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  1. Craig

    Opinions on body armour

    The big difference between racing and swooping is the angle at which you meet the ground. When you are racing you might "lose it" anywhere between 1 and 3 feet off the ground. This would not be a huge impact, you might have a fast foreward speed but the angle of impact is relatively shallow. With swooping you can meet the ground at a shallow angle, which usually results in rolling and tumbling along the ground. Or worse, impact at a high angle, such as 45 degrees or more to the ground. The latter in my opinion is where most injuries/deaths occur and I really doubt that body armour would prevent the broken bones from the high speed, high angle impact.
  2. Craig

    Photos come out part black

    hey, it's been a long day....just talking to Phree and had to look to see if the first Sat. in May was on a weekend?
  3. Craig

    Photos come out part black

    I am thinking it is the opposite. There is light leaking through the shutter on one side, thus the film is getting overexposed on that side. If the shutter was not opeining all the way it would be a lighter, if not white side to the pic. Sorry, can't explain why it is not happening to the whole roll.
  4. Craig

    water landing procedure

    If you leg straps are loosened you flare will be higher than normal (in the toggle range that is.) I would not be concerned with this myself. In response to the comment about cutting away from the main when you hit the water and swimming away. It is going to be pretty hard to swim down and away from the canopy and lines with a container on your back, since the reserve container will be keeping you bouyant. And if you are having any kind of problems, or a long swim ahead, that last thing you want is a container that is getting gradually heavier cause the reserve container is now taking on water.
  5. Craig

    Two seconds of fear

    I jump a Mirage G3 and from looking at video from two jumps this weekend I have right around 2 sec. from PC release to the transition to stand up at line stretch. From there is is about another 2.5 to 5 seconds until slider down
  6. Lets think of another possibility. If you have a PC tow and you cutaway an pull the reserve it is possible that the main won't leave the bag because the main is no longer anchored to you (except for maybe the split second before your riser covers come open.) I am not saying this is fact cause anything can happen, but I am thinking the main d-bag would leave just after the reserve freebag. Line-stretch will open the riser covers and the main could stay in the bag. Ya still got the main risers and some lines that should be to the outside of the reserve risers. Again, no hard facts just another way to look at the situation.
  7. What if you visit a DZ near water? When you are about to splash down is not the time to figure out what you need to be doing to get ready. Skydivers have drowned from landing in water.
  8. Craig

    Weird ass opening

    Make sure you are leaving enough bridle above and below the pin. I was having hesitations every now and then and I am thinking this might be part of the problem.
  9. Craig

    Soft Cut Away Housing!! So What!!!

    Cause if your RSL side riser releases before the other riser it will start the deployment of your reserve with the main still attached.
  10. Craig

    Soft Cut Away Housing!! So What!!!

    Probibally not a good idea, it is like that for a reason.
  11. Craig

    Soft Cut Away Housing!! So What!!!

    As far as if it aint broke don't fix it I have not seen this much, if at all really. You see most improvments dealing with safety and user/rigger friendliness. Look at reserves, they are your last chance and they are old technology. Sure they have made some more stronger but they are still 7-cell F-111 (some with a ZP top skin only) canopies. Neater is not always better in some cases. Reversed (integrity) risers looked "cool" and were supposed to prevent riser breakage but in some cases they would not release when you pulled the cutaway. Jumpers are often discouraged from using the these days.
  12. Now, that would be cool, anyone have a picture of it? I have seen these before. I tried to find them on-line and couldn't but now I want to buy one to hang up at home
  13. Craig

    digitude alt

    Well, if everyone wants to get real technical, any of the alti's are not giving your exact alti in freefall. I would guestimate they read about 200 to 500 feet higher than you actually are.
  14. Craig

    cool video on the web

    In short, a crappy way to encode a video. You need RealPlayer to watch it. Found at
  15. Craig

    Dye your Canopy!

    I agree... I'm glad somebody caught this troll... I mean, why would he want to f*ck up some fellow skydiver's gear? Oh well, that would be there fault. If they aren't smart enough to figure out that this might not be a good idea and do a little research to see if it is safe to do in the first place then I would have no sympathy.