chutehead

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  • Main Canopy Size
    170
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    176
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

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    Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club, East Troy
  • License
    A
  • License Number
    49970
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    150
  • Years in Sport
    3
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
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    Formation Skydiving
  1. chutehead

    Spectre

    I’ve got about 130 jumps on a dacron-lined 170 with a 1.18 wing loading. I’ve had great, on-heading openings that take 800-1000 feet to open with a pro-pack and rolled nose. It might open faster with other packing techniques but I don’t want it to (it’s nice and soft). I’ve never had line twists on this canopy. The first time I jumped it I noticed that it did not have as flat a glide as the Sabre 2 I learned on. The Spectre falls at a steeper angle. At first, I kept landing short but I’ve got it dialed in now and land very accurately. The reduced glide is really not a big deal once you get used to it. I’ve never had problems getting back from a bad spot. It’s fun to bury a toggle on this canopy - it turns sharp and quick. No problems with the flare - you can stop on a dime or slide-in on your feet, although the first couple times were kind of freaky as it comes in fast and steep before you flare. I don’t swoop yet, so I can’t comment but a couple of guys I’ve talked to claim it can be swooped, just not as far as a 9-cell. Great all-around, forgiving, soft-opening canopy!