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  1. I ain't judgin, just curious.
  2. Did the author say they were flying a 135---and that it was the smallest canopy they'd ever flown---and their reserve was a 126? Ummm, isn't that a big no-no? Or am I trippin?
  3. Anyone else have this problem? Polarized sunglasses filtering out the display on your altimeter? It seems like non-polarized ones have lots of draw backs. I guess it's just physics? Or are there different types of polarization? Anyone have suggestions for polarized sunglasses that work well for skydiving---and don't filter out altimeter displays?
  4. I was under canopy once recently and I glanced at my altimeter and it was dead. Battery, I guess? Wait, I know I charged that shit. I glanced again, same result; but then I lowered my chin and peeked over the top of my sunglasses: boom, clear altimeter reading. I raised my chin: disappeared. Lowered: reappears. Something to do with my sunglasses' polarization or something. It doesn't always happen, only when the sun is at a certain angle or clouds are doing something or whatever. Question: as skydivers who have to read digital altimeters and need excellent visibility and clarity what type of sunglasses suit us best? Polarized? Nonpolarized? Other considerations? Thoughts, suggestions?
  5. Any streaming service where I watch Cutaway?
  6. Did I just see Bill Booth answer the phone in "The Firm"? The Firm = mediocre legal thriller movie from the 90s, Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman.
  7. I'm just wondering what people think about the black hardware option: how long does last? Think it's worth the upcharge? Any considerations with it other than asthetics? Thanks y'all!
  8. Still haven't decided, leaning towards a Vector. Both are top-notch for sure. I'm curious: why doesn't UPT have articulation/rings at the chest strap? Seems like every other manufacturer does.
  9. It seems like Curv owners rave about the fit/comfort factor. No surprise there! What about pin and riser protection? Are they FF, WS friendly? Do they age well? Are Vectors actually UNcomfortable? I think Ive jumped one once or twice, don't remember comfort level--wasn't custom made to my body anyways. Does the PC actually sit higher on a Curv?
  10. Interestingly; 2 years is average wait time for a new rig these days :O Bwaahaaa!!!!!
  11. Welp, I dun narrowed it on down to a Curv or a Vector. I'm wondering: is it just pure personal preference, or are there any glaring differences between the two? Mojo seems on par with Skyhook now, so there's that. RI and UPT both have solid reps, both rigs are TSO compliant, both are top notch and so on. But, when I google reviews on these two there's just not a ton of info. Hence this post. I've read up and asked around but still feel like there's some knowledge/wisdom to be gleaned. How would you complete these sentences? (like, if you're bored and wanna help a brother out) * Dude, get a Curv because they're_____and they've got superior______ * Broski, get a Vector because..." " " " " " * Check it out man, the real differences between the two are___________ * I'm a rigger and I say definitely get a________because_______ * I've jumped/owned both and___________________ * Fun fact: Bill B and Sandy R both have enormous__________and have been known to_______after some beverages * Both are great, but Curv for_________and Vector for___________ Or make up your own sentences, it's all good. I'm just going straight up bonkers trying to figure this out. The $hit is expensive and I'll have to live with my decision for many years---it's like buying a car or house or something. I'm preaching to the choir, I know. I must choose...wisely... Thanks for any and all advice/wisdom/suggestions
  12. St Louis. Turbine DZs are 3+ hours away. Sucks.
  13. My 2 cents: A) Dress warm but be sure not to restrict your movement, range of motion. Work it out on the ground. Be sure. B) You're only up in the cold for some minutes. If you're comfortable on the ground you'll probably be fine at altitude--you're heart's beating faster, adrenaline etc. You may not even notice the cold that much. Good luck with your training. Jump safe!
  14. I’m coming up on 400 jumps and I’m keen to really break through to the “next level.” First I’d like to train to clean up any and all deficiencies or bad habits in free fall, canopy piloting and skydiving in general. Then I’d like to explore becoming an AFF instructor and perhaps a TI. I’m reading up in the SIMS and various things on line, asking questions at the DZ etc. I know there are a number of places here in the states that offer the training I’m looking for. I’m wondering if anyone here has advice or suggestions as far as the best places to train, any pitfalls I should be aware of, other things to do to get it right the first time—any advice/wisdom in general. Thanks everyone, and blue skies!
  15. 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!)
  16. My apologies if this has been discussed. Question: are there ways to mount action cameras on the Tonfly TFX helmet?
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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...
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!!!