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  • Tonfly TFX Info & Ordering

    The much-awaited impact-rated Tonfly TFX full face skydiving helmet is now available for ordering!

    Not only is the helmet unique in its modular design and rated head protection, it's also the only helmet that is requiring an in-store fitting before ordering. This is due to the custom fit of the shells and padding, which allows for 36 different sizes.

    To place an order for a TFX, you will first need to visit our ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore in Marietta GA (or any other shop that has the Tonfly TFX fitting kit) to be properly sized for the helmet. You will then go through the fitting process to determine the shell size, central lining size and secondary lining size. Continue reading

  • Is This Used Container A Good Deal?

    We know new skydiving gear is expensive, and that it's very tempting to buy a used rig from someone you don't know on Facebook because the price is so much lower. But before you end up spending money on a rig you'll never be able to jump, make sure you read the August 2018 interview with ChutingStar owner Mike Gruwell in USPA's Parachutist Magazine at this link.

    A used container can be a great deal, as long as it fits you, is in good condition and will fit the canopies you can currently jump. But it can also be the worst deal ever if you can't jump it or get your money back.  Continue reading

  • M3 Joins Impact-Rated Helmet Revolution

    Cookie Helmets released the M3 helmet last month featuring an impact-rated design.

    For the last 25+ years, impact-rated helmets have not been an available skydiving gear option. Helmets with impact ratings, such as from the motorcycle world, tended to be too big and bulky for sport skydiving.

    But in the past year, we have seen helmet manufacturers figuring out how to create skydiving helmets that are passing impact testing, and be comfortable and form-fitting for the heads of jumpers. Continue reading

  • Skydiving Container Options Explained

    Confused by the volume and names of container options when ordering a new rig or looking through the list on a used or stock rig?

    Fear not, the ChutingStar Crew has put together a series of 17 short, one-minute videos that explains each option available on a skydiving rig. These include videos on articulation, back pads, MARDs, free fly mods, riser covers, riser types and more!

    Check out this playlist!

    Continue reading

  • Summer Skydiving Equipment Sales!

    Summer is here, and there are big discounts to take advantage of if you're in the market for a container, canopy or full rig!

    Discounts usually are a rare thing in skydiving, so now is the time if you're in the market before they disappear.

    Here's the rundown on summer deals:

    • 10% Discount on any available Stock Aerodyne Icon Containers, or a Free Rush on a custom Icon. Ends Sept. 30, 2018.
    • Save $200 on any Parachute Systems main canopy (Volt, Hurricane or Ventus). Offer ends Sept. 30, 2018.
    • Save $100 PLUS get $235 in FREE options on a new Vortex Container (ends Sept. 30, 2018).
    • Complete Parachute Systems rig (container, main and reserve) for only $4500 with the Summer Bundle Sale.
    • Complete Parachute Systems rig with Icarus NANO reserve (container, main and reserve) for $4875.
    • Stock Sale on NZ Aerosports Icarus & Performance Designs Canopies (until stock runs out).
    • Save 10% off the price of an X-Fire, S-Fire or Omni when purchased with a Nano Reserve at standard price (ends Sept. 30, 2018).

    Continue reading

  • Skate Goods Quick Links Catalog Updated

    Spend less time shopping and more time skating by using the The Star Skate Park & Shop Quick Links Catalog!

    We know that the extensive ChutingStar.com web site can sometimes create a sensory overload, so we've created a one-page quick links catalog to get you to the most sought-after skate goods quickly! Continue reading

  • Skydiving Gear Quick Links Catalog Updated

    Spend less time shopping and more time skydiving by using the ChutingStar Skydiving Gear Quick Links Catalog!

    We know that the extensive ChutingStar.com web site can sometimes create a sensory overload, so we've created a one-page quick links catalog to get you to the most sought-after skydiving gear quickly! Continue reading

  • Rigging Innovations New Mojo MARD

    Rigging Innovations has added the long-awaited MOJO MARD system to it's container options for the CURV and CPX harness/container systems.

    The most well-known example of a MARD system is the Skyhook by United Parachute Technologies. MARD stands for Main-Assisted Reserve Deployment System and is basically an RSL (reserve static line) on steroids. When using a MARD system and you cutaway your main, the main essentially becomes your reserve pilot chute. This results in a much quicker transition sequence from a cutaway to an open reserve canopy.

    The MOJO can be added to any new order of an RI Curv or CPX container from ChutingStar at Continue reading

  • Vigil Battery Replacements At Manufacturer Only

    In case you missed the change back in January 2017, Advanced Aerospace Designs is now requiring all versions of the Vigil AAD units to have the battery replaced at AAD Belgium or Vigil America.

    The Vigil II, 2+ and Cuatro battery has a lifespan of +/- 5 years or minimum 2000 jumps and must be replaced at 10 years.

    Information bulletins on battery replacements and servicing can be found at these links: Continue reading

  • Stock Jumpsuits Can Fit You Like Custom

    Jumpsuit manufacturers are dialing in sizing for a larger number of body types and sizes to allow jumpers to find a jumpsuit that fits them off the shelf so they can be in the air or tunnel by the weekend in a new suit instead of waiting several weeks or months.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew put together a video overview of the the current selection of stock jumpsuits available to you at ChutingStar to give you an up-close look at their features, construction, pricing and sizing.

    Below are links to stock suits from Tonfly, Parasport and PittZ that can be ordered for immediate shipment so you're able to use it by the weekend! Continue reading

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