(Note: The accompanying video was made when the Argus was still being produced and the m2 was not yet available for purchase. An updated video will be made in 2014.)
U.S. Skydivers today have a choice in the Automatic Activation Device (AAD) to have installed in their reserve container as a backup safety device. An AAD cuts the reserve container closing loop if the skydiver is exceeding a set speed at a set altitude. For most sport skydivers, the activation speed is the same (78 mph or greater), but activation altitudes vary from 750 to 840 feet.
(Published in the September 2009 edition of Blue Skies Magazine.)
You’ve talked to your local instructors, scoured dropzone.com, clicked through the gear shop web sites and even ventured into the risky E-Bay waters. Yet that first rig continues to elude you. Although you’d love to go all new, the cash isn’t there. So finding something used or continuing to rent seems to be your only remaining options.
(Published and reprinted from the June 2006 issue of Skydiving Magazine. Also published in Australian Skydiver Magazine.)
I spend as much time talking to new skydivers about how and where to buy gear as I do actually rigging, instructing and skydiving. There is a good amount of basic gear information that applies to all new skydivers. If the new skydiver had this basic knowledge first, it would make finding the right gear easier, faster and a safer transaction for all parties involved. So what does the new skydiver looking for gear need to know?
I've put together the following gear price comparison information for skydivers in the market for new or used gear. This is a brief but direct overview on some of the more popular skydiving gear that we see come through ChutingStar. The following info will give you a brief education on how to value used gear against new gear, and then you can determine which is the best choice for you.
ChutingStar can help sell your used skydiving gear!
Selling your used gear through ChutingStar puts your items right in front of tens of thousands of skydivers and skaters world-wide. Our detailed inspection report on our used gear offerings give skydivers and skaters a straight-forward and thorough account of what they will receive. And the transaction is secure as payment and shipping go through ChutingStar.
(Published in the June 2006 issue of Skydiving Magazine.)
If the used skydiving gear you are buying isn't local or hasn't been serviced by your local rigger recently, a "pre-buy" inspection should be a condition of the final sale. Having an established rigger, rigging loft or drop zone owner act as the middle-man in all used gear purchases not only protects the buyer, but also the seller.
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