RDS vs. Removable Slider – Icarus Canopies

RDS vs. Removable Slider

A full RDS (Removable Deployment System) involves removing your slider, d-bag and pilot chute after opening. You can read about how the RDS works here.

A removable slider means you take off ONLY the slider after opening, and it isn’t connected to your d-bag and pilot chute, which remain attached to the tail of your canopy as normal.

A removable slider is the simpler of the two options, allowing you to quickly free up some drag and spread the risers. It’s a lot quicker to pack and causes less problems for malfunctions.

The full RDS is only for highly experienced pilots on high performance wings – probably best only used for competitions and XRW, where reduction of drag is most critical.

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