Product Rant & Rave

The original Rant & Rave from ChutingStar...equal opportunity offenders. Find out the good, the bad and the ugly related to skydiving gear and skate goods from ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore and ChutingStar Skate Park & Skate Shop!
  • 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

  • M3 Joins Impact-Rated Helmet Revolution

    Cookie Helmets has recently released the M3 helmet featuring an impact-rated design.

    For the last 25+ years, impact-rated helmets have not been an available skydiving gear option. Helmets with impact ratings, such as from the motorcycle world, tended to be too big and bulky for sport skydiving.

    But in the past year, we have seen helmet manufacturers figuring out how to create skydiving helmets that are passing impact testing, and be comfortable and form-fitting for the heads of jumpers. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • New Bonehead Fusion Helmet Features

    The Fusion helmet is the latest skydiving and wind tunnel helmet from USA helmet manufacturer, Bonehead Composites.

    Bonehead's Fusion is exactly that...a fusion of their Aero, Rev2 and and REvolve helmets.

    Check out these features: Continue reading

  • Picking The Right Skydiving Helmet Bag

    With most skydiving helmets over $200, and the most common near $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 and then see the links below for additional info and ordering information.

    Skydiving Helmet Bag Overview from ChutingStar. Continue reading

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