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Skydiving Gear Blog Articles and Expert Advices from the skydiving expert at ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore!
  • 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

    The digital skydiving altimeter market was shaken and stirred the past couple of years. The changes included:

    • The launch and quick demise of the Ion
    • Alti-2 discontinuing the N3 and replacing it with the sleeker Atlas
    • L&B updating its ARES to the larger ARES II with a metal case
    • Parasport releasing the AloXs and AltiX to replace the bulky Altitron
    • Alti-2 announcing the yet-to-be-released Alti-2 Chronos

    Through all of this, the VISO II+ stood strong and continued to be the best selling digital altimeter.

    Skydivers in the U.S. essentially have four digital altimeters to choose from. 

    So what are the features of each that would make you choose one over the other? 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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  • Which Full Face Skydiving Helmet To Purchase?

    10 years ago, open face helmets were the norm for skydiving and only RW teams used full face skydiving helmets. But with the increase of wind tunnels over our planet as well as so many different disciplines of closer proximity skydiving, many jumpers and tunnel flyers go straight to a full face helmet as their first and only helmet.

    With several different versions and brands to choose from, which one should you go with? We'll lay out the features, differences, prices as well as highlight some customer reviews, so you can make the most educated choice possible. Continue reading

  • Top 10 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 the top 10 ways you can reduce the price of each product or save on shipping fees.

    #1. ChutingStar SuperStars Rewards Program!

    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.  You just have to be logged into your ChutingStar.com account to earn and spend points.

    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 are living in a brand new world of analog altimeters to choose from.

    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..." he told ChutingStar.STELLA Electronic Analog Altimeter 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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  • Smoke Grenade Options for Skydivers!

    ChutingStar has long carried and used the white Sport Smoke Skydiver Smoke Grenade, which is a big part of 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

  • Is Your Rig Freefly Friendly?

    (Published in Parachutist Magazine and 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.

    Fit

    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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