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  • Which Parachute Rigger Press Seals the Deal?

    Over the years, ChutingStar Parachute Riggers have used a wide variety of seal presses. Some of these were commonly available and others were obtained with long searching, persistent inquiries and the utmost patience (it took one year to get a unique press from Germany).

    ChutingStar started selling Parachute Rigging Seal Presses to our rigging students, and then later, to riggers worldwide once we found a quality press and engraver. It must be a tough business as over the past 20 years, we've seen a few seal press manufacturers come and go.  Continue reading

  • Stacking Up The Latest Digital Altimeters

    With the launch and then quick demise of the Ion Digital Altimeter from Elemental Technologies, and at the same time a mainstay, the N3,  being discontinued, followed by the announcement of the soon coming Alti-2 Chronos, the digital altimeter market for skydivers is getting shaken and stirred.

    Skydivers in the U.S. essentially have four digital altimeters to choose from. Digital Skydiving Altimeters Stacked Up

    So what are the features of each that would make you choose one over the other? And when is that new Alti-2 Chronos going to be available? Continue reading

  • Peregrine Glide More Than A Newbie

    The Peregrine Glide came onto the skydiving scene in 2013, and has steadily gained a die-hard following, which is hard to do with finicky skydivers  who gravitate to well-established gear manufacturers.

    But while the Glide may be "new" compared to other containers on the market, the brains behind the gear are far from rookies.

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  • Scenes Of The Skate Scene: Adrian Fuentes

    In a sea of photographers, Adrian Fuentes quickly stands out as a true artist.

    His photos of local skaters show off their talents while blowing your mind with the overall shot framing as well as the coloring through an infrared process.

    Adrian Fuentes

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  • 2017 Skydiving Gear Lookbook Updated!

    ChutingStar's 2017 Skydiving Gear Lookbook has just been freshly updated with the latest skydive equipment to help maximize your every jump!

    We know that the extensive ChutingStar.com web site can create a sensory overload, so we've whittled down to the best of the best of the most sought-after skydiving gear and accessories into our 2017 12-Page Online Clicky Skydiving Gear Lookbook. Continue reading

  • Don't Miss The 2017 ChutingStar Boogie Tour!

    It's time to boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie! And the ChutingStar Crew will be out there with you at drop zones all over the US providing all the support and goods you could ask for.ChutingStar Boogie Tour Tent

    The one and only Laura Bales is packing up the van with demos from Larsen & Brusgaard, Cookie, Tonfly, Alti-2 and Square1, and is available for container, canopy and jumpsuit orders as she'll be able to measure you up and walk you through the ordering process for any of your custom gear needs. Continue reading

  • Which Fullface Skydiving Helmet To Purchase?

    10 years ago, open face helmets were the norm for skydiving and only RW teams used fullface skydiving helmets. But with the increase of wind tunnels over our planet as well as so many different disciplines of closer proximity skydiving, many jumpers and tunnel flyers go straight to a fullface helmet as their first and only helmet.

    With several different versions and brands to choose from, which one should you go with? We'll lay out the features, differences, prices as well as highlight some customer reviews, so you can make the most educated choice possible. Continue reading

  • Earn Rewards Points Sharing ChutingStar Love!

    ChutingStar's SuperStars Rewards Points Program just jumped to the next level of awesomeness with the introduction of the Affiliate Program!ChutingStar SuperStars Rewards

    So what is this Affiliate Program we speak of? The quick and dirty is that you can earn 1000 Points ($10) for the first order of a new ChutingStar.com customer and 100% matching points for that order and every order after! What?!? Yep, that's the scoop!

    Here's how it works... Continue reading

  • Above All Else...Read This Book!

    ChutingStar has been carrying Dan BC's book Above All Else for the past 5 years, and we have sold well over 100 copies, but I had never taken the time to read the book until this past week.

    WOW...what have I been waiting for? What a story of life...from pursuing your dreams to just trying to survive to a glimpse of the afterlife as well as perseverance, determination and the rewards of never giving up.Above All Else

    Above All Else is a page-turner from the first chapter account of his conversation with his teammate James in the afterlife while Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld was in a coma to the step-by-step personal and business guidance at the end for "Playing to Win." Continue reading

  • So Many Ways To Save $$$ @ ChutingStar!

    ChutingStar makes it easy for you to save plenty of money when buying all the gear, goods and toys you want and need  to enjoy your days of skydiving and skating to the fullest.

    Here are some of the many ways you can reduce the price of each product or save on shipping fees.

    #1. ChutingStar SuperStars Rewards Program!

    When we launched the latest version of our website in October of 2015, we were able to incorporate an online customer loyalty program that rewards those that purchase frequently from ChutingStar. So for every $1 spent you earn 1 point, and every 100 points is worth $1 to spend on future purchases.ChutingStar SuperStars Rewards

    There are no limits to the number of points you can earn and spend. Ways to earn points include: Continue reading

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