Re:  Have you had both Skyhook-deployed and non-Skyhook-deployed reserve rides?
I've photographed and video's a few skyhook cutaways. I don't have one on my sport rig, and I don't think it's needed.
I posted recently about a couple of tandem chops I had in the last couple of weeks, and I would really have liked to have had the system on the tandem rig.
Mr. Booth stated in the thread that he originally designed the system just for tandem and student rigs, but added it to the sport line because the test jumpers liked it so much.
It is faster, when it functions correctly, than an RSL or a non RSL chop.
On a student or first rig, I think an RSL with or without the skyhook is a very good idea.
Don't you DARE come down from your first reserve ride without your reserve deployment handle having been pulled in sequence and on time, regardless of your backup system!
In the attached picture, you'll see the skyhook has the bridle out and pulling the reserve bag clear well before the spring loaded reserve pilot chute can inflate . ( I think Egon has this one on the Vector site)
Edit: Sorry about the quality of that photo, it was taken with a telephoto with us both under canopy and I didn't have the shutter speed high enough. Anyhow, the Skyhook is attached to the bridle right at the top of the frame, and you can see it is pulling the bridle clear before the reserve pilot chute can even inflate.
(This post was edited by Deuce on Jun 30, 2005, 9:22 AM)