Rant & Rave Blog

  • 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

    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 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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  • 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

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