parachute silk tops

#1
Hi ladies and gents,

Quick question, hoping that someone has some info.
has anyone had one of the parachute silk (zute) tops. I used to have one and can remember picking it up from regi shop, but am looking for a new one, tried silvermans but would have to sell kidney to get one.

Any help?

cheers
 
#3
Frenchjedi,

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Stilts
 
#4
Arktis do a version, normally goes for about £25 buy it now on ebay but this feller:

marinescplrm

puts them on as an auction. He's a very nice man and no it ain't me.

Packs down to the size of a fag-packet and they do really make a difference - I positively pooh-poohed the concept until I actually borrowed one off a mate on FTX. Bought one as soon as I got home. Permenant feature in me webbing now.

Anyone compared the two materials - is it really worth trying to get a silk one?
 
#5
Bought some para-'silk' of ebay (it never was silk from the small amount of research I did) and got Mrs OC to make me one. BRILLIANT bit of kit for training runs, cycling and a very lightweight but off duty windproof top/ mid layer on exercise :D

Edited to add. whole thing cost me about a fiver plus a few cups of tea in bed in the morning!
 
#6
freedomman said:
is it really worth trying to get a silk one?
What, a real silk parachute top made from a real silk parachute?
I should coco!
 
#7
sandmanfez said:
freedomman said:
is it really worth trying to get a silk one?
What, a real silk parachute top made from a real silk parachute?
I should coco!
Well you live and learn :oops:
I've just been trying to work out how much a parachute made out of real silkworms bum juice would cost....
 
#8
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
 
#9
True2Blue said:
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
linky Google is a wonderful thing ;) 8)
 
#10
oldcolt said:
True2Blue said:
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
linky Google is a wonderful thing ;) 8)
ahhhhh silly me paradata of course, its the age see? Nylon of course.
Thanks anyway.
 
#11
True2Blue said:
oldcolt said:
True2Blue said:
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
linky Google is a wonderful thing ;) 8)
ahhhhh silly me paradata of course, its the age see? Nylon of course.
Thanks anyway.

My bold - well calendered nylon actually, where the material is pressed between two bfo heated rollers which influences the porosity of it, thus making it ideal for the suit. :D
X-type....... what a fcuking animal that was. No loss to society when that was phased out.
 
#12
Silks tends to cling to itself - as in stick together!
 
#13
Alec_Lomas said:
True2Blue said:
oldcolt said:
True2Blue said:
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
linky Google is a wonderful thing ;) 8)
ahhhhh silly me paradata of course, its the age see? Nylon of course.
Thanks anyway.

My bold - well calendered nylon actually, where the material is pressed between two bfo heated rollers which influences the porosity of it, thus making it ideal for the suit. :D
X-type....... what a fcuking animal that was. No loss to society when that was phased out.
Weren't the original silk chutes prone to static, causing the dreaded streamer,or Roman candle as it was originally called.Especially the seat pack worn by fighter pilots?
 
#16
Alec_Lomas said:
True2Blue said:
oldcolt said:
True2Blue said:
Not useful info I’m afraid, but real silk parachute?
I thought the only real silk parachutes were the X type.
Still have my zute top for some 44 yrs, and it still fits. 8O
Colour; khaki.
Does anyone know if they are still made from the old X type?
linky Google is a wonderful thing ;) 8)
ahhhhh silly me paradata of course, its the age see? Nylon of course.
Thanks anyway.

My bold - well calendered nylon actually, where the material is pressed between two bfo heated rollers which influences the porosity of it, thus making it ideal for the suit. :D
X-typeed out....... what a fcuking animal that was. No loss to society when that was phas.
Hey Alec, you’re not wrong it was the oscillation which was quite hairy especially for night descents, also prone BP's which I experienced on a night drop, Hankley.
Ok alec I know, I shouldnt have ran out the door and do a few sumersaults. :lol: :lol:
PX was a lot better and so was the new PWC, although we used Bergen’s.

Gungythree, I'm sure it was also prone to RC, as you said the nylon friction could cause it to stick together but can't remember for sure........alec......help?
By the way mine cost £5.
 
#17
cheers all for the links much appreciated
Dragon supplies sell para silk tops , green , black and even maroon ???? But arktis sell em and do quite a few more colours .
Superb bit of kit had one for years . Small enough to keep in your webbing and surprising how much heat they keep in .
Think I paid 20 quid for one definately worth the money
 
#18
Dug mine out today for the first time in years as we're off camping tomorrow.
Lovely thing that Crab survival flight knocked up for me at MPA about 20 years ago cost around 3 quid and did me proud for years used to carry it around under the bike seat so I could slip it under my leathers if it was cold.

As its been packed I thought it could do with a wash and handed it over to the Mrs with the words that it needs doing on synthetics.

I've just pulled it out of the dryer and examined the various burns in it before chucking it into the bin... I could weep.
 
#20
I've got the Montane one, I prefer it due to the lack of a hood, it sits in a smock pocket until needed, a great extra layer.
 
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