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  1. It will be just fine. It isn't best practice to leave a rig in a hot trunk or car, but if I had to pull a number out of my ass I would have to say that close to 100% of rigs get exposed to similar conditions multiple times during their service life. 3 days of it is hardly a concern.
  2. It seems like we are missing information to give you reasonable advice. How many jumps over how many years did you have when you stopped jumping? My thoughts would be different for someone who had a fresh A license, or 130 jumps over 3 years, compared to someone who had a D license and 800 jumps under their belt and 4 years in the sport.
  3. Grow a beard, you can't get ingrown facial hair if it is long and sitting above your skin. The worse my helmet does after a sweaty day of tandems is smoosh my beard down.
  4. Big difference between ideal, and manageable, and in my opinion ideal depends on where you are in your skydiving progression. Shorter stocky people will often have a much easier time with their student jumps. They have less rudder to deal with at a time where it could be described as uncontrolled or minimally controlled rudder. For example my easiest tandem students are short guys with a beer belly. They have a built in arch, I could sleep on the way down. Your tall lanky student has more control surface, less built in arch, and problems with body position with their legs and arms have a bigger impact on their stability. As you get your license and move on to group skydiving the lanky ones have more tools in the toolbox in terms of fall rate and body flight, but the right jump suit choices for can narrow the gap for stocky people. All that being said your body type won't be a problem at all.
  5. That is actually a great idea for the interim. I have done that in the past, I probably should have reverted back to my simpler cheaper solution. Actually I might combined the two ideas, and have the seamstress reinforce holes around where my regular suits upper grippers are with some binding tape, then I can wear it right over my tighter jumpsuit and not lose the grippers.
  6. I am thinking about getting a slower jacket to go with a pair of bootie pants that I already have. On my belly I am slightly on the faster side of the fall rate spectrum, being 5'6 175 without gear, and more torso than limbs. The crowd at the DZ is on the skinnier taller side, so my original suit RW suit, a snugger pitts special, is a little too fast when people aren't focusing on arching in the formation. The pants are Tony Suits so I started playing around with their configuration tool for their Bigway jacket. Unfortunately it looks like they are up to four months out for delivery times with regular jumpsuits, unless you drop an additional 200 hundred on the double top secret rush. I have access to a talented seamstress, but she is new to making jumpsuits so I would need to come armed with ideas to make the suit slower. One of the options on the tony suit design was double layered fabric on the arms with a zp lining. I am thinking a baggier cut with swoop cords too. Mostly all 4-ply or suplex with no real spandex to streamline except for a cuff at the waste and cuffs at the wrists. I am looking for ideas on construction and pictures if anyone could please share. Thank you!
  7. That is great, thanks for the extra info. It looks like USPS is never going to deliver the first part from Juan, so he is going to send another. You are right, he is also a great guy to work with. It mirrors my experience with Joe from Triple D. 3d printing has definitely been a great game changer.
  8. @TheCaptain, how snug is the lower camera in that mount? I think Juan has added a shock cord to the version that is being sent to me that goes around the part where the lens juts out.
  9. That is actually the second mount that I have in transit. I already have the pivot pad base, although the velcro could probably use a refresh after 6 years of use!
  10. Lets move this to the photography forum, I posted a response there. Bad cross poster, bad. There are gloves out there. I moved over to using 7's because my 3+ blacks were getting long in the tooth, and I had bought two hero black 7's for outside video. I didn't want to have to maintain two sets of multiple batteries, two battery chargers. Either way, lets move to the photo forum for replies. That place has been sad and lonely, and it could use the traffic!
  11. Never mind, the system just ate my post and it is gone. Great. Ok here we go again. I connected with a guy named Joe on Facebook, his Facebook business page is under the name Triple D. He is doing a bunch of 3d printing. He had a stock glove setup, and he also printed a sweet double go-pro 7 mount for the front of my FTP that replaces the porch. I haven't put a ton a jumps on the glove, so I am still trying to figure out if I like how it sits lower on my hand instead of higher and further back. Makes it closer to the student and I have t-rex arms, but I like the simplicity of the setup. Camera are retained by friction and two spring loaded gates. Very snug fit on the cameras, I might actually sand slightly so they slide in easier. Joe was great to work with, and I would definitely recommend buying stuff from him if you like the design.
  12. See my response in the gear forum, I didn't know you cross posted, but I responded there. I have one solution I am just trying out, and another one coming if usps ever stops mailing it back and forth across the country that will replace the existing housing on the Pivot pad glove.
