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Para–Phernalia standard Wedge SOFTIE Backpack Parachute includes (2) B–12 snaps on leg harness and thread–thru chest strap. Your parachute is completely customizable. SOFTIE offers:
Thread–Thru Adapters – the flattest and lightest of the connectors we offer. For a pilot that is interested in minimizing weight and bulk, thread–thru adapters are an excellent choice.
Quick Ejector Snaps – allow for fast, easy, one hand disconnection of the harness attach points. Quick ejectors offer a nice convince, however, it is important to know they are bulkiest and heaviest of all the connector hardware we offer.
Capewell Canopy Releases – allow the canopy to be disconnected from the harness. If you fly in areas where high ground winds are common you may want to consider this option. Capewell's will allow you to release the canopy to avoid being drug across the ground after landing. NOTE: The harness main lift web is non–adjustable when Capewells are installed.
Custom Monogram – Another popular options is personalize your SOFTIE with your initials or aircraft registration numbers. Choose any combination of up to five letters and numbers and SOFTIE will embroider them on the right side of the harness in your choice of color.
LIST price $2,475.00.
Wedge SOFTIE Parachute Standard Color Options:
• Royal Blue
• Navy Blue
• Olive Drab
Wings & Wheels typically stocks Blue and Red.
Wedge SOFTIE Custom Color Options:
Wedge SOFTIE Container Options
• Genuine Sheepskin Backpad
• Matching Carry–All bag
• Bailout Bottle Cover
• Custom Colors
• Cotton Sweat Pad
• Three Stripes on container
• Custom Monogram (Maximum of 5 letter and/or numbers, your choice of thread color)
The SOFTIE harness and container system is designed, tested, manufactured and delivered according to the highest possible industry standards. It is up to the owner to maintain it in top condition. Below are certain areas that you and/or your rigger should check on a regular basis to ensure proper operation and long life of your equipment.
Before Each Flight You Should Check:
• Ripcord and housing for tackings, damage, proper seating and / or obstructions.
• Ripcord pins, cable, handle and pocket for proper seating, wear and / or damage.
• All harness webbing and hardware for wear or damage.
After Putting Your Rig on, Check:
• Ripcord handle secure in its pocket.
• Chest strap is properly threaded and running end secured
• Leg straps are properly threaded and running ends are stowed
Wearing the SOFTIE
There are five points of adjustment on the SOFTIE harness:
•Shoulder adapters (two): Factory preset at medium adjustment. should be adjusted prior to donning the harness.
• Chest strap (one): With either adjustable v–ring and snap hardware or thread through adapters.
• Leg straps (2): With either v–ring and snap hardware or thread through adapters.
Wedge SOFTIE Parachute Fit
Your SOFTIE should be, above all else, comfortable. But, the real reason any pilot or passenger in an aircraft is wearing a parachute is in case an emergency bailout becomes necessary. If that should happen, the person using the parachute will reduce the risk of problems during egress and opening if the harness is worn snugly around the body. Take the time to properly adjust the fit of your Softie whether for yourself or for a less experienced passenger. The following steps should be taken to insure proper fit.
Putting on the Conventional Harness
• Place the harness over the shoulders and hold each of the two (2) leg strap snaps snugly at each hip. If the main lift webbing is correctly adjusted, the shoulder adapters will sit just in front of the shoulder below the collarbone. The wearer should be able to stand erect and the container should not sit low on the back.
• If necessary, remove the SOFTIE to make any adjustments to the shoulder adapters and be sure to stow any additional riser exposed during adjustment.
• With the SOFTIE back on your shoulders bend forward and grasp the bottom of the container; raising the container so that it rests high on the back.
• Reach between your legs and take hold of one of the leg straps.
• Identify that it is either left or right. Remove any twists and fasten the leg strap v–ring adapter to the appropriate snap. The snap should “Snap” shut. Be sure that no clothing or other obstructions are caught in the snap.
• Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the opposite leg strap.
• Now stand erect and fasten the chest strap; either with the thread through buckle or with snap and adjustable v–ring. Tighten the chest strap but not so much as to distort the main lift webbing. Stow any free–end excess in the elastic band.
• Reach down and grasp both leg strap free ends and tighten the leg straps. Stow any excess leg strap free–end in the elastic keeper. Snug while standing erect is sufficient. When you sit down in the aircraft the harness will now feel loose and comfortable.
Putting on the Aerobatic Harness
• Place the harness over your shoulders and hold each of the leg strap loops at each hip. If the main lift webbing is adjusted correctly, the shoulder adapters will sit in front of your shoulder just under the collarbone.
• If necessary, remove the SOFTIE to make any adjustment to the shoulder adapters. To make the main lift web longer – pull about 1″ of the riser webbing out of the riser protector (Velcro) flap and extend it thru the shoulder adapters. To make the main lift web shorter – run the main lift webbing up thru the shoulder adapters and stow the excess in the riser protector (Velcro) flaps.
• With the SOFTIE back on your shoulders bend forward and grasp the bottom of the container, raising the container so that it rests high on the back.
• Reach between your legs and take hold of the left leg strap, remove any twists.
• Bring the left leg strap between your legs and thread it thru the loop on your left hip (inside to out), then continue across your chest to the snap on the right side of your chest.
• Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the right leg strap.
• Stand erect and tighten the harness by pulling on the ends of the harness webbing. Stow any excess webbing in the elastic keepers.
• When you sit down the harness will feel much looser due to the geometry of the “A” harness. When seated in the aircraft snug up the harness and restow the excess webbing.
Para–Phernalia, Inc. has designed and manufactured the SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes since 1979. Our emergency parachutes are known world wide for being the highest quality, most comfortable, and reliable emergency parachutes available.
There are seven different SOFTIE models which make up the SOFTIE product line. Each can be customized to suit your individual needs. Whether you fly powered aerobatics, gliders, warbirds, or any other type of aircraft, we have an emergency parachute system designed for your application.