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The Vortex Sports some unique design features, making it the most comfortable rig to jump. It is so comfortable you can hardly feel it in free fall. The back pad yoke is contoured to the shape of your body for extra comfort. The cut out in the back pad makes the harness fit snuggly. The splayed leg straps add extra comfort when under canopy and the harness is custom made to fit your size and measurements.

The 3 stow mouth lock design on the main deployment bag and the balance of the line stows situated inboard from the edge of the bag helps prevent bag spin kill line pilot chute is a standard feature. The dive loops and the spiral flex housings in the rear of the risers also standard. Some of the other features include, the rises are Velcro free; superior pin protection flaps; option of Hacky / Freefly pff or pull; snag free closure loop holders; integrated bridle cover; strong External Spring Pilot chute for instant reserve extraction.



  • Certified under TSO C23 (d);
  • Unique, constantly evolving design features for safety, comfort and visual appeal;
  • Back pad yoke is contoured to the shape of the body;
  • Cut out in the back pad and splayed leg straps add comfort;
  • The 3 stow mouth lock design on the main deployment bag and the balance of the line stows situated inboard from the edge of the bag helps prevent bag spin;
  • The kill line pilot chute is a standard feature;
  • The dive loops and the flex housings in the rear of the risers also standard;
  • Superior pin protection flaps;
  • Option of Hacky / Freefly puff or pull-out;
  • Snag free closure loop holders;
  • Integrated bridle cover;
  • Strong External Spring Pilot chute for instant reserve extraction and especialy for Wingsuiting;
  • True molar bag;
  • Stainless steel #0 long shank grommets;
  • Cypress, Vigil or Mars (M2) ready;
  • Skyhook ready and availible as an Option
  • RSL ready;
  • 4 flap reserve closure;
  • Integrated housing holders above cut away and reserve handle;
  • Wrap around harness construction;
  • Stainless Steel hardware;
  • Option of fully articulated harness, hip ring harness or standard harness;
  • Secure riser covers and magnetic riser covers;
  • Hard release housings;
  • Option of soft, hard or loop style reserve handle

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Maddingo

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  • 5
great comfort, price, build quality
A bit loose on the shoulders

Got a custom built one for under 2 grand. I bought it after having comfort issues and tabs coming undone on some other containers. I bought it with free fly tab, magnetic riser tuck tabs, hip rings, RSL. Really comfortable, parts are well built and the freefly options give you that extra peace of mind in the air. Had no issues for now, everything stays in place untill it's time to deploy.

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WillyPete

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  • 4
Very comfortable, great options, cheap relative to what you get
The recall, customer service, build time

Love this container itself, but it's made halfway around the world in South Africa. Nothing against what I have heard to be a beautiful country with great people, but when something like the 2015 recall happens the North American customer loses big time. I actually had a better experience with their customer service department than some folks, they usually got back to me within a week, but still a week is not great, especially when the question is repeatedly where is my container and why have you blown by the estimated shipment date again? I applaud their integrity and safety focus with the recall, but as another reviewer observed long wait times are fine as long as they are respected, which they were not.

All of that being said, I would still recommend this container and the entire PS line just because of how much money you save relative to the quality of product you receive. Had the recall not happened this would be a glowing five star review, even so it is a qualified 4 stars.

For perspective, I ordered my complete system in August of 2014, received it in February of 2015, sent back the recalled container in April 2015 (mine was a late addition to the recall and so I didn't realize it right away), received the new container in May 2017. I now have about 40 jumps on it.

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Kiwoz

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  • 1
Polite support
Organisation

After I bought the rig (used but semi-new DOM 2015) it was grounded. I did never jumped on it; never!

Therefore, it is not possible for me to assess the material.

The grounded rig was sent to Parachute Systems as fast as possible!

I think it is not correct that old rigs will bee replaced before my newer one! warranties????
The delivery time was repeatedly delayed.
Because false promises about the delivery date I bought no other one.

Had I never bought this rig!

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tomtomgo

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  • 3
price
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When I purchased the container in End of 2015, I was extremely impressed by the comfort and features.

You get in the basic price included a container with full optional!

I recommended this container and a friend has unfortunately acquired a Vortex too.

On 4.January, our material was grounded for risk of fracture of the 3Ring-System (120 jumps on it)
The company has agreed to replace free of charge any container affected the market. WOW!
From the first estimated delivery time of June, after was the end of July, after end of August. I get the new one on 18.september.

