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  1. ..........why they changed the special fabric? One of the many assets of the Triathlon (may be minor but none the less meaningful) was it's very special ZP0 fabric which allowed quite easy packing even for brand new chutes. They changed it now, so I heard and it is no more as rigger friendly. I can't think of a good reason for it unless there are safety problems involved. Does anybody have a clue? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  2. Hey, Diver, it looks as if somebody's pulling your leg! Congratulations on keeping your cool! If you fly your canopy as you keep your cool even your disbelievers should acknowledge that you will never endanger yourself nor others while skydiving and that you make very reasonable choices... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  3. Just curious... what has it got inside? Congratulations!!! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  4. It looks big and may be big but it certainly has to do with the nice openings. And it is fast and easily collapsible with it's string system once under canopy. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  5. As a very satisfied Triathlon user that adores it's openings my only advice would be you to contact Aerodyne's customer service. There must be a reason for what is happening to you. They should be able to help. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  6. As a Triathlon user that really enjoys it's fabric I am very sorry to hear that the new Tris lost this by no means minor asset. Does anybody have any idea why? It really did make a difference, particularly for sloppy packers like myself. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  7. I have one of each. The Z1 is lighter and feels less bulky, also the flip-up is easier to use. The OXYGN is more comfortable, I like the fastening method better, and the visibility is definitely better. I also think the OXYGN is more robust (my Z1 has developed several cracks around the face opening). The Z1 lens seems a bit more resistant to scratches, but the collar attachment is a bit feeble. I mostly use the OXYGN these days. I like a tinted lens, and there is one available for the Z1. However, it is easy to tint the OXYGN lens yourself if you want to. Since you have and use both, are they similar concerning fogging? And another question that has aroused from this thread is that the Oxygin's visor gets loose with time and use and could need some periodic adjustment. Is that your experience? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  8. Planning to buy one and, as far as I know, I have to choose between the Parasport Z1 and the Oxygin A3. I would like to have some input from users and knowing people like you concerning safety, user friendliness, fragility, fogging, etc. Thanks in advance for the advice. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  9. In Uruguay I am the first and, as yet, the only one to have a Wings (we have no more than 60 current skydivers in this scarcely (3.000.000) populated country. I sure love my Wings container for all the reasons already stated in this thread. I highly reccomend it as an excellent balance of quality and price. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  10. Vielen dank, Klaus! I didn't have too much time to try your Log which seems very good and user friendly with some questions or troubles surfacing like, for example: how do you enter the gear you really used in each jump? how do you enter more than 4 different gears certainly used along a skydiving career? Instructions should be a bit more detailed, may be with examples. Anyway, I liked it and would like you to keep me posted! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  11. OK, but it sure is disdain for the customer. Remind me not to buy further software from Canexus... Thanks for your answer. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  12. I really would like to have some feedback on the Canexus people that sell and service the SkyLog. Since I bought the program in 2001 I have had some troubles with their customer service, contacted them for help and assessment and .... well, just read below my mail exchange with the dates **************************************** Still without news? ----- Original Message ----- From: Pedro Kasdorf To: Matt Hunter Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 2:04 PM Subject: Re: A few problems... Any news? Kindest regards Pedro ----- Original Message ----- From: Matt Hunter To: Pedro Kasdorf Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 4:55 PM Subject: RE: A few problems... Hi Pedro, Yes, we're looking into this. I'll have a more definite answer soon. Regards, Matthew Hunter Inc. -----Original Message----- From: Pedro Kasdorf [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 3:35 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Fw: A few problems... Importance: High Hey, do you exist? At least give a hint that you received my mail... ----- Original Message ----- From: Pedro Kasdorf To: [email protected] Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 12:51 PM Subject: Fw: A few problems... Waiting to hear from you... ----- Original Message ----- From: Pedro Kasdorf To: [email protected] Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 1:51 PM Subject: A few problems... Dear Matt: Sorry to bother you but I have tripped on some problems using the SkyLog 1.0: after using the stats/searching mode once there are some options on the display window (show me jumps where) that don't display any more: (none) and jump type is. To be able to use it I have to exit the program and restart it the equipment contains option doesn't recognize what I write in the next window, even it is worded exactly as I put the data in in each jump there is another problem, when filling the date in each jump one has to put dd/mm/yyyy instead of mm/dd/yyyy but that doesn't bother me, it's the usual way for us non-americans to write dates Can you please help me? Thanks a lot Pedro SkyLog (3137-1) Support E-Mail: [email protected] Your license name is: Pedro Kasdorf Your license code is: SL-68989-ZTY-29310 **************************************** I am still waiting for an answer!!!! I know that in a previous thread from 2001 SLOTPERFECT was very happy with his SkyLog. **************************************** slotperfect Old Hand (Full Profile) Apr 14, 2001, 11:10 AM Post #3 of 7 (84 views) Copy Shortcut Re: jumplog for computer [In reply to] Quote | Reply -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I use the same one (SkyLog) and am very happy with it. It's simple, customizable, and searchable. It's shareware that costs $15. There is a way to back up the data . . . if you buy it, email me and I'll tell you how to do it. I love being able to search my log books as a database. And you can store all of your DZ contact info there as well (your own personal DZ directory). Respectfully, SP ****************************************** Any information would be helpful. Has anybody else had my problems? Any suggestions? Are the Canexus people out of business? Do you have another skyklog to suggest? Thanks to all. