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  1. Had the same problem with magnetic keeper. Put slider tabs on the risers but they only hold the front side down (and still not ideal). After a bit of research went on with the ball/elastic band approach, but a bit modified - I have a ball on the top of the yoke and installed a small loop on the bottom of my slider (at the center) to put an elastic band in (regular stow band cut in half to be able to easily break in case of a chop) - I am loving it! I don't even collapse my slider anymore - after opening pull on the center of the slider, roll it around itself 2 or 3 times and put the elastic band on the ball behind your back - very tight and I practically forgot about that annoying slider. Plus, don't need to do anything with the slider before you pack - just take the band off the ball - ready to pack. Ordered my new canopy with a removable slider before I tried this setup, now thinking I should have gotten a regular slider and simply do the same thing.. Here's a recent video, just scroll to 1:04 to see what I mean: Edit to add: I understand you are talking about detachable slider, the setup I'm explaining will solve the issue without needing to collapse it.
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    Camera for recording landings specs?

    I am wondering what is a good camera for recording landings from LZ? With so many available I'm looking for something affordable but don't want to miss out on required specs. I know it has to have a good optical zoom, anything else? And for the zoom - what is good? X5? X10? X40? Don't want to overpay for features I don't need.. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Preventing Hard Openings

    Interesting topic. When I first moved from rounds to squares, and before I learned how to PRO and eventually psycho pack, I used to flat pack. In that packing sequence, the entire canopy was folded into a d-bag wide "sausage" with its top end into the d-bag before I even move the slider up right before s-folding everything into the bag. While I did quarter the slider and tucked its center into the pack job, I used to grab its quarters sticking out in between the line groups and WRAPED THOSE AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE PACKJOB pulling those upwards a bit to ensure slider grommets are against the stops at all times. So, essentially my slider was covering the bottom of my pack job and not the other way around, so the slider was always the first thing exposed during the opening. Can't remember having any problems with openings with that method. Not taking any sides here - just something I forgot about and this thread brought this up to my attention. I do find it interesting though that PD explicitly shows SE pack job as "WRONG" - given their unparalleled reasearch and testing capacity I never questioned their recommendations.
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    Correct tracking anb booties technique

    Great videos and awesome explanation! Thanks a lot! Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    Got it, thanks for the input bud! Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    Sorry, forgot to answer this part. Well, I am trying to do all my canopy exercises with my wing/harness setup being the same as my landing configuration. You are practicing stalls to drive into your muscle memory exactly where that point is and not to overdo with it when performing your landing. My stall point with my chest strap tight might be a bit different. Also, I find with my chest strap lose I have less likelihood of linetwists, or at least less severe linetwists. The linetwists I get are not as severe as on the video mentioned above and I kick out of those much faster, and that could be different if my risers were closer together. There are a few other reasons why you might possibly need to chop a canopy that opened and flew normally, even without deliberate stalls, and since I am flying my canopy with my chest strap lose I was wondering about the risk of falling out of the harness if this happens. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    Deimian, my line of though is exactly like yours as I too loosen my chest strap only after popping my toggles as a last step and exactly for the same reasons. Although technically even with brake line problems (depending on severity and my canopy behavior of course) I should be able to pilot and land my canopy on rear risers, I am not yet comfortable with the technique and this is also in my list of things to practice on. As for practicing stalls, I am not doing it "out of boredom". I am getting more into canopy piloting and this is a standard exercise you should be able to do on any new canopy you are flying. The only thing I am not so sure about is whether I should take it to the extreme and fully stall my canopy (which results in uneven recovery and possibility of linetwists) or simply get my canopy to the stall point to feel where it is and get it back flying right away without fully stalling it. My understanding was that I should be able to perform a controlled full stall of any canopy I am piloting but I might be wrong. And yes, of course by "low" I mean "lowest safe altitude". I stop all messing around at 600 m. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    intentional stall, unintentional uneven input and linetwists.. Sorry, I don't get the reference.. I actually don't know if it's uneven toggle input or something else.. I used to do full stalls no problem and fly my canopy backwards (we called it "butterfly") until bored or low. On my current canopy, which is admittedly smaller then the others I tried it on, I get consistent surges of the canopy to the right (right side of the tail stalls and goes backwards before the left one, so asymmetrical stall resulting in the linetwists). I actually try to pay attention to make my input even, however get the same result every time. Here's a video that is not mine but I get exactly the same thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWlXR0w_meo And coming back to the chest strap thing, is that a valid concern and if it is, how to minimize/eliminate that risk? Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    That's a good point, however that I am less concerned about since this is something that can be rehearsed (as Brian mentions in the video). I am not sure I can rehearse "not falling out of my harness" part. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Chest strap and safety

