drdm

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    Aero Fallschirmsport GmbH Kassel
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    DFV
  • Number of Jumps
    204
  • Years in Sport
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    Tracking
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    Formation Skydiving
  1. drdm

    Pro-Fly jumpsuits?

    Jumped it this weekend and I'm pretty happy with it. In use, I only noticed the pull-down strap thing I mentioned when attempting to sit-fly, and even then only barely. Belly, tracking, and throwing myself into weird unstable positions just for funsies, I didn't notice it at all. The suit was comfy, stretched in the right places, and, after a wonky landing with a PLF, I can confirm that it's also more rugged and durable than it looks - aside from some grass stains, still looks like new. Can definitely recommend it for the price.
  2. drdm

    Pro-Fly jumpsuits?

    I got it today. Looks to be really solid quality for the price - great feel, solid, neat-looking stitching, wind-/water-proof zipper, close-fitting but very soft neck cuff... I'm looking forward to jumping it this weekend if the weather agrees. The one critical point I could make is, the pull-down straps on the ankle cuffs seem quite short - I can't easily slide them over my heels with the suit on, and then when I do they pull the cuff material down low enough that it's annoying to get my shoes on. It doesn't seem worth sending back something that otherwise seems so on point though; I'll just attempt to ply my rigger or a local tailor with a few beers and a few euros to swap them out for slightly longer pieces of webbing or some elastic strap material.
  3. drdm

    Falling out of a Harness

    Not necessarily. There are some exceedingly lightweight climbing harnesses out there with very carefully engineered waist strap buckles that need to be rated to more than 15kn to meet CE norms. It would be somewhat harder than a standard adapter to quickly loosen after canopy opening, but it doesn't weigh much and can sure as hell bear a load. I'm actually consistently surprised that I don't see more modern, lightweight climbing harness type tech in harness-container systems. After all, the shock-loading on the leg straps in a big-but-not-unusual climbing fall probably isn't that much different than the opening shock on typical modern parachute equipment. Then again, maybe for something that needs to be as much of a "workhorse" as a normal sport container system, overbuilt is better. Though that still doesn't explain why you don't see it in hike-and-jump BASE rigs...
  4. drdm

    Pro-Fly jumpsuits?

    Based on a friend at my dropzone getting one and being pretty happy with it, I actually just ordered one. I'll try to remember to update once I've received it and put a few jumps on it.
  5. drdm

    Good skydiving songs

    How on earth has nobody mentioned "Jump Around" by House of Pain? It even starts with "Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin..." Also, JamesBond, to answer your question - I'm still quite a newbie, but I think it's generally accepted that headphones while jumping is a bad idea. In addition to our visual altimeters, a lot of us use audible altimeters (it's a very important habit to always be aware of the reading on your wrist, but it's easy to get a little distracted when trying to nail that formation with your buddies or that freefly position you're trying for the first time, so a bit of backup is useful), and listening to music could easily get in the way of hearing those.
  6. drdm

    American newbie in Germany

    Thanks! Yeah, I've found them to be really welcoming and supportive - I messed up a handful of jumps as well (the canopy flight was pretty intuitive for me, but it took me a while to get the "hang" of freefall), and they were consistently very direct about what I needed to correct while still being quite patient and supportive (which I guess is the German way ). Good point - I guess it'll probably end up being the DFV license, as I don't see any mention of USPA on their website (nor are they listed on the USPA website). Though maybe it's worth asking if there's an instructor there with whom it's possible to do the USPA license instead? If it's not too much of a bother to ask, is there much of a functional difference between the two in the end, or is it mostly just that USPA has the easy-to-follow letter ratings and a wider base?
  7. drdm

    American newbie in Germany

    Hey all, a bit of fresh meat here. I finished my AFF out of Kassel-Calden last Fall, and I'm pumped to start properly working on my A-license in a couple of weeks when the season here starts up again. Excited to join the community, and add yet another entry in my ever-growing list of dangerous-seeming, gravity-antagonistic hobbies with expensive gear (off-piste and ski-touring, climbing, mountain-biking...)