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Found 3 results

  1. I don't know if this is a topic that has ever been discussed, but i wanted to bring it up because I haven't came across any post. I've read plenty of articles debating a variety canopy flight and deployment characteristics, but nothing about altitude loss. I'm particularly interested in talking about the snivel/altitude loss of canopies. I understand it's nothing serious to consider when skydiving because the deployment altitude is higher than base jumping per say. However, it's something i'm personally interested in learning about and wanted to see if anyone else had any input? I've read articles about the Pilot or Safire 3 having severe snivel characteristics, so how does that relate to altitude loss? - Is a snivel characteristic correlated to altitude loss? - Is a hard opening caused by the canopy opening quicker, thus losing less altitude? Interested to see if anyone has any input?
  2. I'm having trouble with pretty consistent off-heading openings. I personally think it's a packing problem rather than the body position but who knows. Do you have any idea why this is happening? Is there a trick in the packing that will prevent this? I'm sharing a video with several such openings, 3 hop-n-pops and 3 in terminal velocity. During the snivel everything looks normal but then when the inflation starts one side seems to inflate much faster than the other one causing it to turn. I pack pretty "standard" I guess, push the material outwards between AB, BC and CD lines, pull the slider a bit towards myself (to the front of the canopy) before the wrap, leave the front cells openings as they are (I hold them between the legs from the beginning of the packing until the wrap), turn it on the ground, fold it in thirds, turn it back, make the s-fold and place it in the d-bag. I also tie the risers together before packing to keep them symmetric. The canopy is Paraavis Ultimate 170ft with about 1.3WL. The video: Thanks, Damjan
  3. I recently started jumping a Safire 2 189, and it snivels for a long time. On my last jump, I pitched at 4500' and it wasn't fully open until 2900'. I have read that this kind of canopy can snivel for a bit, but I'm wondering if using a smaller slider would help with quicker openings. The current slider I'm using is pretty huge, and I have ordered a smaller one from Icarus in the hopes that my openings won't take so long and make me clutch the cutaway handle. Will using a smaller slider help with quicker openings? How much of this depends on the slider, and how much depends on the canopy? I'd rather not have to change my packing technique, but I will if there are no more options left. Thanks in advance.