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  • The Truth On Skydiving Gear Equipment Pricing

    ChutingStar receives daily emails, phone calls and social media messages on skydiving gear pricing, mostly related to complete gear packages as they'll see new advertisements, supposed "special offers" or web listings that claim to have the "best" price.

    It's difficult sometimes to cut through all of those claims because of how the pricing is bundled together and/or final pricing add-ons for options, shipping, rigging and the like. But we're going to try to make sense of it all for you to give you peace of mind that you're not getting ripped off.

    First off, all skydiving gear dealers are skydivers like you. We're out jumping, rigging or flying in a wind tunnel every week using the gear we purchased from the same manufacturers that also sell us the gear you're buying from us. We've all been in your shoes buying that first piece of skydiving gear, our first rig or the latest new gadget to make skydiving, rigging or wind tunnel flying even more enjoyable than it already is.

    We all started selling and/or servicing skydiving gear to fill a need of skydivers needing gear advice, and because of the great service we provided ended up growing a small service into a full-time job...usually with the help of a drop zone, manufacturers and other gear shops. It's a small industry, and almost everyone knows everyone.  Continue reading

  • Boogie Boogie Boogie with ChutingStar in 2018!

    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, and beyond, 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. Continue reading

  • Parachute Systems $100 Discount Plus $500 Contest!

    Note: This offer was originally scheduled to end Jan. 15, but has been extended to Jan. 31, 2018.

    It seems the powers that be at Parachute Systems may have found the bottom of the bowl of the spiked eggnog as they just launched a holiday offer that is sure to bring cheer to any skydiver trying to scrounge up their pennies for some new skydiving gear.

    The scoop is that you can save $100 immediately on any single order of a Parachute Systems Canopy, Container or Gear Package Bundle. And at the same time, you're entered for a chance to win $500 cash to be drawn on Feb. 2! Continue reading

  • ChutingStar's Socks & Water Drive For The Homeless

    ChutingStar has been blessed with abundant business over the past 20 years and most of our donations to those in need are done in private. But this year we're asking our customers to join in with a drive to donate socks and water to the homeless in our area.

    In Marietta GA, where ChutingStar is located, there is a homeless shelter less than a mile away and homeless people are frequently seen along the main roads. According to a 2015 Georgia Department of Community Affairs Report, there is estimated to be 14,000 homeless in Georgia.

    Owners Mike & Stephanie Gruwell have pledged to give away 1 pair of socks and 1 bottle of water to the homeless for every order placed online from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day.  Continue reading

  • ChutingStar Price Match Rewards!

    More often than not, ChutingStar usually has the best price around on every product we sell and support, but we're human and we miss price changes or just flat out didn't price something correctly.

    Our ChutingStar Crew doesn't want to lose you as a customer, or for your next purchase, just because we didn't realize our pricing was higher than that other shop. So ChutingStar offers all of our customers Price Match Rewards!

    In the most simple terms...if you find a price lower than ours on the internet for a product you purchased from us, we're going to give you DOUBLE the difference in SuperStars Rewards Points value to use on your next purchase. So if you find something $10 lower in price, we'll give you $20 in SuperStars Rewards Points...or if it's $100 lower in price, we'll give you $200 in Rewards Points...etc. Continue reading

  • Which Parachute Rigger Press Seals the Deal?

    Over the years, ChutingStar Parachute Riggers have used a wide variety of seal presses. Some of these were commonly available and others were obtained with long searching, persistent inquiries and the utmost patience (it took one year to get a unique press from Germany).

    ChutingStar started selling Parachute Rigging Seal Presses to our rigging students, and then later, to riggers worldwide once we found a quality press and engraver. It must be a tough business as over the past 20 years, we've seen a few seal press manufacturers come and go.  Continue reading

  • Stacking Up The Latest Digital Altimeters

    With the launch and then quick demise of the Ion Digital Altimeter from Elemental Technologies, and at the same time a mainstay, the N3,  being discontinued, followed by the announcement of the soon coming Alti-2 Chronos, the digital altimeter market for skydivers is getting shaken and stirred.

    Skydivers in the U.S. essentially have four digital altimeters to choose from. Digital Skydiving Altimeters Stacked Up

    So what are the features of each that would make you choose one over the other? And when is that new Alti-2 Chronos going to be available? Continue reading

  • Peregrine Glide More Than A Newbie

    The Peregrine Glide came onto the skydiving scene in 2013, and has steadily gained a die-hard following, which is hard to do with finicky skydivers  who gravitate to well-established gear manufacturers.

    But while the Glide may be "new" compared to other containers on the market, the brains behind the gear are far from rookies.

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  • Scenes Of The Skate Scene: Adrian Fuentes

    In a sea of photographers, Adrian Fuentes quickly stands out as a true artist.

    His photos of local skaters show off their talents while blowing your mind with the overall shot framing as well as the coloring through an infrared process.

    Adrian Fuentes

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  • 2017 Skydiving Gear Lookbook Updated!

    ChutingStar's 2017 Skydiving Gear Lookbook has just been freshly updated with the latest skydive equipment to help maximize your every jump!

    We know that the extensive ChutingStar.com web site can create a sensory overload, so we've whittled down to the best of the best of the most sought-after skydiving gear and accessories into our 2017 12-Page Online Clicky Skydiving Gear Lookbook. Continue reading

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