Inspecting your Risers


Ohio Rigger Mary O’Reilly Whitehouse shared a couple of photos showing a pair risers  on a rigging group last week. Mary wants to encourage jumpers to inspect the components of their equipment before the summer sets in, to include the white loop on the 3-ring assembly.  In this case, she was concerned about the length of the white loop, which if of incorrect length can result in the cutaway system not working as designed, and encourages users to inspect their loop and its condition as a part of their monthly 3-ring check.


We reached out to a couple of manufacturers for input and suggestions.

T2A-loop_Blue_SkiesUPT gives this as inspection reference:

The white Type-2A loop may vary slightly in length, depending on the risers in question.
The best reference is to use the bottom edge of the Type 4 square weave, that holds the small ring.
When placed flat, the fold of the Type-2A should be even with the bottom edge of the Type 4 square weave. (Please keep in mind that there are tolerances that allow for up to 1/8” of difference)
This is true for all UPT sport risers, including tandem. 

Sun Path noted that in building risers they follow specifications published by UPT.  Loop length changes that have been made over time are noted as product improvements based on research and feedback from the field.

Both companies recommend replacement of risers as needed – neither specified a number of jumps that dictated a replacement. Both encourage container owners to check in with their riggers during reserve repacks – or more frequently if needed. If you have concerns about your equipment, including the main risers, don’t hesitate to give your rigger a call or approach the manufacturer directly.

Velocity Sports Equipment also mentioned that they prefer to work with the condition of any given component of the equipment, rather than a set replacement schedule, as it can greatly vary through use and environment the equipment is used in. They did note that any items that come into contact with the loop should be smooth and free of any edges that may cause premature wear.

So there you have it!  Safety day might be over – but now the real fun begins. Be safe, look out for yourself and each other, and give that gear a good one-over before going full blast into summer.

Velocity Sports adds new sales reps!


velocity-sports-equipmentNicole Smith and John Fulk have joined Velocity Sports Equipment, the makers of the Infinity rig, as sales and support team.

Nicole will be in the role of dealer support while John’s focus will be on existing orders and rigging. Blue Skies Mag readers are very familiar with Nicole as the “50 states girl” and John is this dude she ran into somewhere along the way.  She must have liked him, because the two are getting married at the end of August.

Both are active jumpers, enthusiastic about the sport of skydiving. You will likely run into one or both at select events around the U.S., and please feel free to drop them a line with any VSE questions you want answered  or just to say hi (Nicole/John).




Velocity Sports Equipment is hiring!


227917_10151183182514544_537678446_nSkydivers looking to live the dream out of sunny Bend, Oregon –  heads up!

Velocity Sports Equipment – makers of the Infinity rig (which happens to be the one Felix Baumgartner made his little leap from space using) are looking to hire a new team member.


At Velocity Sports Equipment, we are proud to produce a high quality product with friendly and professional customer service.  We specialize in designing and manufacturing harness & container assemblies and related equipment for the skydiving market.  If you have a background in sales, thrive in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for the sport, this is the place for you!   

As a member of Velocity Sports Equipment’s team, you’ll represent the company and serve as a primary point of contact for our customers, dealers, ambassadors and sponsored athletes. In addition to your primary responsibility of meeting our sales goals, you will also be responsible for advertising, social media, attending events and other sales related functions. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Help develop sales strategy to grow the company
  • Meet sales goals
  • Manage network of dealers, ambassadors, and sponsored athletes
  • Answer phones & provide customer service
  • Process orders, invoices & ship product
  • Manage advertising and social media
  • Attend skydiving events, manage booth & provide customer support



  • 5-7 years of sales experience
  • Rigging experience a plus


  • BA or BS degree, preferably in Sales, Business or Engineering

General Skills: 

  • Personable and effective communicator
  • Self-motivated with effective time management
  • Big picture understanding
  • Accurate and attention to detail
  • Strong understanding of the skydiving industry

Computer skills:

  • Microsoft, Quickbooks, & Facebook a must
  • Adobe Illustrator, Concrete 5, php a plus

Special Requirements: 

  • Must be willing to move to Bend or Sunriver, Oregon.
  • Travel: Approx 10% of time will be travelling, the remainder will be in the office
  • Lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.  

Interested parties can contact Sean ( for more information or to submit a resume.

Velocity Sports Equipment releases a service bulletin for the Infinity Rig

Long and short: all risers need to be inspected before next jump by a master rigger (or foreign equivalent).

The Service Bulletin illustrates what constitutes normal wear and what is considered damage.  For any risers/rigs showing damage, the rig must be repaired prior to jumping and customer should contact Velocity Sports Equipment for further instructions.

Click here to view or download Service Bulletin, VSESB001

Download the bulletin from the Velocity Sports Equipment website.

Velocity Sports Equipment offers black stainless steel

For those of you that have always felt that your shiny stainless steel hardware was just a little *too* blingy, fret not. There is a new option in town that allows you to go all “Men in Black” on your rig, to match your all black jumpsuit, black Vans and black helmet with a tinted lens. Snazzy.

From the press release:

Velocity Sports Equipment offering Black Stainless Steel Hardware on the Infinity Container!

Effective July 2nd, 2012, Velocity Sports Equipment has released black stainless steel hardware. Orders for black-coated cadmium hardware are no longer accepted. The black stainless steel hardware holds up extremely well. All new orders with black stainless steel will receive CWH friction adapters in black stainless as well.
Please note that this is not a free option, the cost is $200.00 on non-articulated containers, $250 on containers with hip articulation, and $300.00 additional on Infinity containers with hip and chest articulation.

Please contact Velocity Sports Equipment with any questions you might have at 253.445.8790 or e-mail Gail Lovelace. If you prefer, you can also send a message via the VSE Facebook page.