Harness / Container

As part of the FAA mandated 180 inspection, commonly referred to for brevity as the "reserve repack" your harness and container system are given a thorough visual inspection. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Grommets on container flaps - often these are loose, worn or damaged from normal use. They can be tightened, repaired or replaced. Failure to do so can risk lines snagging on deployment. A common and simple test for how tight your grommets are is to see if you can get a fingernail underthe lip of either side. If you can, the grommet needs to be tightened if not replaced. 
  • Harness stitching - this sometimes comes loose from repeated opening shocks and other sources of wear. The harness stitching, typically at the main lift web hip lateral and harness ring junctions and chest strap sometimes need to be repaired or replaced. This is usually done using a very heavy duty sewing machine referred to as a harness machine. 
  • Container stitching - typically nylon bonded #69 E thread, sometimes F or FF. This holds your container together. Over time with repeated use these stitches can break and should be replaced. This can be done using an industrial medium duty straight or zig zag machine. 
  • Binding tape stitching - same as container stitching.
  • Binding tape - the binding tape holds the edges of the fabric covering your container flaps together. Binding tape takes a beating and often needs to be repaird or replaced. This can be a very tricky procedure, especially if on a flap with a plastic stiffener. Basic structural repairs can be done fairly easily using a medium duty machine by a person with minimal experience. However, the cosmetic appearance can be very undesirelable. Good binding tape repairs are best done with the proper machines and a highly skilled rigger experienced in this kind of work. 
  • BOC pouch - this open looses elasticity due to use and should be periodically replaced. Pouches can be purchased form manufacturers but are easily manufactured by personel with the right equipment and expetise. 
  • Leg pads - leg pads take a beating and often need to be repaired or replaced. Repairs, like those above should be done by the right person for both structural and cosmetic reasons. Leg pads rarely need to be replaced but when they do, are best purchased from the rig manufacturer. 
  • Harness repairs / replacements - now with most gear having artculated harnesses, main lift web and leg strap replacements are relatively easy, at least in comparison to one piece fixed harnesses. However, this work, no matter how easy it may appear, must always be done by a Master Rigger with the appropriate experience, expertise and equipment. 
    • repairs and replacements may be necessary due to routine wear, damage for any number of reasons, or resiziing to provide for a better fit. 
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