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  1. The best person to answer the question is Tom at Sunpath. I have supplied quite a number of pilot chutes to individuals and it isn't the first time I have heard of this sort of thing. SunPath calls for a larger than average PC. Not everyone agrees to use the recommended size, but for those experiencing lazy extractions, a new PC has always resulted in the problem going away. More than once I've loaned a replacement PC when someone felt theirs wasn't worn out, and funny thing, they never ask to have their original re-installed...
  2. hackish

    Microraven 150 @ 1.25 WL

    I hate having that discussion with customers. It is always my choice to not pack that micro raven 120 for a 200lb guy. Unfortunately they just go find a newbie rigger and off they go. Going against manufacturer recommendations is poor risk management. I own 2 optimums and a PD-R. I know they test their reserves more than others and have the largest R&D budget. In addition, the gold standard for reserves makes them a lot more resalable when you eventually downsize. Another small side effect is that riggers are most comfortable with packing the most popular reserves. Get an oddball one, they may not be packed as neatly. Should we talk about flight concepts??? :( -Michael
  3. hackish

    New AAD made in USA

    I think your project is really cool, and it's been quite some time since I first saw you were working on it. While I don't love the shape, especially for those of us with smaller rigs, I believe the final production version should give you the ability to shrink your design. Battery technology and processors continue to shrink in size. I look forward to seeing this product make it to market. -Michael
  4. hackish

    walking foot zig zag in Denver

    Why does this happen the day after I get one of these? -Michael
  5. hackish

    PIA Rigging Symposium Chatanooga

    I might be up for that. I'd PM, but your PM's are turned off. -Michael
  6. hackish

    Any experience with a Firebolt 180?

    I would suggest you have the trim checked. We have a firebolt 189 at the DZ and I load it around 1.1. It's been a few seasons since I test jumped it but I found the flair to be quite acceptable, far better than my triathalon. -Michael
  7. hackish

    Vectran reline

    Depends on the size. I'd tend to go toward the 750. I thought I recalled that their lines were normally HMA but I'm not sure. -Michael
  8. hackish

    Excessive twists on bridle

    I've seen it before a few times and in each case it was that the PC was not completely collapsing. You can pull the apex out to the limiter tapes and make sure you don't have more than 1/2" of slack on the kill line. Also, make sure the bridle is installed correctly and that the kill line can travel unhindered. -Michael
  9. There was an article posted on the main page about buying gear. It has some helpful hints. I don't recommend buying new gear unless you have 1-2 seasons and/or 100+ jumps but others' advice may differ. Buy something used and resell it after a season or two. If you really want new, that's the time to buy it. You'll lose a couple of dollars per jump you put used gear. New gear is like a new car, first jump it's depreciated a grand or so... It's also a dirt magnet. When you have a couple hundred jumps your gear will stay considerably cleaner. -Michael
  10. Sometimes I can't help but to feel like posts like this using an account with 1 post are put up by those behind a product as an advertising means of introducing it. On that front I'm already not feeling positive thoughts about a product/company. The device looks OK and I think there should always be room for newcomers to the market. Their products always need to be sold for a considerable discount below the established players. Devices like this cost almost nothing to make but the margin pays for R&D and support. A company like L&B can produce thousands of devices at low costs per unit but they have the staff, experience and engineering to ensure there is someone who can repair, recalibrate and provide whatever support you need in the years to come. I've been using my altitrack for 8 years so far. On that point it has to be cheap because I don't know if the company will be around in 2 years or 10 years. -Michael
  11. hackish

    Endorsement for Saxx underwear

    Haha. Thanks for the laugh. A friend was just telling me how they were expensive but worth the cost. Who would be willing to approach saxx about some underwear freefly jumps for their commercials? Floppy skydivers need not apply... -Michael
  12. Only 1 suggestion to try other than calling PD. try lengthening the brake lines and shortening the part below the cat's eye. Basically make it open in less brakes. -Michael
  13. hackish

    Flying High - Sidewinder - TSO

    The Sidewinders that are TSO'd are no different to an FAA rigger than any other TSO'd rig. The case where non-TSO'd gear comes in is that a US jumper can't use non-TSO'd equipment but as a non-USA jumper I can jump my Arrow (non TSO) rig down in the USA all I want because I'm a "Foreigner". -Michael
  14. hackish

    White or glowing face for first altimeter?

    Go check out all the options, try them on and decide. Glow in the dark faces are something you're not going to use more than a few times. 0.3% of my jumps are night jumps. Maybe 0.5% could have used the backlight on my altimeter. In other words, not high on the priority list. -Michael
  15. hackish

    Check your webbing!

    Yay for macro lenses and 50 megapixels! This is what you don't want to see on one edge. This is what both should look like. It's zoomed in a lot so you can see that the fill yarn alternates around the warp with every pass instead of simply daisy chaining like on the image above. The best way to do it is twist and compare side by side. The grey is class 1 the black is class 1a. -Michael