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Icon NeXgen

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Icon NeXgen
Icon NeXgen
Aerodyne  (413 Hits)

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1. Let’s begin with the leg pads. We have changed the geometry of the leg pads to improve the fit. The change removes the typical crease at the back of the leg pad when worn by a jumper. We have also widened the leg pad across the back of the leg for improved comfort, and narrowed it as it comes into the groin area.

2. We have also moved the hook knife location from the back of the leg strap to the front. This makes it more visible and less susceptible to accidentally being released when a leg strap grip is taken. And of course, we continue to supply the best hook knife in the industry, manufactured in the USA by Benchmade®. It incorporates an Oxygen bottle key, and a beverage opener, as well as a razor sharp hardened steel blade.

3. Moving up into the rig, we’ve redesigned the backpad, and incorporated an innovative pocket in the small of the back. The pocket holds the packing data card on one side and has the tso label on the other, easily accessible and secure.

4. We have made the main pin cover flap a separate piece that is now easily replaceable.

5. We have changed the construction of our riser blocks (which protect the corners of the reserve tray from catching a line on deployment). The new design is less rigid but still provides best in the industry protection.

6. Main deployment bag. On the smaller Icons, sizes I1-I3, we have changed to a three grommet deployment bag. This pulls the lines inboard and makes for a cleaner pack into the main tray. The larger Icons maintain the four grommet bag.

7. Ring Covers. We have modified the ring covers to a lower profile, and made them more easily replaceable.

8. Left side cutaway housing moved from inboard to outboard placement. This sends the housing away from the jumpers face in the event of a cutaway.

9. RSL lanyard retainer. We have redesigned our retainer to eliminate the Velcro. We have also simplified the tuck of the RSL slack, so that it stows in the housing sleeve.

10. Reserve container. We have made a number of minor changes to the reserve area; we will list these here:

10 a. Access for placing the reserve closing loop and the AAD control unit. In the prior Icon, this access was through the top of the tray at the yoke, and was at times very tight, particularly on the smaller rigs. The AAD cable was in the same space as the RSL cable and several housings. In the neXgen Icon, this access is in the reserve tray through an open ing under a small flap and provides better access and less congested space. The three photos below show the prior Icon setup in the first photo and the neXgen Icon in the other two, the yoke area and then the access slot in the tray underneath.

10 b. Reserve tray lining. We have lined the reserve tray in the neXgen Icon with parapack to minimize bag extraction forces.

10 c. Reserve kick plate. We have moved from the rectangular kick plate to a 5 inch round kick plate for the reserve pilot chute in the neXgen Icon. This change in size and shape makes a stronger plate which is more difficult to bend than the prior kickplate.

10 d. Reserve side flaps. We have lowered the reserve side flaps so that they are now even with the top of the tray. We have also raised the inboard side so they have a smaller gap than the prior Icon at the top of the reserve.

10 e. Reserve deployment bag. We have extended the buffer around the Velcro to provide extra protection for the reserve lines.

10 f. New Reserve Pins. We’ve moved to a cold forged stainless steel pin with a sharper point on the neXgen Icons. It’s stronger and more difficult to bend, and the sharper point makes it easier to feed into the closing loop.

10 g. New closing flap order. We’ve changed the order on the closing flaps, making the top reserve flap the final one, versus the bottom flap on the prior Icon. This makes the reserve pin lie flat rather than angling up from the lower flap to the higher flap. This lessens the need for pin protection, as the lower flap pocket now provides additional protection. We have kept a pin protector, but it is now a simple piece of webbing versus the more complex one on the prior Icon.

11. Magnetic Riser Covers. The neXgen Icon incorporates the most sophisticated magnetic riser covers in the marketplace. The magnets are placed into the rig during final inspection, with no sewing required. If the magnetic riser cover option is chosen, the rig will come with two sets of magnets on each side. These have proven effective to 245 miles an hour, making them sufficient for all belly, wingsuit and freefly disciplines. If customers want to pursue speed skydiving, then a third set of magnets can be added with no modification to the rig. We use square magnets and a stiffener behind them to minimize the rings of dirt that we’ve seen over time on competitor’s rigs with magnets. Our system uses a pocket on top and a tuck tab below.The top pocket and the tuck tab each incorporate magnets.

12. Introducing the neXgen Icon Long in sizes I1 through I4. We have added a long version of the Icon built to accommodate taller jumpers, or those who just prefer a longer and narrower rig. This places the bottom of the rig, and the deployment device lower on the jumper’s back. The Icon L uses a 19 inch back pad. The standard Icon back pad is 15 inches on an I1 and 17 inches on an I4. Thus the L version is 4 inches longer on an I1 and 2 inches longer on an I4.

Added: 2014-07-31 | Views: 413 | Item ID: 935

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Comfort, quality and safe 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: katzas, 2014-09-13


Ordered a NexGen in March, 2014. It was waiting for me at my dealer in early July. Options are few--but I ordered it with a skyhook, freefly handle and magnetic riser covers. It came with stuff that is $$ options from other manufacturers like stainless steel everything, bungeed leg straps, honest to god real hook knife custom color trim tapes, etc. Check out what all the options on other lower cost rigs cost and you'll find that the Icon is very competitive.

Canopies are Aerodyne Pilot 230 and a PD 193 reserve--also new.

It fits like a custom made suit. In the past Icons had a rep for the leg straps coming loose on opening. Well, they sure fixed that problem--there is no way your leg strap will budge once you get it cinched down.

The back pad is super comfy--as are the wide leg straps. The rig will not shift around on your back in freefall--and the freefly handle is exactly where it should be when you reach back to yank it.

This rig sat me up in the saddle on opening. It even handled a hard opening very well by distributing the shock and not shifting up.

The material (cordura) is as tough as it comes. The mag riser covers absolutely will not open unless you want them to. Stitching is flawless.

I ordered mine in black with royal blue Icon symbol and same color trim tape. Got an unsolicited compliment from one of the guys on the second load as to how sharp it looks (if you care about such things).

Cutaway and reserve handles are perfectly located--with the reserve handle in a stiff pocket. My hands fall to the handles perfectly.

Nothing at all bad to say. Aerodyne was great to work with (thanks J!!). If I ever need to buy another container it will be an Icon.





still no joy 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: tommer15, 2014-08-19


Ordered it 18 weeks ago, and was promised a 10-12 week waiting period. Apparently it's been shipped to the dealer, but I was also promised it would be ready "in one week" 5 weeks ago, so who knows. No comment on the actual quality of the container but so far I'm disappointed.



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