How NOT 2 Skydive - Soft link break tests!


Eric Johnson brought soft links to the lab to break test. They are a small piece of spectra that connects the skydiver to the parachute or more specifically the container to the canopy. There are 4 of them, but they are the only thing attaching you and they are tiny. Thank you Eric for not only doing this test with me but coming up with our new slogan "Breaking Gear Fear".


Our Results:

Used correctly: 10.9kn or 2,450lbf

Installed wrong! 6.2kn or 1,394lbf

Single wrapped: 6.6kn or 1,484 lbf

Eye to Eye: 3.7kn or 832lbf

Bonus Test: Knot in 6mm amsteel: 9.5kn or 2,136lbf


Please use gear correctly AND be kind to one another!


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Breaking Gear Fear

Edutainment has been a great way to help people understand their gear, and know the true limitations of it.  Watching HOW gear fails is more important than the force itself, as almost all gear is super good enough.  It's more important to share information on how to stay safe than it is to have a paywall.  We hope our stoke is contagious.