Mar 21, 2001, 1:48 PM
Post #1 of 5
Main and Reserve
I am buying all new gear so I can get exactly what I want and the color I want it. The question I have is, I bought a Javelin Odyssey, and want to put a 170 Saber for the main and a Tempo for the reserve. Should I go with a 170 or a 150 reserve? I weigh 180 and I will be getting a J-3 for the Javelin container.... Any advice???
This came up a couple of times before... It basically distilled into 2 schools of thought:
1. Get a reserve "one size" smaller than your main. This seemed to have been the historical convention (althrough PERSONALLY I don't subscribe to it)... So...
2. Get a reserve that loads your exit weight at about 1.0-1.1lbs/ft2. So in your case you're looking at a 170 or 190 reserve. The argument for this is that reserves are F-111 7-cell canopies. They are of the Pegasus / Fury generation of design. In those days even experienced folk DID NOT load their canopies over 1.1lbs/ft2, and the Fury (220ft2 F-111 7-cell) was considered a "high performance" canopy.
Lets face it, if you need your reserve, you're already in a high strees situation, and perhaps this is the time to be under a (relatively) docile canopy.
In a "Dual deployment" situation, which canopy do you want to be dominant? In a main & reserve entanglement, how much nylon do you want over your head?
My advice is: The time that something goes wrong and you are burning altitude cut away and probably will have a not so good spot, is that the time to try a canopy size smaller that the one you are use to under a canopy you have never seen over you. I am conservative. I have a 150 Sabre main and a 175 Swift reserve.