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  1. Hey guys, I have a Flik2 and am looking for a small mesh slider but it looks like apex have them on back order. My question is, will it work if I get a slider from a different brand for the same size canopy? Would a slider for a Hayduke or OSP2 work for a Flik2 assuming they are the same size?
  2. Im going to Italy. It has some of the better visa rejection statistics. But what you say makes sense for some countries which have more than a 20% rejection rate.
  3. Thanks for the advice! In line with a lot of what I have seen in my lifetime.
  4. Actually they list it in the documentation required. Under motives there are several. There is tourism, business and then visit to friends and family. The number one document they ask for is Invitation letter. If I say that it was a phone call and there is no invitation letter, they will simply say "ok" and reject the visa. The reason will be lack of documentation.
  5. I don't know if honesty is always the best policy....maybe you were lucky enough to be born in the US or Europe and have never had to apply for a visa , but these processes are very arbitrary and the most common reason for rejection is if they cannot fully establish the motive. If I just say I am going to one particular city in one country in Europe, for 30 days , to just hike? They have rejected visas for less. Also something being above board isnt good enough. One of my friends had a visa rejected for just mentioning family links he had in the US. They ask us to get insured for a reason. If something happens to us, they dont want to have to pay for it. Something like BASE jumping could surely make them think thats its might be better to reject the visa application, especially given most insurances don't cover BASE jumping. Sometimes the easiest solution is the right one. Honest or not. Either ways, I've emailed my instructor to ask about the invitation letter. Hopefully I can get something sorted there.
  6. Thanks for the idea Tom. Yes, I am getting coaching and will email my instructor about this. So in your letters and interviews, you mention that you are a BASE jumping instructor and they are your students? And they have no issue with it?
  7. Then, they would ask for an invitation letter from said "friends".
  8. Its just that first I need to submit the documents and then I have an interview where they may ask me to explain in a bit more detail what the purpose of my visit is. If the story is tourism, then I would need to show accommodations in different parts of the country etc such that it be believable. If I just show lodging at one particular place for 1 month(which is whats gonna happen) its not exactly what a regular tourist would do and it does look suspicious. If on the other hand I just be honest, well then yeah I can just be honest but I wonder if there is a risk the visa gets denied.
  9. Hey guys, For those of you who have needed to apply for a visa in order to come to Europe for a BASE trip(or anyone who knows anything about this matter), is it a good idea to mention that the motive of the trip is BASE jumping? Wouldn't they reject the visa given the high risk nature of the sport. I'm in the process of applying for a visa and am not sure which way to go. Appreciate any advice. Cheers
  10. Hey guys, I am planning a May BASE trip to Italy and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for lodging. I don't have a car so it would probably have to be close to the meeting point. Much appreciated.
  11. So it not a bad idea for the first one piece to be a bigger one? I always thought its better to go with the smaller ones to start with.
  12. Isnt the Half A an advanced onesie? I thought the wahoo was the beginner one piece. Intrudair is also something that I am considering. As for the mutation, it is also slightly more advanced than say, the sausage which I was also considering but the high lead times mean I wont get it time for a planned year end BASE trip.
  13. Given the huge lead times that PF and squirrel are experiencing at the moment, I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with one or both of the aforementioned suits. This will be my first one piece so ease of flying is the number one priority, especially given how slippery these one pieces are to fly. Just based on visuals, the Pala seems like the bigger suit. Bigger doesn't always mean harder to fly, but more often than not it does seem to be the case especially with tracking suits.
  14. Interesting read. Id never heard of slider type and choice being a huge factor. It was always about untwisting brake lines and proper line stows. I would assume though that slow sliders would have lower tension knot frequency than faster ones but the data doesn't show a statistically significant difference according to the paper. Also , would using direct control help mitigate some of the risk? Given the fact that the paper doesn't mention it I would venture there isn't much of a statistically significant difference there either. As always with tension knots. I have more questions than answers as time goes on. But maybe that's not such a bad thing. According to the paper, the whole link between the Hayduke and tension knots wasn't based on anything concrete statistically speaking. I really hope someone who made those connections would chime in so we can ascertain what is what.
  15. I always thought people made too much of the "Made in Vietnam" angle, but from what you say it could potentially be a big deal. Like "life or death" big deal. Would also be interested to know and understand the evidence linking the Hayduke to tension knots, because all I have so far are discussions between some BASE jumpers I met in Brazil. Look forward to that white paper, but the whole idea so far has been that this is a design issue. If there is a design issue, and on top of that improper rigging , that's not a good look for squirrel at all. Did you report this issue with the Outlaw to Squirrel?