't make it a new canopy. "Skydivers are highly emotional people. They get all excited about their magical black box full of mysterious life saving forces."