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I know lots of questions have always popped up regarding the wings options, but I have a few others that I couldn't seem to find in the search, and I'm hoping some people out there can help enlighten me.

Swoop Riser Option - What are swoop risers vs regular risers? I'm not quite certain of the difference.

Main Container bottom flap closing loop retainer. Is this just like it sounds, the closing loop is attached to the bottom flap (like a mirage) instead of up near the reserve?

Stainless Steel - on the wings, this is a very expensive option, and I really seem to be having a hard time justifying the expense. Is there something I'm missing. I've heard that stainless helps the rig keep it's value for resale?

Any insights that anyone could provide would be helpful.
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stainless steel - its shinyB| And at times has causes problems when used without adequate research. Three rings, harness rings now, okay. Friction adapters, I'd still stay away from.

Hold it's value? Not to an old fart like me. But I wouldn't pay for tie dye either.;)
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stainless steel - its shinyB| And at times has causes problems when used without adequate research. Three rings, harness rings now, okay. Friction adapters, I'd still stay away from.

Hold it's value? Not to an old fart like me. But I wouldn't pay for tie dye either.;)




Why the friction adapters Terry?
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When friction adapters were cadmium plated and webbing was stiff nothing ever slipped. Going to slicker materials ment that hardware had to be redesigned. Booth has some made with sharper teeth. The were too good. They didn't allow the webbing to slip at all and loaded the harness too high. When the mil spec design was made in stainless is let the webbing slipped too much. Lots of work has went into making them work. Even cadmium plated hardware is having trouble with webbing slipping.

Ted Strong is/was chairing an ad hoc committee of PIA investigating the issue. One thing came up that I think is the anwer. It's been a couple of years since I heard this info so I may get something wrong. But the spec on harness webbing (it late and I'd get the type wrong if I typed it, too lazy to look it up, see my sig line) allows the thickness to be from like 0.080" to 0.120" I may have the numbers wrong but the percentage variation allowed was this 50%. I know nothing about dyeing narrow fabrics so this is a laymans explination. Apparently, batch dyed webbing is the older process and comes out at the high end of the spec. As I understand it at a basic level it's thrown in a vat and dyed. That's my simplified picture of it. The newer method is continuous dyed in some way but is under tension while it's dyed. This method seemed to produce thinner webbing. I think of it as less swelling. Still in spec but at the lower end. It's more efficient and used for larger runs of popular colors. So, the old method produced thicker webbing. The new method produced thinner webbing. And now we have slipping issues when we never did before. But, the old method lends itself to smaller batches.

So the simplified answer is if you want a harness that doesn't slip get a pink one.;)

The hardware stuff above is from various talks by Bill and others. The webbing stuff is from a meeting and discussion at a PIA business meeting a couple of years ago and my conjecture and theory is then applied. It has NOT been proven yet and narrow fabric manufacturers may say I have it all wrong.

So, between the changes in webbing and the issues getting non cadmium hardware to work right I'd stay with cadmium hardware. And a pink harness... okay, maybe kelly green. ;)

Basically I just don't think the nickel, stainless hardware designs have been completely worked out yet. You can get it and probably be fine. But I'm conservative enough to not bother.
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Terry Urban
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stainless steel - its shinyB| And at times has causes problems when used without adequate research. Three rings, harness rings now, okay. Friction adapters, I'd still stay away from.



I have stainless on both my wings containers, leg straps have never slipped once.

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A option I would suggest on the Wings container is to change the AAD cutter location from the bottom of the reserve container to a flap above the reserve decreasing that way the length of the cut closing loop under the pin in case of an AAD firing. Shorter is the length, less zigzaging thru the flaps, easier launch of the pilot chute. But I am not sure if they will accept such a change.
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I know you are still on student gear, but you will find that most all sport gear has "dive loops" on the front risers. I jump wings containers but I am not sure just what they are offereing now as "swoop risers" but more than likely a variation of their dive loops. More comfortable to the fingers, stays open better, etc.


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Swoop Riser Option has tubular nylon with foam inside it for extra grippy front dive loops. Much easier on the hands than the standard webbing, I know as I have sprained fingers with aggressive front dive loop input.

Main Container bottom flap closing loop retainer is like a Mirage's.

Stainless Steel deluxe option is expensive as it uses the Parachutes Defrance style hardware which doesn't slip and isn't cheap. In fact, I have a hard time tightening my rig with black webbing, the dark grey one grabs slightly less. Stainless steel helps resale, functionally I would prefer it for environments with moisture and grit to protect the metal.

Hope this helps, Jon

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Thanks Terry..... my Vector has them on the legs and I have not had any problems but I do appreciate the insight as I had not heard of that possibility before. I appreciate the effort in explaining it to me in detail!
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