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Container for Lightning 160

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Im looking at doing a bit a crw and want to put a rig together for probably a new lightning. Ive been trawling and and a bit of reading.

Im reading about 20% bigger or a couple of sizes so a container for 190-220 would be the go?

Any other tips to source other items for the rig?

Thanks in advance

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I used to have a old student rig for my 160.
I'm not sure what size rig it was but it had a 218 reserve, so my guess is that it was a 240 main rig.
It was a loose fit, not dangerously loose.
It was easy to pack in any weather loose.
And it had a large reserve :)
It might be cheaper to buy a old student rig than a 210 rig (I believe that will be a good fit) because 210 rigs are some peoples first rig.

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I jump a 193 Lightning in a Dolphin D5, and although I haven't tried it, it would probably fit a D4. It fits fine whether using a bag or the tail pocket. A 176 should easily fit a D4 and probably even a D3. Second hand Dolphins are usually cheap and very good rigs. I think there are several for sale in the classifieds.

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SecondRound

Any suggestions about fitting a 176 Lightning? It looks to me like CRW fit is a lot different than free-fly fit. I am a rigger and I plan to pack in a tail-pocket.


I would recommend something that comfortably fits a microline 190. Even then a Lightning 176 might be snug depending on the fit of the container.

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Since when are crw dogs so picky? Any airworthy container that matches your budget, body, and reserve size preference will do.
Obviously bigger is better for packing, but I'm a sloppy lightning packer (as long as I don't give myself line twists or damage the top skin with the bridle retraction rings, I'm happy). A 126 fits into the tray built for a 150 quite nice, I don't have to change closing loops for that one, and a 176 fits into a container built for a 126. Not easy to pack, but functional without fabric hanging out all over.

An old Vector built for 170-210 should be easy to find since even novice jumpers want safety features like AAD, RSL, and riser protection. Maybe an ISO add would help you out?

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I put a 160 with tail pocket in an old Talon that was sized for a 170 main that packed easy, and 190 tight with lengthened closing loop.

Often, an old Vector 2 container with velcro can be found real cheap.
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Just to cover some more bases since this is a good "choosing gear" thread. For leg straps you can get seatbelt covers to make them a bit more comfy. The more outrageous the better. Also, you'll want a rig with few snag hazards. Run a line across all parts to make sure nothing catches. Exposed pop tops are a bad choice unless you can cinch them down tight and pass the string test.

For rig size, there's no reason not to go a little bigger on the reserve and main tray as long as the rig still fits.
"I encourage all awesome dangerous behavior." - Jeffro Fincher

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You don't really need a tail pocket unless you are competing. I used one for both competition and recreational CRW for a long time. Last season I finally switched to a deployment bag for recreational CRW and I don't miss the tail pocket one bit. The openings are quite a bit smoother (not necessarily soft), especially when you get a pilot who insists on flying a fast jumprun. The mesh slider, however, is basically required. A sail slider will cost a surprising amount of performance relative to the formation, and the noise of it flapping can make it tough to hear commands.

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Don't forget the little sewn fold on the leading edge of the slider. I think that's still an aftermarket thing but sewing a fold on the leading edge keeps the front table from buzzing.
"I encourage all awesome dangerous behavior." - Jeffro Fincher

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I realize you're responding to a couple of people but on a retractable PC that kill cone helps destroy a lot of parasitic drag. On smaller Lightnings it's enough drag to actually pull the rings back together, something you don't want during a landing in turbulence. CRW toggles are very very very helpful.
"I encourage all awesome dangerous behavior." - Jeffro Fincher

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