In 1999, using the latest technology and the knowledge Relative Workshop gained in building the Vector III, we designed a container system aimed towards the growing trend of smaller canopies, the Micron- the most technically advanced harness and container system in the world. Relative Workshop did this by hiring a team of engineers never seen before in the arena of sport skydiving. These engineers, who happen to be world-class competitive skydivers, reviewed our systems designs and applied sound engineering practices to them. In doing this they were able to improve the function of the Vector III riser covers, pin protection, comfort and the operation of the three-ring release system.
In February of 2002 we introduced the Vector 3 M-Series. The M-Series utilizes Micron technology to improve function, safety and comfort and is designed to accommodate larger canopy sizes to that of the Micron.
For 40 years UPT / aka Relative Workshop has been in the business of making the highest quality harness and container systems available. With the experience from having built over 59,000 parachute systems for skydivers all around the world, they have the knowledge to design a Vector to suit your wildest dreams! What ever you like to do in the air, we will build you a rig for your ultimate comfort and safety on your way down.
In 1994, Relative Workshop unveiled the Vector 3 Harness/Container system - the first FreeFly rig on the market. This new design incorporated concepts that originated through years of research and development, and was introduced to meet the demands of modern SkyFlying.
FEATURES OF THE VECTOR 3
The following is a list of features that set the Vector 3 apart from other harness and container systems. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need further elaboration regarding these attributes.
This is a state‐of‐the‐art harness system that contours the jumper’s body for a glove‐like fit, while allowing maximum comfort and freedom of movement. The harness is constructed of Type 7 and Type 8 Mil‐Spec webbing.
The contoured yoke brings the harness over the shoulders and curves inward over the chest, which provides the most efficient placement of the emergency handles eliminating the need for chest rings and the inherent problems associated with them. This design also prevents the harness from slipping off the shoulders, should you have narrow shoulders.
Our double Type 8 chest strap is designed to provide the maximum in upper harness protection while complimenting the contoured yoke and protecting the cable housings.
This is the foundation of the Pro‐Fit Harness. It allows maximum upper body mobility without compromising total body fit.
Our guides provide a clean channel for the housings to float upward during high load situations. These guides also make it very difficult to misroute the cutaway cables.
Cutaway Cable Housings
Our flexible housings are the first step in preventing hard pulls during cutaways. The upward float allowance provided by these housings significantly reduces the likelihood of near impossible cutaways. Without upward float, premature loading of the riser loop is almost a certainty. This would lead to the yellow cutaway cable being pulled up and through the housing end by the loop.
External Riser Covers
These Magnetic riser covers utilize the most successful pocket design on the market. Years of extensive research and development (and thousands of jumps) with Babylon, Synopsis, Voltaire and our in‐house test jumpers resulted in this superior design. It is the ultimate in riser protection.
Secondary Riser Cover
Even in the highly unlikely event of an external cover opening during freefall, the secondary riser cover makes it virtually impossible for a riser or toggle to escape until the main pin is pulled. The Vector 3 is the only rig on the market to offer this level of riser/toggle security.
Main Pin Protection
The main pin cover flap is integrated into the #1 closing flap and tucks upwards into itself for maximum protection against external forces. Similar “tuck‐up” systems are now being implemented in rigs around the world. Both the main and reserve pin covers are designed to conform better to the container. This ergonomic design helps eliminate protruding corners or edges that can catch on doorjambs, bulkheads or other such objects.
Reserve Pin Protection
The reserve cover flap utilizes three tuck tabs to remain virtually immovable, without interfering with the reserve activation process.
Absolute Zero Bridle Exposure
The Vector 3, configured for BOC or Pull‐out deployment, virtually eliminates bridle exposure and the need for Velcro‐ type fasteners on the bridle cord.
Both the main and reserve pack trays utilize pocketed corners at the bottom of the tray. This serves to ensure optimum bag positioning during deployment, helping to protect against bag tumble or spin as it leaves the container. The corner of the main tray also serves as a pocket for the main bridle, virtually eliminating bridle exposure during freefall.
Our new Tru‐Lok toggle eliminates the need for Velcro fasteners. This design utilizes a stainless‐steel pin to secure each toggle in place on the main riser without inhibiting the jumper from releasing the toggles after deployment.