Vigil 1 Control Unit Discontinued

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AAD
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The VIGIL® is a maintenance-free multi-mode activation device that outperforms old-style AAD’s.

The VIGIL® comes

- In an attractive and useful carrying case

- With a free Cutter replacement after life saving!

The VIGIL® gives you High-reliability in an Ultra-compact Unit.

Ergonomic stainless steel housing

High-reliability alpha-numeric display

Amplifying lens

Sealed mechanical switch

2 wire technology

1 flexible connecting wire

Kevlar reinforced cabling – high traction resistance

Wire-controller connection resists up to 50 kg traction

Bidirectional I.R. Download LED


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taurusfall2004

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  • 5
Price and features
Possible misfires?

I recently bought a Vigil 2 this past summer and so far it has been GREAT. I personally prefer it of the Cypres because of the user interface. Cypres seems a little crude for my liking. I researched this AAD in and out, and found that each AAD had its own individual problems. This comes with technology people. Cypres claims to have 100% reliability but apon closer review they are wrong. Many feature turned me off about the Cypres and Vigil 2 was just a better option. First, price. The Vigil goes for 1200 installed, when the Cypres goes for 1400 if not more. Also, Vigil backs their products and will replace your cutter for FREE in the event of a save. These cost 200 or more from Cypres. Second, the battery. Its cheaper and easier to replace than the Cypres. Lastly, its long lasting. The Vigil 2 has a life of 20 years while the Cypres has a little more than half of that. So far the Vigil 2 has be AWESOME and the extra money for jumps certainly came in handy this summer. Have fun, be safe, and Blue Skyz!!!

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maggott

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  • 1
Records Speed/Time
Misfires/ poor customer support

Recently on a camera load my vigil fired. Although I Pulled at 2000' my spectre snivelled...Right after opening I felt my reserve go... so I chopped a good main. With 2 out, I would have landed in the trees. I was in the saddle of my reserve above 1,400ft.

I sent it in to find out what was wrong with the Vigil to make it fire so high.
I was not satisfied with the response I got, so I removed the Argus from my rig.

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michaelted57

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  • 4
no regular service required, 4 year battery, 20 year life expectancy, less expencive to own than a cypres, better progra
Not water-proof

While I certainly agree with Airtec that an AAD should be 100% reliable, I would remind readers that the Cypres went through some problems in it's earlier stages. Some have faulted the Vigil for the problem they had with static electricity causing a premature activation on the ground (while the reserve was being packed on nylon carpet in cold, dry conditons), it should be noted that the Cypres also had some accidental activations due to radio interference. The Vigils that were affected by this problem were fixed by the factory, and subsequent versions have had no problems to date. I personally like all the things I listed in the "Pros" section at the beginning of this review, but my favorite feature of the vigil is the way it determines if it should activate or not. Unlike the Cypres Expert, which decides at 1000ft to activate at 750ft if the parameters have been met (a person who deploys at a low altitude and snivels through 1000 ft at a speed greater than 78 mph will get a reserve opening at 750ft even if their main canopy is fully deployed at 900ft), the Vigil measures the speed of descent and calculates the estimated time to activation altitude every 8th of a second. The result (as I understand it) is that the situation that would result if a two-canopy-out situation in the example with the Cypres above, would not have the same potentially desaterous consequences with a Vigil. This wold have eliminated at least three two-canopy-out situations that I have witnessed over the years. This feature alone makes the Vigil a better choice in my opinion.

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svst

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  • 5
no expensive 4 yr checks! lasts more than 12 years!
computer interface way to expensive

This is the best investment you can make for your gear! Unlike the other aad's on the market, this one wont cost you more cash, except when you need batteries!
20 year life span on cutter rather then throwing unit away after 12 years. Plus I can lend my gear out to students to try out with confidence by putting it in student mode, how cool is that!
I love my VIGIL!

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Andrewnewell

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  • 1
User friendly, very well built, good value for money, inspires confidence.
None as far as I can tell

After numerous incidents concerning the Vigil AAD. one of which involved a good friend of mine, I feel its time to move away from the purely commericaly driven product, that requires no updates or servicing??? and back to a more reliable safety orientated unit.

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uvao

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  • 5
Log book, 3 modes in 1, no scheduled maintenance, price, etc...
only 1-pin, not waterproof

I bought a Vigil mainly because I don't need to do and pay a maintenance every 4 years, and also the price is very competitive when compared with Cypres. Since the last recall nobody reported any issue, so it seems to be perfect now. If it saves your life you can get a free new cutter just filling a form provided in the Advanced Aerospace Design website.

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skydiver8282

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  • 5
Tracks # of jumps, TFF Time, Last FF Time, Reliable
None

Relative new item. Have been no issues since the recall last year. I bought mine mainly for the "no" scheduled maintenance and for the fact that I like to go against the "norm". I don't buy something because everybody else does. That is why so many people are still buying Cypress. It offers more for the money, with some the data it tracks. If you are in the market for a AAD, I HIGHLY recommend the Vigil.

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