Jul 10, 2006, 2:06 AM
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Smart120 or R-Max118?
I am concidering buying a new reserve canopy but I can't take a final desicion. I can't choose between Smart 120 and R-Max 118. They are both same price. Could someone please give me an advice of which one is better to buy?
I have a Smart 120 in my Icon I3 and load it to about 1.7 give or track a few pounds
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From PD web site.
"While this may be foolish, it is not illegal. The maximum exit weight for a reserve is a legal limit. In the United States, it is a violation of federal law to jump a reserve if your exit weight exceeds this limit,"
have demoed both a PD and a Smart and hands down, the smart opened, flew and landed better. MUCH more flare on the bottom end than the PD. not to say that the PD was bad, i just prefer the smart. both great canopies from great companies. blues
Of the three, I feel the R-Max was better than the other two, but the difference is slight. Of the three, I'd actually rank the PDR at the bottom(again just by a small margin). That's not saying the PDR is bad, it's just a case of the PDR's setting the bar and then the SMART and R-Max, as later releases, having the chance to improve on the standard that the PDR set.
When it comes down to choosing between the SMART and the R-Max, I think it basically comes down to two questions( asuming all else is equal).
1. How biased are your against Precision? I won't quibble on Precision's past history, but I've found their /current/ line of products, and customer service, to be rock solid. Having said that, you should have absolute confidence in your reserve. If you have doubts about Precision, then by all means go with the SMART.
2. How big are you? If you are a large jumper who likes to fall fast, the larger R-Max's are specifically built with you in mind.
Smart R: 20 repacks or 10 deployments before ship to the mfg. for testing. NO Box system on the lable, history only on the card, if it gone you can only ???
PD Reserve: 40 repacks or 25 deployments before ship to PD for testing, the "BOX" system on the lable provides history & data. (Must be marked by the riggers)
Raven Max: NO repacks & deployments limits ??? The canopy is TSO'd under the FAA TSO C23D but the TSO mandatory information "FAA APPROVED TSO C23D, AS8015-B 4.3.4 AVG. FORCE: ???? LB. is missing & it must be there by law. It was missing on a Raven Max I saw.
Safe Jumps !!!
(This post was edited by RIGGER on Aug 17, 2006, 1:53 PM)