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  1. heavision

    Sabre 2 openings

    I've just ordered a Sabre2 170 which I'll be loading at about 1.3 to 1. I have 360ish jumps.Current canopy is a Pilot 188. I've taken Flight 1 courses 101 and 102. I've been reading reviews, discussions etc about the Sabre2 and there seems to be a recurring theme regarding openings: off heading, end cell closures and hard openings come up often--very often, in fact. Off heading and slow-to-inflate end cells aren't a huge concern for me. Hard openings are. PD describes the openings as predictable, soft, on heading etc. Now, I don't wanna get all into the intricacies of marketing and advertising crap, but I'm inclined to trust PD. They are a proven outfit and clearly one of the beacons of professionalism in our sport. The Sabre2 being one of, if not the most, popular canopy out there gives us ample data. It doesn't seem plausible to call it a fluke--there's just too many instances to chalk this all up to poor body position, crappy packing and the like. So I suppose my question is: what gives? Has PD addressed this? Are people really just lousy packers and/or always out of position when they deploy? Or should I be a little nervous? (MY APOLOGIES IF THIS HAS BEEN ADDRESSED IN SOME OTHER THREAD. I know its been discussed but I haven't seen anything conclusive. Blue skies!)
  2. heavision

    Good skydiving songs

  3. My apologies if this has been discussed. Question: are there ways to mount action cameras on the Tonfly TFX helmet?
  4. heavision

    DZs in Europe

    I'll be in Europe August and September 2019 and I'm looking for a cheap DZ to spend some time at. I'll be in France mid August so it's a good central location to rock a train from. I hear Poland is less expensive than other countries, also Hungary and some eastern countries. Suggestions? Bring it.
  5. heavision

    How Cognitive Bias Is Messing With Your Skydiving

    More like this please. Fucking kick ass.
  6. heavision

    good DZ tent?

    Yeah I plan on covering it during the day as I'll be leaving it up for days at a time. And to keep cool I plan on having access to electricity and rocking a little fan--I worry about being too hot. I'm ok with spartan living, I just want to keep cool, dry and as bug-free as possible!
  7. heavision

    good DZ tent?

    Gonna be spending a lot of time at a midwest DZ. Anyone have suggestions for a solid tent? I've been looking at 2 person, 3 season backpacking tents--there are some good ones. Anyone have suggestions? Bring it...
  8. Oh man, I could go nutz on this--lots of ideas! I have this dilemma often: there are several DZs within a few hours of my home and I'm always wondering where to go. To me there are two critical things. 1) weather. 2) how many loads will there be? Importance of weather is obvious. But trying to find out if there will be enough loads to justify the drive--2, 3, 4 hrs each way--is a PITA, big time. You can call or message; but DZs usually just say 'yeah come out!' or 'you can't jump if you're not here.' So you go, only to find out its totally slow; few tandems, not enough fun jumpers. You just drove 3 and a half hours to make 2 jumps and now you gotta drive 3 and a half hours back home. Sucks. (Idk if other people have this problem, but its happened to me a number of times and it drives me frikkin bonkerz!!) If there's a way to find out, and post on your app, how many jumps your likely to get at a given DZ on a given day, just a ballpark figure, that would friggin rule. Shit, I gotta go to work
  9. heavision


    Oooohh, the 13-Fives may work! I have a pair of Arches from Kroops and they don't seal around my cheekbones--air comes pouring in from a gap at the bottom. I'm not sure if that's a design flaw or if I just a goofy shaped face--probably the latter! Sucks because otherwise they seem terrific. But the 13-Fives appear to have foam instead of rubber there. Thanks!Quote
  10. heavision


    So I've got an open faced helmet and I'm having a heck of a time trying to find decent, clear goggles. I've gone through quite a few $10 ones and one $40 pair and they've all crapped out or just don't fit/seal my face. Anyone have suggestions? Let `em rip!!!
  11. heavision


    What type(s) of footware do you jump in, and why? Different stuff for different seasons, weather, locations, types of jump/landing? Please elaborate! Thanks y'all! Now, let 'em rip.
  12. heavision

    Good hi-top jump shoes?

