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  1. I have to disagree with you here. A riser turn with the brakes still stowed is a far superior turn for collision avoidance if you have altitude to burn (which you do because you are skydiving). The reason for this is that it responds immediately and depending on canopy, WL, how much input and whether you stall the turning half of your canopy or not, you either: -turn with very little forward movement (but more altitude loss) -pivot in place (no forward movement but more altitude loss) -back up slightly while turning (with high altitude loss) Any one of these being better than moving forward as much as you would during a toggle turn while you are trying to avoid something in front of you. Plus your whole avoidance can be done this way before you can pop your toggles. These things may not be very obvious from skydiving, but spend some time opening close to things and the ground like BASE jumpers do and you can't help but notice their effect. To further respond to your question regarding the use of risers in skydiving: Using your risers to turn your parahute off the jumprun and towards a good direction for making a safe landing before pulling your slider down etc is certainly a valid and good use of risers. Most likely you just do that on harness input given a Velo at 2.0 but consider someone on a rectangular canopy at 1.3 and risers make sense. Someone else mentioned landing on the rears with a brake-line hangup which is valid too. There is also the rare case of dropping a toggle when transitioning from rears to toggles and being able to salvage a safe landing out of it by completing the flare with the rear riser/s. I wanted to say something to the lines of front riser dive to rear riser plane out swoops are far more forgiving than toggle-hook swoops, but I can see that being a poke at a hornet's (not PISA Hornet mind you) nest due to the increase in swoop related injuries/deaths we've seen. One can argue that part of that is just due to increasing numbers of jumpers, smaller parachutes and higher WL's in general, likely risk homeostasis, etc. but it becomes hard to justify swooping given the image that these incidents have portrayed.
  2. uhm yeah i had one to many 0 in there, should be 15 000ft Did they remove the functionality to edit your own posts or just move it somewhere I am not finding it?
  3. first - updating your profile would take less time than these reactionary replies second - I own two 27s and I have jumped many more, so let's stop making assumptions about my experience to try and discredit me, thank you I can only deduce that these would be main packjobs from your posted info and how long it would take to pack that many reserves. If these are indeed main packjobs, are people cutting away your main packjobs more often on the 27s? Maybe you have something against these great parachutes and are packing them strangely? Sure sounds like it....
  4. The joke is your statement above. I am familiar with it thanks, have more jumps on em than you have jumps in total on your profile. Have a few hundred on a 21 too so maybe I can tell em apart I guess. Anyway your statement seems patently ridiculous to me. As someone who jumps a Xaos 27 and has done so for years. As Someone who has jumped a lot of other crossbraced canopies. As someone who has more saves from people chopping their 21 cell Velocities and using my reserve packjobs than from any other canopy. Maybe you would care to throw the basis for your statements in here so we can see how they compare, eh?
  5. FYI their KingAir takes 9 minutes from wheels up to exit at 18000ft with a full load. 7 Minutes for 150000ft. I did hundreds of jumps there and never felt or seen anything remotely resembling hypoxia during them.
  6. I agree with your impression that their post was a joke as obviously the statement I have quoted cannot possibly be serious!
  7. I will say it: If you have a logically placed stashbag pocket on your backpad (i.e. opening to your left side, far away from your PC, reverse if applicable for lefthand BOCs) and you fold/stow your stashbag in there properly, then you have nothing to worry about. To add experience to this, given your lack of profile info I feel somewhat confident assuming I have more BASE jumps than you have skydives, so while I see the effect of your fingers flapping on your keyboard, I tend to afford it little in the way of credibility, as I do with most blank profiles. To get back on hoodie topic, if you watched that video that was linked, you might realize that the reserve container usually has one or more topflaps that do a really good job of keeping evil hoodies away from your reserve system.
  8. Quite the sweeping statement you have there. I wish you had some profile info, because if you have any significant number of skydives and you are flying something smaller and less docile/forgiving than modern student canopies (Navigator, Solo, etc) at about a 0.75 - 1.0 wingloading, you are adding risk for no real benefit. While I agree with your statement if safety was your number one priority, I will paraphrase it a bit to make my point: Bottom line: If it provides no benefit to jump, and it isn't necessary to jump, then there's no point in adding the risk, however small that might be. So if you are doing any skydive following a non-emergency exit, you are adding unnecessary risk. You might however be benefiting from that choice to jump with any of the following: -money -fun -personal development -relaxation -skill development People who add hoodies to their skydive are gaining the possible benefits of: -comfort -style -less dressing/undressing -no strutting around in a smelly nylon suit all day long So while the benefits you could gain from jumping seem a little more important, you are still risking your life for what are essentially unimportant things. So your position on hoodies and your sweeping statement is just your line in the sand. The key to realize is that the hoodie wearers have a line in the sand too and criticizing their line from behind your line makes me think of that parable involving removing a log from one's own eye before helping your neighbour with the splinter in theirs... That said, I do not actually know anything about your choices in skydiving, so please accept my sincere apology if you are jumping because you have no choice or if you are indeed sticking to student appropriate canopies your whole skydiving career. sincerely Sam
  9. 1 so far for sure. I say for sure because I did handcam and my standard question after landing is: So what was your favourite part of that skydive? her answer was priceless
  10. eh? The only reason to get the 21 over the 27 is because it is a slightly better wingsuit canopy. I've had 21-100 for around 400 jumps, many of which in a V2, now I have 27-94 and 27-86. I happily jump my 27-94 with my V3. YMMV I guess
  11. OMG so many naysayers! a quick look on B and H produced this: standards converter it stands to reason that you could use your current NTSC camcorder and setup, do the edit as normal, feeding the output into the converter and having the converter set to output PAL then you just need a PAL DVD recorder you can get some models, I know Panasonic made one, that records in NTSC or PAL, whatever the input signal is having said that, I have never actually used a device like the converter linked, but I cannot see why it would not work for you, maybe someone else can cya
  12. Your posts about this are pretty scary. There is far more variability in the altitude used during a freefall parachute deployment than there is in the plane-out altitude of a modern swoop when executed by a competent canopy pilot. The difference is that the variability on the swoop is very much affected by the performance (competence) of the canopy pilot, whereas the actions of the person under a deploying canopy have little to no effect on the altitude used during the vast majority of deployments. Quoting BASE jumping as proof of your point of view just suggests that you have not realized the variability is still there in BASE jumping too. Just do enough BASE jumps and you will eventually see it.
  13. You may actually be thinking of HMA, as Strong now make SETs with HMA lines. The one we got earlier this year looked like Vectran at first, but on closer inspection and given new info, it is HMA. Compared to the other SET400s, it seems to keep a little more forward speed and is easier to pack due to smaller line bulk. Not much in it though. The biggest plus is it is much easier to pick up the canopy when you carry it back as the lines are so thin and it's lighter too. cya
  14. try: Skydive Burnaby (Twin Otter, awesome scenery, 14 500 ft, regular wingsuiters) Parachute School of Toronto(Caravan, good scenery) Skydive Toronto(Caravan) Swoop(Cessnas, regular wingsuiters) Niagara Skydive(Cessna, good scenery) I prefer Burnaby due to the awesome scene and scenery, Twin Otter and altitude. There's nothing quite like leaving the Otter late, flying out over Lake Erie for a while before turning back and heading for shore! You should be able to find some wingsuit jumpers at all the above though and they are all good places to visit. cya sam