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  1. Maddingo

    First Rig

    Most mainstream rigs are good, as a first rig I think you should save money on the container as long as it is ff friendly. Rather buy parachutes that are in good condition. Saying that I've flown Volt's, Sabre 2, Pilot and some other canopies. Since you are interested in a Sabre I should mention it is almost the same as the Volt, save the money get the Volt. There is practically no difference. Both fly good and have a responsive strong flare, are a bit steeper and sometimes they just don't open well for no reason. If that does not bother you, you have my answer. I really have no clue why you would pay 1500$ for a 400 jump Sabre 2, when you can get a new Volt for the same price. 7-cells are different in flight they sink faster have a different feel to them which I personally do not like. But they are more predictable during deployment. You mentioned easy landing with Pulse? What does that mean? It is ADVERTISED as that but it comes down to your flying style. The flat glide and low response two-stage flare is very specific and very different. It has less stopping power than it's counterparts. The main thing is you gonna grow out of the first few parachute sizes in a blink of an eye if you jump regularly, so really try to find good value gear at the beginning. You gonna have time to spend big money on CF 3, Valkyrie, whatever later in your skydiving career.
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    Beginner WL

    You my friend are in my field. The standard chart does not apply to all people the same. The least to us big guys. The charts are considered as safe average, but don't take into consideration a lot of factors. A 1.3 WL on 190 for you is much less agressive than 1.3 for someone on a 150-135. Ask your dz instructors and riggers what they think about downsizing for you and your flying. And most importantly try a few jumps yourself and see how you react to it, learn to asses yourself. You will always have screamers against and the dz cool 65kilo dwarfs that ill shout "downsize man". If you can pretty much land in no wind, crosswind, downwind and be accurate while doing it I see no problem in downsizing If it is any help I'm making comparison video on Volts (185 vs 150), so you will get atleast some feeling how things react under a smaller wing. We jump pretty much the same height and weight.
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    Buying canopy jumped in the desert?

    Microscopic picture of sand. Now imagine that rubbing against parachute materials and you'll get a pretty good idea. Or rub some sand against your skin and see what will it feel like.
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    Packing Practice

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    No opportunity to learn to pack

    Then it is sad.
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    No opportunity to learn to pack

    I don't know how can this even happen. Maybe you are affraid to ask skydivers to help you out? How about instructors that you jumped with? I am positive you will find someone that will gladly help you out. Just ask people. Anyone with 100+ jumps knows how to properly pack. I know I'd gladly teach someone new to pack a parachute for a beer I am sure there are loads of people who would do the same.
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    Anyone jumping a newer vortex

    Yes, I'm quite happy with it to. Theese pics show colors more accuretly. It is Gossamer Green and Blue combination.
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    Anyone jumping a newer vortex

    Welp, here it is. PS went the extra mile to double color it without any extra charge. Better pics soon. It is a never version with a longer yoke, they also made the pc pocket slicker for easier packing. This is the EVS135STD model, loaded with a 150 Volt (tight fit). Packed it quite easily for a tight fit and it is crispy new.
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    Packing Practice

    Just today I managed to get a crispy new 150 9-cell canopy into a new 135 container using that method (150 tight fit). So I additionally reasured myself that this is a good way to do it. Material is so much easier to control.
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    Packing Practice

    Roll packing technique is my go to for a long time now. It works on any size perfectly.
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    A perfect option for all people that have a bigger head or looking for a better quality. It has a thick shell, with external audio pockets, comfortable liner and no annoying under chin buckle. The visor is easiest to control from all the helmets I tried and it is easily removable. The tightening system is one of a kind and surpases all other methods of fastening. It also reduces noise by quite a large margin. The cons would probably be that it is quite sensitive to scratches, the liner is glued in and the price is a bit steep. The only helmet I would trade it for is the new Tonfly TFX.
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    Canopy size

    Anything between 250 to 210 is pretty much the same. They all forgive mistakes, the only difference is in the toggle input sensitivity. Some are snapier (first 9-cell sport wings) than others (7-cell sport canopies, 9 cell student profiles) but nothing dramatic.
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    Tipping your AFF instructors

    Tipping everybody is an American thing...
  14. So after reading some recommend bench etc. No, don't. Fitness is made to strenghten your muscles, not your core or ligaments/tendons. DON'T talk to "certified" gym trainers, talk to graduated physiotherapists. They will know best how to strenghten your joints without risking injury. They will provide you with the correct set of workouts, maybe add some laser treatment or manual therapy if you have the bucks. I have a professional graduated physiotherapist in my family and can't stress enough how little gym trainers know about the actual structures of ligaments, joints, muscles etc.
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    Family and friends advice

    I had a very bad time with my parents, but eventually they accepted my activity. After a few years when you are still alive, they see it is no different than for example bike riding, scubadiving etc. It is something you just have to deal with it. Most people see it as certain death and a selfish act. Which at the end it is. Skydiving is selfish towards the people you love and who care for you... but so is their necessity to restrict you in doing something you love. You just have to be laid back, non conflicting, patient and it will go away. They will accept what you do.