    Any suggestions for hi-top jump shoes? Nike 6" SFB looks like a posibility. I'm thinking something between Chucks and light hiking boots. Not too chunky, some ankle support, comfy, solid, yada yada yada. Bring it!
  13. heavision

    corn field landing damage?

    I deployed NW (I think) of the field/landing area. Looked down and was above a highway--plenty of time/altitude though. I lined up to head back and land. I looked down and the highway was still beneath me, in the same spot. Tried .5, .25 brakes, rears etc. Highway was actually in front of me a bit now. I was being pushed away from the airport! Super high winds at my altitude--and all the way to the ground as it turned out. It was obvious I wasn't gonna make it back. So I started looking for a safe alternate landing spot. I elected to aim for a big spot as I am a new jumper and I was at the mercy of some serious winds. So there's the highway beneath me, a field next to it, then a river. So I aimed for the center of the field, trying to avoid the highway and river. I haven't done water training yet. I could see huge ripples sweeping across the grassy field; like a giant, invisible broom was sweeping across it--hard and fast. I was being tossed around a good bit. I focused on a good, open, obstacle-free spot in the center and began maneuvering for landing. I got closer and realized it was actually a corn field. But I was already committed (and low) so I landed there. No choice. Also; like I said, I'm a new, sub 100 jumper, AND this was my 2nd or 3rd jump on my new rig (Pilot 188.) And it was my first ever jump at that DZ. In retrospect, it wouldn't have been a bad idea to skip the jump altogether. The thought had crossed my mind: novice jumper, new rig, new DZ, high wind. Sounds pretty bad now as I'm typing this!! I would categorize myself as a safe, prudent skydiver; not one to make poor decisions. Now I'm re-assessing my judgement. I landed safely though, and I learned from the experience. And, given the scenario, I'm pleased with my decisions and actions. I would only second guess the decision to jump in the first place. Man, I guess I could've answered simply; "I didn't realize it was a cornfield until I was already committed." Sorry for the long-winded response--I had some coffee today!
  14. heavision

    corn field landing damage?

    I'm a new jumper. I landed in a corn field the other day. Tall, dry stalks. It took me well over an hour to untangle and gather my canopy and walk out. All the while I'm wondering what this is doing to my gear, especially my canopy. Upon return to DZ I asked if I needed to have my rig inspected or cleaned or anything. No one seemed particularly concerned, but there was no rigger around. A nice guy packed my rig for me and we laughed at my being covered in dirt, sweat, corn debris and god knows what all. Since this happened, I keep imagining corn syrup/goop, sharp dry leaves, dirt, pesticides, bugs (that may chew on nylon!), etc etc packed into my main and doing damage. When I go jump again I will ask rigger at DZ about all this--but I'm worried about what's potentially happening between now and then. So, my question: is there any standard operating procedure for post corn field landing (or any other super dirty landing)? Is it prudent/vital to get rig inspected and washed? Or is this a; "modern parachutes are so well-made these days, they can take it, don't worry" type situation? Do I need to unpack main immediately? (Dude shook it out before packing, but still; my imagination runs wild.) Thanks for any help, suggestions, wisdom.
  15. heavision

    Canopy progression question

    Most of what I've read about canopy progression talks about which canopy is appropriate for your experience level, what WL is safe etc. and when and how you should progress to a smaller one and in what increments etc. I'm wondering: do people ever just switch to a higher performance canopy, but stay at the same WL, as means of progression? Because wouldn't it A) allow you to keep your current rig and not have to buy a new one to fit smaller canopy? B) let you demo different canopies with your own rig that you're comfortable with? C) I just realized A and B are kinda the same so.... I have no clue, this may be a terrible idea; so I'm asking. Hit me up with your wisdom!!