1. Let’s begin with the leg pads. We have changed
the geometry of the leg pads to improve the fit. The
change removes the typical crease at the back of the
leg pad when worn by a jumper.
We have also widened the leg pad across the back
of the leg for improved comfort, and narrowed it as it
comes into the groin area.
2. We have also moved the hook knife location from the back of the leg strap to the front. This makes
it more visible and less susceptible to accidentally being released when a leg strap grip is taken. And of
course, we continue to supply the best hook knife in the industry, manufactured in the USA by Benchmade®.
It incorporates an Oxygen bottle key, and a beverage opener, as well as a razor sharp hardened steel blade.
3. Moving up into the rig, we’ve redesigned the
backpad, and incorporated an innovative pocket in
the small of the back. The pocket holds the packing
data card on one side and has the tso label on the
other, easily accessible and secure.
4. We have made the
main pin cover flap a separate
piece that is now easily replaceable.
5. We have changed the construction of
our riser blocks (which protect the corners
of the reserve tray from catching a line on
deployment). The new design is less rigid but
still provides best in the industry protection.
6. Main deployment bag.
On the smaller Icons, sizes I1-I3,
we have changed to a three
grommet deployment bag.
This pulls the lines inboard and
makes for a cleaner pack into the
main tray. The larger Icons
maintain the four grommet bag.
7. Ring Covers.
We have modified the ring covers
to a lower profile, and made them
more easily replaceable.
8. Left side cutaway housing
moved from inboard to outboard
placement. This sends the housing
away from the jumpers face in
the event of a cutaway.
9. RSL lanyard retainer.
We have redesigned our
retainer to eliminate the Velcro.
We have also simplified the tuck
of the RSL slack, so that it stows
in the housing sleeve.
10. Reserve container.
We have made a number of minor changes to
the reserve area; we will list these here:
Access for placing the reserve closing loop
and the AAD control unit. In the prior Icon, this access was through the top of the tray at the yoke, and was at times very tight, particularly on the smaller
rigs. The AAD cable was in the same space as the
RSL cable and several housings. In the neXgen Icon,
this access is in the reserve tray through an open ing under a small flap and provides better access and less congested space. The three photos below show the prior Icon setup in the first photo and the neXgen Icon in the other two, the yoke area and then the access slot in the tray underneath.
Reserve tray lining. We have lined the
reserve tray in the neXgen Icon with parapack
to minimize bag extraction forces.
10 c. Reserve kick plate. We have moved
from the rectangular kick plate to a 5 inch round
kick plate for the reserve pilot chute in the neXgen
Icon. This change in size and shape makes a
stronger plate which is more difficult to bend than the prior kickplate.
10 d. Reserve side flaps. We have lowered the
reserve side flaps so that they are now even with
the top of the tray. We have also raised the inboard
side so they have a smaller gap than the prior
Icon at the top of the reserve.
10 e. Reserve deployment bag.
We have extended the buffer around the Velcro to
provide extra protection for the reserve lines.
10 f. New Reserve Pins. We’ve moved to a cold
forged stainless steel pin with a sharper point on
the neXgen Icons. It’s stronger and more difficult to
bend, and the sharper point makes it easier to feed
into the closing loop.
New closing flap order. We’ve changed
the order on the closing flaps, making the top reserve flap the final one, versus the bottom flap on the prior Icon. This makes the reserve pin lie flat
rather than angling up from the lower flap to the
higher flap. This lessens the need for pin protection,
as the lower flap pocket now provides additional protection. We have kept a pin protector, but it is now a simple piece of webbing versus the more complex
one on the prior Icon.
11. Magnetic Riser Covers. The neXgen Icon
incorporates the most sophisticated magnetic riser
covers in the marketplace. The magnets are placed
into the rig during final inspection, with no sewing
required. If the magnetic riser cover option is
chosen, the rig will come with two sets of magnets
on each side. These have proven effective to 245
miles an hour, making them sufficient for all belly,
wingsuit and freefly disciplines. If customers want to
pursue speed skydiving, then a third set of magnets
can be added with no modification to the rig.
We use square magnets and a stiffener behind
them to minimize the rings of dirt that we’ve seen
over time on competitor’s rigs with magnets.
Our system uses a pocket on top and a tuck tab
below.The top pocket and the tuck tab each
12. Introducing the neXgen Icon Long in sizes
I1 through I4. We have added a long version of the
Icon built to accommodate taller jumpers, or those
who just prefer a longer and narrower rig. This
places the bottom of the rig, and the deployment device lower on the jumper’s back. The Icon L uses a
19 inch back pad. The standard Icon back pad is 15
inches on an I1 and 17 inches on an I4. Thus the
L version is 4 inches longer on an I1 and 2 inches
longer on an I4.