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Gear Price Comparison Info

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.


Best Fit/Value for 1st Rig

(Published in the September 2009 edition of Blue Skies Magazine.)

You’ve talked to your local instructors, scoured, 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.


Used Gear Inspections/Escrow

(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.


Online Used Gear

Every month or so our loft has a new jumper come through who wants to find the “best deal” on a rig. They usually are interested in finding used equipment either online or through a classified ad.

This is fine, but start locally to reduce the hassle. Most DZ’s and gear shops have used gear available from jumpers who skydive right there and local riggers know a lot about the condition and history of the rig, AAD and its parachutes. And gear bought through a gear shop has usually been inspected by a rigger.


ChutingStar Buys Used Gear!

ChutingStar buys high-quality used gear!

We don’t buy everything, but we do buy items that our customers are looking for and/or that we know we can find a customer for in the near future. Most likely, you will get more money for your used gear selling it independently. However, if you are looking to earn quick cash, this is the right service for you.


Helmet Fit Not An Exact Science

There is not a fail-safe way to know which size of helmet to buy online. Ideally, you would be able to walk into one of our three ChutingStar shops and try a bunch on, or be able to try on helmets at your local drop zone or skate park. But for some, it's just not possible.

Each manufacturer does post a size chart for its helmets. And that is a great starting point. You'll want to get a soft tape measure, which you can find in the sewing section of any grocery store. Measure around your head, level with your forehead and behind your ears.


GoPro LCD BacPac Firmware Fix

If you are unable to power on the LCD BacPac with your GoPro HD HERO2 and a fully charged battery, then unfortunately there could be a communication failure between the camera and BacPac. GoPro has recently discovered a fault in the camera's firmware that can cause this issue, and have released a firmware update to allow the camera to repair the LCD.

This latest firmware update will also enable 3D functionality with two HD HERO2 cameras and the 3D HERO system.

To repair your LCD BacPac, please follow the below procedure:


Alti-2 N3/N3A Battery Life

One of the most asked questions on the Alti-2 N3 and N3A is the life of the rechargeable battery. Here's what the company says on the battery lifespan:

The average lifespan of the N3/N3A battery should be 500 charges or 10 years (based on charging it once a week if needed). You should only charge the battery when it’s near empty; doing so will help ensure the longevity of the battery’s life. If for any reason the battery is not performing as it should and you’re the original owner, the units have a ten year warranty that covers the battery.

NEOS Hard Openings Addressed

Icarus Canopies has issued a Service Bulletin to address hard openings of its unique NEOS canopy. The NEOS is a high-performance canopy that is partially cross-braced in the center of the parachute.

Reports of hard openings were verified by Icarus, and after a test program, the company found adjusting the line trim on the C1 lines solved the issue.

The service bulletin is applicable to all NEOS parachutes P/N 317524-XXX for Serial Numbers prior to 24112612 in all canopy sizes. The modification applies to all NEOS canopies with serial numbers prior to xxx12612. The first 3 digits may vary. So if your NEOS was manufactured prior to August 2011, the modification applies to you.


Argus Battery Replacement

ChutingStar Video

Note: Video states a 1-year replacement period for Argus batteries, but the manufacturer has since changed its requirement to every repack, 500 jumps or Batt Low reading.


Slider Keeper Without Attachment

Past posts on rigging forums at one time focused on one manufacturer's solution to keeping a collapsed slider at the base of the risers after opening without anchoring the slider to the container. Many jumpers have concerns about a number of slider holders that connect the slider to the top of the reserve container, which could potentially cause a cutaway delay.

When Team Method (Steve-O Utter, T.J. Landgren and Nate Gilbert) arrived at Atlanta Skydiving Center in 2001, the freefly team showed-off a new slider block design. Over the next few years, ChutingStar riggers tweaked and modified the design for strength, durability and aesthetics.


SkySystems Quick Release Recall

SkySystems USA has released a Service Bulletin on its Quick Release handle. The Quick Release is a cutaway system for chincups and the Vapor Narrow and Vapor Wes Pro helmets.

According to the service bulletin, the company found a weakness in the handles manufactured from January 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010. Those with affected handles can return them to SkySystems for a new replacement handle at no charge.


L&B U.S. Service Center

Larsen & Brusgaard continues to show why they are one of the most trusted and respected altimeter makers in the skydiving industry. The company's customer service is well-known as anyone who ever has an issue with one of their products can return it to their headquarters in Denmark for a repair or replacement at little to no cost.

Well now L&B has gone one step further for it's large U.S. market and has added a U.S. Service Center. Here are the details on how to have your L&B product serviced in the U.S. if you ever have an issue.


X-Shut Flush Mounting Guide

ChutingStar Video

The X-Shut camera mount can be installed on a flat or curved surface with a flush mount by using the Integration Kit. The video demonstrates how the installation is completed.


HD HERO Firmware Upgrade

ChutingStar Video

GoPro has released a firmware update for all HD HERO cameras.

This update includes a one button record mode, upside down mode, live feed out, live feed on-screen display and additional PAL support.


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Wingsuit Video - Oliver Finkelde

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