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  • Gear Financing, Payments @ ChutingStar

    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 Altimeter 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

  • 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 release planned for June or July of this year. Continue reading

  • New Dakine Skydiving Gear Backpack Details

    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

  • Celebrate ChutingStar's 20th Anniversary With Us!

    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

  • Boogie Boogie Boogie with ChutingStar in 2019!

    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, including the helmet sizing kit for the Tonfly TFX Full Face Helmet. Continue reading

  • Want ChutingStar At Your Boogie?

    ChutingStar's Crew would love to attend every event and boogie each year!

    Unfortunately we can't physically be at every boogie, but we can help you and your skydivers in other ways.

    Read about the three different options below, and contact the ChutingStar Crew about attending or supporting your next boogie!

    Continue reading

  • Used Skydiving Gear Available!

    ChutingStar is not only your go to resource for new skydiving gear, equipment education and skydiver product reviews, but we also resell a varied selection of used skydiving gear!

    This can include canopies, containers, altimeters, helmets, jumpsuits, cameras, accessories and random skydiver goods. The selection and quantity varies, but whatever is in stock is always at a good deal, and can be immediately returned if it doesn't fit or is not what was expected. Continue reading

  • Rental CYPRES AAD Units Available!

    Need an AAD during the time your unit is in for maintenance? Or just one to get you by until you can save for a new AAD, or find a great deal on a used one?

    ChutingStar has CYPRES 2 Expert units available for rental at just over $2 a day!

    Here's the scoop on how the rental CYPRES unit program works: 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:

    • Complete Parachute Systems rig (container, main and reserve) only $4762 with the Complete System Bundle Sale.
    • Complete Parachute Systems rig with Icarus NANO reserve (container, main and reserve) for $5168.
    • $100 off Parachute Systems Reserve, Container and all Mains (through June 21).
    • Firebird EVO Container + RUSH Reserve for $3900.
    • Stock Sale on NZ Aerosports Icarus & Performance Designs Canopies (until stock runs out).

    Continue reading

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