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  1. I just look at the video and honestly most of the people pulling really were lame half hearted pulls. They did eventually pull. Most were pulling at 90 degrees to housing increasing pull force. Notice the big gap between cutting away and pulling the reserve and stopping when it got a little tough. Eventually using a bit of effort and pulling it. In my opinion the issue was the jumpers effort rather than the equipment. Pull it like you life depends upon it. Im sure scratches are an issue but i don't believe it to be the prime factor. I pull hundreds of reserves a year and don't experience hard pulls but i am pulling in the right direction. Correct training and emergency procedure execution are a bigger issue. Ive seen similar occurrences when people pull their reserves. Pulling once every 6 months does little to address the issue. I have no problem with people pulling their reserves. I dont doubt some containers are too tight as ive seen bent stuffeners and watched rigger struggle to close even using a torque device. Sometimes it is technique and other times its realizing when the closure loop is too short.
  2. Spoke with them this week and they are in process of transitioning to new factory and hence not taking new orders. They are making new parts and dealers have contact details of Chris. They are definitely still in business and just transitioning at the moment.
  3. I found it more of a hindrance when closing a CRW canopy in the container. A normal boxed container keeps the slippery canopy somewhat contained when closing the flaps. The dynamic corners just allowed it to slide around more. For wingsuits - the direction that the bag is pulled is different from other disciplines and there is a benefit. For CRW I see no benefit.
  4. Likewise I had two vigils that were 12 years old and had been installed/repacked despite a SB stating that they needed to be replaced at 10 years. Repacked by riggers in both Canada and Eloy. Dont blame the M2 because a rigger doesnt check for SB’s and ensure compliance.
  5. Perhaps watching a video like this will make you see the issue. Ive also had rigs that I've had brought to me that exhibited lack of maintenance and similar behaviour. So in low drag situations this can occur and a set in the risers has occurred. Not wishing to start a flame war but lack of maintenance is common.
  6. How about lack of 3 ring maintenance and low drag scenario. Ie bag lock or pilot chute in tow. People seem shocked that they have some maintenance to do on their rigs and even when they know most simply chose to ignore. Take a look at the dirty cables as a sign of lack of maintenance. The twisting of the risers at the 3 rings avoids them taking a set and this should be done fairly regularly.
  7. Id say that was questionable. I have canopies i maintain that don't have round crossports to start with and canopies that have 2000 jumps with the cross-ports still looking circular and no fraying. As far as fraying, I've typically seen this more on the non load bearing ribs that most fraying occurs. These are the ribs that dont have line attachments on them. I would guess the loading of the rib doesn't allow it to flutter as much which causes the fraying to occur more quickly but thats just a guess after inspecting many canopies every year and seeing the progression.
  8. We get out bands direct from keener
  9. As to a good knife as against a crappy one. The following is a thread in the CRWDogs about knives. The likelyhood of using a knife is greatly increased when doing CRW but the same reasoning applies in that when you need a knife its good to know it will work.!msg/crwdogs/RkCMRzmrC1c/6jMFW8aYra4J After this many of the CRW dogs switched knives and the Benchmade knives seem to be the most popular now (at least in the US CRW community).
  10. And this is why I am constantly advising jumpers who have missing hook knives or the crappy plastic ones to get a decent knife on your rig - if the manufacturer installed a hook knife pocket with a snap then the least you can do is replace it if you lose it. You never know when you might need it.
  11. Can people point me to some studies to back up strength loss over time. I have seen studies reflecting strength.loss of nylon due to uv exposure and other chemical actions but how much has been done on age deterioration only.
  12. Originally i believed it was experimental because it didnt meet faa rules. As each jumper didnt have a harness, main and reserve but i believe that this was addressed in later regulations. So is it still operating on experimental status.
  13. Jerry Thanks, I think your right. After more hunting around it looks like it is a "Rods Rebel 1". It does look interesting from the fact that the main container does not have a closure loop like we see now but is velcro closed. (Obviously wouldnt class as freefly friendly these days.) Looking for any info on closing this up as it would be nice to close it up in correct manner - even if it wasnt with canopies inside - rather foam for demo purposes.
  14. I tend to agree - people use the 500 (which is a minimum) as a target. A lot of the time tandem instructors make things look pretty straightforward BUT every single jump is different. Different people, different wingloadings, different considerations for student (stiff old people , oversized people). The students do not always help. You are jumping in conditions such as winds, turbulence etc. with a canopy that has less manoueveribility (think school bus not sports car) and you dont have front risers. Landing safely is critical for both yourself and the student. I would like to see people have more quality jumps and I'm not talking about simply doing hop/pop or solos in order to get the total to 500. I
  15. I have acquired an old rodriguez parachute container and I know nothing about it except it had a round reserve and a stratostar main in it. It has R2 as release mechanism and the main pilot chute was mounted on a belly band with the main container was closed with a velcro flap. I dont even know the name of the container let alone finding a manual to find more info out on the container. At no point is this container going back in service but I'd like to clean it up and fill the containers with some foam to make it look like it has canopies in as a nice "historical" piece. At the moment the container is taking a bath and cleaning up the years of dirt / grim that had accumulated. Any hints on a manual with pictures or what I may even have here. Spotty