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  1. I have about 60 jumps on my spectre 190 loaded at 1.2 (ish). I bought my spectre 190 because of being slapped around by other canopies and having a severe spine problem. Openings: I've had some line twists, but only when other people packed it. I've done some "hasty" packs on it and ended up with a nice square canopy above my head every time. It has a very nice long and very snivel that is very forgiving on your spine, but if you don't have a skyhook you might want to ask you local instructors if you should go directly on your reserve if you jump below 2.5k. On my canopy (sh with 1k+ jumps), I get off heading openings if I don't tuck the folds from one side with the folds from the other side when propacking. If I don't do this (or do it sloppy), I get turns from 0 to 180. Flare: not great, but not bad. You should be able to land it quite safely on low experience (50 jumps), but listen to your (thosand jumps +) mates on the DZ on this. Glide ratio: spectres are ground hungry ... I've had the chance to jump a saffire 2 189 and the time spent in the air is definitely shorter on the spectre. Swoops: not my cup of tea and doubtfull you'd be able to win any prize on this.
  2. It was my last weekend in the UK and my regular DZ was closed so I had to choose a go with a new one. Load organizing: I was a bit apprehensive about this dropzone because of all the reviews on the site. They did have a lot of tandems, but they were a;sp able to put me up in the air 7 times over a weekend with the fussy UK weather (early Sat - 09:00 - till closing time - 18:00 - Sun). I could have gotten a couple more, but I was too lazy to get up on Sunday. Kit hire: they have regular kits for 10GBP and demo kits for 15 GBP. The demo kits look really new both (rig and chutes). The one con of kit hire is that you have to have the kit ready and packed in order to manifest. People: really nice and friendly. It is a business, but you could see they also do this out of passion. The social scene is really nice. Plane: it flies and it has benches. Facilities: clean and well maintained (same for the general dropzone area). The showers are clean with good water pressure and hot water.