All this is true, but you can still fly your canopy using harness imput long before you can reach risers. This is not a "one or the other" answer.
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You may be able to initiate a harness turn faster while you are reaching for a rear riser, but the rate of that turn is going to be significantly slower on all but highly loaded ellipticals and x-braces and may not be enough to get you out of trouble.
In other words the total time take to reach up, grab a rear and turn 45 degrees would be significantly less than the time taken to initiate a harness turn and allow it to turn 45 degrees. This time differential gets larger as the WL of the canopy gets lower.
(This post was edited by DocPop on Aug 21, 2012, 10:07 PM)
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