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  1. rjklein4470

    Best Gear Bag?

    overboard bags are awesome
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    Fluid Wings Airwolf

    As I get more jumps back to back I will post more, but I can tell you right now the All FT 30 AW is a step above the VK PS for sure. Once I get the AW H1 96, I will do the same. No I did not buy the full moon AW, but I did jump with those folks this fall.
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    Fluid Wings Airwolf

    This weekend I jumped my AW-96 all FT 30, back to back with my VK 96 PS. I will be jumping both back to back for a bit, but I just thought I would put my first impressions down so that it is more raw. Openings: The AW has a longer snivel and the openings are well staged, soft, and on heading. The VK PS has a short snivel and opens fast, but soft and on heading. Toggles: The AW has a very crisp feel on the toggles. The best way to describe the feel is firm. I noticed this right away when I released the brakes, and the control range is shorter. The VK PS has a longer control range and the toggles do not feel as crisp. I only had one jump on each back to back, so I am going to keep this short. The wind was about 10 knots, and the AW with ALL FT 30 drove well over my spot. I set up the same way as I did on my VK PS, and all I can say is the FT 30 material is legit and it drives. Fluidwings is building an amazing product. The build quality is excellent, and the FT 30 material feels like it could last a lifetime. I ordered a Hybrid 1 96 because I am so impressed with the wing, materials, and build quality. The only downfall to the all FT 30 AW is it does pack big. I think in the long run this will be a advantage to those who are downsizing because they might not have to downsize their containers. For those who already have small containers, you might have to stick to the H-1 Hybrid.
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    Best container for a big guy

    I am 6-7 230, and I currently have three PMI Glide's and they are very comfortable. PMI or Infinity would get my vote. Side note: I had to use the PMI ace rsl last year, and it was perfect. I was in a violent spinning Mal, and I cut away the ace beat me by a mile, and to my surprise I had a perfect on heading opening.
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    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    Try taking a eight second delay.
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    Pitching in a Track

    I think it depends on the wing that you are flying, when it was made, and the technology in the wing.
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    Semi-stow D bag flaps remain tucked-in after jump

    No they stay closed. I have over 100 jumps on this system. It's a great system.
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    Icarus GT-R

    any more info, pics ect....
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    OP160 Reserve pack size for V310 question.

    I would Demo the OP 143, and jump it a couple times and then decide.
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    Built in turns

    check your riser lengths.
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    Stuffing into centre cells... wtf?

    I jumped a Johnathan before the stiletto's came out, and I would roll the cells and place them in the center cell. Later Tony sent me a pocket slider that worked really well. I really liked that canopy.
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    Fluidwings Gangster

    I had the 135, and it did pack up a little larger than say a Katana. The 135 OG I had only had about 30 jumps on it, so the first time I packed in, I tried the PD s fold and then stuffed it in the bag. That did not work so well. The second time I packed it I did one fold at the tail, then placed it in the bag, doing the S fold when the OG was half in the bag. lol This worked way better. It's just trying different packing techniques.
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    Packing Nightmare

    first tip: Just practice getting the canopy in the bag. You think you have to start over and do a complete pack job. Just fold and unfold the canopy in and out of the bag.
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    Fluidwings Gangster

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ so I apologize for the spelling mistakes. I was using voice dictating, and did not re read the post.
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    Fluidwings Gangster

    I just spent the last 10 jumps on the OG 135 at 1.81 WL, and I had a blast with this wing. At this WL, the OG was super fun to fly, so for those of you who want a fun wing, don't feel like you have to load this sucker up to have fun. The openings were very soft on heading. I had a couple 90 turns to the right, but during the final stage of opening she came back around. I am not sure how fluidwings does this, but the first part of the opening is so soft. One moment I pitch, then the transition to standing in the harness is well really relaxing. This wing has so much power in the rear risers and the bottom end. It has a very strong flair, but fluidwings down plays the performance of this wing. I think because the HK, and Airwolf are such HP wings they forget to tell you that this wing will still gobble 99% of the canopy's on the market. At 1.8 WL I felt like I could relax and enjoy the wing, but I also know she has another gear. My landing were all so much fun. Strait in this wing does move, it will be ground hungry. And it is so much fun, because the flair is so strong. The wing does respond very well to harness inputs, but it is not at all twitchy. It is a great combination to make adjustments on final using the harness, and keeping your hands off the toggles. This just makes the flair have even more power. The last two jumps I started using the rear risers during the flair, and the OG loves it when you tap her rears. lol just a small amount of pressure and she levels out and just goes and goes. I had so much fun with this wing, all I can say is the OG is super Legit.
  16. I spent some time out of the sport after having lot's of jumps. My first jump back, I was nervous, but mostly because I was not jumping my gear. lol Once I got in the plane, and situated, I almost fell asleep I was so relaxed. My point is, when I was making lot's of jumps I really tried to relax in the plane. Close your eyes think about the jump, and use that time in the plane. The more you are relaxed and connected the better the jump will go.
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    Katana's dont kill people...

    Think of all this in this capacity. I see people spend lots of time trying to be good at something athletic, golf,basketball, tennis, ect.... Some people get better, some don't get better, and others take off. It just comes down to coordination, and balance. Some people are gifted with this from birth, others have to work on it, and others should not chew gum and walk at the same time. I feel like it is less the wing, and loading, and more the ability to feel. just my .02
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    Choosing a New Rig - What's Most Important?

    Be careful with the marketing. Boutique small companies have to be very careful with the dollars. Would you rather have a pretty web page/social media, or better r&d/product. I really liked Peregrine Manufacturing, but I did my own research. Also I tend not to follow the masses. One of the reasons I found Fluidwings. Both companies are outstanding.
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    What's the proper riser length?

    there was a tip Tuesday about this very thing on PD's web site
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    Fluidwings Gangster

    I placed my order a couple weeks ago for a Gangster 96, I am really looking forward to flying this wing. I just got my Tesla for my other rig, and I am very impressed with the quality of construction and material. The Tesla is built really well.
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    Dekunu One

    I have been trying to buy one for the last couple months. GRRRRR, I want one.lol
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    Skysurfing, what I need and how too!

    I have about 500 jumps on a board back in the late 90's. It's fun, but lonely
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    Skysurfing, what I need and how too!

    on the cutaway system it two parts. The lower part is to release the right and left heal, so the cutaway is a Y. The upper part attaches to the lower part and goes under your spandex or some form of pants to hold the cable tight to your body. you cut a hole in the pants up by your thigh, letting the pad poke through. The velcro of the release pad will attach to the under shorts, that has velcro attached to it as well. So you have under shorts with velcro that the release handle attaches to and the spandex pants covers the cable running up your leg and has a hole for the handle to be exposed.
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    New Xfire vs Crossfire 3

    I think you should check out Tesla from Fluidwings as well. Xfire, has a short recovery arch, the Crossfire should be longer.
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    Gear Check!

    that's fair. My comment was kinna rude, but it was not meant to be. My apologies.