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  1. it seems that dome sliders do work, I jumped a canopy from Paratec and noticed that the slider was not rectangular but domed shape, it really had an affect on the openings, a few years later packing tamdems I saw a dome slider on the sigmas and they had great opening. looking at todays canopies and their crossport designs and tapered leading edges on high perf canopies, manufactures are doing great things with openings.So its hard to say whether it's canopy design with today's tech. that's allowing canopies to open slower or is it slider design. After a few years in the sport I learned that even if you think you have the best opening canopy, you may have that one opening that will zap you, whether it be from air temp, or cond in the air or whatever it may be
  2. It doesn't look bad from the pic, when in doubt consult the manufacturer of the gear, they'll probably know more than some local riggers.
  3. airnutt

    Stuffing into centre cells... wtf?

    I'm not sure if I agree with the slider placement in vid he was doing from side to side, 2nd pd does not recommend doing what he did to the nose.3, apocket slider is a nice idea, after about 150 jumps or so you'll start to see wear on the bartacks where the a & b line cascades are. some of the things as a rigger I can suggest is P/c size, and F-111 vs zp, there are riggers who make dome or oversized sliders that work and also reline with dacron lines, they help absorb the opening shock.
  4. airnutt

    Skylark new Odyssey EVO parachute

    yes and now a container manufacturer
  5. No need to downsize unless you yourself know your ready, there's a lot at stake when downsizing such as reaction time in the event of a mal, landing conditions and field elevations, different locations and formations, enjoy the flight while you have the canopy.after all the years ive been jumping the same size canopy, I've actually gave some consideration to moving up in size as I get older and I don't jump as much as I use to,Blue Skies
  6. as usual very nice article and to the point,once again