I was without Skydiving-rig; had no possibility to lend a rig in my area.

I know how hard this must be for the company; replace all containers , but I was without equipment and had only expenses.

The service of the recall was dishonest; I have only lost time and a season.

Long delivery times may be OK if they are respected!!!

why was not introduced a ranking according to material age?????? Very old equipments were replaced before mine (semi new)??!?!?!
The new container: Is nice and good like the old one;
My conclusion (rating):

-rig: ***** (4,5)
-"technical" customer service (FB/Messenger): ***** (5)
-customer service by Mail: * (1)
-process recall: ** (2)

Would I buy it again?
Probably not for the experience with the recall:
Before recall YES of course / After recall: NO!
I was more time without rig than with in the last year.
Respect for the recall, but up to last, it would have been cheaper to buy a Javelin or Mirage.

Thomas Gutweniger

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pop0tart

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  • 4
Great Price
poor customer service

Got my rig in early February. It had some issues initially. There were sewing machine oil stains on the hackey handle in addition to embroidery on the rig in the wrong spot and color. There was a limited effort by the customer service department to make things right in a timely manner, and I decided it was not worth waiting another 3 months for the embroidery to be fixed. I am still waiting on a replacement hackey handle.

Small issues with customer service aside, the rig is solid. It fits my canopies like a glove and has some great design features and includes a lot of features in the base price, including stainless steel hardware, articulation, slider locks, and louie loops. The Skyhook is the oldest and most tested MARD, so having it available on the Vortex is a great perk as well. Overall, the Vortex was the right rig for me, and I look forward to a great season with it.

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luvin2bfree

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  • 5
Confortable, Affordable, Great Quality
none yet

I bought this rig in the spring of 2013 so I have been jumping it for almost a year (about 70-80 jumps). The rig is inexpensive with great quality and comfort. I ordered all the extras including padding, articulating harness, stainless components. It was shipped on time and arrived in BC within 2 weeks of shipping. Myself and others have jumped it and really like it. as it is my first rig I needed it to fit a 170 because I was not quite ready to go to a 150 when I made my purchase. i have now gone to a 150 and it still fits great. They say I can also downsize to a 135 and seeing the fit I have no doubts. This rig will last me a very long time and was much less in cost than any other new custom rig I could find. Lets be honest this freed up $$$100's for jumps. My dealer is Bryan Cavage and he has been quick to respond to questions and patient with me when it was getting close to ship date and had none. I just ordered and received a Hurricane 150 custom parachute and colored risers to match my rig. I will review once I have a few more jumps but the first two were fantastic. Customer service has been fabulous and quick

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Xranger

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  • 5
Well made, Looks amazing, great price, all options included, and great customer service.
N/A

After jumping an older Vector 2 as my first rig I was in the market for a new custom container. After months of doing my own research I could not find a better deal than Parachute Systems Vortex II.

The fact that all the extras are included in the base price is a huge plus to this rig. My rigger who's partial to Infinity gave me his blessing, commenting on how well made Vortexes are. The customer service was great, I dealt with Manny at Icarus in South Africa, really nice guy who went the extra mile emailing me at all hours of the day with my many questions. They gave me updates on the process, and walked me through everything.

I saved so much money in choosing a Vortex II that I bought a brand new reserve and used main from Manny as well, and still came out paying what some companies charge for just a container!

Getting the Vortex II set up by my rigger was a great thing to watch, having him explain the ins and outs of the Vortex and the fact he likes packing them made me feel good. Has the extra riser protection flap, and the bridal protection is something that amazes me, talk about a freefly friendly rig...this is it.

And like others have said, I can't believe more people don't go for a Vortex II. Even though the price is great and I hit on that fact quite a bit, they are built tough and beautiful looking at the same time, I just get that feeling of solid craftsmanship when putting the rig on.

Well thats all I got, I'll probably update the review in a 100 jumps!

RLTW

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Eldevor

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  • 5
Excellent quality, comfy fitting, safety
Cons? Don't find any.

I recently adquired a second hand Parachute Systems rig consisting of the Vortex II container and Hurricane main canopy. The rig is 4 years old with nearly 400 jumps and still looks new.

It is my very first rig and I read everything I could before testing and purchasing it. I have to say that all the comments in Dropzone helped me a lot. Everything I've read here is completely true. I would stress its excellent quality, comfy fitting and safety.

If you are looking for a container, don't hesitate to give a Vortex II a go.

