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Thursday Throwback: Real BASE Jump History

Thursday Throwback: Real BASE Jump History

Here’s a blast from the past for a random Thursday Throwback. I can’t understand a word they’re saying, but the footage speaks for itself. Jumping off a cliff with a round parachute back in the day. Talk about adventure-seekers. Here’s to these guys who paved the way for all the cool shit we get to... Watch Video »
80 Seconds of Line Twists

80 Seconds of Line Twists

Holy line twists, Batman! Parachute test pilot Brian Germain does a high pull with a test canopy, immediately fighting line twists with a hefty spin. After 80 seconds of battling the line twists, Brian finally settles out and talks through the thought process of how to get yourself through a malfunction safely. It goes without... Watch Video »
Intentional Cutaways. Many, Many Cutaways

Intentional Cutaways. Many, Many Cutaways

Cutaways are a strange thing… we don’t want to have them, but we also want to know all about them so we feel prepared if and when we ever have one. One way to prepare is to do an intentional cutaway on a system with a tertiary reserve like the one in this video, which... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: 1930s Parachute "Test" Off Cliff

Friday Freakout: 1930s Parachute "Test" Off Cliff

Apparently the role of a parachute test pilot in the 1930s was a lot more hardcore/crazy than it is today. It looks like cliff strikes and near certain death was part of the job description back then. “If it lets you down, it’ll be a great success. If not, you get a new parachute absolutely... Watch Video »
The Petra 69 Project: Fast As F**K!

The Petra 69 Project: Fast As F**K!

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Icarus Canopies‘ new high performance swooping canopy, the JPX Petra (aka “Playmate of The Year“), is here to stay. And you all remember Nick Batsch, the distance world record holder, swooping a moving truck. Well here’s a sneak preview of Nick’s early jumps on his JPX Petra 69;... Watch Video »
Slow Opening Snivel Lasts 60+ Seconds!

Slow Opening Snivel Lasts 60+ Seconds!

This is intense! Check out one of the early “test” jumps for the new Icarus JFX canopy. It seems they slowed down the openings a bit too much at first, but they’ve got them worked out now. Even Luigi Cani – a parachute test pilot and stuntman – endorses the Icarus JFX canopy: “The JFX... Watch Video »