Considered Upsizing?

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Ever thought about the joys of buying a bigger parachute?

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I have always chosen a canopy that would treat me best in all possible scenarios… A parachute that will open and land softly under all conditions.

Canopy of Choice

PD’s Katana 107 was my canopy of choice for several years. It opens slowly every jump and I can land it downwind, crosswind, at sea level and at 5,000 feet. It doesn’t require I do a turn to build up speed and I can even land it in deep brakes if I have to. I can fly it in a pattern with hundreds of canopies without negatively affecting them or them me.


But, when I had my hip replacement in 2018, I anticipated wanting to have a little more cushion and a little less speed. I upsized to a PD Stiletto 120. The gain being less risk of injury and more years enjoying this fantastic sport. The downside being I’m not going quite as fast on landing. Sounds to me like there is no downside to upsizing.

Sounds like there is no downside to upsizing

dan BC

Food for Thought

Are you jumping a canopy that’s got your back:

  • on a 4-way?
  • on a 100-way?
  • during a 10mph downwind landing?
  • if you have to get into a tight spot on an off DZ landing?

It’s a good question to ask yourself.


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Can you put your canopy down sweetly in any conditions?
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Meet: Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Dan is Manager of Skydive Perris & Author of the highly acclaimed “Above All Else” book. He was a founding member of Airspeed and a multiple 4- and 8-way World Champion, competing for more than 20 years. Dan developed a training system through Airspeed and coaching so many teams. It works. His personal and coached teams consistently performed at their best in competition and often won – three consecutive and different Women's World Champion 4way teams for instance; Synchronicity, Storm and Airkix. He has so much passion for the sport, competing at Nationals every year, organizing at World Records, and trying new areas like Crew and freeflying. As a P3 skydiving organizer, coach and motivational speaker, he is inspirational.

Dan is sponsored by Skydive Perris, Sun Path, PD, Cookie helmets and L&B altimeters.

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