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  • Picking Your Skydiving Helmet Bag

    With most skydiving helmets over $200, and the most common at $400 or more, it's a smart investment to protect your helmet when you're not using it.

    Most skydiving helmet bags also have additional pockets to carry your smaller skydiving gear and helmet accessories together so you're able to keep everything in one place whether you're at the drop zone, the wind tunnel or traveling around the world.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew took some time to show off a few of our most popular helmet bags this week to show you which helmets fit and the features of each.

    Check out this video as well as a video from Mike Gruwell on the new Cookie Flight Bag, and then click the links below for additional info and ordering information.

    Skydiving Helmet Bag Overview from ChutingStar. Continue reading

  • Newsletter Spotlights Skydiving Gear

    ChutingStar's newsletter will help you stay in the know on the latest skydiving gear with links to new gear, expert advice blog articles and coupon codes for special event sales.

    Our e-mail information blasts are short and sweet...getting you the info you need to know quickly and allowing you to click over if you need the full scoop.

    Sign up at this link, or click the image above. You can unsubscribe, or resubscribe, at any time. Continue reading

  • Several Gear Pickup Options For You

    ChutingStar's Gear Shop is closed on the weekends so our crew can enjoy their days off jumping, flying in the tunnel or just relaxing with family and friends. But that doesn't mean you can't pickup your gear when we're closed...

    Besides just having the gear shipped to where you live, or where you're travelling to, we also have a Pickup In Store option at checkout that gives options for pickup at our boogie tour events (when Laura has the boogie van and tent on the road), or at the drop zone our staff jumps at on the weekend, Skydive Monroe.  Continue reading

  • ChutingStar Main Riser Dive Loops

    Due to the ever-rising cost of replacement skydiving rig parts, ChutingStar started a partnership with Aero Tech Products in DeLand, Florida in 2014 to start offering high-quality and affordable accessories for your skydiving rig.

    One of the item that immediately grew in popularity were our ChutingStar Main Mini-Risers. These risers feature design elements we felt were important, but missing, from some of the rig manufacturers. Features include: Continue reading

  • Save On These Skydiving Gear Sales!

    Discounts usually are a rare thing in skydiving, but a couple of manufacturers have sale offers currently available. Take advantage of these while they last if you're in the market for a container, canopy or full rig!

    Here's the rundown on current deals:

    • Firebird EVO Container + RUSH Reserve for $3900.
    • Stock Sale on NZ Aerosports Icarus & Performance Designs Canopies at ChutingStar (until stock runs out).

    Continue reading

  • Latest Cookie G4 Helmet News!

    Cookie Helmets created quite the buzz in the skydiving world when they unveiled the G4 Full Face Skydiving Helmet on Feb. 4 at the 2019 Parachute Industry Association Symposium.

    The G4 is the next step up in the full face helmet progression that started with the GAS back in 2007 as a solid, easy-to-use carbon fiber full face helmet with a visor that didn't flip-up. That soon progressed to Cookie's first flip-up visor full face helmet with the G2 in 2009, also made of carbon fiber.

    But it really was the G3 in 2011 that radically changed the skydiving helmet scene as Cookie was able to produce the helmet on a larger scale, in more colors and with a consistent production standard due to a switch to the ABS material shell. The G3 has become the worldwide standard for not only experienced skydivers, but also new skydivers and wind tunnel flyers due the reliability of the opening mechanism, the quality of the construction and the availability of the helmets and parts all over the skydiving world.

    Cookie hasn't rested on that success, and instead continued testing and developing new ideas for the next full face helmet, which has now been showcased with the G4. Continue reading

  • Gear Financing & Payment Options

    We know...most skydiving equipment is crazy expensive. It can be a huge deterrent in staying in the sport past that first jump and/or student training.

    While I was able to work, save and spend my cash through student training and the basics of a helmet, altimeter and jumpsuit back in 1995...it was only due to having secured a credit card that I was able to purchase my first complete skydiving rig a year later (an Infinity with CYPRES, Tempo Reserve and Triathlon Main through Larry Chernis at Skydive Kapowsin). It took me a few years to finally pay that off...but at least I was able to skydive with my own rig during that time!

    Not everyone who wants to be a skydiver and have their own gear has immediately available cash. But ChutingStar has put a couple of options in place to help skydivers get into gear they can jump now (and work through the payments as they work and skydive). Continue reading

  • SonoAlti Unique In Audible Comparison

    Bluetooth connection, 64 alarm sounds and unlimited jump logger, are just a few highlights of the SonoAlti that shows off the unique design of the newest audible altimeter at ChutingStar.

    Thanks to designer Casey Mongoven of Freefall Data Systems who integrated the Bluetooth connection, you can manage the SonoAlti settings from an app on your phone. Any of 64 alarm sounds can be selected for the 8 total alarms for freefall or canopy flight, and then those alarms can be further adjusted by volume, pitch and tempo.

    See this recent in-depth review of the SonoAlti by Skydive Vibes below.

    The SonoAlti is one of 8 audible altimeters currently stocked and supported by ChutingStar. Continue reading

  • New Dakine Skydiving Gear Backpack

    Fresh from Dakine and available at ChutingStar is a new Gear Backpack/Duffle Combo that we think is an awesome gear bag for weekend trips to the drop zone.

    The Dakine 90L Ranger Duffle Gear Backpack will hold just about any size rig along with your jumpsuit, accessories and helmet. It can be carried like a duffle bag, worn as backpack or carried like a gear bag.

    Check out this Facebook video we posted on it:

    It's currently available in 3 colors: Black, Field Camo and Seaford. Continue reading

  • ChutingStar's 20th Anniversary!

    It was 20 years ago that ChutingStar came into existence, originally as just a skydiving rigger inspecting, assembling, repairing and packing reserve parachutes on nights, weekends and in-between my "real job" of the time of being a newspaper reporter and editor.

    My first year rigging grew quickly as I became the main rigger on the drop zone, and was a skydive instructor as well as a rigger, fun jumper, swooper and 4-way competitor. My wife Stephanie pushed me over the edge into giving ChutingStar my full-time attention as I was running out of time to get everything done each day between my newspaper job, skydiving/rigging and still trying to play drums in local bands. I had to choose between one of those three to fully pursue...and ChutingStar it was. Continue reading

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