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StraightEdge

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  • 5
Looks good, affordable, solid manufacture
None

I am surprised that not more jumpers use the Vortex II container/harness system. There are about five at my DZ, but I have met jumpers from other DZs who have never heard of it. Too, I have met jumpers who are prejudiced against it because they say it copies the Javelin Odyssey, or that it is made in South Africa. My first container was a Vortex II made to my specifications, and it proved to be a comfortable, durable and good-looking item of gear. I have since obtained a smaller Vortex II that was going for a great price and I love it! This container benefits from sound, TSO'd construction and comes in cheaper than the big names, with a shorter delivery time. Various mods and options are available. A great first container for those who want to buy new and can't afford to order from the market leaders.

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cpg90

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  • 5
Confort, pin & riser protection, details
odd logo

I received my new Vortex this spring and have am thrilled with the quality, safety, appearance, comfort and performance. Match that with a price that is very reasonable – especially when you add in the options – and the Vortex II is a great choice.

I found that the rig with options was actually less than the base rig with no options for the other manufacturers. I recomend the back pad and custom embroidery. The back pad with the lateral cut-ins is super comfortable, although it takes 20 or so jumps for the pad to conform to your body. I definitely recommend this option on this rig.

Looking a the Vortex it is a pop top but with a proportional tuck-up main flap. I like the tuck-up concept better than other alternatives. I also got double pin stripes on my Vortex, which I haven’t seen on other systems.

My only dislike is the Vortex logo looks odd. I suggest you ask to have the Vortex logo in 2 colors as it makes it more interesting. Small thing, I know.

The materials and build quality is truly excellent. I’ve noticed that the newer Vortex II’s have great flap coverage. I also like the backpad, new Cypres control position and bottom flap designs. It was delivered within 1 week of the date promised.

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POOT

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  • 5
good price, comfort, great looking
none

I have junped all rigs on the market except the vector and I can honestly say its the best container out there, you will not beat the price, service or safety of this rig.
I have flown my various vortex's in all orientations and have never had a flap open or had my flying affected by the rig moving.
I am now have my latest rig with lateral cut ins, full stainless hardware including hip and chest rings and its a joy to fly, I honestly dont even feel it in freeall.
forget the more well known expensive long time delivery rigs.
If you want to fly the best GET A VORTEX!

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surfbum5412

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  • 5
good materials, comfortable, ease in packing
no cut in laterals

Recently I was able to demo one of these. I had never heard of a Vortex and immediately I was blown away. It was really comfy and I felt safe wearing it. No complaints other than, and I'm not sure if they offer the option, but the one I demoed didn't have cut-in laterals. That was a little bit of a let down.

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Larry4fun

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  • 5
Great looking rig, excellent quality, outstanding follow up service
none

I'm convinced that the Vortex is one of the best rigs on the market. It looks great and holds up really well.Another thing that really impressed me is the follow up service from Louie T. the U.S. distributer. He's just a phone call away if I need advice or even spare parts.He's always ready to help.

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cpives

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  • 5
Comfort, build quality, ease of packing, looks, pin safety
none

Great container! it looks good, feels good, packs easy, and great value for money! I got this eighteen months ago, and it is the best container I've jumped. Extremely comfortable, especially with the hip and chest rings!

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Andrelr

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  • 5
Comfort & build quality
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Just bought my second Vortex 2 (I bought one in 1998 and a Vortex 1 in 1996). I've always been impressed with Parachute Systems' (previously Chute Shop) products. This latest has some great new features such as full riser covers. It's build quality is the best so far and fit perfectly first time.

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michaelflying

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  • 5
Comfort, attention to detail.
None

This is an affordable rig made from the highest qualtiy materials with great attention to detail. I would recomend it to anyone interested in spot skydiving

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kvester

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  • 5
Excellent pin security, comfortable fit
You may sweat a bit packing it!

I bought a new Vortex II with a Decel reserve about five months ago, and I am very pleased with my decision. There were no problems placing the order, and when it arrived, it was exactly as I imagined it would look. I was impressed with the size (or should I say lack of). It is a 120 system, and it is really compact. I opted for full rings, and I am impressed at how comfortable it is. The workmanship also appears to be of a very high standard, especially the small details. The cut-in laterals add to comfort. What I really like about the container is the pin security, which makes the rig versatile. Overall, it is a slick system, and I would definately replace my spare rig with a Vortex II when it wears out. Finally, no, I did not get paid for writing this review!

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