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Selling Used Gear @ ChutingStar

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.


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.


Argus Cutter SB Revised

Aviacom has issued a revised service bulletin for a mandatory replacement of all Argus cutters manufactured August 2007 and earlier. The bulletin says the cutter is to be replaced "at the next repack but no later than 31 December 2010." Previously the service bulletin said the cutter had to be replace before the next jump, the company said that wording was in error and released the revision.

The company says they are replacing the cutters free of charge. There is no word if they are covering the cost of rigging as well or how fast a cutter can be obtained once a an affected cutter is identified.

The full service bulletin can be downloaded at this link.


Viso II Altimeter Strap Mounting

ChutingStar Video

The Viso and Viso II altimeters from Larsen & Brusgaard do not come mounted to the enclosed wrist or hand-mount straps. The Viso/Viso II can be put inside a set of Viso Gloves, but this video demonstrates how to mount the altimeter to the enclosed straps.


Suunto Watch Altimeter A Hit!

In 2002, several instructors from Skydive Illinois took up residence in Atlanta and made Atlanta Skydiving Center their new home. An influx of new staff of course brings new ideas, skills, attitudes, and even gadgets. And the one gadget that is starting to catch on is the Suunto watch with altimeter.

Suunto does not advertise in the skydiving industry, but the altimeter function of its watch is easy to read and operate. It also keeps up with the change of altitude in real time as fast as any other digital altimeter I have ever used. I've since put it in an altitude chamber next to a Neptune2 and found it to be within 100 feet at every moment.


Fun Jumps!

Check out ChutingStar Wingsuit Athlete Oliver "Olee" Finkelde showing off what can be done in an wingsuit!

Wingsuit Video - Oliver Finkelde

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