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  1. I jumped with a Shock Doctor 875 for a season while waiting to have ACL reconstruction a couple years back. It worked great and I had no issues jumping with it. After surgery my Orthopedist and physical therapist advised me when I could jump again and that I should not use a brace anymore.
  2. I've always carried mine on because I'm afraid of what could happen if TSA has unsupervised access to my handles. I have a rig sleeve, usually remove my hook knife but forgot last time I flew (about a month ago) and made it through both Denver and San Diego without any issues. About 6 years ago at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway a TSA agent attempted to lift my old rig by the metal reserve ripcord as it came out of the scanner. The reserve pilot chute hit the floor but the free bag didnt move and I was able to carry it on in a trash bag. Thankfully i was heading home from Eloy or that really could have been a trip spoiler. The agent apologized and the supervisor had me fill out a form that got me a check to pay for a repack. I have a Curv now with pillows and the rig sleeve has velcro stretch covers that wrap around the cutaway and reserve handles.
  3. I ended up at Skydive San Diego and Oceanside twice each. Neither were fun jumper meccas but I never had to jump alone and was able to make multiple loads at both places each day. Both are awesome dropzones with perfect weather and plenty of room for landing and packing. I dont know that I would take a trip to San Diego exclusively for jumping, but while here they are scenic and fun places to get 3-7 jumps a day and good enough that I didnt feel the need to hang out on highways for several hours to jump in Perris/Elsinore.
  4. If we're going to have a discussion on the softest opening canopy we should probably start with the Crossfire2 and then just end the discussion.
  5. Do San Diego and Oceanside get consistent winds?
  6. I’m thinking I’ll try to hit San Diego and Oceanside at least once and hit up Perris and Elsinore for longer days. We’ll see how nice work is to me.
  7. I’ll be working in the San Diego area in mid September but I’ll be doing night shifts so I should be free every day from about 10am to 10pm (minus commute to Kearney Mesa). I was wondering if anyone had current dropzone recommendations or would be interested in jumping together. I’ll have a car and my rig, feel free to reply or send me a message.
  8. I’ve been jumping Safires and Crossfires for a long time, but spent my last four jumps on rented Sabre2 canopies. I hate the openings (harder and more off heading than what I’m used to) but once open they fly great and have an amazing flare.
  9. I just tell them I want the $850/hour coached special.
  10. If you can afford it, joining a tunnel league down in Park Meadows will hasten your progression and hook you up with like minded people to jump.
  11. They sell block time at $850/hour coached, but you can buy it in increments as small as 10 minutes. So I book three 10 or 15 minute sessions per week and pay as I go. You don’t have to do it all at once.
  12. I'm just starting hour 3 with Rich. I've been taking a break from jumping nursing a reconstructed ACL, PCL and meniscus and cant wait to hit the skies after all the tunnel time. I'm doing the $850/hour coached special that they have here (and probably all of the ifly tunnels).
  13. I have a Curv with a Nano 160, Safire3 149, and Vigil 2. I was on a Crossfire2 129 but am just starting to jump again after getting 2 new ligaments in my knee and am wondering if I would be happier with something larger. Eventually I may want to work my way down to something smaller and faster again but have been jumping a 210 and 190 rental since I came back last week and am wondering if a 170 would be a good canopy for the season, but 150 is the biggest that my Curv will hold.
  14. Does anyone here have experience on trading rigs? I want to upsize but already have the largest canopy I can fit in my current container. I'm wondering if I should sell or if it's worth trying to trade with someone downsizing.
  15. I used to pack a Pulse 190 into an I34, I can't imaging bagging it one size down.