Elpnor

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  1. Elpnor

    Vigil II maintenance question

    I recently got my vigil back after the 10 year battery replacement and software update, and noticed the difference in the display unit, but just assumed it was basically the same unit. So, they upgraded me to a Cuatro? And did they keep the same cutter? Is there anything I need to know about the new set up? It seems about the same. I've read up slightly on the Cuarto. Does this also mean that I'm good for another 20 years with a battery replace at 10, or should I have the cutter replaced at some point?
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    Night jumps in Perris

    Ahh. Yeah, twice a year at best sounds like a once in a blue moon deal. I was hoping that such a busy dz would do them more often, but I'm sure it's a pain to work that late for those concerned, and it's tough to get enough people to commit to fill a plane. I'll hit them up about it when I'm there, but I'll keep the hopes low.
  3. Anyone done a night jump at Perris lately? I've been thinking about heading out in march and it just happens to fall on the full moon. Do they do them often, or is it a once in a blue moon thing? And how easy is it to spot the landing area from altitude? If they light up the runway at night it seems like it would be an easy spot.
  4. Well. Now you got me wondering whether the big problem I was having was just too small of a slider, compounded with being a big guy. Hmm. I'm thinking about talking to pd about it. Still, I like the idea of a domed slider. I think having more curve to the slider is a huge insurance to preventing hard openings. And no, I don't ever have a problem with the slider getting hung up. It comes down alright. It just takes a few moments of a snivel before it decides to make it down the lines. There's been times when my slider comes down with a little too much gusto, and gets past my slinks and i have to push it up over my brake lines. I have the standard wide risers. I've been looking into getting pilgrim hat stops like the mini risers have. Currently no one makes them for the wide risers, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem.
  5. Sorry, Sheeks. I didn't mean to leave you hanging. The old slider that came with my sabre 2 230 was 22" x 30". The new domed slider is 26" x 30" with maybe 5 inches or so of dome to it in the middle. I wish the opening were a bit quicker though. They always take well over a 1000 feet with typical being 1200 to 1400. Anyone want to chime in on how to speed up the openings without sacrificing the pleasant initial hit? 5 inch hole in the middle? Smaller domed slider? I wouldn't go back to the original slider. That thing would bite.
  6. I still have the original slider sitting in my skydive bucket. I'll take it out and measure them both and get back to you
  7. I was looking over this thread again because I've put maybe 100 jumps on my domed slider and I'm very happy with it, except for the longish openings. I chuck at 4 and am open at 2700 feet. I've been thinking about talking to PD about putting a mesh hole in the middle to speed up the canopy inflation. This strikes my as a good design. A domed slider to catch more air and prevent the slider from slanting down the lines, and an air feed in the middle to speed up inflation of the canopy. Anyone have any experience with this? RiggerLee? I've also wondered about the friction of the lines with hard openings and whether anyone has thought of a sheath or a different material for the first foot or so of line that would impede a fast slide down of the slider. Something that would grab the grommets a bit and allow for a momentary hesitation of the slider and prevent a slammer. By the by, I had a premature opening fairly recently in a sitfly. It was likely caused by a loose BOC, and a bit of fabric exposed. I usually do maybe 165 in a sit, being the big anvil that I am. The opening was pleasantly soft. For a big guy like me, I consider a domed slider to be a needed safety feature, and I won't jump without one.
  8. Elpnor

    Las Vegas

    I jumped at Mesquite a few years ago. Very nice dz. Great plane, good peeps
  9. Elpnor

    LARGE GEAR

    How much did you weigh when you jumped last vs now? A problem big guys have is the equipment is not really meant for us. Faster fall rates with more force make hard openings more likely. I highly recommend a domed slider. PD made me one and it made a huge difference in my snappy openings. I'm 6 8, 260, and feel your pain.
  10. My rig is getting a bit long in the tooth and I'm thinking about buying a new one. Anyone want to throw out 4 cents and give an opinion on the most comfortable rig for us really big guys? I'm 6'8" with a 50 inch chest and broad shoulders. I currently jump a vector with a sabre 2 230 which has never been terribly comfortable. I totally understand that the patterns for rigs aren't meant for my species and will never be ideal, but maybe some are better than others.
  11. Elpnor

    Riser design & toggle fires

    Oooh, I like these risers! I have had a toggle knot from pulling through the excess line and now I do a ridiculous weave to secure my brake line loop. Big canopy, long excess. I wonder if I can get them to make me pilgrim hat grommet stops for standard width risers.
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    Speaking Altimeter

    Every review I've read on the Vog has been positive, and I don't mean to disparage it as a quality voice altimeter. I don't doubt it's a well made device. I was just wondering if there's another one coming down the pike that I'll be able to compare it to, or if I should just pull the trigger and buy this one. At 400 its a tidy sum.
  13. Are there any other manufacturers working on a speaking audible besides vog? I like the concept, I'm just not sure I'd buy one from a start up that doesn't have experience with altimeters. I'd much rather buy one with say LB initials before it.
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    Preventing Hard Openings

    I reverse s fold my canopy. The end with the slider is the last thing I put in my bag, and I always give it a last push up against the stops. Minus the movement of the slider under tail, is there anything else terrible about this packing style? Yuri makes a convincing argument
  15. Elpnor

    Preventing Hard Openings

    Anyone else like the idea of having an exposed slider outside the tail wrap? This got me thinking. I use to pack that way. Mostly because I wanted to see where my grommets were just before putting them in the bag and to make sure my slider was all the way up. I started packing with a more traditional tight wrap around the lines. I was having a problem with hard openings but didn't think this might be the problem. I am also a heavy jumper, more so than yuri. I recently had pd make me a dome slider and it softened up my openings tremendously. Now I'm thinking about going back to having an exposed slider so it's the first thing the wind hits. Any thoughts on how much tail wrap around the main part of the canopy? I do probably more than I should to make an easier pack job.