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  1. CygnusX-1

    good DZ tent?

    There has been a lot of good advice in this thread, so I'll add my own. I concur with the idea of getting a tent you can stand up in. Make sure you have a full rain fly. My preference is 4 person. I would highly recommend an enclosed Vestibule that is separate from the "main" living area. I use this area for food storage. That way if bugs figure out how to get into your food, you don't have bugs in your main tent. My tent is several years old so it is obsolete. But I've had good luck with Kelty tents. Something similar to this:
  2. CygnusX-1

    Reserves Smaller than Main

    I would have to agree. A 100 lb girl under anything is much hotter than a 170 lb guy on a 170 sq ft main any day. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  3. USPA then need to link with Paralog so that we can upload our digital logbooks. Then maybe, just maybe, the USPA will enter the 21 century before it is 1/5 over.
  4. CygnusX-1

    Atair WinX

    Flew one for some of my first wingsuit jumps while in Voss, Norway. I normally jump a Stiletto 135 loaded at 1.44. I was demoing a 150. I could have demoed a 135 but it packed up way too small for my rig. The flaps on my container were just wrinkly loose when closed with the 135. So (at least for the 135) this canopy packs up very small. The 150 fit my rig good (which is designed for a 150). Overall impressions: The good - Loved the openings. They were all on heading and I did not have any line twists or other opening issues on my (2nd-5th ever) wingsuit jumps. The bad - Comparative speaking, the flight characteristics were very sluggish. Not sure if this is because I upsized, different canopy design, or whatever. Attempting harness turns were non-existent, this could be considered a good or bad thing depending on your desires. For me it was good, because I had booties that would not come off even when unzipped. I had to reach down while bringing my leg up to get the thing off my shoe. The canopy did not even attempt to turn while doing this maneuver. It seemed like I had to bury a toggle to get the canopy to even consider turning. And when it did, the turn was very slow. I also felt like I was being blown all over the place (having to make constant corrections) with what I would consider light winds. The okay - Landings were just ok. Flare was good (relatively speaking). I didn't have any issues landing. But these were just straight in non-speed induced landings. I did not attempt to do any riser turns or use double fronts. Hey, I was in Norway. I wanted to extend my time under canopy as much as I could! Conclusion - It was a good opening canopy that will get you where you need to go. It does the job intended. Side note: Since then I have flown a Storm 135 (hated it for wingsuiting) and a Pilot7 137. My leading contender for a wingsuit canopy is currently the Pilot. It has the same beautiful openings as the WinX, but is also fun to fly after it is open.
  5. CygnusX-1

    Skydiver Suffers Seizure During AFF Jump

    This is just sad. Here we complain about how the media can't get skydiving reports correct and yet in our own community we have people writing articles who can't get the story correct. "Instructor Heroics Gets Main Deployed at 4000 feet". Watch the video again. It is the reserve, not the main. Your credibility has been completely destroyed if you don't know the difference between the main "handle" and the reserve.
  6. CygnusX-1

    Weird question

    I believe that there is no proper position. Just like with everything else, you ask 10 people, you will get 8 different answers. I personally catch the risers. Other people will tell you don't do this because you can get fingers caught or whatever. But I'm willing to accept that risk. I do it because I believe that it (for me) eliminates any chance for line twists. I keep the risers apart so I get turned with the canopy. No chance for the canopy to twist faster than me and spin up the lines. Your build/canopy choice/experience will be different than mine so it may not work for you, but it has worked for me.
  7. Yea, I'm in a song for the first time! I, of course, will require my standard royalty of free back stage passes to any concert you have in Florida. Too bad I'm at work and can't listen to it here.
  8. CygnusX-1

    Is it lame to match your canopy to your container?

    You can only be one of the truly cool kids if everything matches - container, jumpsuit, helmet, canopy, even reserve, altimeter, shoes, and hair color.