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  1. danielcroft

    Comp Velo v Valkyrie

    Openings and roll rate. The openings on the VK are worlds improved over the VC. The roll rate of the wing is a definite step or two above. Everything else is just straight better. I went from a VC84 to a VK79. If you have more specific questions, happy to answer if I can.
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    Gear Suggestions for Tunnel Flyers

    The material differences are absolutely a factor that should be considered. G2 was CF and had D3O which meant that the reduced flex from the CF could be absorbed by the padding. The G3 being plastic/polywhatever flexes a lot more and, will break long before CF, if this isn't factored into the design of the padding in either case, you then will have a higher risk of injury. A protective device is meant to attenuate impact forces, you can go either way - CF or something else - but, in either case, unless you're testing the combination of materials, you really can't say anything about whether it's better or not. The reality is, if you push on a G3 from the sides, there's a lot of flex in there that you won't find in G2 or a Skyhelmets Fujin. On what basis would Cookie be able to verify that it was doing its job in the absence of some agreed upon standard? IDK either. For me, the G3 is the wrong shape for my head whereas the G2 fit me super well so, I don't own any G3s. I'd also disagree with you comments on motorcycle helmets. There are standards so, some companies go for CF because it's lighter but, when you look at studies that have been done comparing ECE helmets to SNELL, you'll see that for most people the ability for a helmet to withstand multiple impacts at very high speeds (like you would in race) isn't as useful as sliding down a road with lower over all force spikes but potentially more impacts. I'm not sure these studies have been updated to reflect SNELL2015 though, so maybe SNELL updated their tests.
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    Katana's dont kill people...

    People say such things about Katanas because they're very definitely a wing for an active pilot. You have to fly openings. The Katana isn't going to help you if you're low. As you load them up, you have to fly every second. The KA demands respect. Some people aren't ready for that level of performance or that level of commitment. On the other point, if you have people telling you not to fly them, you should want to find out if they're talking about the Katana not being a good wing and if not why (I think they're really fun). If they're talking about you personally, I encourage you to find out why and figure out if you're putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
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    Dekunu One

    KML export just got added. :-)
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    Dekunu One

    I'm a Dekunu "ambassador" meaning I'm sponsored by them. In addition, I'm actively involved in the project. On gSwoop support, that's something I asked for a while ago and, we agree it's something we want to add. As EvilGenius mentioned it's not available right now and, not high up the list with the priorities of launching an altimeter. Currently, you can export your jump data a couple of different ways and then use some utility to convert to the format you're looking for. Luckily for us, gSwoop have their format documented and there are freely available tools to do that conversion. This process is a pain in the dick at the moment, though. For most people, the views provided by the portal will be sufficient. For people more interested in their swooping, the conversion process is required as of now. Happy to answer questions people have.
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    Barrel roll to check for clear airspace?

    I really don't know what data to give you, I was looking through my jump videos from the event I was thinking it was on but the only one I came up with wasn't particularly convincing. After thinking about it for a while, I realized I'm only really objecting to the terminology "flattest". I think that describes the angle relative to the ground. That doesn't mean it's going to be the best angle to gain distance.
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    Dekunu One vs AON2 X2+

    I'm one of the ambassadors for Dekunu and have been jumping a prototype for a while. Happy to answer questions if I can. I didn't realize that there Aon were out there, I'm happy to see there'll be competition in the market on the advanced altimeter front. They say it's a bad thing to be in a market with no competitors, can be indicative of being too far ahead.
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    Square1 Fullface Helmet KISS - Visor Problem

    Contact Square 1, they're usually pretty good about that stuff: http://www.square1.com/
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    post your helmet!

    Tonfly 2X, TF mount, chin cup + cutaway. Sony A7 & gopro hero 5, have my flysight mount on it as well. Hypoxic adapter for the A7.
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    99 Crossire 2 vs Neos 99

    I've done a few hundred jumps on Crossfire 2s (119 & 109) but only a few on a Neos. The Neos definitely has a longer recovery arc and, given that you're hardly a newb, I doubt you'll have trouble going to the Neos from the Storm (treating it with respect, of course). The CF2 is an awesome all around canopy but, it's not really ideal for swooping IMO depending on loading and technique, of course. You don't mention what your current turn is, how many jumps you've got doing that turn, if you've got any coaching or, have a canopy mentor so, it's hard to say if the longer recovery arc is a great idea (nor do you have your loading mentioned). Given your experience, I'm not sure why you're asking on DZ.com but, I guess that's maybe because you don't have swoop peeps at your local DZ to ask?
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    Best DZ near San Diego

    They're both pretty but I'd probably say Tsunami is prettier than Skydive San Diego, although that's not to say that Skydive San Diego isn't because it is. San Diego allows big turns if you're swooping. Otherwise, I think that either is a nice spot to jump.
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    AFF near Manhattan?

