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  1. johnmatrix

    using an old reserve as a main

    I did 20 jumps on an old F111 X228 that had been used as a reserve. It had the bridle attachment point cut off it so I super-tacked my bridle onto the load tapes that remained there. That started to come apart fairly quickly but my friendly rigger sewed a pull up cord on there that worked much better.
  2. johnmatrix

    Over 55

    That's a bit shit. Should be on a case-by-case basis like any other jumper.
  3. johnmatrix

    Frustrated with lack of skills at 100 jumps

    Is there someone on these formations you're jumping with who can help you? Try doing fun jumps with a load organiser with a coach rating. It sounds like you just need a couple of tips. Or jump with a wider variety of people, try other things. 100 jumps is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, you are still pretty new - stay safe and you'll get there.
  4. johnmatrix

    Wingsuits For Women

    I suspect some women may also theoretically have a disadvantage in some performance areas. I think lean muscular guys (as opposed to the majority of dudes who are not really lean or muscular - like me) have more weight in their shoulders and chest that distributes weight further to the front of the wing and gives a more optimal centre of gravity for fast flight. Please bear in mind that's just theoretical and the usual 'wingsuit skills' and experience would account for 99% of usual performance. I for one would love to see more women in the sport, they are totally badass.
  5. johnmatrix

    Is a wing loading of 1:15 to high for beginner

    It sounds like you've bought a good rig for you but the advice above to see if you can find a 210 to go with for a bit first is good advice - but hang on to the 190. My first rig was a Sabre 2 190 loaded at 1.15 and 900 jumps later I'm still using it. Great canopy.
  6. johnmatrix

    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    I reckon this your easiest and best option. Container may look a little bulkier but no need to change anything. I pack my Vector like this all the time.
  7. johnmatrix

    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    From what you've said, it sounds like the issue is not with pull force required to lift the bag, it is pull force required to unjam the bag from its position (rotated grommet to reserve) in the container before it can be lifted. So you are deploying after 2 seconds and having to wait 5 more seconds for the airspeed to pick up for the pilot chute to exert the required force to do this. Try taking a slightly longer delay (3-4), and the snatch force when the PC inflates will increase and may give you that boost you need to free the bag. As you've said the issue is not with lifting the bag as when you pack it grommet to pin there's no problem. I agree it sounds like PC porosity could be an issue too.
  8. johnmatrix

    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    I think a longer bridle is ideal but not 100% necessary. My vote for most helpful mod is the stowless/semi-stowless bag.
  9. johnmatrix

    Ever been unable to find PC?

    That is ridiculous. What an idiot.
  10. johnmatrix

    Ever been unable to find PC?

    Curious, has anyone here been unable to get to their PC on a wingsuit jump, when experienced and current on the suit you were jumping? What happened and why? Particularly interested to hear from anyone who had it happen following mutiple uneventful deployments on the same gear configuration. Edit: please no brand wars but am keen to hear what suit you were jumping. I know there have been instances of this on different suit models from different manufacturers.
  11. johnmatrix

    Fear is back

    I have a constant fear that something's always near.
  12. johnmatrix

    Squirrel swift 3 versus funk 1

    I haven't jumped one but my advice on any upsize in suit is to treat it like your first wingsuit jump. Rehearse your recovery procedures, go up in good conditions (not lots of cloud) focus on a good exit, let the suit do its thing (but expect a bit more power and responsiveness) do some practise pulls in freefall, and pull high. You'll be right.
  13. johnmatrix

    Canopy burn

  14. johnmatrix

    ATC vs Freak 3?

    Or try following someone in a Onesie in a wingsuit.
  15. johnmatrix

    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    That has been what I tend to see as well. Another one starting to cause a problem is large suits being marketed as 'easy to fly' (and sometimes they are). People read the 'easy to fly' part and ignore the rest. Anyway back on the Strix, I have just watched the PF promo for it and they are calling it a suit for intermediate flyers. So I feel like 200 jumps is on the conservative side for PF there (which is good). Whereas 70 for the ATC seems a bit low and might be just lower because if Squirrel upped it to 100 people would buy the Freak instead. Anyway I haven't jumped either of them, someone who has jumped both would have a more educated opinion.