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faulknerwn last won the day on October 5 2020

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  1. I have a handful of jumps on them many years ago. Not a bad canopy. A slightly less aggressive canopy than a Stiletto.
  2. My dz has both a bunch of KISS and a bunch of Cookies to try on - from what I have seen it is very much head shape - Cookies fit me better because the Kisses were way too tight on the face. Other people the Kisses fit way better than the Cookies..
  3. One thing to do as well - there have been times when I over-used an arm and my right elbow was killing me - Once you open the parachute - do the vast majority of movements/turns with your good arm - in my case I did practically all left turns while my right elbow healed. That way you will save the strength in your bad arm until you need it for flare..
  4. Good to see you too! Yeah GoPros even on the narrowest setting are super wide. You can be 10 feet behind a CRW formation and look like you are a hundred yards..
  5. Is there a good video camera out there that does not record as wide as a go-pro? Videoing CRW this weekend even being super close to the formation and the go-pro set on Linear it still seems super far away. My old mini-dv cameras and such back in the day had a much better viewing angle that was not nearly as wide.
  6. For a CRW rig - you are pulling at altitude - you have time - spend too long and the opening will hurt but you can get the handle. I had a floating pud on a pullout once but it was on a freefall jump pulling at 3k or so. And my current pullout system is far more secure than the Reflex I had back then. I feel like I get more on-heading openings on my actual pullout as well. I think doing CRW where you are pulling 2 seconds out the door both work fine.
  7. I switched to a pullout for my CRW rigs years ago. I like it much better than throwouts for CRW. I think the handle is less of an issue for CRW than for freefallers because if you check the handle right before you leave the plane it is unlikely to be floating when you go to pull. And its pretty simple to train yourself to actually pull the pin.
  8. Most likely as long as you have a logbook and can translate (if not in English) and the logbook spells out exactly what your jumps were and what you did (as opposed to vague jumped at 12 pulled at 5). dropzones will work with you. Often smaller dropzones are more flexible than bigger ones with rigid rules.
  9. A lot will depend on your dropzone and the people who are there. I have thousands of CRW jumps and have done lots of intro 2-way CRW jumps with people on 1.0 loaded Triathlons when they had 25-50 jumps. If they are at a dropzone with no experienced CRWdogs like me - they need more experience before jumping with other beginners. Jumping Lightnings - they are a bit more challenging to land than Triathlons or Spectres. I would say at least a hundred jumps before jumping a lightly loaded Lightning - most of the beginner CRW camps around have the beginners on 1.0-1.1 loaded Lightnings...
  10. That video is definitely long and I couldn't sit through it. But as in most disciplines in skydiving - are you doing a solo angle jump or a 10way? Are you trying to do CRW with your 50 jump buddy or the guy with 5000 CRW jumps? Are you trying to sitfly with 4 friends when none of you can keep it for a whole skydive? So much depends on the experience of everyone involved. I have done a ton of CRW jumps with people who had less than 50 jumps but they were simple 2 ways with me who has world records in the discipline. Them doing a 2-way with another 50 jump wonder would be a completely different thing. Trying to sitfly with your friend who also has 50 jumps is a completely different beast than doing a sitfly with someone who has a thousand freefly jumps..
  11. I don't like the big initial jolt - I definitely agree that you are more likely to be on-heading but when I open with all of the lines double stowed, the first stage of the opening is slow and soft, and then the second stage is all about the parachute and its pack job. With the semi-stowless bags the initial jolt is much more abrupt, and I would be afraid to jump with my heavy camera helmet on one. Even on normal jumps with a standard helmet, the semi-stowless bags always have me going UHH on the first stage of the opening because its so much faster - like a reserve opening. I definitely get if you are on a super tiny canopy where heading control is crazy important I think it could be good. I jump more 'traditional' canopies which are nowhere near so sensitive to minor issues compared to the sub-100 stuff and I'd rather have the softer opening in exchange for more off heading than the brisk first stage.
  12. I jumped with a friend's VOG this weekend. While the accent was weird (I felt like I was being yelled at by schoolmarm the whole way down) it was kinda cool knowing the altitudes the whole way. But it is CRAZY more expensive than a regular audible and I'm not sure its worth it. I did like it telling me the numbers as we came down but is it worth $200 more than a regular audible?
  13. There are two stages of openings - the part where the lines stow out, and then when the parachute opens. The first part is DEFINITELY faster with the semi-stowless - I am used to all double stowed rubber bands where my initial situp is super gentle This week I did a couple jumps on a demo canopy with a semi-stowless -the initial part of the opening was jarring but the second part was soft (depends on the main.) I would never jump a semi-stowless with my gigantic camera helmet - the non-stowed portion seems to fall out practically instantly causing a sudden jolt before the parachute does its part. In reality the semi-stowless bags are just like reserve freebags which are designed to open super fast. I don't mind them on a normal jump where I have a light helmet on and my neck can take that initial jolt, but I would never have one when I jump my great big camera helmet. My neck would not be happy
  14. Exactly. I remember all of those incidents and this thread has more. They sent out a whole batch of AAD's without cutters WTF? And most of their recalls they always seemed to expect you to pay for their recalls. And as a rigger, Vigil AAD's are double the pack volume of a Cypres or Mars. And with everyone nowadays wanting the super tiny rig its a nightmare to pack a gigantic Vigil in them. Especially if you plan on maxing out the limits on your container size - pick a smaller AAD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2n0hJD01WCqaG1ob3BtT0lSOG1uUWlDZVgzWDFyQQ/view?usp=drivesdk
  15. Texas weather is a bit sketchy that time of year. I would bet Eloy first then Perris would be your better bets.