    I'd suggest the person contact the Ranch and the other dropzones around NYC since they may do AFF but not advertise it as much.
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    VossVind

    The ISG design makes for extremely smooth airflow. The town of Voss is very nice, beautiful and picturesque. There are reasonable restaurants and places to stay, although I camped. The dropzone is nearby and while this isn't a review of the dropzone, let me just say that the people are incredible and the dropzone is great. My favorite boogie ever was the Voss Freefly Festival. That included tunnel time and coaching at VossVind. Depending on where you're coming from, Norway can be very expensive so there's that to consider but do yourself a favor and visit one of the best dropzones and tunnel combinations in the world. Incredible instructors make it the full experience. Despite getting marked down a little on accessibility and facilities, this tunnel would be rated a 11 out of 5 for me.
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    SkyVenture Montreal

    Skyventure Montreal is another great 14' tunnel in Montreal (Putin anyone?) with some excellent instructors. The tunnel itself is close to food and accommodation although, it's a little way form the airport. I found the instructors to be very good and the facilities for reviewing footage to be also very good quality. The instructors were a little wary of random people showing up in terms of skill level but otherwise, really nice peeps. This tunnel is the same design as iFly Seattle and there'll probably be fights for years over which tunnel is faster but either way, you can't go wrong with these tunnel when you want to start working in movement in a 14' or if you're a local. Going through town for GoBig and hitting the tunnel was also really nice but from some places in the US (yeah, I know people live elsewhere in the world), it can be difficult. For peeps in the NE, this is another option with a fancy feel to SVNH and Paraclete.
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    Skyventure Colorado

    Josh and Mike are, let's face it, pretty amazing flyers and being able to get coaching from them or people at their level is a luxury. Mike, Colby and Nate are also great peeps and have a lot to teach people. The big difference between this tunnel and iFly Utah and Skyventure NH is that Skyventure Colorado has blocked off one of their doors. The tunnel is relatively quick but, given the altitude it's at, closing the door off is probably required when the air density is already pretty low. It can be a bit slow (wind speed) in summer due to even lower air density. The fact is that there's a large community of skydivers in CO who make this tunnel a really good option if you're looking for people to fly with. There are restaurants nearby and it's right off the freeway so it's easy to get to but since Denver saw fit to have their airport in the middle of nowhere, it's going to take a while to get there if you're flying in.
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    SkyVenture New Hampshire

    Having spent a fair amount of my early tunnel hours at NH, I can say that I enjoyed the experience there, especially when working with Joe Winters who's a really good instructor. He's able to break down his instruction to a more detailed level than many other instructors and that can really be extremely valuable. Doing camps there with Scarecrow or others was really helpful as well since the instructors aren't allowed to fly with people. That's really the main limitation to the tunnel, it's hard to progress on your own and coaching should either come with a smile from Joe Winters or some other person who knows what they're doing. The location for someone in NYC is the best there is but that isn't great. If you're in Boston or somewhere else in the NE, it's good but shares limitations with the other 12' (and smaller) tunnels if you're trying to work on movement. It's pretty comfy there and food is close by.
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    Skyventure Arizona

    Having a tunnel on your dropzone can be good, having a 14' tunnel at an amazing dropzone is even better! The non-recirculating tunnel has a lot of drawbacks - it's hot inside when it's hot outside, you get sand in your face, etc - but one of the big advantages is that the air behaves a lot more like the sky, it's not as crisp as recirculating tunnels. There's something super, super nice about landing your canopy from a sunset jump and wandering over to the tunnel and flying with a great instructor like Vince. Petter also coaches there a lot and he's an awesome instructor. The potential for combination camps at Skyventure Arizona, flying with the world class skydivers and then wandering to the tunnel for coaching cannot be minimized as a huge advantage to this tunnel. The DZ itself is awesome, that's well known. The main drawback to this tunnel is that it's in Eloy which isn't the best place for food or non-dropzone stuff. If you're staying on the DZ it's pretty great, however.
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    iFly Seattle

    The older style 14' at iFly Seattle is very powerful and while it doesn't have the new, fancy all glass (plastic, whatevs) construction like at iFly Austin/Dallas, the joins in the walls are great for spotting your location when you're trying to be on heading. In D4W (for example) you want to know where you are in the tunnel, having points of reference is helpful. The staff there are super nice and helpful, the airport is within walking distance (if you're nuts like me) but close enough for a short cab ride. There are restaurants and places to eat right there as well as plenty of hotels.
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    Paraclete XP SkyVenture

    When you're ready to move onto the next level with your D4W, this is the place to do it. The instructors are incredibly good and also great people. The staff at the tunnel are fun and encouraging. It's like the mecca of tunnel in the US for team training whether that's FS or VFS, you can actually work yourselves without pointing at the walls. Great place, great peeps.
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    iFly Utah

    Whether you're going for AFF, trying to get up to speed in VFS or want to learn flip twists, these guys are the greatest. Wonderful, accommodating and caring coaching from world class instructors. Always ready to help you progress in a positive and friendly manner. Devin, Dusty and Reese are not only great people but also world class, they can teach you anything you want to learn at a very, very low price. I'm learning D4W which is about the only thing that's difficult to learn in a tunnel smaller than 14' but for everything else, these guys are awesome. There's cheap accommodation nearby, lots of restaurants and the rest of the staff at iFly Utah are also great people. If you're unhappy flying at iFly Utah with these guys, you may want to check the mirror. ;-)
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    Wind Tunnel Listings Added to Dropzone.com

    Voss Ventus should definitely be on there. You should also add whether the tunnel is recirculating or not and it might be interesting to see if it's an iFly or other design. Another point that could be useful is whether the tunnel shuts down between sessions or not (Voss Ventus doesn't have to, nor do iFly Dallas or Austin).
  22. I hope they don't fix my H3, I enjoy the suspense and anticipation.