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  1. They also increased the size of the slider on the larger sized Sabre 2's.
  2. but by the time you see enough damage on the Vectran to warrant a reline (say, 500 jumps, give or take), the Spectra may have gone out of trim far enough to make openings squirelly, so you might reline at about the same # o' jumps either way. Personally, I'd choose Vectran and enjoy factory trim for the whole life of the lineset.
  3. How do people think this stuff up? I don't have any chemical info for you, but for my part, I would not allow that those rigs be jumped -- if that polish is on the portion of the loop that goes through the AAD cutter, you never know what kind of effect it could have.
  4. those are pretty cool! Nicely done.
  5. Mirage made some rigs with tuck tab riser covers, that look, feel and pack like G3s, before the product name "G3" came into use. There are probably some differences that are not super obvious, between those and the actual G3... I don't think there is such thing as a Mirage G2. OP, I'd say that if yours doesn't specifically say G3 somewhere on it, you just have a plain old Mirage, without the fancy name, but with all the functionality... Congrats on your new/used gear!
  6. If you want to send a pic to me at [email protected], I'd be happy to take a look at the wear that's making you nervous, and tell you whether I share your worry... So... you need the single, 'fat' steering line, all the way from where it joins the uppers? Or just the part that runs from the brake setting loop to the toggle? Or everything from the canopy down? Or just the uppers? I'm confused, haha IMO, if it's just brake-to-toggle, almost any rigger can manage that as long as she has a zig-zag machine and a tape measure. More than that, and it's a little more time-consuming than it's worth to try to build them yourself, UNLESS you have a love of process (because it is really fun to reverse-engineer something and have it turn out perfect!). When I worked for the service center, prices were $70 for a complete set of steering lines (canopy to toggle) and $40 for Lower Control lines. Almost nobody ordered just brake-to-toggle lines, so I can't recall what we charged - probably $10. This was all several years ago, so prices may have risen a bit since then.
  7. I have one, and I really like it. I've barely flown it though, since I'm mostly a belly person, and haven't quite had the cash flow to hit the tunnel like I want to... Great service from Bev, too.
  8. Icarus control lines are 1050 Vectran. You can get it at Para Gear: http://www.paragear.com/skydiving/10000043/W99910/. Or buy a pair of pre-built lowers for $50ish from the Icarus Service Center.
  9. I had a similar experience the first time I was in a hanging harness. In my case, my hand didn't slip off the cutaway handle - it just stopped moving in response to the shear-force of the velcro. The metal reserve ripcord slipped easily from between the velcro by comparison. After that, I very purposefully changed my visualization cadence to peel-pull-pull (I'm a one-hander), then peel-pull-peel-pull, when I switched to a soft reserve handle. I'm fortunate to have a lifetime supply of closed rigs with handles I can pull during repack season (I've been rigging full time for more than a decade). As surprised as I am when jumpers don't choose to pull their handles when they drop their rigs off, I will happily do it a hundred times a year! One thing I have learned is that it matters less, at least in my experience, what kind of handle you have (metal or pillow) than it does that you are visualizing that handle-type. Because I am used to pillow handles, from my own semi-compulsive handle touching on the ride to altitude, I often miss the metal handles when I pull them on customer rigs. Maybe something to think of if you are borrowing gear, and especially when you switch handle type on your own gear!
  10. Buying a used helmet is really good advice, and there are probably lots of used G3's and G2's out there. As for jumpsuits, unless there's a local guy selling one, that you can try on, and that fits perfectly, I would recommend sucking it up and buying new. It's worth the $$ for a perfect fit. I'm not super familiar with Francois' suits, but I've known him as a customer for several years, and he is more than reliable.
  11. Nobody will mistake me for someone with "really skinny legs," but I like the fit of two-piece leg pads much, much better. It may be totally subjective, but... *it's also a much easier job for a rigger to replace a damaged leg strap on a rig with two-piece leg pads (edit: as I look at a Vector3 with one-piece leg pads that just arrived here, I see the leg straps themselves are the same regardless of which pad configuration you choose, so no real difference in repair labor either way).
  12. yup. I saw this on a sport reserve once after a single unstable terminal deployment (first repack, even, and less than a week after assembly) - the lines on the left side were literally an inch or two shorter than the lines on the right. Before that, I'd never heard of such a thing, so I asked a far more experienced rigger than I, wtf was going on. I was afraid I'd somehow missed the length discrepancy on assembly, and I was very relieved to learn that jacked up trim after terminal reserve deployment is not really all that uncommon. It is definitely a bummer for you though, OP!
  13. Also these guys, whose name is the same as yours... http://www.texair-limited.com/
  14. I had been planning to put a few jumps on it for research, but now it's cold (and cold weather jumping is not my thing), so that will have to wait until Spring. They do have demos available, so you could put a few jumps on it yourself, and tell us what YOU think about how they compare. Email [email protected] to get in the queue for one.
  15. we have a handful of them in weird colors (neon yellow, anyone?) at Para Gear. Shoot me an email and I can put one in the mail for you -- [email protected]
  16. You would probably do well to have a rigger take a look for you and make sure all the routings are such that it will function correctly. Better yet, a skilled master rigger can install a ring on the other riser (so it'll be inboard on the correct side - then you can use those risers with any make of rig). It would be worth the $$ and downtime to do so if the risers are in otherwise good shape.
  17. make sure you ask them to send extra batteries
  18. The loft I used to work in had ONE yellow pencil that I completely loved. Brand name was "Prang" (which made me snicker - another reason I loved that pencil!). The "lead" was soft enough that I could mark on canopy fabric - even F-111 - without pulling the weave out of whack. Best pencil EVER. There are multi-colored boxes of Prangs available all over the place. I'm not sure whether those are the same quality as my beloved yellow pencil, or whether it's possible to buy them in single color boxes.
  19. Those are Mirage risers, but they stopped making the toggles that way several years ago. edit: Wow, I just added nothing whatsoever to this thread, hahaha. Sorry!
  20. I always recommend Tony for FS suits, and I have yet to have an unhappy customer. A couple things I recommend: - get measured by a pro (not your grandma, unless your grandma is a pro, haha). You, the buyer, should look carefully at the measuring instructions before you get measured so you can have a sense of whether they're doing it right. **do not assume that a rigger will be good at measuring for jumpsuits. Some are, but some aren't. - If you're worried about durability, get reinforcement (cordura) on the parts of you that take a beating. In my case, that's my butt - I slide in a lot. Some people need cordura knees. Some people drag a toe when they land, and want cordura toes on their booties. Plan for your habits. - There is a chart on Tony's web page that will help you figure out which model you need, based on your height and weight. Don't be sad if you need the "fat guy" suit. Just order what they recommend (if you're in the cracks, you can call them for advice. They're really good at what they do!). If you're planning to lose weight, buy a weight belt later, instead of a too small jumpsuit now. - not everyone needs a slick nylon jumpsuit, and that's totally ok. ***There are definitely other manufacturers making awesome jumpsuits and giving awesome service. I just have more experience with Tony.
  21. put them on eBay. Someone will buy them.
  22. Para Gear has them. Helmet bags too. full disclosure: I work there
  23. yeah, that term is pretty self-explanatory. I can only imagine how painful that would be! Pretty glad my ovaries are immune to such troubles...