Rant & Rave Blog

  • 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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  • 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

  • Above All Else...Read This Book!

    ChutingStar has been carrying Dan BC's book Above All Else for the past 5 years, and we have sold well over 100 copies, but I had never taken the time to read the book until this past week.

    WOW...what have I been waiting for? What a story of life...from pursuing your dreams to just trying to survive to a glimpse of the afterlife as well as perseverance, determination and the rewards of never giving up.Above All Else

    Above All Else is a page-turner from the first chapter account of his conversation with his teammate James in the afterlife while Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld was in a coma to the step-by-step personal and business guidance at the end for "Playing to Win." 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

  • Build Unique Completes with our Board Builder!

    Build Your Dream Complete Skateboard on ChutingStar.com...and save 15% on the completed setup plus earn Super$tars Rewards Points!ChutingStar Skateboard BuilderThe ChutingStar Skateboard Builder allows you to configure your unique complete skateboard by picking out any deck, grip, trucks, wheels, bearings and hardware listed on ChutingStar.com!

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  • 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

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