Mar 3, 2003, 2:52 AM
Post #1 of 10
Was wondering if someone could give me an idea of the life expectancy of a container,a javelin in particular,being it was very well taken care of during its first 400 jumps...Just an estimate,how many more jumps is it capable of? Thanks J
There are plenty of 10 year old and more containers around. Containers are degraded by a number of things - UV (sunlight), dirt and grit; normal wear and tear; chemical contamination. In the UK we have a material test that loads a suspect part of the container material with 40lbs (?) stretch force along the weave for 3 seconds. But in normal use I haven't heard of a container reaching end of life in the same way a canopy does. Stitching; velcro; spandex and the associated furniture can be replaced/repaired by a rigger.
If the container looks clean, not faded and with no worn stitching then it should last for many years if you look after it. A bigger consideration if you are going to be freeflying might be is the container freefly friendly.
Just remember this: UV decays Nylon at a given rate. Everyone has seem sunburnt canopies that are a few (maybe many) years old that are brittle and give way under tension. Your canopy (if you pack in the shade) probably sees about 6 minutes of sun per jump, your container sees alot more than that. Granted, Cordura is stronger than Ripstop, but UV absorbtion is still a big deal.
Pack, stand, wait, hell if you can pull it off skydive in the shade!
vector owners stand by their rides: my ride is: 1991 vector II, faded black denim-ish stuff, utterly beat to shit, old rental rig, ugliest thing in the air everywhere i go, i will be its last owner cause nobody would want this old thing. its been thoroughly master rigger reworked to be freefly-worthy. all new velcro everywhere new boc, moved to the edge of the container fresh closing loop grommet all slightly frayed and pulled stitching restored and reinforced pin cover flap stiffener reinforced bridle cover pocket added on between the boc and the closing flaps-no exposed bridle and last but not least-elastic webbing added to inside of cover as a pin-cover flap tuck-tab retainer so even in a standfly the pin cover stays put. grand total: 110$ u.s. thanks don, 50 jumps later your work is still rock solid and was the only way my budget would support building a freefly rig. I like it and feel very secure in it...unlike the student rigs and rentals i was jumping before.