Handle with Care

The "Handle with Care" label indicates a weight-optimised ADVANCE product that is intended for a specific use. It gives notice that special requirements are appropriate for its use and handling, and it requires a high quality of care. Due to their light fabrics and construction details, paragliders, rucksacks and harnesses with this notification are more sensitive to the abuse and subsequent damage caused by inappropriate handling than conventional ADVANCE products. The following situations, over which the pilot has discretionary choice, can pose an increased risk of damage to light products, but without affecting safety. Here are some likely scenarios, without claiming to be a complete list.

paragliders

  • Extensive ground handling on sand (beach, dunes, etc.) or on stony or rough ground
  • Allowing the inflated wing to fall on its leading edge after landing or during ground handling. Scraping the leading edge along the ground e.g. kiting or cobra launch practice.
  • Dragging the paraglider over the ground

  • Regular performance of steep spirals, B-stalls, aggressive simulation of collapses etc. This can result in damage or permanent distortion of the interior structure.

Harnesses

  • Throwing the reserve at high speed, e.g. SIV. A shock reserve opening can overload and damage the harness structure.

  • Landings in water e.g. SIV (the weight of water inside can damage the equipment when it is hauled out of the lake or sea)

  • Landings on your backside (while still sitting)

Rucksacks

  • Packing pointed and sharp objects in the back compartment or pockets (e.g. hiking poles, ice axe etc..)
  • Closing the zips under high load (overstuffed pockets or rucksack itself)

  • Sending the equipment as aircraft hold baggage without protective covering (plastic wrapping recommended)

Overstress that cannot be anticipated

When using the product there is always the risk of unpredictable overstress in flight, for example caused by flying conditions or a surprise bump in the air. In rare cases the product could suffer damage. This is especially disappointing in that, usually, neither the manufacturer nor the pilot can be held responsible. 

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