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  1. parachutist

    Night Jump LED's

    ebay "battery powered led strips"
  2. parachutist

    Hero Session gone?

    Reading between the lines, they will have a new Session style camera coming out some time this year, but it will be even smaller. I figured Nick was referring to the new Hero model (same body as the black 5 & 6) as the replacement for the Session. I hope you're right about a smaller-than-session camera in the future
  3. parachutist

    Replacement part for Bonehead Flat-Top Pro
  4. parachutist

    2017-18 Wings

    I felt that way for several years, until something finally clicked and I felt I understood how to pack them better one day. After that I started appreciating some details of the Wings: the line pouch protects the lines from the velcro closure with no need for extra tools. The bag split in the middle allows me to fill those ears quite full with little stress during insertion. No extra tool is needed to guide the closing loop through separate top/bottom grommets. The freebag is made of durable material, instead of thin F111. I guese all my appreciation is for the freebag design. Hmmmm
  5. Replacing a kill line yesterday, I noticed it seemed a little thicker than the usual 1000#, so I did a search through the newer Sigma manual and found 2 entries with different values. From p3: The Drogue System (Patent: 6,626,400) The 1¾” Kevlar outer bridle extends past the disc all the way to the main deployment bag. The kill line is 1200 lb. Spectra and terminates at the bag. From p14: K. Kill Line – A length of 1,250 lb. Spectra line, with a 1” loop at each end, which runs inside the drogue bridle from the kill line attachment bridle to the Rapidè link at the bag attachment loop.
  6. parachutist

    Icon hesitation loop on skyhook rigs

    Manufacturers are notorious on giving select riggers 'tips' on methods outside the manual. This manufacturer in specific. Folding in thirds seemed to make the mass stay more solid while pushing it through the hesitation loop, making it easier when I get one of those not-very-stretchy loops.
  7. parachutist

    Icon hesitation loop on skyhook rigs

    Sigmas Fold in quarter, insert 1" (That's new to me, I thought it was still listed as half in the manual. However I've been using thirds for a few years after getting tips from a UPT rep at a PIA symposium)
  8. parachutist

    Need recommendations for first main canopy.

    No problem, and I'm glad to hear what you have to say. Going back through my experiences on DZs, I've been present on 2 occasions when hard openings caused fractured neck bones, and 2 times when the force seemed strong enough to cause injury, but luckily didn't. The lines involved were Spectra (almost new Pilot loaded at 1.2), Dacron (Lightning loaded at 1.3), Spectra (Silhouette loaded at 1.2), and Technora (xVX loaded at 2.2). Causes for 3 of those were attributed to packing techniques, and the Lightning one... Could be air speed, body position, packing, and canooy nature all mixed in. Very often I see damaged HMA and Vectran lines after 100-iah jumps on a new canopy. Sometimes owners notice, sometimes packers notice for them, but often they aren't recognized until a reserve repack. Or sometimes a line breaks during canopy opening or flight. To me these dangers seem more common than an extremely hard opening. Spectra isn't perfect, but breakage is something it avoids very well. What would you say is a better line choice for low-experienced jumpers?
  9. parachutist

    Front Mount Bonehead Aero

    This is a project I've been working on. It's still in the design phase. Upsides: the video footage is smooth, and the cameras are out of the way. Downside: When you raise the windscreen, the cameras go with the screen, so landings don't get filmed. I love my Aero! [inline aero1.jpg] [inline aero2.jpg]
  10. parachutist

    Descend rate of baglocked canopy vs freebag

    I don't know of any studies. Just from watching a baglock or two descend, I'd guesstimate 8-12x the speed of the reserve pc, depending on the size of the main PC. Good luck with the search!
  11. parachutist

    Mirage G4 D bag stow question

    If the new lines seem much longer than old lines, I'd measure a few lines to make sure the correct set was installed. The long loose lines will work as-is, but it requires a lot of attention to detail when s-folding the excess into the container. I like easy packing, so I'd add 2-4 more elastics and maybe reduce the size of the bights by about 1/2" each. Long bights can increase the chance of line twists. Chris
  12. parachutist

    Handcam glove for Sony X3000?

    I considered making a housing for it, but I decided there are too many things working against the X3000 as a handcam: - The image stabilizer crops the image, so you won't be able to use that stabilizing feature for a 170 degree FOV shot - Long and slim form factor puts the lens closer to the subject, once again impeding the FOV - Card slot location is underneath, which makes it not quick and easy to access I do make a flat top universal glove mount. That could work using the camera's stock mount for flat surface. [inline flat_top.jpg]
  13. parachutist

    Sabre 1 120 reline

    Vectran life is kinda short. Also it gets damaged near the links quickly, unless you pull the slider down on every jump. Spectra would be my choice
  14. parachutist

    Identify this machine?

    It think it looks like a Juki DNU-241:
  15. parachutist

    Precision aerodynamics line measuring

    What size is the canopy?