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betzilla last won the day on October 14 2019

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    149
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    160
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

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  • Home DZ
    Great Lakes Skydivers, Gobles, MI (now closed)
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    23089
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1300
  • Tunnel Hours
    6
  • Years in Sport
    20
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    800
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    350
  • Freefall Photographer
    No

Ratings and Rigging

  • AFF
    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    No
  • Pro Rating
    No
  • Wingsuit Instructor
    No
  • Rigging Back
    Master Rigger
  • Rigging Seat
    Master Rigger

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  1. I wouldn't count on it. Nobody breaks sewing machines as quickly as people who don't know how to sew.
  2. no, you will most likely need one size smaller G4 than G3. Note the G4 size chart here: https://www.flycookie.com/skydiving-helmets/g4/
  3. Vogue fabrics is AWESOME, but I think that is tulle (what tutus are made of).
  4. Para Gear has it: Marquisette Netting. Full disclosure: I work at Para Gear.
  5. I used to build RDS' at Para Concepts. When you order an RDS from them, you get the slider itself and the lanyards you use to connect your deployment bag and pilot chute to the removable slider, instead of the top of your canopy. So at least with their model, you can do slider only or full. You can even switch from one to the other from jump to jump if you want to.
  6. Hiya Seth. HMU for help. I work at a Tony dealer. AND, I learned to jump at Skydive Allegan's predecessor -- Great Lakes Skydivers, formerly in Gobles. Yep - I peeked at your profile, lol. You'll get the same prices through my company that you would if you ordered direct, but you also get our many collective decades of experience selling and jumping Tony Suits (I have personally owned four of them, and loved every one).
  7. In my experience, once you get down into the low end of reserve sizing, the "one-size-smaller" idea about OPs doesn't really apply. In other words, I haven't found that an OP126 packs as small as a PR113.
  8. Yes. I've had a handful of bell-ringers, one of them on a V3 with magnets. It was nowhere near as bad as the ones I've had on rigs with tuck-tabs and/or velcro, however, and none of these caused any injury or discomfort that lasted into the following day. One of the tough things about discussing heard openings, is that there is no standard on what is meant by "hard" - it's a totally subjective evaluation. For instance, we know a deployment that makes the jumper see stars, lose consciousness, or worse, qualifies as a Hard Opening. I don't think concussion and/or catastrophic injury is the appropriate threshold for a TOO Hard Opening. We need an objective metric, so we can gather info and meaningfully address the problem.
  9. Doesn't sound corny at all. I suspect most of us felt that way after jump #1. So yeah. Totally normal to be nervous/scared/unsure as a new skydiver. I've gone through periods as an experienced jumper where I'm not sure the rewards outweigh the risks - I used to get really angry at myself for that. Now I accept that the desire will come back, and THAT is when I'll go jump. Don't be disappointed in yourself for letting your humanness show a little!
  10. Strongly, STRONGLY agree with this ^^^ Be careful that you aren't creating more problems than you are trying to solve...
  11. If you haven't already, I'd have a trusted rigger look it over. I might be that first "really hard" opening caused some rib damage that's now allowing your canopy to inflate too quickly. Just a wild-ass guess. These weren't the first jumps post-reline, right?
  12. You might also come back to it later. I kind of wonder if, because you're already a really good body pilot because of all your tunnel time, maybe you weren't expecting to be uncomfortable with skydiving - or AS uncomfortable with it as you suddenly are - and so you just weren't prepared for it? I don't know, maybe the lack of stuff that would occupy your mind as a newbie if you couldn't already kick ass in freefall is leaving room for your fear to expand into.... It might also be that your nervousness is being magnified by *all the other anxiety-provoking shit* going on in the world right now, that you can't really do much about. Cutting the anxiety caused by skydiving is pretty easy compared with Pandemic anxiety, for instance. Whatever the reason, it's ok to stop jumping, whether it's for now or forever. To me, it doesn't make sense to skydive if you aren't having fun. Gravity will still work if/when you want to get back at it, and you'll still be able to fly circles around chumps like me (literally and figuratively, lol).
  13. Were you having hard openings before your 6 month break too, or are they new since you came back - when did the hard openings start?
  14. I think you'd be fine with a 6cm fingertrap (PD's, for instance, are close to that length), but DIYing it would IMO be frustrating, as changing the length of the finger trap would affect the amount of 'shrinkage' in that part of the line, so there will be trial and error involved to get it just right. If it were me, I'd rather avail myself of the free replacement line pair to avoid the annoyance. Seems like 5cm is a HUGE length difference for a 124 sq ft canopy! I wonder how flight characteristics differ after that change (I suppose not collapsing on fronts is a significant improvement!)...