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  1. like a few weeks or a month
  2. If your locking stows are loose and the canopy comes out of the bag early, the slider won't be able to do it's job properly. Use fresh rubber bands and double stow the locking stows. Also, the safire2 doesn't allow dacron lines. Use dacron lines, and maybe even a slightly domed slider if you wanted to be extra certain. Like the same length and width as the regular slider for the canopy size, but in my personal experience just 2 inches of dome doesn't really increase the opening time much but does increase the reliability of openings. Make sure when quartering the slider that the fabric is as deep in the canopy as possible. I got my dome slider at A spectre or pilot with dacron lines, with tight locking stows, are about some of the most reliable openings you can get. The hybrid pilot would soften the openings even farther.
  3. I got a reserve canopy from him that came from Russia too, it came in just fine. Russia actually has really great skydiving deals, I also got my main and AAD from Russia as well (not from Jeff though)
  4. I thought I edited my post after I looked it up Now that you mention it, I actually remember now when he died, I was at Wormtown festival an word of his death spread rapidly. I had just seen him live a few months prior at Peach festival
  5. Lot of allman brothers members been dying the past few years, glad he’s still alive
  6. I think there’s three practical things people can do to help prevent hard openings 1. Tight locking stows, with high quality rubber bands or stows. If you’re using regular rubber bands, DOUBLE STOW THEM. If your locking stows release early, the opening can be very hard. I use fresh rubber bands for my middle two stows every jump, maybe excessive though. 2. Dacron lines, as everyone knows for several reasons. 3. A slightly domed slider. It will be a lot harder for the slider to come down the lines unevenly allowing wind to go past it, if it’s domed. I used a standard 23 x 31 size slider on my canopy, except with 2 inches of dome to it. The openings take the same amount of time as a regular 23 x 31 slider, but the way the slider inflates in the middle gives me peace of mind in knowing that it’s far less likely to slide down prematurely compared to one that’s just purely flat when it’s fully stretched out. Think about it, what catches air better, a bowl or a flat plate?
  7. Someone at my dropzone has an old hornet and it’s the easiest thing to pack in the world, and suprisingly enough after much research it’s actually made out of ZP and was known for how easy to pack it was, even knew. Were there any specific disadvantages to this type of ZP coating compared to the more popular kind today?
  8. Ahh thanks man, those videos were really informative and pretty much filled me in on all the questions I had. It looks like i’ll be pulling the kill line farther in to extend tmy PC life and make sure things are functioning as they should
  9. I only have a handful of jumps on my new PC but in my few jumps I’ve had the following happen: 1. After landing, it was so far collapsed that the hackey had gone through the bottom square hole in the mesh 2. On another jump, the bridle was really twisted up It deployed just fine, but I could’ve sworn reading somewhere once that these could be problems indicative of a kill line that’s setup too short or something? I notice there’s some slack in the kill like in my D-bag even after cocking it, but I’m able to get blue in the window, and it catches air on the ground reasonably fine. So maybe i’m just overthinking things, considering I can get blue in the window? What’s your 2 cents
  10. sheeks


    I’ve got a 2003 Spectre 170 with dacron lines and slightly domed slider, 23 x 31 standard L x W with a slight 2” inches of dome. I got this setup because I was looking for soft openings, and they are soft, but there’s no obnoxiously long snivel like I was expecting. From the time I pitch it takes a standard 700-1,000’ish feet to have a canopy over my head, and so far every jump it has opened perfectly symmetrically and on heading, with the slider slowly coming down the lines but not hanging up. I’ve never had a canopy open so reliably before, without even a hint of line twists. It flies great, and it flares perfectly fine. I was afraid it was going to come in steeply with a shoddy flare based on what some people say about the spectre, but maybe they’re on crack because I’m able to get perfect soft landings with the PD standard stock brake settings. Overall, it’s obviously not going to zip around & make adrenaline course through your body, but it opens, flies, and lands perfectly gently with no problems, which is exactly what I was looking for. I give it an A+ standard for a nice, steady ride.
  11. Oh dope, thanks man. Yeah I know they’d all be down now, I was just thinking more long term because I was thinking of possibly moving to the Netherlands a few years down the line. I think I was just confused because some placers do tandems lower, but looks like fun jumpers get the 13k standard everywhere. Dopesauce
  12. The dropzones I can find there only do 9,000-10,000 foot jumps, are there any that i’m missing?
  13. sheeks

    Derek's Gear Tips

    Rubber bands should be double-wrapped. Out-dated info