Buying Your First Skydiving Rig

Information, Expert Advice, Pricing, Articles, Videos and Discounts on buying your first skydiving rig!

  1. Top 11 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 to the fullest.

    Here are the top 11 ways you can reduce the price of a product, save on shipping fees or find a great deal on gear you need to make the most of your weekends!

    #1. Free ChutingStar Gear Bag, $100 Off, Plus FREE US Shipping of a Complete Skydiving Rig!

    ChutingStar Skydiving Rig Packages

    All complete rig purchases get a free ChutingStar Gear Bag! Our package pricing at this link also includes a $100 discount off the prices if purchasing each item separately.

    Plus, you can select Free Standard Shipping at checkout to any US, APO or FPO address!

    #2. Free Standard Shipping in the US for orders of $99 or more!

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  2. 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 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 $10 in SuperStars Rewards Points...or if it's $100 lower in price, we'll give you $100 in Rewards Points...etc.

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  3. 2024 Sales!

    Check back here for all the gear sales from skydiving gear manufacturers and ChutingStar throughout 2024!

    Discounts usually are a rare thing in skydiving, and even more rare in the current supply shortage climate. We're focusing on making sure we have available items in stock and shipped to you by the time you need it for your next jump. Currently for 2024, ChutingStar has the following sales and ways to save listed below.

    Here's the rundown on current deals:

    • Discounted stock of all PittZ Freefly Suits & Pants
    • GoPro Camera Discounts
    • UPT Stock Containers
    • PD Europe Used Canopy Sale
    • 30% off the base price of any In-Stock Wings Container
    • Top 11 Ways To Save $$$ @ ChutingStar!

    Deal Details

    Here are the links to more info and the ordering process for these deals from ChutingStar:

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  4. UPT Stock Container List

    UPT has stock Vector sport rigs available, some discounted. These never last long, so here are the details. The chart below has the basic details on what is available as of May 3, 2023. Click to enlarge. The images below (click each to enlarge) have more details on each container. Contact ChutingStar to confirm availability, get final pricing and to place an order. Continue reading
  5. Military Discounts on Skydiving Gear

    ChutingStar, along with several skydiving gear manufacturers, offer discounts to our military members for canopies and harness/containers in appreciation for their service.

    Below is the list of those manufacturers and the applicable discounts. Please note the info next to each manufacturer on what is needed to qualify for the discount. U.S. as well as foreign military service is accepted from all on this list. If it states "active service" you must be currently serving in the military. If it states "any military service" then the discount is available to anyone who previously served in the military as well. It is not applicable to civilian contractors working for the military. Proof of service for most discounts offered can come through enlistment or discharge papers as well as a military ID.

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  6. Gear Financing & Payment Options

    We know...most skydiving equipment is crazy expensive. It can be a huge deterrent in staying in the sport past that first jump and/or student training.

    While I was able to work, save and spend my cash through student training and the basics of a helmet, altimeter and jumpsuit back in was only due to having secured a credit card that I was able to purchase my first complete skydiving rig a year later (an Infinity with CYPRES, Tempo Reserve and Triathlon Main through Larry Chernis at Skydive Kapowsin). It took me a few years to finally pay that off...but at least I was able to skydive with my own rig during that time!

    Not everyone who wants to be a skydiver and have their own gear has immediately available cash. But ChutingStar has put several options in place to help skydivers get into gear they can jump now (and work through the payments as they work and skydive).

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  7. Skydiving 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.

    Note: Canopies/brands listed below are those that ChutingStar has had the most success with and are the most common within our area.

    Also, please see our other articles on buying used gear and using ChutingStar as an Inspection/Escrow service to prevent the seller or buyer from getting scammed.

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  8. AADs: Which One To Buy?

    Skydivers today have the widest choice ever in which 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. Regardless of the unit, it's a "last chance" deployment for a skydiver who has become incapacitated to deploy or has lost altitude awareness. For U.S. skydivers, there are four AADs that are in the majority of sport rigs world-wide. This article will focus on the CYPRES2, m2 Multi and Vigil Cuatro.

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  9. Stock Firebird EVO Containers Available!

    Firebird, which manufacturers the EVO container and RUSH reserve, now has a stock list of available containers for a quick turnaround time.

    Click here for a link to the current list.

    The base price is the same as custom, $3000, but you can get it faster than a custom order.

    For more details and/or to place an order, contact ChutingStar at this link

    Below, and above, are photos of the stock container patterns.

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  10. Used Skydiving Gear Available!

    ChutingStar is not only your go to resource for new skydiving gear, equipment education and skydiver product reviews, but we also resell a varied selection of used skydiving gear! This can include canopies, containers, altimeters, helmets, jumpsuits, cameras, accessories and random skydiver goods. The selection and quantity varies, but whatever is in stock is always at a good deal, and can be immediately returned if it doesn't fit or is not what was expected. Continue reading

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