bskyz

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  • Main Canopy Size
    120
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    126
  • AAD
    Cypres

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  • Home DZ
    Skydive New England
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    27134
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    880
  • Years in Sport
    8
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Wing Suit Flying

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  1. bskyz

    Stiletto

    I put approximately 300 jumps on my Stiletto 120 loaded at 1.3. It was my first elliptical canopy, and I was very impressed! I was hesitant to buy it at first because of the stigma attached to the "Spinetto", but as long as you deploy with even weight in the harness, the openings are great. I actually prefer them to my Spectre, and that has extremely soft openings. The Stiletto has a very wide control range. I’ve made it back from quite a few long spots with just a bit of rears or deep brakes with no problems. At this wingloading you can also almost sink it in when trying to make it into a tight off-DZ landing. Toggle turns initiate quickly and speed up from there. Even at my (relatively) low wingloading, harness turns were impressive. The canopy does have relatively high front riser pressure. The pressure on the risers starts low (especially after deep brakes), but increases quickly. The Stiletto also planes out very quickly after coming out of a turn. This is both good and bad for someone who is just learning how to swoop. Because it does not continue to dive, you have to initiate the turn lower than you would have to on other canopies. However, if you do find yourself low, you can “dig” out of it relatively easily. Overall, I strongly recommend the Stiletto. Try one and you’ll see why the first elliptical canopy is still in production, and as popular as ever!