  13. DougH


    OK I will be that asshole, 280 is big bro! Even if you can pull off the equipment aspect it will make it harder to do the fun group aspects of skydiving. I know you are 6-4, and when you are tall the pounds add up, but how do you carry the 280? I am wondering if you are carrying extra weight you can lose, or if you have over interests like power lifting/body building that are a big factor in the weight? I am a midget in comparison at 5'6 but I carry a lot of weight on my frame relative to my size due to my build and weight lifting. I always have to balance wanting to have easier skydives with my friends against the desire to put on a bunch of weight to make lifting easier (and for vanity).
  14. How far are you from Nashua? My buddy is a rigger up there, and he should be able to meet that time table. PM me your contact information and I will pass it on.
  15. My next one will be an Ares for the tougher and larger display. I would probably pay more over if they could have a metal machined housing too, but my Viso's have held up fine, and I only lost one optima screen to a riser slap but it dodged it for seasons of tandems before it got hit.
  16. My 140 pilot has also been just right since I had it relined with Dacron. Love the combination. It wasn't a fast canopy to begin with, so I don't mind the performance loss. The openings have become perfect.
  17. That is awesome! Welcome back!
  18. I was going to say no, but then I noticed that Trunk launched a new Hypeye. I don't see the CX410 in the list, but I would check. He has a facebook page under Hypoxic, could probably message him on there. I do know that something changed with the sony output back around 2011? I have a CX760 that I never got around to jumping much, and I don't recall the earlier Hypeye D pro working for it. Now I have two GoPro7's on my FTP in a custom mount where the porch used to be, and the A7ii up top. No room for the CX760, and no real reason either.
  19. You need a rigger or packs to sit down with you and show you exactly how the brake settings work on a canopy. The quick answer is that with the brakes set the control lines are pulled down to a setting lower than full flight. The tail is deflected. If one side releases from that setting before the other you have one side with the brakes pulled down, and the other with the canopy in full flight. Which results in a turn. It has nothing to do with weight of the toggles, and everything to do with how far down the tail is pulled by the brakes, or not.
  20. I tend to agree with you. I grab the Strong with a SET366 first because the majority of my tandem jumps have been on that exact setup, but I really like the Sigma 340 and that would always be my second choice. I don't like the A2's, I think they fly lousy in turbulence and I don't like the way they are prone to go through very pronounced unintended flight cycles. Too flat for my liking, and I think that is what contributes to the flight characteristics that I don't like.
  21. Turf burn, turf toe... sounds absolutely dreadful for a regular landing surface.
  22. You aren't going to find them for a one off camera unless you have someone make something custom. Search on Facebook for Triple D on facebook. The guys name is Joe and he does 3d scanning and 3d printing. I just got some custom GoPro mounts from him for my FTP and they are excellent. You can tell him DougH mentioned him to you.
  23. I just ponied up for two 7 blacks. TripleD on facebook out of NZ makes a great dual mount for the front of a FTP, and a dual hand cam mount that is pretty unique. The hand cam sits the first camera down in front of the hand in a stair step so the whole stack of cameras doesn't sit sky high on the hand and you can get to the record buttons on each camera. Really happy with Joe's work, 3d printing is amazing, and the prices were great, especially with the exchange rate right now. I will let you know how they work out once the season really kicks off. Also, GoPro was offering a trade in discount as of two weeks ago. I traded in a old GoPro 2, not a bad dead.
  24. I am thinking that the forum search is really limited, especially the ability to search by topic title. Is this a known difficulty, or am I doing something wrong. The camera forum has died down a lot over the years, blame GoPros, less thought has to go into flying camera. But previously I could search to dig up old posts and look at pictures as setups. I am struggling with searching using the terms FTP, or Flat Top Pro, and other combinations. In the past using those same terms would bring up a lot of old posts. It almost seems like only new posts, post forum change, can be searched by topic title. Old posts only seem to come up when searching topic and body, and that brings up all types of garbage, especially since old signatures are now in the body of posts after the conversion.
  25. I think I posted a query about this in the past. Trying to think through all the options of mounting my Newton sight on this FTP without the stock post. I have the removable Schumacher sight bracket, it is articulated. The porch is gone but I have a big dual Gopro mount in its place. I'm almost wondering if the center of the front of helmet might work if it allows enough room to articulate up. Will have to break out some dowels to mock up before I start chopping and drilling. Side of helmet? Wondering how other people may have rigged theirs up.