Jun 6, 2001, 7:01 AM
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is there i difference between a b.a.s.e. rig and a skydive rig. i believe that there is but what are the differences? i was talking about this the other day with a friend but we aren't sure. can any one hook me up with an answer? blues
Found this <A HREF="http://people.qualcomm.com/billvon/faqs/bd99.html" target="_new">excellent article</A> a while back, it was written in 1999 by one of othe dz.com moderators - billvon. Not exactly what you were asking for, but gives great advice about bridge day specifically and base generally. Respect to the bill dude!
Basically, a BASE rig has a single canopy (OK there are a couple of designs with two) - no reserve, or perhaps more accurately no main, as a BASE canopy is much more like a large skydiving reserve both in construction and in the way it's packed.
Most BASE rigs are closed by velcro rather than a pin, have a long bridle, and a larger pilot chute, depending on the delay. Normally, they have a mesh slider or no slider at all for a fast deployment at low airspeed. There are many, many, additional small but important differences.
BASE is definitely not just a variation of skydiving, neither the equipment used nor the skills needed.