    I have a question regarding loosening a chest strap. I am not doing anything crazy, just practicing stalls and flat turns, that kind of things, and loosening my chest strap to the max (without taking it completely off). In the event of a chop, does it give greater probability of falling out of the harness if opening in sub-optimal position (e.g. head-down)? Sometimes when I do full toggle stalls, with uneven toggle input it would give me linetwists which I was able to clear no problem so far. But it is always in the back of my mind, what if I can't and will need to chop? Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
  11. bsrodeo540

    Correct tracking anb booties technique

    I am wondering about a proper technique to utilize my booties in tracking. I already get the "track hard" part so make my body stiff and really plank it out, so no problems there. A lot of videos I see it seems to me (or at least it looks like) that people just track away without really doing anything with their booties. I would think that turning your feet outwards and exposing booties surface area to the relative wind and pointing your toes out (as they should be the whole jump) would assist in achieving a better track? Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Nova pack?

    Guys, will repeat my post in this thread to give credit to a good piece of advice that solved the issue in my case: Discovered this thread and decided to post my results in case someone is facing the same issue in the future. Basically, from my findings, good slider control during packing solved the issue for me. First, I make sure slider grommets are always tight against the slider stops and never slide back down the lines when I put my canopy on the ground. Second, quartering the slider: I used to put too much emphasis on the "quartering" part, meaning ensuring that each quarter of the slider is tucked neatly between the lines and inside the stabilizers. I found that actually creates an issue so that when I do that - my slider center that I have just tucked deep into the center of the canopy between the line groups, slides back up a little. Now I make sure I tuck it in really well and spread the corners that stick out neatly without tension, so that the slider itself stays deep where it needs to be. Also, once on the ground (again, I psycho-pack), I grab the center of the slider and pull it up once again before folding the triangle. Also, when actually folding the triangle, I put my knee just over where the slider grommets are and make sure whatever I do after does not cause the slider fabric inside my packjob to slide down. That, on top of rolling my cells toward the center a bit tighter and leaving the center cell out, along with always double-stowing ALL my lines (I used to do it only on the first two stows) ensured consistent nice and pleasant (but not too long) snivels. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Packing for slower openings

    Discovered this thread and decided to post my results in case someone is facing the same issue in the future. Basically, from my findings, as DJL said (thank you for pointing this out), good slider control during packing solved the issue for me. First, I make sure slider grommets are always tight against the edge of the canopy and never slide back down the lines when I put my canopy on the ground. Second, quartering the slider: I used to put too much emphasis on the "quartering" part, meaning ensuring that each quarter of the slider is tucked neatly between the lines and inside the stabilizers. I found that actually creates an issue so that when I do that - my slider center that I have just tucked deep into the center of the canopy between the line groups, slides back up a little. Now I make sure I tuck it in really well and spread the corners that stick out neatly without tension, so that the slider itself stays deep where it needs to be. Also, once on the ground (again, I psycho-pack), I grab the center of the slider and pull it up once again before folding the triangle. Also, when actually folding the triangle, I put my knee just over where the slider grommets are and make sure whatever I do after does not cause the slider fabric inside my packjob to slide down. That, on top of rolling my cells toward the center a bit tighter and leaving the center cell out, along with always double-stowing ALL my lines (I used to do it only on the first two stows) ensured consistent nice and pleasant (but not too long) snivels. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
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    Nova pack?

    Yeah I strongly suspect it's my pack job, will start there and see how it goes. Thanks for all the good advice everyone! Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?
  15. bsrodeo540

    Nova pack?

    Dragon2, it's Spanish but I heard only some of their Safires are like that, not all. RopeaDope, very solid advice, you basically summarized all the important points I picked up from packing videos and seminars, thank you! Riggerrob, you made an inspection on that canopy 3 jumps/6 months ago, how is my trim? ;) Btw, it's the one in the rig right now, feel free to pop it and take a look, I won't need it at least till Friday. Every life comes with a death sentence. Until then, who's in charge?