Rapid opening, thanks to the Rapid Inflation System (RIS), short measuring and light weight material, minimal sinking rates and broad weight ranges: These are the features of the Rescuers of the PROTECT series by U-Turn, Advance and Swing. The SECURE 3 XS/S, the SECURE 3 RIS M/L and the SECURE 3 RIS XL/UL, whose performance features exceed previous systems by far, stand for more safety for the buck. This is made possible through a quality fabric, called Paratex RS, that was developed in cooperation of U-Turn and Paratex, particularly for the use in rescue gliders.
The Product is a tear-resistant Nylon fabric: with a weight of 40g per square meter it meets the requirement of tearing and tear strength while at the same time maintaining optimal porosity. “We’ve been testing and re-testing for about 18 months, until we discovered the right fabric consistency”, says Ernst Strobl, chief developer at U-Turn. It took over 40 DHV testings and even more droptests in order to develop a material that is able to withstand all demands in all imaginable conditions. I turned out that a certain relation between warp and weft produces the best results, although simple and double incorporated were used for the Paratex RS. The double polyamide threads are weaved into the fabric. The outcome is a material that greatly satisfies the demands of rescue equipment.
Due to the RIS you are guaranteed a very small opening time; the glider uses special bands which cause the canopy and the “basis” not to lie on top of one another but constitute exactly calculated input tension of the air duct. This positively affects the ampleness particularly in the first milliseconds.
For the SECURE 3 XS/S the RIS turned out to be obsolete as tests have shown that the system only generates advantages in opening times as of a certain canopy size. The PROTECT Nano only weighs 1.6 kg, the flat surface is only 25 square meters. However the maximum pay load in accordance with DHV testing is still 6,8 m/s 128,2 kg. At a take off weight of 80 kg the sinking rate is 5,3 m/s. The SECURE 3 RIS in size XL with a flat surface of 42 square meters brings whole 2,4 kg to the scale and in the DHV testing it holds 140 kg. Even at a pay load of 140 kg, the sinking rate is still only 6,1 m/s and by 120 kg is the sinking rate 5,2 m/s.
All SECURE 3 rescues have in common that they are made out of the innovative material and that they are quality controlled. The processed fabric (warp and weft are inspected twice), all harnesses, lines and the sewing materials (tear- and tensile strength inspection) and of course the entire production process are observed at multiple stages.
Each piece of rescue equipment is opened prior to packaging and checked for twists. The packaging process itself is documented and archived via video recordings.