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  • Gear Financing, Payments @ ChutingStar

    We know...most skydiving equipment is crazy expensive. It can be a huge deterrent in staying in the sport past that first jump and/or student training.

    While I was able to work, save and spend my cash through student training and the basics of a helmet, altimeter and jumpsuit back in 1995...it was only due to having secured a credit card that I was able to purchase my first complete skydiving rig a year later (an Infinity with CYPRES, Tempo Reserve and Triathlon Main through Larry Chernis at Skydive Kapowsin). It took me a few years to finally pay that off...but at least I was able to skydive with my own rig during that time!

    Not everyone who wants to be a skydiver and have their own gear has immediately available cash. But ChutingStar has put a couple of options in place to help skydivers get into gear they can jump now (and work through the payments as they work and skydive). Continue reading

  • 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

  • New Dakine Skydiving Gear Backpack Details

    Fresh from Dakine and available at ChutingStar is a new Gear Backpack/Duffle Combo that we think is an awesome gear bag for weekend trips to the drop zone.

    The Dakine 90L Ranger Duffle Gear Backpack will hold just about any size rig along with your jumpsuit, accessories and helmet. It can be carried like a duffle bag, worn as backpack or carried like a gear bag.

    Check out this Facebook video we posted on it:

    It's currently available in 3 colors: Black, Field Camo and Seaford. Continue reading

  • Used Skydiving Gear Available!

    ChutingStar is not only your go to resource for new skydiving gear, equipment education and skydiver product reviews, but we also resell a varied selection of used skydiving gear!

    This can include canopies, containers, altimeters, helmets, jumpsuits, cameras, accessories and random skydiver goods. The selection and quantity varies, but whatever is in stock is always at a good deal, and can be immediately returned if it doesn't fit or is not what was expected. Continue reading

  • Rental CYPRES AAD Units Available!

    Need an AAD during the time your unit is in for maintenance? Or just one to get you by until you can save for a new AAD, or find a great deal on a used one?

    ChutingStar has CYPRES 2 Expert units available for rental at just over $2 a day!

    Here's the scoop on how the rental CYPRES unit program works: 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:

    • Complete Parachute Systems rig (container, main and reserve) only $4862 with the Complete System Bundle Sale.
    • Complete Parachute Systems rig with Icarus NANO reserve (container, main and reserve) for $5268.
    • Firebird EVO Container + RUSH Reserve for $3900.
    • Stock Sale on NZ Aerosports Icarus & Performance Designs Canopies (until stock runs out).

    Continue reading

  • Tonfly TFX Info & Ordering

    The much-awaited impact-rated Tonfly TFX full face skydiving helmet is now available for ordering!

    Not only is the helmet unique in its modular design and rated head protection, it's also the only helmet that is requiring an in-store fitting before ordering. This is due to the custom fit of the shells and padding, which allows for 36 different sizes.

    To place an order for a TFX, you will first need to visit our ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore in Marietta GA (or any other shop that has the Tonfly TFX fitting kit) to be properly sized for the helmet. You will then go through the fitting process to determine the shell size, central lining size and secondary lining size. You can setup that appointment at this link. Continue reading

  • Is This Used Container A Good Deal?

    We know new skydiving gear is expensive, and that it's very tempting to buy a used rig from someone you don't know on Facebook because the price is so much lower. But before you end up spending money on a rig you'll never be able to jump, make sure you read the August 2018 interview with ChutingStar owner Mike Gruwell in USPA's Parachutist Magazine at this link.

    A used container can be a great deal, as long as it fits you, is in good condition and will fit the canopies you can currently jump. But it can also be the worst deal ever if you can't jump it or get your money back.  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

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