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  1. To me it looks like self induced line twist. You should stop pulling on your risers at line stretch. You might get away with doing that on a Sabre 2/3, Safire like canopies, but on higher performance canopies, you will "get bitten". How many jumps you have in total, and how many on this canopy ?
  2. This! The tab from the soft link on the front riser wrapped around some lines from the rear. How likely is to happen again?! Not very likely. Reserves have wider risers and will be more difficult from the tab to cause problems, but why take the chance? If you tack the links loosely to only one side, is still easy to check the routing. Like always in rigging, you will get 14 different answers from 10 different riggers and they all will tell you theirs is the correct one. For the record, I tack reserve soft links and never had any problem with doing so... I also have no problem with riggers who choose not to...
  3. Here's why this is not going to work. 7G on someone 110 pounds will require completely different strength than 7G on someone 220 pounds. Just a my thought
  4. No way Speed 2000 170 will fit into I-23SN. Speed 2000 150 is a tight fit with no space left. If your information comes from watching sizing charts, mine is from packing the same configuration many times. Once again, Speed 2000 170 does NOT pack as small as an Optimum 143
  5. If you are on the market for a new reserve, what's your reason for not getting a PDR? Is 30 years on the market and close to 60 000 reserves out not good enough to convince you? If it's about the price, the 100-200 bucks you gonna "save" by choosing it over a PDR for example, you gonna loose the moment you try to resale it. About the RUSH, I have packed many of them over the years. Nothing special. The ones I have packed had orange stitching (which is very nice for inspecting) and some custom made Spectra lines. Will I recommend it? Not likely. Having seen an average guy stalled a 130 sq.ft on landing, I would assume it's not build to handle heavy wing load. ( not that there's an excuse for jumping a small reserve with high wing load, but other reserves handle higher WLs just fine)
  6. If the rest is fine ( stitch quality,thread size....etc) 1 cm lower than the start of the cascade is not a problem. That's how at least one major manufacturer lets them out of the factory floor.
  7. If that statement was correct, we would be having people falling out of harnesses every other weekend... I have no problem working on "closet queens" from the 90's, as long as people understand the limitation on the rigs build back then.
  8. I have never seen one, so I don't know what's written on the label, but unless I'm wrong, PA has a 20 years lifetime on all its products . So that reserve will be unairworthy to start with!
  9. The biggest problem in this forum is that when you ask a very specific question like you did, and even though you said you don't care about the legal issues, people can't simply answer your question. Didn't take long before the first person said, you can't pack it according to the rules. Then somebody else steps in with his opinion on the rules.....and then the fight starts. And the thing is, they might talk about the rules of different countries. Further down the road, somebody will start a brand war. 5 months later and 375 posts about all of the above, someone might actually answer your question. Good luck!
  10. 3-4 weeks seems about right at the moment!
  11. You are talking about the 3 ring release patent. The thread is about Collin's lanyard. Completely different thing. "My belief is that once the doctor whacks you on the butt, all guarantees are off" Jerry Baumchen
  12. I personally find UPT's sizing chart to be spot on only in regards to PD reserves. Everything else there is way off. If we look at the V348, we see a Techno 155 and a PDR 160 listed as standard. In reality Techno 155 packs smaller than PDR143. And then is Speed 170 listed as "full", but it actually pack smaller than a Techno 155. The best way is to try it! "My belief is that once the doctor whacks you on the butt, all guarantees are off" Jerry Baumchen
  13. Look further! Stay away from magnetic riser covers for speed skydiving! "My belief is that once the doctor whacks you on the butt, all guarantees are off" Jerry Baumchen