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keithbar

wingsuit flock reserve deployment video.

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Just watching some right this minute videos on my DVR a guy smacks his reserve handle on another Wingsuiters foot . ? someone please grab that video. I'm not that guy:$ holy crap that looks scary:o
i have on occasion been accused of pulling low . My response. Naw I wasn't low I'm just such a big guy I look closer than I really am .


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Well if that's the case. I wonder. And this is a total wild ass guess. Did the Velcro on his soft reserve handle snag some Velcro on the wingsuit ? ?
i have on occasion been accused of pulling low . My response. Naw I wasn't low I'm just such a big guy I look closer than I really am .


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keithbar

Well if that's the case. I wonder. And this is a total wild ass guess. Did the Velcro on his soft reserve handle snag some Velcro on the wingsuit ? ?



I heard that a lose shoe lace caught the exposed cable of the reserve. Seems like a 1 in a million and I don't know if at is confirmed.
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Most realistic from looking at this would be a reserve pin that was not fully in and on impact was enough to dislodge it. Its been seen enough times on people exiting in doors and if the pin is close a slight nock on the door as they take grips releases the pin and reserve is initiated. If the RSL was knocked it would need to be under tension with little to no slack to initiate.
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Most realistic from looking at this would be a reserve pin that was not fully in and on impact was enough to dislodge it. Its been seen enough times on people exiting in doors and if the pin is close a slight nock on the door as they take grips releases the pin and reserve is initiated. If the RSL was knocked it would need to be under tension with little to no slack to initiate.


ive had 2 out because I was sitting in the "crapper" of a super otter, I leaned back against the wall where the seam is, I had a wings container at the time, so the reserve protection tucked from the top. so when I got comfortable the seam pushed my pin upward. luckily the reserve didn't come out until I deployed my main. I was able to reel in the reserve still in the freebag and stuff it in my wingsuit.
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I wasn't on the jump, but I was there when it happened and looked at the gear when they landed. The top corner of the reserve handle (pillow handle) was dislodged, but the bottom half was still seated firmly in the velcro. That was the unique piece of this puzzle. At first glance, it looked normal. The RSL was still in place, the reserve closing loop was intact... only the top corner of the reserve handle was out of place.

The best I could figure is that the back of the shoe hooked onto the exposed cable that runs from the handle into the housing. This would have loaded the cable in both directions, displacing both the handle and the pin at either end of the cable. And then the shoe could have slipped free of the cable as the jumpers separated quickly, leaving the reserve cable still in the housing and the handle still (mostly) in the velcro.

Thinking about it now, it may have even been the snap on the side of the bootie and not the back of the shoe. I could see the cable snagging right on the side of the snap for long enough to pull the pin and then slipping off without undoing the snap. And the way he slides off the side looks consistent with that. The bottom suit is a Carve, so it would have had snaps on it.

There was substantial contact between the jumper in silver/green and the deploying reserve. He was waist deep in that canopy and just slid off the top skin. We're extremely lucky to be discussing this in the WS forum instead of Incidents.

But still... I can't help being just a little bit jealous that someone else got probably the first XRW dock over Connecticut, and definitely the first reserve XRW dock over Connecticut.

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