Safety / Rescue Products Reviews
by Jeff Goin, Updated 01-24-2007 | Ratings: 1 is bad, 10 is good
Rescue systems are now available from both
the air and the water.
About Agama |
Resetting the Agama
I put the Agama system to a realistic test (see
the results here) and it passed with floating colors. Don't bet your life on
it any more than you would any other single mechanical device but it could
easily save your bacon and gear if the unexpected water landing
Reserve (Rescue) Parachute
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Reserves, including repack
Fortunately I've never needed to use a
reserve parachute but there have been times I was glad to have it and
times I wish I did. More than other safety devices, a reserve adds an
element of risk with the remote possibility of an accidental opening
which could be catastrophic if it sets you down somewhere you don't want
to go. Historically that has proven rare and saves are more common than
accidental deployments by about 5 to 1. But you must know what you're
doing, how to mount it and how to deploy it. A good instructor familiar
with your model is best bet and the Powered Paragliding Bible also has
good coverage of the topic.
Here is information on choosing a reserve.