I have a new 2015 Avasport Acro Base harness and need to get a canopy for it. From talking to a few people and reading up, it seems that a large skydiving reserve may be suitable as an alternative to a BASE canopy. I would like to know what considerations there should be in making this choice, particularly what the disadvantages of using a skydiving reserve are. This is my current understanding of the pros and cons of a skydiving reserve:
Lighter & smaller pack volume
Cheaper and easier to find
May not be rated for as many openings (but probably still several dozen?)
Slightly slower inflation?
Specifically, I'm interested in this offer, but would like to know if it is an appropriate and wise choice: http://www.dropzone.com/classifieds/Detailed/Reserve_Canopies/Modern_RES...
For reference, I am 185lbs (84kg) naked and have been told to look for a canopy around 250sqf. I do not have skydiving or base experience, though I have friends from which I can learn to pack safely.