VECTOR ANATOMY 101
Flaps that go over your shoulders to protect your risers in freefall to prevent out of sequence deployments. The Vector system uses magnets to help secure these flaps and allow for even deployments.
The piece that curves around your collar, extending down the front over your shoulders. This measurement is used in determining harness fit. For example, a +1 yoke would be built for someone with above average shoulder size. Read about our contoured yoke design in #16.
RESERVE PIN COVER
Flap that covers your reserve pin. You should always check your reserve pin when doing gear checks! Under this flap is also where your AAD window is. On the Vector, this is the most popular flap for custom embroidery, as it is relatively easy to replace for resale.
SECONDARY / INTERNAL RISER COVERS
Flaps along the sides of the reserve tray to protect the risers during freefall. This added protection is one of the many reasons why the Vector is the most popular container amongst free fliers.
This is where your reserve canopy lives. If you have noticeable wrinkles, or you can see the ring of your reserve pilot chute showing when packed, you should ask your rigger for a repack, as that can create “memory” in the fabric and have lasting effects on the appearance of your container.
This is where your main canopy lives when packed. To maintain the appearance and longevity of your Vector, always take care to make sure your canopy completely fills the corners of the tray, and that you are not creating wrinkles when you pack. Also do not over stuff or under stuff your container.
MAIN PIN COVER FLAP
Protects your closing pin to prevent premature deployments. Vector is known for its superior pin protection, which makes it the most popular container for free flying.
BINDING TAPE / TRIM TAPE
The tape used to cover/bind the edges of all of the flaps of the container. In this image, the binding tape shown is black with teal contrast stitching. Contrast stitching is an additional charge option, but adds a nice color highlight to your container.
SIDEWALL / SIDEBODY
The side flaps of a container. This is a popular space for custom embroidery, as it is the largest billboard space on the container. Get in touch with us about any awesome custom design ideas you have!
MAIN DEPLOYMENT HANDLE
The handle you use to deploy the main pilot chute – can be various different styles: hackey, monkey fist, plastic handle (standard), or free fly pud. The freefly pud is the option shown on this container. For better security in freefall, we recommend adding the “freefly tab” to a hackey or monkey fist to help prevent premature openings (this tab comes standard on the freefly pud option).
Connect your canopy to your container. Can be either type 17 webbing ( skinny ) or type 8 ( fat ) and come in various lengths depending on your size and canopy goals. UPT also offers Louie Loops, which are our reinforced front dive loops and low drag risers (sewn in half to reduce drag) as options for advanced canopy piloting. The low drag risers are what is shown here.
RSL – RESERVE STATIC LINE
The RSL connects your reserve ripcord to your main, so that your cut away main pulls your reserve pin automatically. UPT systems take this one step farther with a SKYHOOK, which essentially uses the connection to your main as your reserve pilot chute for fastest possible reserve extraction.
3 RING RELEASE
System for releasing malfunctioning main. We invented this! This is the release system used on all sport parachuting systems today.
Vector containers come standard with stainless steel hardware. You can also upgrade to black stainless steel for a bit more of a stealthy look (shown here).
The metal housings the cutaway and reserve ripcord cables are fed through to protect them and also ensure a smooth release of the main canopy in the event of a malfunction.
The Vector contoured yoke allows for comfort without chest articulation. The contoured shape also keeps the yoke securely over your shoulders when flying in fast head down orientations.
RING COVER AKA MUDFLAP
These terms are used interchangeably for this flap, so when you are ordering your Vector, your dealer may refer to that flap as either term.
Can come in many forms – 3d spacer foam, standard deluxe, Babylon, etc. The 3D spacer foam option is shown here. Please visit our options guide for a break down of the various back pad options.
People often opt for a longer chest strap to make it easier to lean forward in the harness for canopy piloting.
MAIN LIFT WEB (MLW)
Harness webbing along the sides of the torso. This is one of the biggest factors in harness fit.
Handle that releases a malfunctioning main canopy from the container via the 3 ring release system.
You guessed it – deploys your reserve! Our reserve handles come in a variety of options (soft pillow handle shown here). Please see our Options Guide for more options.
Spandex pouch on bottom of container ( get it? BOC ) where you stow your main pilot chute.
HIP RINGS / ARTICULATION / VARIABLE GEOMETRY HARNESS / VGH
A lot of terms that all mean the same thing – added hardware that gives flexibility and range of motion by allowing the harness to hinge at the waist. While you cannot see the hip rings in this image, they connect the leg straps to the main lift web (MLW). This is our most popular upgrade option. Almost every Vector jumper opts for VGH.
LATERALS / STABILIZERS
The part of the harness that wraps around the waist connecting the container to the main lift web. These come in many forms – cut in, padded, soft, etc. Check out our Options Guide for details.
LEG PAD VS LEG STRAP
Leg strap is the actual harness webbing, whereas the leg pads are the pads that cover the straps. Sizing is determined by leg pads. If you want fixed leg straps, that refers to the actual harness webbing being sewn fixed (must come in to UPT to have this done).