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  1. Also, backflying is backflying. If you already know how to do it without the suit, then you'll be fine. It's not that much different, it just adds some challenge to it. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  2. Jarno, you are my new hero. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  3. I also use my wings for every discipline, including video, and I have all the wingsuit mods (dynamic corners, longer bridle, "anti-line twist bag, and bigger PC) and have had no ill effects. Spectre 170, BTW. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  4. You must be reading a different forum than me... Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  5. He has a Vector, and PD canopies. Those are approved (TSO'd) components, so US rules apply. He needs a repack to jump that system. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  6. Yeah, used gear is the way to go for your first few hundred jumps. Hold off on buying a new, custom, rig until both your landing ability has become more consistent, and you have a canopy you want to stick with for a while. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  7. File under "7:1 glide ratio..." Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  8. You need to put yourself under an appropriate canopy, no doubt, and a 1:1 WL is usually a good place to start, but that's all it is, a start. Once you choose your canopy, then the real work of becoming a pilot begins. I think you're overestimating the amount of extra safety that you'll get from loading a canopy lighter and lighter. You can injure or kill yourself under a canopy at .8 just as well as at 1.0. Also, please don't let the current fixation on wingloading dominate your thinking. Wingloading is just one variable in a much more complex equation, and the belief some people seem to have that if you're within the recommended WL guidelines, you're safe, is simply false. Wing loading is a very easy thing to get caught up in, because it is easy to determine, easy to harp on, doesn't require any extra effort from more experienced jumpers, makes sense on initial inspection, and is, in reality, part of the problem. However, fixation on WL is obscuring our view of the larger problem of inadequate training and not enough focus on canopy control. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  9. There is no safe limit. The risk never goes to zero, no matter how big your canopy is. The pilot is what is 'safe' or 'dangerous', smaller canopies just expose your piloting deficiencies more readily, and make the consequences for mistakes worse. Stop worrying about your canopy choice and start worrying about your canopy piloting. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  10. Professor

    velo-2

    I need a canopy for working/video, freefall/freefly/etc, and team training, so I guess the classic version will be for me. Thanks Kolla. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  11. Professor

    velo-2

    I've got a velo 103 and I'm planning on buying a 96 before too long. Should I wait for this new thing, or just go with the old Velocity? Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  12. Wow, you beat Josh to posting this. Also, what are the dates? Oct 26th - 28th, I'm guessing? And what canopy is being given away? Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  13. At least 3 of those a/c, BA, MF, and SF, have been jump aircraft at skydive spaceland within the last couple years. BA was at skyfest being jumped under a month ago. I don't recall ever seeing 70551, though. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  14. A pre Atair-split Cobalt 120 is exactly the same size as a Stiletto 120. Not sure if either company has changed measuring schemes since the split. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  15. I'd be leary about going underneath as well. If you do that, be careful. If you kill yourself, every wingsuiter in the country is going to take shit every time they put on a suit, so please, think of us Also, make sure you get a foot bracket that holds the smoke off your leg. I've burned holes in a V1 with smoke directly attached to my foot. With a stand off bracket, I've never had a problem. Also, keep in mind that one minute smoke will be out early if you do a jump from full alt, while 2 minute smoke actually last more like 4 minutes, so you have to watch it under canopy and especially after landing. Make sure you do a practice run. Best to do a jump without the smoke, just practicing the buzz, then do a smoke jump without the buzz, then put the 2 together, then do the actual jump. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  16. I have a camera suit with small stainless RSL shackles attaching the wings, and one of them comes undone at the end of almost every jump, as soon as I go to my back to film the deployment. Sometimes it hits me in the face, too. And I hate that. I've had it happen to me, too. My theory is, high enough speed and weight can cause the male part of the snap to rotate backward and release. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  17. Go fuck yourself. OK, I know exactly what you are saying, because I feel the same thing in mine. I find that arm position is really important in the V2. With the V1, I just pulled out on the arms and that was that. With the 2, I try to let there be some spanwise arch in the trailing edge of the arm wing. This seems to relieve armwing pressure a little and increase the lift I get off the top half of the suit, which allows me to get my legs out more. The 2 seems like a it demands a more precise body position than the V1, but rewards with more performance. The V1 and V2 are really different suits. Don't try to fly the V2 like it's a V1. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  18. We have 4 regular wingsuiters, all though 3 of us spend a lot of time working, we'd be more than happy to bust a birdy with you. Look up Voodew, I'm sure you remember him. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  19. Yeah, that sort of thing is a good use for this type of suit, especially if you're heavier than the base. The big flocks we were flying in FL, though, were medium forward and fast down, and a suit with a lot of wing was mostly just annoying. I much prefer my Acro in that situation. However, if you're a big boy and can only have one suit, then something big and floaty is probably the only thing that's going to give you range in every flock you could possibly end up in. Second, get a base who knows what he's doing, or have your inexperienced base pick up the pace, if you're having trouble going back and up. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  20. Yeah you did. I only got 2 jumps on it, myself, but I can tell you one thing for sure: This suit is difficult to get away from Ed. I also put 2 jumps on an M1, and maybe I'm biased or just not familiar enough with Tony suits, but I liked the Ghost better. It had more drive at break off, with the same float. That said, unless you're the fat kid in your group, either of these body bags is over kill. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  21. Professor

    Blade

    Maybe a Paratec Next? Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  22. I demand royalties for these highly valuable footages!!! Fuck I hope you put something in there of us not being douche bags. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  23. You were geeking me. There's two video angles of that sweet move, too, one from me and one from Voodew or somebody. Not sure which one is on the DVD. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  24. Is this the jump from Skyfest a while ago, the collison with Bob? That was a riot. Ted Like a giddy school girl.
  25. I've never had an unzipped suit effect me, but I definitely feel a difference when flying a Prodigy. Having the leg wing open will make your recovery arc longer for sure. That said, if you're turning so low and so hard that the extra drag from a wingsuit caused you to pound in, you need to start higher, turn slower and recover much smoother. You're leaving yourself no room for error with your current turn. Ted Like a giddy school girl.