and 5) is built by a company that knows how to take care of their customers.
My choice was the Infinity. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the harness/container systems on the market though. If the harness is sized to fit your body and the container is sized to fit your canopies, you're going to be happy with whichever container you choose.
You know, I have an opinion but I'm not going to share it. Asking questions like this is like asking Ford or Chevy? Everyone has an opinion. Many are based on individual and maybe limited experience (good OR bad) and your experience may vary. Many opinions are based on marketing and may not have basis on real or important differences. Many opinions are regional. Most DZ's have "popular" rigs that are more based on history, dealer relationships, DZO's preference etc. than real differences. Many people have particular and perhaps reasonable opinions against Racers (me too) or Reflexs (I jump one).
I've only bought two new, custom rigs in 23 years of jumping. One in 1982 and one in 1997. Three other new rigs were bought off the shelf. I had a list of rigs that were acceptable then went "shopping" to see what I could find ready to ship. I've also bought 5 or 6 used rigs in that time.
I'm fairly satisfied with the function of most rigs. I've had issues with specific models or versions from most manufacturers. As a rigger I'm more concerned about the specific, individual rig/canopy combination and whether they match well. i.e. Is it a small cut rig in a particular size and a "large" individual canopy.
Small things can make a rig "good" or "bad" to the individual. Chest strap height, leg strap fit, container length versus torso length, flexibility of containers with particular canopies, pressure points from housings, etc, etc, etc.
None of this is much help. But you have to realize that even from riggers much of the response will be individual bias and may not be relevant.
As stated above Price Availablity Service may be more important.
When you do pick a rig it's probably more important to discuss that particular choice and canopy combination with a/your rigger and ask if they have any concerns.
Javelins have no real advantage over the others and have a horrible delivery time.
Mirages, well, I've just never cared for the way they look (most people seem to love them) and I find them seriously overpriced.
Wings are nice looking and inexpensive. Lots of my friends have them and love them. That was previously my first choice.
Vectors are the only container I found that have actual, meaningful differences that set them apart from everything else. I personally find them pretty ugly, but after 6 months of playing with the coloring programs I was able to design a few I'd be proud to wear. Most I see around the DZ are quite ugly, but with the right color combinations they can look as good as anything else. But the reason I chose it was simply the fact that I'm positive that Bill Booth has looked at every detail of the rig and made sure that it is the best, safest rig out there. Many people will say it has the best riser protection, best bridle protection, and best pin protection out there. And then there's the skyhook.
So in my opinion, they're all about the same except for the Vector. Mine should be arriving in early March. Can't wait!
I completely concur, I love my Odessey, the way it fits and looks. The delivery time was HORRID!!! and now with the price increase it's pricy. If I had to go with a new container right now, I'd definately look into an Infinity and actually I've done some research and reading on Areodynes new ICON. Intrigued about what I read and hear about it.
You need to add Infinity to the poll. Otherwise, it would have to be a vector, or mirage.
I'm VERY happy with my infinity. The mfg is right up the road from where I (normaly) jump, and they have been very good with any problems I've had with the rig. To me, that a HUGE bonus...not too mention the price and delivery time.
I agree w/ councilman24. Plus, a few people @ my dz have an Javelin AND a Vector. If they're going to be under canopy for any extra time, they go w/ the Vector, say it's WAY more comfortable on their legs.
I jumped a Javelin as a student & my legs always felt like they were going numb. Now I have a Vector II & I LOVE going on cross country jumps, it's super comfortable.
Honestly, I think that isn't a very good way to choose a rig.
Choosing a rig on its merits is the way to go, IMHO.
I hear ya, Dave... but, the top names are all pretty safe I thought. I am not an expert, and not a rigger. I have my bf for that I suppose I am a bit vain when it comes to my container. I want something that serves it's purpose well AND looks good.
Even though I no longer work at Sunrise Rigging as of 5pm yesterday afternoon, I would still choose a Wings. I jumped Wings before I started working there and I'll continue to jump Wings throughout my skydiving career. I stand behind that statement even more so since I worked there and understand more about how they're built. I'm not saying that all the other containers are not built as well because I'm sure they are.
Sunrise Rigging works very hard to keep it's delivery time in check and they will always support their product for as long as you own your container.
The design of the Wings container has always fit my body just right. Wings continues to be one of the most affordable containers on the market and provides superior quality for it's price.
Wings is still new to some riggers but it's split reserve free bag is made to be rigger friendly and I would prefer non other than a Wings reserve pilot chute on my back.
Right, but when is it truely equal? For instance, what does your rigger know how to pack? That will make a difference in the quality/ease of the initial reserve packjobs. I'd say that a Skyhook would put a Vector well above other rigs for a kickass safety feature, but that's purely opinion at this point since its so new to the market.