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(Jump Shack) Racer (Classic) 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Captain-Color, 2018-01-30

I have owned two, bought them both new, 1985 & 2002. Love them both, very happy with every aspect of each one. I would never buy a different rig. Best rig in the sky. I may not be here today without them. safest rig ever made, period!

Racers in our sport in general 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: SkydiveTemple, 2017-07-19

while I've slowed down in my jumping, I still look at Parachutist and always wonder why I don't see even a few Racers in RW formations, never in free flying and almost never in Advertising! I feel maybe the last is very important in their lack of use in the US along with us riggers badmouthing the packing miseries we have, real or not. It's the only rig I can wear in comfort and as an X-DZO, I bought and got rid of several of many of the modern rigs. They were either too stiff, too heavy, miserably uncomfortable or a combination of all! The Racer I have has never been any of these! Comfortable to wear on the ground, in the air and especially under canopy! SO why are they not as popular as others, even scorned at some DZ's! I've heard free flyers say, "They're not ff friendly"! I look at the Racer, then other rigs they're using and I don't ..., is a see it, my Racer's risers are covered as good and better than most, the BOC, well, is a BOC, althought I use a ROL that Nancy put on at my request. I've even been told it'll kill me..., yeah right, I've used a BOC since 1977 and I'm still alive. MAINTAIN your gear and practice your procedures and you'll find a Racer is a great rig. "Nuff said!"?

My Racer Classic. 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: DocMallard, 2015-02-21

I started jumping in the early 1980’s. When I switched from the T-10/static line progression to AFF, the rigs I jumped were Racers.

Eventually I got my own gear, a Talon like my friends had. I jumped a few years, and then life intervened. I had to put my jumping, and flying on hold to pursue a dream.

Two decades later, I finally got to the point where the skies started calling my name again. My initial challenge was losing enough weight to jump. As I started losing weight, getting a rig came to mind.

I looked at the gear on the market. Oh how everything has changed! No more Velcro. The pilotchute has moved from the easily accessible leg-strap, to the bottom of the container.

When I looked at the current Talon models, it wasn’t anything like what I jumped in the day. The one rig that seemed familiar to me was the Racer.

I called Jumpshack, and started asking questions. Nancy did more than simply explain the product. She spent lots of time helping me learn where the sport had gone. What was new, and what was the same.

She patiently helped me with a lot of very technical questions that I had. The features I wanted in my gear began to take shape.

Well, the DZ I returned to the sky at used clunky, tent pack like, Student Vectors. I was stuck with these as rental gear, until my finances were in order to procure a new rig. They really were stiff and hard to move around in.

I finally got my order in, and some weeks later, my new Racer Classic arrived.

I jumped it the next day. It was quite a change from the stiff, box-like Vector! The fit was perfect, and I had much improved mobility around the aircraft. This is a very comfortable rig!

The rig is very well made. The magnetic riser covers work exactly as advertised. The rig is completely “Free Fly Friendly.”

The main bridle routing is designed to prevent the pin from snagging the bridle, and causing a pilot chute in tow malfunction.

The reserve pins are well protected from any external forces.

While there was a minor mix-up with the lines I ordered, I am very, very satisfied with my new rig.

The bottom line is that if I had the money, I would order another Racer tomorrow!

Effective simplicity 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: bodhibody, 2006-08-24

Effective simplicity... organic fit... true "Zen" rig.


what all the other rigs want to be 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: packing_jarrett, 2005-10-08

The racer is the nicest rig out there. If you get it custom made(or even if you don't) it fits so nice on your back. It has a lot of experience making the rigs... like 20 years. their reserve deploying method is the fastest because of the pop-top. I recommend this rig to all who wants the nicest rig on the market!!!


I'll say it... I LOVE my RACER! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: pwln, 2005-07-25

Yes, I had a racer made for ME. I got it back in Febuary and it rocks. I got velcro sides and tuck tab top, I great blend of old and new. Why did I get one? So you would ask me why.. I think this is one of the best rigs on the market and will be for a long time to come.

I hear the reserve openings are quick, But I wouldn't know, yet..

Newest Racer 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: halo0461, 2004-08-31

Well, I Have the newest Racer on the market. It is without velcro and has the new Tuck Pockets. I have to say I am very happy with the new changes. I have had 2 other racers and always felt they were the most comfortable rigs on the market (I have owned a Reflex, Vector 3 and Wings). The racer lacked updates and I put up with all THAT velcro. But, all is changed and I am pleased with the fit and function of the system. JumpShack is back on the right path. Consider a new one, you won't be disappointed

Excellent rig 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Miami, 2003-12-11

I currently jump 2 Racers and have owned 4 since I started jumping. These rigs are incredibly comfortable and light. Most of the negative comments about these rigs come from people who have never inspected or jumped one. Good customer service as well. Can't go wrong with a racer.

Great first rig 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: JDBoston, 2002-06-24

I got a Racer for my first rig and have a Triathlon 190 and a PD 193 in it. I've got a pull-out with the tuck pocket riser covers. One ride on the reserve, which worked as intended and opened VERY quickly...

Overall, I was very impressed with the ease of customizing my order (digging up leftover tie-dye scraps to use on it, totally custom-made to my measurements, bungee cord loops on the legstraps, hook knife pouch, dive loops, etc.) and the quality of the craftsmanship that went into the rig. They actually held up delivery for a couple of weeks because they didn't like the way the riser covers turned out and wanted to fine-tune them. I don't think you'd get that kind of attention from some of the bigger manufacturers.

It fits great, it works great, customer service was excellent, and I have no complaints.

A winner everytime 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Marcelo, 2001-06-13

I have been jumping for 19 years, in that time I have owned several rigs, but ever since I jumped the Racer, my choice in container has been easy.
Comfortable harness, safe and eficient reserve deployment.
The Racer looks cool too!
The craftmanship, choices in size, colors and materials are second to none.
My wife and I both own racers and love them...
If you haven't jumped one I suggest you give it a try...
Many new riggers complain about the difficulty in packing the Racer; A little skill and a little patience will make the rig look and perform well!

Safe and Blue skies

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