Kelly Farrington from Velocity Sports Equipment, makers of the Infinity rigs, posted up a note on dropzone.com in response to the discussion about alternative closing methods. He kindly gave us permission to share that note here.
Since we’ve gotten multiple emails about this topic today, I’ll throw my response out here for any curious Infinity owners.
While it is OK to route the bridle from the bottom of an Infinity container, one should be careful to ONLY route the bridle under the #2 flap, and OVER the #1 flap. Tucking the bridle under the #1 flap could lower the security of the main pin cover flap and introduce premature wear.
What interests me is that until about 6 years ago, I had never heard of this malfunction happening. I believe it has become more prominent due to skydivers wanting every part of their gear “tight and tidy”, including the bridle under the pin cover flap- tucking it in so tight and orienting the pin in such a manner that the bridle can start moving before the pin does, giving the bridle an opportunity to impale itself on the pin.
Social media is also making it easier for people to share the information, possibly making a mountain out of the proverbial mole hill. I would hope that the free flow of information on the web is the main culprit here and that we’re not actually regressing with our knowledge of knowing how to pack properly
Any routing/stowing of the bridle should be done so that any movement of the pilot chute end of the bridle results in either the pin extracting, or more slack in the bridle between the tip of the pin and where the bridle enters the main container.
There you have it!
For more information, check out links with notes from other harness & container manufacturers:
- Click here to view alternate closing sequence on the UPT Vector container
- Click here to view an alternate closing sequence on Rigging Innovation containers.
- Click here to view the bulletin from Parachute Systems for the Vortex container.