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  1. bigsteve5


    I bought a new Cookie Gas recently and when i took it out of the packet i thought the look and feel of it was amazing. it fit great too once i had adjusted the chin straps. I used the helmet once in spain and the inside of the visor became wet from my breath and due to the fact that i could not lift the visor under canopy i could not see much at all . I had trouble seeing other canopies and couldn t even see the wind sock !!! I have jumped the helmet in England about 10 times in the past month with some very scary outcomes. One jump i could hardly make out my alti due to it freezing up so instead of joining in the 4way i had to track off and pull high !! On other occasions ive not even been able to tell when to flare on landing !! Today i jumped the helmet 3times 2nd jump i landed off as i could not see other canopies and did not want to be in the "traffic" back to the PLF . The third jump i actually felt that much at risk that at 2k i took the helmet off completly and hooked it around my chest strap !! obviously while i was trying to clip the chin strap around my chest strap one would argue that maybe i was not paying full attention to other canopies etc !!! One landing i was met with an angry CCI who wanted to know why i had landed without head protection !! on inspecting the helmet and seeing the amount of moisture inside the visor he agreed that i had done the right thing but has banned this helmet from the dz for health and safety reasons . I therefore can not advise you enough not to buy this helmet if you are jumping it in the uk . Shame its such a good looking , light helmet i just dont think looking good is worth killing yourself for !!
  2. Before I visited n.w.p.c I had heard that is was one of the friendliest places to skydive in Britain and after visiting several other dzs I always return home to this one , The staff although professional have a good laugh with students and experienced skydivers alike to provide a safe but learning environment. The views of the Lake District and surrounding areas are breathtaking during freefall. the Large landing area is a good size and free from obstacles apart from the odd farmers fence ! I cannot recommend this dropzone enough hope to see you there soon !!
  3. I completed my AFF course at the freefall uni this time last year and since then I have been back 6 times to jump in the sun, I'm sure other drop zones in Spain can boast better facilities but for a friendly professional atmosphere with some of the most experienced instructors in the world who can progress you from your AFF to base jumping there's nowhere better !! The staff often socialize with the students on nights out in the local busy bars and night clubs so by the end of your visit you really feel that you have made some life long friends thank you guys again for an amazing weekend , I'm sure you will be seeing me out there soon for some more training and fun jumps !!