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  1. PalmettoTiger

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    Making my reserve handle visible

    I've read a lot about the soft pillows, and I'm not convinced it's a net benefit for me. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Making my reserve handle visible

    I just got a new jumpsuit that's silver on the front. My rig is in the loft right now so I can't put it on to be sure, but I think that my metal reserve handle will blend in a little with the suit. This of course is a Bad Thing™. How can I make my reserve handle stand out? My instinct is to candy-stripe some black electrical tape on it. Can anyone think of a way for that to backfire on me? I would think that the electrical tape would give me a better grip than the bare metal, but I could be wrong. Should I try and find some grip tape instead? Since I'll actually be putting my hand through the handle instead of just grabbing it, I doubt grip is an issue, but then again I'd hate to find out I'm wrong and have to trust my AAD. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Wings Container

    check to see if he's contacted the vendor or manufacturer about the reserve flap. There may be a fix for the issue (and you can also get an idea of Sunrise's customer service). PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    How to place the PC/bridle in BOC

    If anyone is unsure about his/her bridle packing method, here's the two tests to pass: 1. With the rig on, you can arch, reach, and easily pull the PC from the pouch. 2. By pulling the pin and pulling up on the bridle (to simulate a horseshoe mal), you can extract the PC from the pouch. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Toggle keepers

    Someone mentioned non-velcro toggle keepers/brake line stows in another thread and I'm curious about them. What are the benefits and drawbacks? Where can I find pictures of them? (If it matters, right now I'm flying a PD 230 (F-111 square 9-cell) in a Vector II, DOM 11/93.) PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Elliptical/Square?

    If you're an exceptionally good canopy pilot for a student, you might be able to handle a lightly loaded Heatwave... until the shit hits the fan. At that point, you'll wish you had a less aggressive canopy over your head. If you want to know more about the Hornet, check out the gear reviews section. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    New to Sport

    Don't listen to the gear snobs. Like flow said, the Hornet has been out longer than the Sabre2 and it's just as good if not better. The Tempo had to pass the TSO testing, so you know it meets the same standards as other reserves. Has anyone ever heard of a reserve - by any manufacturer - actually blowing up when the jumper was within the placarded weight and speed limits? Hmm... I think there was a bulletin about certain RAVENS needing extra work. Shows you what the gear snobs know. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    stolen gear?

    You don't have to have the escrow service verify the merchandise. I used Trade-Enable once as a buyer and it worked like this: 1. I sent Trade-Enable the money. 2. Once they had it, they had the seller send the rig to me, via a trackable shipping service. 3. Trade-Enable then knew when I received the rig, and I had a previously agreed on amount of time to evaluate the rig. (If for some reason I didn't respond by the end of that time period, they would have release the money to the seller). 4. I took the rig to my rigger and had him inspect it. Normally, once I approve the merchandise Trade-Enable releases the money to the seller. In this case, I ended up getting a different rig because of harness sizing, so I told Trade-Enable I was returning the merchandise. I shipped it with a trackable service, and once it got back to the seller, Trade-Enable released the money back to me. All in all I was very satisfied with it, and the price was great too. It's 4% of the transaction for credit, and 2% for cash. So buying a $2000 used rig would only cost you $40 if you split the cost with the other party. A small price to pay to make sure you don't get ripped off. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    getting a jumpsuit

    I doubt I will be doing competition RW. The tricked out competition suits are probably beyond my budget, and definitely beyond my ability, right now. My main concerns are that it fits well, doesn't fall apart after 200 jumps, gets here in six weeks or so, and has good after-sale support from the manufacturer. Emmie, I'll get measured at Square 3 at Cross Keys to make sure that I get the right numbers, thanks for the advice. PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    getting a jumpsuit

    There doesn't seem to be much information online about jumpsuits. No reviews here (they're not even listed in the reviews section), not many classifieds on DZ.com, and not many classifieds on enclave.com either. I know skydiving mag ran a good series on gear recently so I'm going to dig through my old issues and find them, but I'd like to know your opinions as well. As far as RW suits, which manufacturers have high quality suits, good customer service, and decent order times? Or will I have to settle for two of those three attributes? Also, what kind of extras are useful for low-timers, and what materials or options are going to slow down my fallrate? Are there any common mistakes people make when getting their first jumpsuit, or pitfalls I should avoid? Thanks in advance for your help! PTiger I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Density-Altitude

    testing some ASCII math characters, these might help you later if the boards support them.. Alt+0176 = ° (degree) Alt+0178 = ² (squared) Alt+0179 = ³ (cubed) Alt+0215 = × (multiply) Alt+0247 = ÷ (divide) I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
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    Gear Maintenance & Checklist

    sweet. Thanks. PTiger
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    Gear Maintenance & Checklist

    I'm getting ready to start jumping again after a few months off. I just had a repack + inspection so I'm confident that my rig is fine, but I'd like to know if there's a checklist anywhere for looking over your rig. Things like ensuring your riser connectors are secure, your 3-rings are properly assembled and not corroded, etc. Also, what kind of maintenance and inspection does my rig need during the season? In other words, what kind of problems get just a little bit worse with each jump, like velcro wearing out? (yes, I know, RTFM, I will. But I wanted to ask this before I forgot about it...) PTiger
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    Getting Legstraps extended

    Wow. I think I'll work on my flexibility instead. Thanks riggerrob! PTiger