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Everything posted by likestojump

  1. Wink passed November 12, 2018
  2. ++ I applaud you for not letting pride get the best of you, and for using common sense. The manufacturer can scream RTFM until the cows come home, but there's just no way that's going to get them the market share or increase buyer confidence. Reassess the market, come up with a (more) functional and (more) desirable proposition. Otherwise you'll dwindle into obscurity.
  3. I have a few. Do you want modded, unmodded, does the age matter , etc ?
  4. Not impossible. Have you contacted to see if PD is willing to make you a vectran lineset for the original Sabre ? Have you contact Pete Swan to see if he is ?;
  5. What experience do you have with other skydiving full face helmets ? List the "mile long list of crap they need to fix on the G3". Please. What do YOU look for in a helmet ? Do you realize that no product out there is 100% perfect per everyone's expectations ? Are a you by chance a millennial ?
  6. Without any judgement : why do you not trust the manufacturer's recommendations ?
  7. if you just want to jump a vintage main, then you can put it in a large modern(ish) container. I have a few Javelin J7's and Dolphin D6's that I use for that. Reserves are SuperRavenIII's (249 sq ft)
  8. Escrow is a good choice, but since you plan on being an active jumper - find a trusted reputable rigger in your area. It makes things a lot easier. So, where do you reside / do your jumping ? (I dare you to say "I live in a house, and jump at a DZ").
  9. Stop being a whiny little bitch. Putting a servo motor is a 15 minute job, and everything fits like a glove. It solves your slow speed problems, and unless you are punching through 5 layers of leather, this will work excellent in 99.9% of parachute work. More than one person told you to get a servo, there's probably a very good reason. So : Stop being a little girl Get a servo Be happy
  10. I also really like "I put 100 jumps on this . total jumps unknown". Asking 10% under retail for a 15 year old ragged out wing.
  11. And people buy them. Only to be disappointed within a week of delivery. I really, really hope that people would wise up and start asking their trusted riggers/experienced friends before making knee jerk decisions. I wonder how long that can last or if Parachute Systems is lowballing to break into the market. Does't matter for the sake of this thread. PA makes good gear, and while it ain't no Micron, the vast difference in price definitely makes them a choice, and a consideration for someone looking for new gear. The point that I really wanted to make is response to OP : finding patterns in a niche, volatile market may not be possible. You are trying to define chaos, across way too many moving variables. I can tell you that all the regular caveats apply : Good deal is a state of mind, always account for morons and liers, etc. The "deduct $1 per jump and $100 per year of age" rule sounds nice and simple, but based on that rule my DOM 2001 Spectre with 400 jumps is a useless piece of shit that I have to pay people to take off my hands.
  12. spot on. There still are people selling (well, trying to sell) old velcro laden containers (original Talons, Vector2's) with 1980's reserves and crappy old F111 mains for $2500 saying it's good beginner gear. There are also people selling new Vortex setups for $4K. Bottom line is the market will sort itself out, and just because seller tells you "it's a great deal", you should not immediately buy the gear. Yeah, I have bias, but I don't sell old crappy outdated stuff to newbies.
  13. I was going to suggest you search USPS rate, but I am not going to ;(
  14. Your credibility is shattered by having single post and by praising a single brand. Most skydivers praise whichever brand there are currently jumping. I've owned most major brand containers out there and my statement is "they all have their quirks".
  15. Since no one else said it : USA - 180 days (not to be confused with 6 months)
  16. At the very least, you should back your recommendations up with facts. For Main Parachute, your recommendation is "While we recommend a new canopy, we understand that budget is a reality. New or used is fine, but be picky, get advice from coaches and have it looked at by a rigger.", which essentially translates into "buy whatever your rigger won't consider trash". how about talking about age, varying levels of square vs tapered vs elliptical, wing loading, various manufacturer considerations, whether it was a desert canopy all of it's life, etc ? PD has plenty of articles, as does PIA, as does Brian Germain. I'd say all of these are pretty damn trustworthy and very informative. :(
  17. The article is too genetic to be considered useful. You aren't answering most newb questions.
  18. If you are dyslexic, I may be able to help.
  19. Jumbo PC = Pioneer manufactured 28ft PC Packs humongous UT 15 is a 24ftish Russian manufactured very steerable Lemoigne canopy that Pioneer tried to reproduce on 27ft and 23ft "Russian PC" versions.
  20. Mini D is the container size. The rest are MLW and either laterals and legpads or viceversa
  21. I met Walter and Rami in the valley May 2007. They both were super friendly and awesome to hang with. And yes, Walter had a trunk full of rigs. BSBD to both of them :(