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  13. . Who has a million hours skydiving? Definition: STATISTICS: A highly scientific, and mathematically precise way to state a half-truth innacurately...And besides, statistics don't kill people...people kill people. Another definiton for statistics: They are like a bikini, show everything but the most important... As in everything, there are good, serious, well performed statistics and there are the other kind. Anyway, good statistics cannot be ignored, one just has to be able to draw the right conclusions. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  14. As Push said, what time is it they compared? From exiting the plane to landing? Freefall time? Or flying time? Is BASE included? As I do not have the Plane & Pilot issue, could you check in it if they give a clue about these questions? Because the comparison is very interesting but if one knows what they are comparing. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  15. I skydive because I love it, I love the thrill of freefall, I love the joys of canopy flying, I love the peace of mind of concentrating on something so different from my daily worries and I love the friendships that develop. And it certainly is less risky than riding any motorbike on daily traffic. So skydiving is an excellent mix of very reasonable low risk with fantastic joy and fun. With due respect, BASE jumping or rock climbing are different in what they offer and in the risks involved. It is my personal choice due to my personal evaluation that skydiving gives a broader scope of thrill and joys with less risks. I repeat: it is MY personal choice due to MY personal evaluation. Others may choose differently due to different evaluations. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  16. Thank you, Paul and also thanks to ltdiver and indyz. Thanks a lot! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  17. A design would be perfect but, at least, the general idea would help. Thanks. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  18. On this year’s February Safety Check of Parachutist magazine tetrahedrons are mentioned as a solution for guiding landing patterns. As it is stated “A tetrahedron is a pivoting arrowhead that points generally into the wind. It doesn’t twitch with every vagary of light, shifting winds. The wind has to be strong enough and steady enough in a new direction to matter to a jumper before a tetrahedron will react. The tetrahedron doesn’t always face exactly into the wind, but that’s not very important. It won’t change every 15 seconds and cause pandemonium in the landing area, and that matters more. Tetrahedrons are bigger than windsocks. Jumpers can read them from much higher and plan downwind, base and final approaches that will set them into favorable landing direction.” I would like to know where they can be available and if there is a sketch or drawing to guide the home making of one. Apparently they are big and heavy and can be made of lighter materials. Can anybody help me? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  19. Well, it is not wrong as far as speed is concerned, if you allow for english - metric conversions both speeds are practically the same! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  20. DEFINITELY!!! DO NOT USE EARPLUGS DURING FREEFALL UNLESS THEY ARE REALLY FOAMY. Pressure equalization between both sides of the tympanus should not be hindered during the very rapid pressure changes ocurring during freefall because of the risk of timpanic perforation, not to mention pain... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  21. Besides congratulating you because all went well, I wanted to tell you to stick to the SCUBA tenant: "PLAN YOUR DIVE, DIVE YOUR PLAN". As a fun (not pro like you) scubadiver myself (I went into skydiving later in life) I always found that rule very useful and shared it with my fellow skydivers. You simply do not have to forget that deploying stable with sufficient altitude IS part of the plan. Enjoy skydiving, to me as rewarding as scubadiving! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  22. I certainly agree with you, the voting is not the whole picture, that is exactly the reason why I insisted on not only the voting but also on the thoughts and opinions written in this thread "...and with many and very valuable thoughts and opinions expressed..." . Nothing excluded, everything included. As you say yourself, grounding is an alternative, one of the last and I may add, as it has already been stated, that it is a bad alternative but under the right circumstances (consistent disdain for safety in spite of repeated warnings and coaching) it is not as bad as not grounding. Wendy, I honestly do not think that you disagree with the conclusions I drew and wrote further back: + It is almost unanimous that risky behavior and/or disdain for safety is a concern + One can see that when defining well known as somebody who has been warned and taught about his behavior, an overwhelming majority favors the least bad solution -grounding- if he/she doesn't correct his/her attitude The amount of warning and teaching before grounding is certainly debatable. But I never took grounding lightly as AndyMan suggested. There are some of our skydiving colleagues that have a fundamentalist view of our sport (and I do not include AndyMan among them): we should have no limits, no boundaries, no matter if personal or collective safety is at stake. I do not think that is right. Fundamentalism is rarely justified and to me it certainly isn't in this case. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  23. First: I never took it lightly, there is nothing in what I wrote to suggest that. I already told that, accepting that nothing is black and white, that grey exists, there are different shades of grey and we disagree in how dark is the grey we should accept. Second: I wanted to know what people think about the issue and the picture is very clear. Third: It is amazing to see how people reading the same text can reach so different conclusions. Anyway, opinions and votes are there for everybody to see and reach their own. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757