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During development of our Fire rig, we used the most modern materials for construction we could find, which allowed us to create a very comfortable, long-lasting, and mainly - very safe rig. Development took us 3 years, and another 2 for droptests.

We choose US TSO-C23d as our testing program, one of the best and strictest flight test programs.

Max load weight was set at 136 kg. (300lbs), max deployment speed at 309 km\h (170 knots). Then, following test programs protocol, max load weight was set to 165 kg (1.2 coefficient), while max deployment speed set to 370 km\h(1.2 coefficient). We made twice the required droptests. Fire became commercially available in 2008. And now, after thousands of produced rigs, we can honestly say - it works!
Fire rigs are reliable, long-lasting, have a wide size chart to fit the strangest requests and Main\Reserve combinations.

A big bonus is that a MARD system is an option(ours is called DRD). On top of that, the price is very competitive.


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tlipiec

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  • 5
Material & manufacturing quality, design, comfort, price
If I find any I'll update the review :)

Note: This is only "First Impression" type review, based on only few days of ownership. I'll keep updating the review as I continue jumping the rig.

To be honest I was quite sceptical about SWS as I was exposed mostly to Javs, Vectors, Icons, Mirages and other major manufacturers. I started seeing more and more SWS rigs around the country about a year ago, so I tried few of them on and decided to get one for myself - £1500 for a brand new rig with all bells and whistles - not bad!

First thing - quality-wise it's as good as any other major brand (maybe even better). Stitching & materials look really solid. Whole thing is a bit on the heavier side (probably due to the modular design and sh**loads of padding), but to be honest - I'm more than happy to carry few extra grams on my back for extra comfort & easier repairs.

I'm not a rigger but playing around with the container and looking at the design choices, I feel it's well thought out product. I really like the main pin cover (I'd say it's my favourite design out of what's available on the market) and the SRC and line protectors. Most of the construction seems very similar to Javs. Can't say much about the reserve tray as I don't have much experience in that field, but the SWS' MARD system seems quite clever and safe (again, not from a perspective of a rigger).

I have to say - it's the most comfortable rig I ever worn, even more than Voodo Curv! Wide leg straps with thick padding make possible ball-under malfunction less scary now!

And finally - the price. Especially for Europeans being raped by a taxman when importing US rigs, the option of getting (essentially) pimped up Jav with few improvements for £1500 might seem as a great deal.

For now: 5 out of 5!

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stiner_rd

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  • 5
Very comfortable, great quality, small prize, good support, MARD
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I am very happy with it!

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anemish

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  • 5
Great quality for a reasonable price
12 weeks waiting list

I've been using Fire for 3 years and more than 300 jumps, and I'm very happy with it.
I know a manufacturer as a team of educated and responsible engineers who aim to produce the safest yet comfortable rig possible.

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skydog

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  • 4
Construction
Small improvements needed

SWS – Fire Container Review

I received my Fire container after 12 weeks from ordering. The process is much the same as any other container but was made easier using Aerosky UK as my dealer. I contacted Maciej to discuss options not listed and he made the appropriate calls to make them happen.
Assembling the container was simple and according to my rigger the reserve was also simple to install.
Everything needed to get you going is included, plus a belly band which was a nice inclusion.
I specified black metal parts and although at the moment (100 jumps in) they seem to be holding their colour, but time will tell. It does look good though

I also went for the extra padding, which on the Fire is the best way to go. The padding is thick and wraps round the edges so that there is no seam against the body.

I also went for the RSL over the SWS DRD system, but that’s a personal choice.

Having jumped it I can say it is very comfortable and is nice to fly. The position in the harness is somewhat different to my Javelin but nonetheless is great and harness input during my final turns is helped by this configuration.
All in all, apart from a couple of minor issues, I am more than happy with this container and when I do 500 jumps will update this review.
Pro’s
• Solid Construction
• Comfortable Harness
• Excellent Range of Options
• Good Main Closing System
• Looks Good IMHO


Con’s
• Pouch on Semi Stowless Bag Too Small
• Excess Brake Line Keepers Do Not Hold Every Deployment
• No Slider Keeper on Risers
• Pin System For Brake Toggles Fiddly

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fftom

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  • 5
Price and quality
Honestly...what cons?!

I'm a pround owner of a SWS Fire rig, for over a year now.

All I can say is that I'm super happy with it.
Price is very good, and quality (specially for the price) is superb.

It's very very confy, the materials used are very good.

To everyone thinking about getting a brand new rig, I recomend the Fire, no doubt.

Thank you!
Blue skies

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udaw

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  • 5
perfectly on the body, price
dont know

Beautiful rig , great support from the company.

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