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  1. rjoseph14k


    I've put only ten jumps on my Sabre 170. I'm able to pack is so it opens like a Sabre 2 without doing all the modifications to it. It also opens on heading, something that didn’t happen to often with my Sabre 2. This last weekend myself and another jumper who also fly's a Sabre 170 made it back from a long spot over a very swampy area with no problem. My method for packing is doing a normal flake, center all the lines, quarter the slider, role the nose so that only half the labels are showing when finished and tuck it in the middle and pull the slider out in the front. Then I take all the flaked material on both sides of the canopy and fold into the center back and forth from one side to the other. Then I bring the back side around to the front and role it about nine times and then finish it off just like every other canopy. Stowing the lines nice, even and tight helps the openings as well. I've jumped both the Sabre and the Sabre 2 under the same wing loadings and I can say that the Sabre 2 is a better canopy by far but the Sabre is a good canopy as well. I've read a lot about the hard openings and I've talked to a few people who have jumped Sabre's and non of them had any problems. None of them packed it the same way so finding the right method my take a few jumps. The bottom line is if you have the money to buy a Sabre 2 then do it, you wont regret it cuz she'll be a sweet heart to have over your head, but if your a little short on funds and buying a brand new crisp canopy may prevent you from spending the money on jumps look at something a little older and more affordable and a lot easier to pack.
  2. rjoseph14k

    Freefly Cargo Pants

    These are so confortable that I forget Im wearing them. Ordering off of the website was easy, and trun around time wasnt bad at all. I had to get custom made pants so they cost a little more but that really doesnt bother me because Im more than satisfied with the product I recieved.
  3. rjoseph14k


    I've only put about 100 jumps on my Sabre2 but I think Im qualified to give a review. This was the first brand new canopy I've ever bought. I paid to get it packed because it was so darn slippery. When I did pack it I was expecting a line over but it opened as soft as it did when a pro packed it. The openings almost always have end cell closers but I was told thats because the openings are so soft. My exit wieght is about 210 and Im jumping a 170 so its not under loaded. I can fly this canopy just about any way I want. I've always got back to the landing area no matter how far off the spot was. Landings are a breeze as well.
  4. rjoseph14k

    Skydive Palatka

    Palatka is a great place to jump....nuff said. The staff is great. There is no attitude at all and no cliques. They have a lot of outs with almost no air traffic. So take a break from the numerous Mega DZ's in Florida and check em out.
  5. rjoseph14k

    Bad weather sucks

    Take a vacation during the week when the weathers good and go down to Florida and jump at one of those 7 days a week places.
  6. rjoseph14k

    New to Skydiving

    Well DZ.com is a great place to learn about the sport for starters. USPA.org is also a go place to go to download training aids.
  7. rjoseph14k

    Skydive DeLand

    I drove a short two hours to Deland with my girlfriend because the weather was going to be bad in my location all weekend. The winds were high on the day I arrived so I sat it out checking the place over to get a feel of the people and the vibe. My girlfriend and I chilled in the Perfect Spot drinking a few cold ones and had a great time just talking to who ever came along. The next day I showed up ready to go and the staff were nothing short of excellent. I was able to get a packer squared away before my jump and I was able to go up any time I wanted because they had two Otters going all day long. My girlfriend didnt even jump and she had a great time soaking up the sun, reading her book and watching the steady flow of parachutes dancing in the air all day long. Needless to say Im going to be back again and again and again..........
  8. rjoseph14k


    I've been jumping at this DZ for almost three years while stationed in Israel, and I have nothing but possitive things to say. The staff is very good at what they do, and safety is numero uno. The landing area is a bit small compared to the state side DZ's I've jumped at but that only helps me become a better canopy pilot. The view is amazing with the Med on one side and the Holy Land on the other. During my time here I've brought several tandem students with me and they loved every minute of their experience and the videos they produce for the tandems are exellent. If your coming to Israel for business or pleasure bring your gear jump the the Holy Land.