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  1. Elpnor


    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Elpnor

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Elpnor

    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
  7. 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.
  8. I had a brutally hard opening three years ago. Knocked unconscious for a few seconds, broken left riser, out of sequence cutaway, but a safe reserve land. I spent a lot of time researching hard openings and concluded it was likely bag strip. I'm a big guy with a faster fall rate, jumping a sabre 2 230. PD sent me a new sabre 2, and I took a little over a year off. All of last year, my opening were brisk bordering hard. Often I had a sore back for days. It made me want to quit the sport. I contacted PD to see if a larger slider was a decent idea, but I was already kicking around a pocket slider or a domed slider. They said they could make me one, and had a brave test jumper lead up and put some jumps on it. I've jumped it maybe 30 times so far, and it's been a huge improvement. I've yet to have even a hardish opening. My openings have always been longish, even when I was getting rocked a bit, maybe 900 feet consistently, and with the dome they are 1000 or slightly over. I'm slowly getting over my trepidation of reaching for my pc every jump. I think all sliders should have have some curve to them, and a solid dome mandatory for bigger jumpers. I also think hard openings that cause neck and back damage are much more endemic than people think. Perhaps some sort of slider attachment to the stops would work as well. A snap system or magnetic connect seems promising. I do wish this issue could be addressed by the manufacturers as opposed to it just being chalked up to poor packing and something we have to live with.
  9. Elpnor

    Hot Air Balloon jump - USA

    I just did a balloon jump in Perris Ca and that was the slickest balloon jump Iv'e ever done, out of maybe 10, with most being at eloy. 8k altitude, landed on the dz, and amazingly pleasant and professional people running the jump. I haven't jumped at eloy for maybe 7 years, so maybe theyve gotten better there, but I'd highly recommend going to Perris for that type of jump. They'll go any day as long as they have enough people and the winds are good.
  10. I like looking at people's videos from different dzs, but most videos you see on youtube and such are either the epic redbull productions, or grandma doing a tandem. I've looked at vimeo and subscribe to the teem channel. Anyone out there know good sites to see videos, or how to find your typical fun jump vids people take? Am i the only one who misses skydivingmovie.com? It's nice to see all the zoo jumps and watch people at different levels of ability, besides the swoop gods
  11. Elpnor

    hard openings dome slider?

    I just looked at my viso 2. It says fall rate was 134. Fast, but not ungodly. I was doing a sitfly and had transitioned to belly and tracked away from the guy I was jumping with. I flattened out for maybe 4 seconds before pulling. Wing loading is 1.25
  12. Elpnor

    hard openings dome slider?

    I don't think it's the trim of the lines. This is a fairly new sabre 2 with maybe 30 jumps. Not all openings are hard, but most are hardish. The reason a dome slider is appealing is it would seem to give more surface area for the air to push up against, but not allow a the lines to spread out more that a significantly larger slider would. I think the main cause is larger body, faster speeds, equal more force on the lines and that just shoots the slider down. I need that little piece of life saving fabric to hang up there for a moment and give me some love.
  13. Elpnor

    hard openings dome slider?

    Does anyone know if someone still makes dome sliders? I'm having hard openings, and need to slow them down a bit. I've read all the info out there that I could find, including John Leblancs bit, and I don't think it's my packing technique. It's happened when I pack, and a packers pack job as well. I'm kicking around getting a bigger slider, and I've contacted pd about it and am waiting to chat with them, but I thought I'd try herd wisdom as well. It's a sabre 2 230. I'm a bigger guy with a faster fall rate, but not horrific. I double wrap all my stows, and replace the locking stows that show even a little wear. I have 700 jumps, so I don't think it's body position.
  14. Elpnor

    Recommend a DZ (US)

    Depends on when youre going and what your goals are. I love both eloy and perrris, but I wouldn't go to eloy in september. Its still bloody hot. If all you want to do is get in massive jumps, Ive never been weathered out in eloy the two times Ive been there. Perris, sometimes. But Perris is also an easy ride to a lot of things to see, whereas eloy is a bit secluded. If you want to add some sightseeing to your vacay, I'd go to Perris. Both are a couple of the busiest dz s in the world and are fantastic.
  15. Elpnor

    Balloon Jumps @Eloy

    So which company is doing the balloon jumps this year at eloy, and how often are they available? I was thinking about running down there for my bday, and wanted an idea of my chances of some silent freefall. I love skydive az in the cold months