One of the problems is very few jumpers understand the difference between "staging" and "metering".
hmmm... I wouldn't expect everyone to get it right off... but I'd think that taking someone experienced in skydiving, but not a rigger, could take the definition of the two words and apply it to what they know about gear and get it right... i.e. 1) A main D-bag with rubber bands/gromets on the locking stows & rubber bands on the secondary stows is a staging device... 2) A slider is a metering device. QED
I guess it can get kinda fuzzy sometimes though... one could argue that the pocket on a free bag is a metering device while, overall, a free bag is a more of a staging device...
Okay, now I'm confused... DOH!!!
(This post was edited by ZigZagMarquis on Aug 15, 2006, 7:40 PM)