The chair style Long Softie is designed to conform to and maximize the comfort of the contoured seating found in today's high performance gliders and aerobatic aircraft. The canopy and lines are stored in the back of the container just like in a backpack parachute. The rig extends down below the part that holds the canopy and padding is used to make a comfortable seat to sit on. The transition from the part that contains the canopy and the padded seat is smooth. That can be a major advantage in glider cockpits that are very reclined when compared with a backpack style parachute which goes from full thickness to no thickness at the bottom of the rig. Both backpack and chair types are commonly used in sailplanes - depending on how the seat pan of the glider accommodates the parachute and pilot. Chair type parachutes are usually a bit thinner than backpack type parachutes. Therefore the chair type may be best for tall pilots trying to fit into a cramped glider cockpit. Another advantage to the chair type is that there is no need to use a seat cushion. I have found that it can be awkward trying to adjust the position of both the backpack parachute and a separate seat cushion. That is not an issue with a chair type because the seat cushion is an integral part of the parachute.
The Long Softie is available in either 180 lb.(13" (33 cm) wide) or 240 lb. (15" (38 cm) wide) versions.
The standard length is 36" (91.4 cm) long. Tall pilots can select the 40" (110.6 cm) long version as a no cost option.
A 1" thick Confor Foam seat cushion is available as a $50 option.
It is available with either our standard H harness or our unique crossover style Aerobatic Harness.
Container Dimensions: 2.25" thick x 13" (33 cm) or 15" (38 cm) wide x 36" (91.4 cm) long.
Custom Sizing Available
Canopy Type: Steerable Conical.
Total weight: 16 lbs.
Please specify your harness choice and any options when ordering.
FREE Carry-All Bag
A Carry-All Bag ($45) is required and not included by the manufacturer. Cumulus Soaring, Inc includes one FREE of charge.
4-6 week lead time
- Brands Para-Phernalia (SOFTIE)
- Product Code: LongSoftie
- Availability: In Stock