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  1. Wtf? Were all those injuries caused by skydiving?
  2. Appreciate the perspective man.
  3. I just mean that I think a lot of the reason why slammers happen is because the wind force isn’t coming at the slider from the right direction to keep it in place, assuming that it’s properly quartered in the first place. It was just a mostly irrelevant hypothetical scenario to basically get around to the point that I think domed sliders might act as a bit of a safety feature by helping the wind penetrate the slider more efficiently in unusual circumstances
  4. Hey Jerry thanks for the input, as someone who’s built both regular and domed sliders before, do you see any particular advantages to flat sliders that can’t be had with domed sliders assuming they both wear at the same rate, aside from the philosophy of “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”?
  5. Adding a pocket to a slider would probably do the same thing without adding any additional wear i’d assume
  6. No need for their to be offense or tension, i’m not trying to discredit any canopy manufacturers for their designs. I’m simply putting out an idea that I think would be beneficial for people to consider.
  7. So you pull stable, the line stows release in proper sequence, the parachute comes out of the bag when it’s supposed to, and luckily because all the stars are aligned, the direction of air is coming directly directly upwards into the slider, keeping it in it’s proper place as the canopy inflates. Congratulations, you’ve just had a succesful and steady canopy opening. Now, let’s just say the stars aren’t aligned. You rushed the pack because you didn’t want to be late for the next load. Your rubber bands are getting a little old, and you get so caught up with your buddies in the air that you end up losing altitude awareness and seperating a little on the late side of things. You still get to pull at 3500, but this time you still haven’t slowed down from the track and between your increased speed and the age of your stows, your bag starts to open a little prematurely. Instead of opening directly over your head, your canopy is angled and not properly tense by the time it comes out of the bag. This increase in chaos allows some air to start slipping in behind your slider, because the canopy is too sideways for the air to catch into the bottom of the slider in the way it’s supposed to. You get a bottom skin inflation, and your canopy is opened harder than you’d like. At the least you get a few bruises, at the most your family is mourning your loss. Now, maybe if the slider had a bit more fabric to it, and was more domed instead of being shaped so flat the way it is, the chaos of the airflow into the canopy might have been a little more controlled, and instead of that air slipping in behind the slider, it would have been more directed into the path of least resistance inside the slider where it should have been going, and kept the slider up long enough for the canopy to open more controlled in the way it was supposed to. Take a plastic bag, and rush it through the air 100 times in a row. How many times does it inflate the way you want it to? Now cut out a rectangular segment from that plastic bag, give it just a few inches of slack, and rush it through the air 100 times in a row. How many times does it inflate the way you want it to? The point i’m getting at, is maybe slider modifications that help a slider catch air better aren’t only for canopies that open too hard. Maybe instead of only domed sliders on Sabre 1’s, that domed sliders on spectre’s, pilot’s, and safire’s wouldn’t be such a bad idea. If they make a canopy open TOO slow, then maybe a smaller domed slider is better than a larger normal/flat slider. Sliders obviously don’t have to fill up to the size of a basketball, but maybe just having an extra two or three inches of slack in the fabric could make a world of difference when it comes to less than desirable openings, and would probably only increase opening time by 1-3 hundred feet. How often do you hear of a hard opening with a pocket slider or domed slider? Far less often than with regular canopies. Thoughts?
  8. I know that the repeated mantra is “any canopy can open hard unexpectedly”, but obviously canopy design is a huge factor in that. The Sabre 1 is living proof of my point without much more needing to be said. But regardless, people still occasionally die because of the openings on modern canopies that usually open soft and snivvely. I’ve heard good things about PD’s Storm, but Carolyn Clay was alao allegedly flying one when she passed away. So my point remains. I was thinking of getting my first rig soon, and i’m honestly tied between getting an F111 canopy or an AD Pilot, with dacron either way, because my #1 main focus is gonna be on trying to avoid a hard opening. Assuming the lines are kept in trim, the slider is up, and all the stows are double-wrapped in the correct sequence to about 10-12 pounds (and sprayed with silicone to avoid baglock), and I pull stable, does that pretty much cover all the elements in terms of being realistic about staying soft? I’m fragile as fuck. Would having a master rigger add a slider pocket to a Pilot or switch the slider out for a domed one be an acceptable precautionary practice on the offhand chance of something getting screwed up during deployment as an added security measure, or would it cause more harm than good? (Assuming the extra 200-500 feet of snivel from a slider mod would be kept in consideration during tracking and pull altitudes)