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Hi and welcome the sport of skydiving,
Buying your first rig is a big deal and can be a bit daunting as a newcomer to the sport.
This information has been compiled as a general starting point, please take the time to read it, you should find it useful. You are spending thousands of dollars so an hour or two of research is well worth your time and effort.
Please note that any prices are guides only and will be greatly effected by exchange rate changes.(US$0.77)
At the start of your skydiving career you will be progressing more rapidly as a canopy pilot and therefore will likely be changing canopy sizes more often than when you are as an intermediate or experienced jumper, for this reason pre-owned gear can be a wise choice.
Finding pre-owned gear can be difficult for a number of reasons. If your body size, weight and shape are outside of the average there will be less pre-owned gear available. Some jumpers who are more sensitive to price are willing to compromise on a correctly fitting harness to save money, some are not. In the end, buying pre-owned gear will always involve some level of compromise, whether it is colours, harness size, canopy fit, etc.
Your first gear will most likely have a main canopy ranging from 150 to 190 square feet with 170 being the most popular. Your choice will also depend on your canopy control skill, confidence and aptitude. Your instructors and chief instructor should be able to guide you in this area, lots of other jumpers of all levels will be wanting to put in their two bobs worth too. My advice is to limit the opinions you take notice of to a select few, try to pick from instructors or jumpers who know your jumping ability and have been jumping for 15 years or more and/or who are active competitors. This will narrow the field and the confusion. Professional gear suppliers such as us are also experienced in this area, jumping is a small community and is in our interest to provide you with a suitable system and quality advice and service. We want you to be a returning customer!
There is lots of pre-owned gear on the market in the 150 to 170 main sizes and with the harnesses made to fit the average 170 to 175 cm tall person. If you decide to go for pre-owned gear we have a range of equipment on our shelves which is always changing and we can advise you of suitable gear when we know more about your particular case. We have a range of second hand AADs and canopies and can sometimes mix and match to suit your individual requirements and budget.
Below are some useful points about some gear purchasing possibilities.
From who to buy?
Manufacturers and other interesting links (Prices based on 0.85 exchange rate)
Where from here?
After having a good read of all the above information you will be in a much better position to make a decision on your first gear purchase. Drop us a line or an email and we'll be happy to help you get it underway or answer any questions you might have. If you are happy to go ahead and order a system, make sure you carefully measure your body with someone elses help. We use our experience in ordering many new systems to check all aspects of your order and advise on errors or oversights.
I hope this is helpful to you,