For those who fly a paraglider, speedglider, or certain other types of large kites, and use a stuff sack for storing your wing - this should be a quick and easy tip to save you a bit of time and trouble. For those of you who don't do the either of the above, this will likely not make much sense to you.
When storing my glider in a stuff sack, I previously made certain to keep the risers separate from one another, and untwisted. This worked fine most of the time, but they would at times shift around and of twist themselves as the sack was tossed around. I would also sometimes forget how exactly I put the glider away the previous time, and would end up twisting something in the process of removing it.
So to alleviate this minor frustration I devised the following enhancement - it is very simple, and seems quite obvious in retrospect.
Sew two small carabiners into your stuff sack using some 1" webbing, or small pieces of fabric.
When you are done flying - unhook your risers from your harness, and hook them into your stuff sack in the same orientation.
Next time you fly - unhook them from the sack, and attach them back to your harness .
This should hopefully help avoid some twists, tangles and wasted time
Hope you find it usefull.
Since posting I have found some people who have techniques of their own that are worth sharing;
George says: people I fly with to hook one large carabiner through both risers immediately after unhooking them from the harness. In the sack, the biner is attached to one of the existing features to keep it in one place. You attach the biner to your harness for safe keeping while flying and it could come in handy in a rescue situation.
Jeff says: What I usually do is slide one riser hook in point into the other. It works
great and I never have a tangle unless I messed it up before putting the glider
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