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  1. Sounds like my story. I teach High Angle Rope Rescue to the Military and I am always hanging from a rope. One day while working on a repel tower, I started visualizing and focusing on all the negative things that could go wrong and put my self into a full blown panic attack. I have logged 1000's of hours working on ropes at that point and was so surprised it happen to me. It's not a bad thing and in small doses it keeps us vigilant and always thinking critically, but the second it starts to hinder your performance or decision making process it is now a big problem. For me personally, focusing on the positives and realizing why I decided to take the risk whether for fun, to help someone or just for a new experience helps me push forward and relax. I don't like the extremist attitude that you should never think about the negative stuff - I think everyone should find their own medium of both. For me knowing the gear inside and out helps with the anxiety because I start to trust it more. Skydiving did not help me. If I learned any life skill from skydiving it would be that I really honed my visualization. and that can be good or bad depending what I am focusing on. That poor girl who fell out of the harness this summer (or Mrs Mitchell's story of hanging from a harness) can immediately increase my heart rate and respirations in seconds if I choose to visualize it and place myself in that scenario.
  2. or take the money and hide True and sad. I am actually a fan of the Oxygen A3 (with out a visor). Kind of been my go to over the last few years.
  3. I respect that. To be honest I have tried to verify this as well but there are always too many variables involved ie. wind, traffic and whatnot. I am on the fence as well; I just wanted to add what L&B stated. I tried to find the publication/article but could not find it. I can verify my decent rate does change, in deep toggles with an N3 (we all know this), however trying calculate that the glide changes is hard to do with said variables.
  4. Contact the manufacture. In this case, sky systems would reline and also repaint old helmets.
  5. You can get the helmets re-lined with new padding.
  6. I've seen comments like this a lot lately, and I understand the theory, but it sure doesn't work out that way in actual practice for me. I don't have to get very deep in the brakes to significantly affect the distance I would cover. This is with a Pilot at about 1.15 WL. I remember someone referencing a L&B article a few years back. Where they stated brake input only increases your exposure to the wind line not your true glide. So with no wind, you would land in the exact same spot, however it would take a little longer to get there. If you have a head wind and apply toggles, you slow your descent rate and get more exposure to the head wind - this is what alters your glide path (or downwind). This is assuming the toggle input was held all the way to the ground. Most people resume full flight at some point before landing when practicing, obviously diving the canopy will alter the glide path as well. I did notice you said you understand the concept. I was just elaborating for any others out there. Also anyone, if I am wrong please speak up. I would still be using the 45° rule if it was not for dz forum banter.
  7. I had an H-mod sewn on my sabre 1. It not only slowed down the opening but I noticed the canopy had a slightly longer recovery from turns as well. Best 150 dollars ever spent on that canopy. That said: I like my sabre 2's way better.
  8. Doesn't Chicago (CSC) use Sabre2 canopies for their student gear? I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure it's not uncommon to have a lightly loaded Sabre2 in a student kit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKxMN8C3TtE
  9. The ''slickness'' directly correlates with the permeability and this, with other variables give the canopy its characteristics. I would just learn how to pack it. It will be easier to correct your packing technique and more time efficient rather than looking for a way too destroy/degrade the fabric. Which is essentially what you are trying to expedite. Best of luck.
  10. Allow them to be clicked to pop-up a larger version.
  11. It would be nice to expand member profile pictures. Just a thought.
  12. I agree with you. I keep thinking what if he rented a CRW rig and took it free flying and the same outcome happened. Would it still be the DZO's fault? It is an air worthy rig being used outside of its designed parameters by the pilot. I know I am stretching a bit, but where is the line?
  13. You need to do some research. Your comment speaks volume on your lack of knowledge.I will get bashed (and will not reply) but they do not all open the same. Some canopies will snivel and there is your hint. Also, I am a PD fan, just disagree with some canopy performance characteristics. Edited for grammer