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skybytch last won the day on May 6

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  1. skybytch

    Beginner WL

    Personally I'd be more worried about your reserve size than your main. Figuring 25 pounds for gear, your exit weight is about 250. Your reserve is a 189. That's a 1.3 wingloading. Ghost mentioned landing your main in a tight area due to a poor spot, etc.. Along the same lines, have you ever jumped a seven cell at a 1.3 wingloading? Do you want your first jump on one to be at sunset on a long spot over houses or trees? Downwind? Shit happens. If you aren't real accurate with your main yet, are you going to be able to land your reserve in a safe place in less than ideal conditions? As for downsizing, higher wingloadings generally equal faster landing speeds. If running a landing out now can have you tripping over your feet, is that going to improve when you are going faster? Broken ankles hurt. Just a few things to think about...
  2. If your plan is to swoop, you don't want a Stiletto.
  3. skybytch

    Same canopy different recovery arc

    If the risers are equal, try jumping the same canopy in each rig; it could be harness related.
  4. skybytch

    Packing a pulse into a smaller container

    Hot tip - don't try to fit a bigger canopy than the container manufacturer says will fit. You won't like packing it and it will look like shit. But a Pulse 150 may fit an mt. Call Mirage and ask. They know better than anyone else what will fit in their containers. They won't mind answering your question.
  5. skybytch

    Buying canopy jumped in the desert?

    If you are at all worried about the condition of any piece of used gear that you are interested in, insist that the purchase not be made final (ie seller doesn't cash your check) until you have had a chance to have your rigger inspect it. Actually I would suggest that even if you aren't worried about the condition. But like Lee said, after 50ish jumps, even in the desert, it should still be like new. The only other thing I would add is that condition also depends on the care given to it. If it was tossed down on the grass and not packed for a few hours on a regular basis there is an increased possibility of fabric degradation due to UV rays. Was is consistently trunk packed, and was that trunk clean (ie no grease or battery acid, etc)? Did it go to Burning Man, did a cat pee on it, did the previous jumper get injured and get blood on it, the list goes on and on. This is where the inspection by your rigger is so important. They will be able to find any issues that may have been caused by any of the above and/or things you might have missed in a quick visual inspection. It will probably cost less than $20 and it will be worth every penny if the rigger finds anything wrong with it. As for price, are you talking 30% less than list price, or 30% less than what they paid for it new (usually 20-25% off list price) or 30% less than what they are asking? How does the asking price compare with other similar used canopies on the market?
  6. Yes yes yes. I'd have a rigger inspect any used canopy before making the sale final. Even a newer one with "50" jumps on it. Never know how the canopy has been cared for.
  7. skybytch


    If running out the landing on a no wind landing is too much now, it may be time to upsize. Us old farts don't move like we used to and it takes us longer to come back from injury. Why push it? Or you can always do the slide in on your ass thing. Not pretty but usually you can get up and walk back to the packing area with nothing injured, except maybe your pride.
  8. skybytch


    As mentioned above, contact Parachutes Australia. They make SOS handles. They can help you.
  9. skybytch


    I agree, it can definitely make it harder, especially at lower jump numbers. But there are always exceptions. A friend of ours is quite large, at least 250, always has been. He has many thousands of jumps, 30 plus years in sport and he holds multiple RW and CRW world records. He dresses for success; suits with lots of drag help a lot. I'm a feather butt and we have done some jumps together, including him officiating my wedding jump. The only fall rate issues were me if I wasn't wearing a snug suit (ie I didn't dress for success). But yeah, most of the larger jumpers I've known haven't stayed in the sport very long, at least partly because their learning curve is so steep due to their size and the fact that not every jumper, especially ones at about the same jump numbers, can keep up with them in freefall. But even if they don't do a lot of jumps, they got to experience skydiving as a skydiver not as a tandem passenger. That's not a bad thing :-)
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    Like Lee said, it may be difficult to find what you need used. Like little females, you are outside the "norm" for sport skydiving gear. If you are looking for used, don't stop at the classifieds. Try some gear stores. Some do sell used gear. But first I'd suggest going to your local dz and getting current - on their rental/student gear - before buying anything.
  11. skybytch


    Yes, this is known as a single operation system (SOS) and it is still in use in civilian skydiving, generally only on student harness/container systems. Try contacting Parachutes Australia. They manufacture and sell student containers with SOS handles. It's very possible that they either have or can build what you need. Any other manufacturer that produces student containers can likely do the same, I mentioned PA specifically because they are in Australia.
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    Have you tried looking at a skydiving gear store? Risers and cutaway handle should be easy to find. The s/l may be a bit more difficult - ParaGear might have something that will work.
  13. skybytch

    When did Lodi raise prices?

    From the gossip I have heard, about a month ago.
  14. skybytch

    Family and friends advice

    Skydiving is one of those sports in which you can always learn something new, no matter how long you've been jumping. Keep coming at it with a beginner's mind like you are now and I'd put money on you going as far as you want in the sport.
  15. My intention was for my post to be educational. My apologies for it coming across as harsh. Was hoping to point out some things we can easily forget when we get antsy to jump.