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Everything posted by BigL

  1. When I can't wear my swoop shorts I usually just run the $14 Jeans. Fairly rugged and not super expensive to replace if they blow out. That being said, if you're new to the sport, moderately athletic, and you're flying a modern parachute you should be able to stand up landings.
  2. The CF2 is known for that, and that was my experience when I borrowed a 119 for a few loads. The CF3 dives more from what I've seen, still quick but fine to learn 90's on. I liked the Katana the most and that's the way I went.
  3. You should make your decision on the type of canopy piloting you'd like to do. The CF2 is not suitable to learn HP turns, the recovery arc is too short. Nice and safe everyday canopy designed for the non-swooper. The CF3 is fine for learning HP turns. It's most peoples introduction wing for doing 90's etc.
  4. I used a Removable 96 JFX2 slider on my KA107 for about 150 jumps. The RDS for the JFX was bigger than the stock KA slider. I think the openings got worse. Always firm, with some slammers.
  5. Yeah cartwheel, it feels the safest because I can keep easily keep reference throughout. I just try and give myself a bit of speed from the HD side because it takes some time to find the angle get on the gas pedal once HU. Another easy-ish one is HD Backfly and float up to the belly slot then go through the back to HU Belly.
  6. I feel pretty maxed out when following HD yeah, but there is more range for sure. At the moment I think the head and the arms are still creating lots of drag. Focused on keeping the head neutral and looking down with my eyes, and to fly on level and not behind. The arms are going to take some time because they feel like my main source of stability. Thanks!
  7. Here are 2 recent jumps. At the moment my focus is flying on level on my belly, and getting more range to play with. The HU backflying is still in the building blocks stage.
  8. Do you roll the tail at the top? If so, don't. Only roll the tail at the bottom (2x 1 inch folds is good) so the air can get into the slider ASAP.
  9. I'm unfamiliar with who has what designs, but the freefliers at the DZ will know what's good and what isn't in your area. The diffusing - might make first flights safer/easier but I'm not an instructor so I could be wrong there. My home tunnel is an iFly 14 Footer. 2 Fan Recirculating design.
  10. Here are some things to consider, assuming you have more than one tunnel to choose from. Choppy Wind Modern tunnels are generally smoother than older designs, they've been improving over time. Patents in your country may restrict a company to a certain design which may be better or worse than their competitor. Reach out to the flyers in your community for a consensus on this. Diffusing Flight Chamber Some tunnels (including modern designs) the glass gets wider as the flight chamber goes up, meaning the wind speed drops off considerably from 1m --> 2m --> 3m above the net. This is not ideal, and not a good representation of the what the sky is like. Size 12 Foot is cheap but small/cramped. Good for initial solo stuff but once you start moving around does become quite small. A lot of 12 footers are the diffusing type described above. 14 Foot is reasonably priced and big enough for all solo coaching stuff. Really good for 2-Way Dynamic. 16 Foot is expensive and good for big formation stuff. No real advantage over the 14-footer for solo work. Wind Speed Limitations Some tunnels are not powerful enough to fly Head Down in comfortably, becomes more of a problem the heavier you are. To be avoided if HD is your goal. Coaching Staff Finding a coach you click with and progress quickly with is probably one of the most important factors. A good coach will save you $$$ of tunnel time in the long run. I'm lucky to live in a city where we have a modern, non-diffusing 14-foot tunnel that is very powerful and smooth. I haven't flown in any others but everyone I've talked to who has been around loves our tunnel. This is all just opinion of course!
  11. To me the fear logically goes away when you properly accept the small chance you might die doing this. Sometimes when I'm at height I think, "What if this is the jump I go in on?" It's always followed by, "Oh well, fuck it. It was worth it, what a ride up until now, lets go!"
  12. I put my first 13 jumps on my new JFX2 94 this weekend past as well! I came from a KA107 loaded at 1.69 and I'm loading the new wing at 1.93. Initial impressions:- - Way more responsive to harness, I can do the flick in my 270 all harness now. - Fronts are easy to get down after my bump, but they come up earlier after being held down than my KA. - The rears actually work, compared to the KA rears which were terrible by comparison. - Toggle stroke is a lot shorter than most of the wings I've flown, stalls just below my armpits. - Dives a touch more than my KA, felt like a pretty easy transition between recovery arcs. - Swoops for days! The thing cuts through the air and is just so efficient at converting vertical speed to horizontal. Super stoked, so much to learn!
  13. Has the guidelines on the V306 changed? The V306 has been paired with the OP126 all the time, now it's not listed in the full fitting reserve size?
  14. I have a KA107 with 725 on the lowers, asked for this so it's easier to get the rings over when doing RDS. You just need to monitor the wear and know that they will wear our quicker than 1000.
  15. Sweet, what height is your 270 on the Gangster, and what size wing?
  16. The Crossy2 has a really short recovery arc, it's horrible for swooping. Get rid of it. Don't agree that the Saf2 and the Sabre2 are the same, the Sabre2 dives more. I'm 70kg and I started my 90 at 420ft on the Sabre2 120.
  17. I have dozens of feet first angles, plenty of 2-Ways as well. I can hold a slot on my back with a HU Leader, I'm still working out belly. Been playing around with it, generally I'm finding if I chase it HD Back first then transition to HU Belly this is the easiest way to get relative and start working out the inputs. I do it off the side of the jump in my own airspace so it's safe. Will keep updating this thread as I figure it out, and maybe post some footage.
  18. Thanks for the reply, this is pretty much what I've heard around the DZ as well. I was on a Sabre2 120 and personally decided to use a KA107 to bridge the gap between the Sabre2 and the JFX2 while I'm still loading my wing under 1.8. I would have considered the Crossy3 if it dived more, just my $0.02
  19. How was the jump from the Crossy3 to the JFX2?
  20. I freefly a lot, I have a suit for the Wind Tunnel only. It's a tight dynamic suit which isn't suitable for the sky. In the sky I just wear tight jeans and a shirt. Just pick a shirt long enough so you can tighten your leg straps over so it won't blow over the top of your handles if you're head-up flying. What matters is consistency. Always wear the same or similar clothes so you become familiar with your flight surface, this is the advantage of a jumpsuit - it always flies the same.
  21. Thoughts on when to start chasing angles on your feet? When did you start? Is there a limit of how flat/slow you can chase? Is it constructive to start chasing them earlier rather than later? I'm confident I can chase them and stay safe (will start on my back). My general train of thought is when I learned angles on my head I spent quite a few jumps chasing them before learning the exit and flying efficient enough to make and stay on the jump.
  22. Primacy in learning is key. In my experience, the skydivers who get quality coaching early (there are shit coaches) are better off long term because they are taught solid foundations early on, and don't develop bad habits. Just my opinion.
  23. Absolutely, work up to what you're comfortable with, everyone is different! When I'm doing 45min in a day, I usually fly 3x blocks of 15 minutes an hour apart between each session. This gives you the debrief time in the tunnel between rotations, and the 30 mins debrief time between sessions. Edit to say: When I'm flying VFS with my team, we usually only do 20 minutes a night (20 x 1min).
  24. If I have the time on my account and a coach available, I would look at doing 30-45 minutes per day. I'm working on dynamic so it's not too taxing on the body. I find after the 45min mark the fatigue from (mental and physical) starts to inhibit my flying.