Spectra reserve ripcord wear in Gear and Rigging November 20, 2013 I don't know all the history but a quick search of "Ripcord stops" came up with this fatality and a bunch of other interesting threads. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3423403;search_string=ripcord%20stops;#3423403 If the ripcord is dropped in an unstable deployment, it can tangle with the deploying reserve while remaining stuck in the housing. I too was convinced the velcro sandwich on the RSL lanyard was enough to rotate the pin, but in every test pull I've done so far, the pin jammed the ripcord hard housing. Trust me, I was surprised when it first happened and may have video somewhere. I always do a test pull with the rig on my back and simulated emergency speeds. It won't jam if you pull slow and gently. You are right, it doesn't affect the reserve container opening.