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  1. so you guys are using dual session I assume?
  2. I believe you forgot: 3. get rid of stiletto that recovers waaaaaay too fast and forces you to ride fronts too low. lol
  3. What about a dual mount for the Sony action cams? As far as work flow, is that a better configuration?
  4. Thank you very much for the input. I haven't really looked at the fw tesla but judging by how they describe it's characteristics it is exactly what I'm looking for. I'd probably get a katana but from the folks I've talked to it seems like it's a roll of the dice whether you get one that opens decent or not. Also would like to have a convo with Icarus, especially since I saw they are now doing an instructor discount.
  5. Hey folks, I am having a hell of a time narrowing down canopies due to lack of knowledge of various canopies and jumping at a small DZ, and I think have only managed to make it harder. I've been jumping stiletto 150 for a few years and several hundred jumps. I'm looking to go down to a 135 and something s lot more swoopy with slower recovery arc, as I feel I'm riding my fronts way too low. I'm doing 90-180 front turns, and don't plan on going crazy on swooping but certainly love to have quick swooped out landings. I've been jumping a Katana 135 a whole bunch. I like how the canopy flies and lands, but HATE the openings. It seems like a roll of the dice whether you get a hard diving turn on opening that wants to spin up. The brand new one I demo'd was better than the one I've been borrowing, but still seems pretty sporty come opening time. I also jumped a Aerodyne Zulu 150, didn't get a chance to get on the 132. It's openings seemed OK, but the canopy seemed to have a bit faster recovery arc and a little weaker flare than the Katana. What other canopies should be in my wheelhouse? Crossfire 2? Safire? Sabre 2? The descriptions on the mfr websites seem about worthless in narrowing down what I'm looking for. I'm 170 lbs+gear. I should mention that most of the time I'm flying a tandem rig. lol
  6. I have this re-occuring fear that as I'm sliding a chest strap up my fingers are going to slip off and I'm going to backhand a student. lol. One thing I've noticed on the newer harness is that the lowers release levers seems thinner and can deform much easier, making it so that the detents on the ears don't line up when you re-latch it.
  7. I spent quite a bit of time in various parts of Canada for several years when I worked for Frito-Lay doing packaging automation projects. Mostly Outside of Toronto in Cambridge/Kitchener, Kentville Nova Scotia, Lethbridge Alberta, and Levis Quebec. I always has a blast. The Canadian guys were a great group and were always awesome hosts that were up for good times, great food, and lots of alcohol. I had a lot of fun traveling to Canada and was almost always treated well when out and about and by the plant personal as well. The few negative experiences I had were in Levis/Quebec city. There were some folks that gave me crap about being from America, and I even got the joy of the folks that refused to speak English. The positive experiences by far outweigh the negatives though. lol.
  8. To really get rid of wind noise I'd assume you'd have to look into throat mics. They are designed specifically for extremely noisy environments. They are also designed to pic up whispers, so are used in spec ops.
  9. I was thinking just the lunch box type cooler you'd see at a job site or toss a six pack into. Although I could see a bigger cooler enabling you to cook larger batches of food due to increased efficiency of the cooker due to less thermal loss through the cooking vessel.
  10. Wouldn't a cooler make a good vessel to cook in? I assume that temperatures used in Sous Vide don't approach those that would break down or damage a liner in a common plastic cooler. The cooler would work as an insulating container to keep the food cold in an ice bath all day. Once your cooker fires up the cooler would actually help prevent heat loss to the outside. A metal cooking pot, comparatively, makes for high thermal loss on both sides.
  11. So can too long of line stow bites or too tight rubber bands on the stowes. That is one of the first things I look at.
  12. Anyone know what the design safety margin is? In lifting and rigging equipment it's pretty typical to have things actually break at 150% of rated load. I assume human life equipment goes to a higher margin?
  13. I use a standard issue US military surplus duffel bag. Holds everything, has shoulder straps, battle tested durability, and costs about $10-20 at surplus shops.
  14. My wife and I sleep in the same bed. But for many many years I worked third shift and I slept by myself. It was a HUGE adjustment when I came to day shifts. I did not like it a lot at first, and I still often toss and turn looking to spread out or find myself being woken up by her (and frustrated by it). I know couples that sleep separate and they are just fine and happy as heck. In the days of our grandparents it was fairly common to have separate beds. I don't consider it a sign of anything other than two people that have found a way to get good sleep and be happy.