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  • 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!

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  • 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:

    • 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 Canopies (until stock runs out)
    • Save an additional 10% off the base price of any Wings Stock Containers. In-stock Wings already have a 40% base price discount, so the added discounts means 50% off the retail base price! (Good through July 31, 2018.)

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  • 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

  • What's In Your Gear Bag?

    Besides your rig, jumpsuit, altimeters and helmet, what are your must-haves, have-to-haves and can't-leave-home-withouts that you take with you to the drop zone, wind tunnel or boogie?

    We took a look into the Gear Bags of the ChutingStar Crew this week, and posted the photos of what we've found plus a list of items that each crew member declared "essential." If it's available at ChutingStar, the item is linked to where you can get it online. Otherwise, the common items listed you can find at many local retail shops.

    We hope this helps you prepare better for a day, weekend or week of skydiving or flying in a tunnel this year!

    Skydiving Gear Bag Essentials

    Laura's gear bag (above) has the widest variety of items of all of us, but that's because she jumps mostly at boogies during her time on the ChutingStar Boogie Tour. Her list of essentials include: Continue reading

  • Mudflap Altimeter Mount Overview

    Mudflap mounts may have become more popular due to Wingsuiting and Swooping, but now they are being used by all types of skydivers for an easy-to-view placement of your altimeter.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew took some time in the video below to show the different types of mudflap altimeter mounts available, their options and how they are installed.

    You can find all the mudflap altimeter mounts on ChutingStar at this link.

    Available mudflap mounts include: Continue reading

  • Using The ChutingStar Rigger Closing Hook

    ChutingStar's Rigger Closing Hook is a unique parachute rigging tool used for closing reserve containers.

    Those who have attended a ChutingStar Rigger School Course or one of our Parachute Industry Association Symposium Seminars, have seen up close how the tool is used.  But if you haven't, the tool isn't exactly self-explainable.

    So here's a short video on how it's attached to the pullup cord and how a parachute rigger uses it for closing the reserve container.

    How To Use The ChutingStar Rigger Pullup Hook from ChutingStar. Continue reading

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