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  • G4 Camera Mount Options

    Just as production of the new Cookie G4 helmet started matching the demand, GoPro released the HERO8 camera. Manufacturers working on camera mounts for the G4 then had to additionally make sure the new mounts would work for the GoPro HERO8 Black.

    Below are the currently available options from ChutingStar for mounting a camera to a Cookie G4 helmet.

    Please keep in mind that the G4 helmet does not have a cutaway system, and the helmet is tighter to get in/out of than the G3. So take that into account when choosing a mounting system. Some have a cutaway or breakaway feature, while others don't.

    One other note is that drilling into the G4 helmet does void the impact protection rating. So keep that in consideration on your mount choice if that's important to you. See the full Cookie G4 camera mount disclaimer at the bottom of this post. 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:

    • $200 off Icarus X-Fire, S-Fire or om-7 in-stock canopies January 1-31, 2020. Plus another $50 off if you add a Nano Reserve.
    • Firebird EVO Container + RUSH Reserve for $3900.
    • Stock Sale on NZ Aerosports Icarus & Performance Designs Canopies at ChutingStar (until stock runs out).

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  • Boogie with ChutingStar in 2020!

    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.

    The one and only Laura Bales is packing up the van with demos from Larsen & Brusgaard (altimeters), Cookie (G4 helmets), Alti-2 (altimeter mounts), Square1 (KISS helmets), and many more. Laura 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

  • Reflections On ChutingStar Rigging School

    As we wrapped up our final ChutingStar Parachute Rigging School course for 2019, I ended up placing this group's canopy patch right above our first course patch from 2008. Detailed memories of that first course 11 years ago are starting to fade, but fresh in my mind are all of those riggers and riggers-to-be who birthed what the ChutingStar Rigging Family has become today.

    With the help of the late great Hell Yeah Jack Hammer and ultra detail-oriented Ryan Vosser, we kicked off the first-ever ChutingStar Rigging School in 2008 by pouring all of our knowledge, tips and tricks into John Barnes, Warren Cleary and John Dean. Warren, who didn't technically sign-up for the course, was woken up from the bunkhouse that morning and was told he had to take the course. Ha! He would later work for ChutingStar, become the lead instructor for our rigging courses for several years and earn his Master Rigger certificate. Continue reading

  • Holiday Gift Guide!

    Looking for that perfect gift to surprise the skydiver in your life? We've got several ideas to help you and entire section of holiday gifts to help you find just what you've been looking for!

    Click here for a direct link to our Holiday Gift Ideas section online. And then below are highlights of several gift ideas we know will be a hit. Continue reading

  • Vigil Service Bulletin Deadlines Approaching

    Vigil America notified ChutingStar this past week of two service bulletins that have approaching compliance deadlines.

    Check the info below to see if your unit is affected, and if so, please get with your local rigger to get the unit removed and returned to Vigil America for the updates.

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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

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