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  • 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

  • STELLA Adds Twist to Analog Altimeters Lineup

    With the release of the STELLA electronic analog altimeter by LB Altimeters (aka Larsen & Brusgaard), skydivers woke up to a brand new world in analog altimeters to choose from this week.

    Even manufacturer Mads Larsen was surprised by the demand and response a few days before initial STELLA orders shipped out.

    "The STELLA seems to have become very popular even though nobody has jumped it, yet..." he told ChutingStar.STELLA Electronic Analog Altimeter Continue reading

  • Parachute Systems Offers Gear Rebate for New Skydivers!

    Parachute Systems is offering additional discounts on its container, main canopies and reserve canopy to new skydivers who have earned their first skydiving license this year!Parachute Systems

    If using all the available discounts in this offer, a new skydiver can save an additional $325 of a complete new rig from Parachute Systems. Continue reading

  • Keeping Your Head: Safe Cookie G3 GoPro Mounts

    Skydivers LOVE their Cookie G3 helmets as well as their GoPro cameras...but combining those two together has been a bit of a gamble in the past as the full-face helmet didn't have any type of cutaway system. And a cutaway system is important at 2,000 feet when that pilot chute just got snagged on your camera mount at the end of a crazy, funneled skydive with a "save yourself" deployment.

    Cookie hasn't yet developed a cutaway system for the helmet, so skydivers have resolved to either take the risk, make their own cutaway system, make a mount that is less likely to get snagged or find a mount that cuts away the camera.

    The first cutaway system for mounting a GoPro camera came out of Sweden by skydiver Daniel Fagrell. Daniel developed and produced the GrellFAB mount.GrellFAB G3 GoPro Cutaway Mount

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  • Stacking Up The Latest Digital Altimeters

    With the launch of the new Ion Digital Altimeter from Elemental Technologies at the same time a mainstay, the Alti-2 N3,  is being discontinued, the digital altimeter market for skydivers is getting shaken and stirred.

    Skydivers in the U.S. essentially have five digital altimeters to choose from, with it shortly to be four as the N3 sells out. Digital Skydiving Altimeters Stacked Up

    So what are the features of each that would make you choose one over the other? And what is this new Ion all about? Continue reading

  • New Skydiver Smoke Grenade Options In Stock!

    ChutingStar has long carried and our crew has personally used the white Sport Smoke Skydiver Smoke Grenade, which is mainly used on demonstration jumps.Sport Smoke Skydiver Smoke Grenade

    Skydivers use one of our smoke mounts to attach the smoke to their shoe or ankle, and the smoke gives a definite "wow factor" for people on the ground whether it's used in freefall or under canopy. For several years, we've had requests for colored smoke but we could only find specialized manufacturers with complicated ignition systems and/or the smoke canisters needed larger brackets. Continue reading

  • Build Unique Completes with our Board Builder!

    Build Your Dream Complete Skateboard on ChutingStar.com...and save 20% on the completed setup plus earn Super$tars Rewards Points!ChutingStar Skateboard BuilderThe ChutingStar Skateboard Builder allows you to configure your unique complete skateboard by picking out any deck, grip, trucks, wheels, bearings and hardware listed on ChutingStar.com!

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  • Is Your Rig Freefly Friendly?

    (Published in the March 2015 Parachutist Magazine and June/July 2016 Canpara Magazine)

    So you’ve decided to delve in the realm of freeflying, but you bought a used rig that’s just a tad big on you and that one main riser cover is always opening on you during exit. Is that a big deal? Probably. Can it be fixed? Maybe. Will I have to buy a whole new setup? Not likely.

    Lets take a look at a couple of things to consider before subjecting your body to the possibility of a premature opening at 150 mph.


    It’s more critical your harness fits you appropriately now that your body will be moving around the sky in a multitude of positions. Throughout a freefly dive, you will expose all sides of the rig to the relative wind at some point. If the rig doesn’t fit you properly, it can push the rig from side to side, down your legs or up your back. At a minimum, this can affect your ability to learn new freefly skills. At worst, this can put you in a dangerous position of coming out of your rig. Continue reading

  • Taking Gear Customization To A Higher Level

    Marissa Barclay's unique combination of a love of creating art for other people and her late father's business knowledge has skydivers worldwide flocking to her to transform their bland helmets into flying works of art.

    Marissa has only been skydiving since 2013, but like most of us, she fell in love with the sport, culture and people immediately. She painted up her first skydiving helmet with her favorite animal, a crow. In this social media world, her posts of this helmet created a buzz in the skydiving community, and she soon found out there was a full-time market for customizing skydiving gear.

    Marissa's First Helmet. Photo by Javier "Buzz" Ortiz Marissa's First Helmet. Photo by Javier "Buzz" Ortiz.


    Compass & Crow Studios was born.

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  • So You Wanna Be A Parachute Rigger?

    Packing parachutes while all of your friends are jumping out of airplanes all day or packing late into the night while they relax and party doesn't seem to make sense to most skydivers. But only riggers know the internal rewards of the mostly thankless profession of parachute rigging.

    FAA Master Parachute Riggers Steve, Mike & Vitaly at ChutingStar Rigging Loft. FAA Master Parachute Riggers Steve, Mike & Vitaly at ChutingStar Rigging Loft.

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