• Apart from regular repacking and inspections, pay special attention to the following:

  • Do not leave the reserve out in the sun (UV radiation) unnecessarily.

  • A wet or damp reserve should be completely unpacked and allowed to dry inside at room temperature, or outside in the shade.

  • Do not expose a packed reserve to large temperature changes, and do make sure it gets enough air circulation in cars and building so that condensation does not form.

  • Deal with the reserve carefully on the ground after an opening, or during SIV training.

  • After contact with seawater the reserve must be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water.

  • Only clean the reserve with fresh water, and a little neutral soap if required. Never use solvents. Chemicals, cleaning agents, insects, stains etc. can affect the strength of the parts as much as physical abuse

    • Most manufacturers recommend replacing a reserve parachute after 10 years. So their price on the second hand market decreases on a straight line towards this point. We won’t sell reserves older than the manufacturer’s recommended lifetime, and if you are considering such a reserve be sure that it first has a full inspection by us.

      High Adventure certifies their Beamer 3 for 14 years assuming it has inspections every 12 months, but warn that the life depends very much on the style of use and quality of care (deployments can significantly reduce the reserve’s life).



Connecting the reserve parachute

The emergency reserve parachute system may be connected to the harness, the main harness/wing connectors—usually involving a reserve outer container—or the tandem spreaders, depending on the particular whole equipment setup. To help correctly connect the reserve...

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Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

Buying a reserve parachute (rescue) can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. You're probably in a safe environment while reading this, so it's hard to have a...

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Our reserve parachute advice

Choosing the right model depends on your priorities, your gear and your budget. Factors to consider: harness compatibility (does it fit into the reserve pouch and can I get it out again?), certification (must be EN 12491), opening time (mostly about 3-4 seconds),...

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Reserve parachute harness compatibility

Reserves which are too bulky for the reserve compartment of the harness can be relatively difficult–or even impossible–to deploy, especially under high g circumstances. Therefore it's especially important to ensure that the packed volume of the reserve is not too big...

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How to choose the right parachute size

The ideal size for you is primarily dictated by your all up flying weight (including the reserve parachute). Just like wings, reserve parachutes have weight ranges. The more weight you load it with the faster you come down. As well as a high sink rate, an overloaded...

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Reserve parachute repacking

Make sure yours is freshly packed, at least once a year. Grit collects in the reserve parachute (causing damage through abrasion). Damp from ballast and wet grass can seep into the reserve (causing mildew and hampering opening time). The fabric gets compressed which...

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