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Everything posted by texmex

  1. This is because the center start stop bartak is a performance designs custom pattern. Your end start end stop is more than fine. If you really want to replicate tab performance designs Center type then you need to program it manually. However it is utterly unnecessary and a myth with many believers that Center Center Center has anything at all to do with lines
  2. There would be no advantage by applying silicone to the loop. Firstly, after a number of jumps, the loop will have been (from regular packing and wear) worn already and picked up dirt. However, the loop could be total garbage BUT with a properly lubricated cable, youd achieve exactly what youre looking for. In addition, by using silicone gel on the loop, you are also then getting it onto the cable....the cable that should be well lubricated. Despite common belief there are many excellent wet and dry lubes for good cable friction.
  3. Anyone have a link to this canopy on Youtube or any info on it? I know people are jumping them but there is literally nothing on the net about it...
  4. Why in the world would you switch from a Sabre2 to a hornet? I had a hornet for a week. It almost snapped me and another guy in half. Sure they fly GREAT if you're still conscious to enjoy it. Yes the 2nd gen does open a bit better but it's still a brutal canopy if not packed perfectly every time. Don't buy a 20year old canopy design. They don't make the hornet anymore for a reason. Ease of packing should never be a factor in canopy buying. If you have trouble packing new canopies, practice. They are easy once you figure it out.
  5. First, I havent updated my profile in years, secondly youve jumped ONE Xaos 27. Ive packed literally a half dozen different ones thousands of times and as a rigger with over 35,000 packjobs I can tell you that the 27 has the highest cutaway rate of any crossbraced canopy Ive ever seen. Some of them are so bad, that if youve never packed one, youre almost guaranteed to pack a chop within 50 jumps. To each his own I guess. Whats next, youll tell me you have a few hundred jumps on a Stiletto without a chop so that means its not a spin machine? Come on now...
  6. I agree with your impression that their post was a joke as obviously the statement I have quoted cannot possibly be serious! Xaos. Crossbraced canopy. 27 cells. Made by Precision. Known for being a cutaway machine. 6 more cells than a Xaos 21. Wheres the joke?
  7. Seems a bit high. That number could be accurate assuming you throw the container away like UPT recommends after 1,000 jumps...
  8. You obviously didnt read my whole post...And the Crossfire 1's that had that issue were all modified by Icarus. There are still XF1s out ghere that were not part of that recall.
  9. Downsize to a Crossfure 1 if you can find it. Only if its onebof the canopies that wasnt modded because of the recall.. Ive seen many X1 pilots outfly Velo's and other xbraced canopies repeatedly. They open way better too. Night and day cimpared to the xfire 2. Xaos 27 youll be chopping constantly. The X21 is better.
  10. I am trying to breakdown the cost per jump of the Sigmas...Does anyone know if their is published info on these numbers or a maintenance schedule or know first hand whatbthese figures are? These are my estimates: Replacement parts (i.e.) Drogues/kill lines, secondary bungees, main canopy replacement relines, etc) $5/jump Rigging (not including parts cost, only hourly rate for work) $3/jump. Thanks all
  11. Thanks for the info - Micro Sigma's are the same loops correct? Length wise...
  12. Very interesting and I did not know that. The reason I was considering making them is because Ive noticed the ones we buy (not sure from where but I know weve boughtt them from UPT directly) have a considerable difference in length...Even 1/4" makes a considerable difference in closing...I had a small collection going at one point and there was about a 1.1" difference between some of them... Most of them measure slightly shorter than spec... This brings me to wonder, do the "approved" riggers also have approval to sell them in bulk to places like Paragear or does everyone who buys them end up with UPT closing loops no matter who the retailer? Its just really annoying to buy 10 loops and 4 of them are too short or too long.
  13. Can someone post a link or give me a how-to on making Sigma closing loops? Thanks..
  14. I am looking for a rigger in the northeast to help me finish getting my riggers ticket...I am willing to lay down a hefty fee. I am a highly experienced packer and have trained with riggrers in the past however I need to quickly get my ticket...If anyone is interested or knowsof anyone who might be interested in helping me please send me a PM. Thanks.
  15. If you can’t shorten the loop enough to put tension on the pin the canopy is too small for the container….period. Sparky Thats the point I was making. But I know plenty of jumpers who know that too and just dont care. I packed for many years and saw allll kinds of fubar rigs. Loose vector loops or too long vector loops are common.
  16. I doubt it is because of a 'wrinkle'. The new spot is a better place for the closing loop and allows alot more flexibility as to what will fit. I guarantee you they were hearing too much about unintended closing pins coming out because if you put too small of a canopy in the old style containers the tension on the pin can be very low. It also prevents that crooked look on the main flaps so overall I think it's a good improvement.
  17. I know they go under the riser covers...my question was whether or not they go over the holder flap. I.e the tabs/flaps on the shoulder. It is not covered in the manual but thanks for the link
  18. No one around here knows for sure. Do the risers get stowed on top of or underneath the shoulder flap? I have people telling me both. Thanks to anyone who knows definitively.
  19. First i cant believe that people actually started naming canopies as if there is one canopy above all else!! Ridiculous. The one canopy that has the least amount of cutaway potential is any canopy that is cared for, packed properly, and opens over the back of someone in good body position. Pack neat, be stable when deploying, and you'll have long long cutaway free streaks. I mean, for someone to actually be ableto claim that one canopy will not mal up as much as the next is just ridic.
  20. Ok I took a video today doing a 2:20 packjob that I would jump and a sub 2 minuter that I wouldn't. I'll post both tomorrow. I definately felt I couldve done faster As I said I've packed and jumped a 2:28 packjob start to finish.
  21. I would have to disagree with that one. I would say less than 10% of packers can do 5 rigs in 20 minutes even with brakes and slider done. I've packed at a dozen different DZ's big and small for many years and can say I know very few packers that will get 5 rigs done in 20 minutes no matter what kind of rig. That's 4 minute packjobs not including the time moving from rig to rig. 4 rigs in 20 is even a feat sometimes for the fastest of packers. It's one thing for a fun jumper to do a 5 or 6 minute packjob to get on a load, but other factors come into play when doing multiple 5 minute packjobs I.E. rubber bands, closing loops, step throughs, huge and new canopies, pull outs, trapped air, etc. Take away all those variables and still 5 minute packjobs are few and far between.
  22. Question for everyone...what's the fastest packjob you've seen or done that was jumped (and worked)? Start to finish packjobs only.
  23. Hey I am one of the packers attending the boogie. I'm travelling all by my lonesome and looking for someONE or a group to room with, split a rental car with or whatever! Good way to cut the costs! I'm looking to make some big bucks and lay down some good packjobs for all you funjumpers so if there is anyone out there who needs someone to split their room and board, lemme know. I'l also throw in some free packjobs if its okay with Julia!..If you happen to be in the same situation as I am, I found some pretty cheap lodging in the DZ town that could be very affordable if split and a rental for the 5 days should only run about $130 total. PM me thanks all.