On a fine Arizona day following a nice skydive, Trunk from Hypoxic turned and tracked, waved off and pulled.
After an uneventful opening, was time to pop the toggles. Some of the excess brake line stowed on the back of his risers had moved around during or before deployment resulting in the toggle being pulled through a loop of sorts. Reaching up to release the brakes, the excess was knotted up (shown at the end of the video). Being an experienced skydiver that knows his canopy well, Trunk quickly decided that he would not be able to clear the tangle below his hard deck – if at all – so he went for the reserve and landed uneventfully.
The canopy was a Velocity 103 and it was a balmy, no-wind day in Eloy, AZ
Back in the days of Velcro, the excess brake line was tucked up nice and tight. But Velcro and lines tend to not get along, so by popular demand, manufacturers have moved away from the Velcro to different methods – and some don’t even bother. What works for you? Ever had this happen?
Trunk plans on revisiting his procedures for stowing the excess to minimize the odds of it happening again.