What's New On The Talon FX
The Talon FX is a highly refined and
polished upgrade to the Talon FS. Some of the design features immediately stand
out and make for a cleaner and smoother look overall. In addition, there are numerous
internal and construction changes that make it easier to pack and maintain as well
as offer up to date safety improvements. The Talon FX offers these design changes
as well as Stainless Steel hardware and Space foam as standard for one all inclusive
- Highlights include:
- New design allows for a tighter fit over the shoulders
- Different sewing techniques create a smooth look and better fit
- Space foam leads to superior comfort
The container sizes parallel those of the Talon FS. At the moment the Talon FX is
available in the following sizes: FX00, FX0, FX1, FX2, FX5, FX6 and FX7.
- Backpad & Riser Covers
The FX backpad/yoke configuration has been re-designed to have a much narrower upper
yoke/shoulder area for a tighter fit over the shoulders. The use of the Space foam
as a standard material contributes significantly to increased comfort and fit in
this area. The hip pad/horizontal back strap has been re-designed for a greater
surface area and holds the containers firmer to the back and prevents shifting in
freefall. Space foam here also makes for a more comfortable fit. The main riser
covers have been re-designed to integrate into the narrow yoke.
We have also designed a short yoke configuration for smaller bodied Individuals
that allows for shorter harness sizing. This has been very well received by those
who have jumped the configuration.
- Reserve Container
The reserve container has been tweaked to make for a smoother fit. Internally, the
Cypres installation has been modified to remove the #1 grommet from the bottom internal
flap. The cutter channel has been changed to allow for better routing and cable
protection. The cutter sleeve location now incorporates a webbing cover to protect
the cutter from wear by the container and pilot chute grommets.
- Main Container
The most noticeable change to the main container is the re-design of the main side
flaps to integrate the main riser covers into a one piece design. This makes for
a considerably smoother look and a better fit. Less sewing means less wrinkles.
The revised side flap design, along with the new top reserve flap shape, presents
a noticeably different look to the Talon FX.
The bottom of the main container has a different construction method that eliminates
sewing lines, resulting in a smoother look. Internally, the bottom loop keeper elastic
has been replaced with a tuck flap keeper.
- Main Deployment Bag
Depending on the size of the containers, the main bag configuration has been changed
to what we refer to as a “drop-in” bag where the bridle grommet is upright in the
container and the line stows are against the floor of the container. This provides
a smoother bag extraction and is easier to pack since the packer/jumper does not
have to rotate the bag into the main container. The “drop-in” bags have a graphic
label on the top of the bag showing the stowing into the container. The longer and
flatter size containers continue to use a conventional horizontal bag.
- Reserve Deployment Bag
The reserve bag has undergone some subtle changes such as the Velcro on the line
stow pouch. The hook Velcro is shielded with a cover to prevent the canopy lines
from becoming snagged during packing. The bag shape has been fine tuned for a better
fit in the reserve container.
- Reserve Pilotchute
Our famous Stealth reserve PC has had the grommet in the top of the metal cap replaced
with a size “O” stainless steel spur grommet and washer. This results in the top
being stiffer and the heavier grommet is virtually immune from damage during packing.
- Main Pilotchute & Bridle
The main pilotchute is made from ZP fabric and is available in a throw-out configuration
with either a Hackey or a FreeFly handle. A POP configuration is also offered. The
pilotchutes come in 26”, 30”, and 33” depending on the size of the container system.
The Kill-line bridle is standard.
- Main Risers & Toggles
The FX comes standard with the Mini 3-ring configuration and TY-17 main risers.
The risers have been re-designed to incorporate built-in dive loops that extend
to the outside of the riser so they are easily grasped.
The cable channel has been changed to reduce the amount of visible cable between
the grommet and the mouth of the channel to only ¾”. Teflon anti-twist tubes are
The main toggle keepers have been re-designed to replace elastic with webbing keepers
and are now the best we have seen. Premature toggle release is virtually eliminated
yet the toggles are easily released when needed. Overall, these are the closest
to the perfect risers that we’ve seen.
- Highlights include:
- The “V-flex” leg strap design stays in place and molds itself to the upper leg
- The double wide leg strap, along with the Space foam padding, provides unparalleled
- The harness is identical with the original Voodoo configuration introduced in 2000.
It is simply, the best on the market. The “V-flex” leg strap design stays in place
and molds itself to the upper leg. The double wide leg strap, along with the Space
foam padding, provides unparalleled comfort.
- The Multi-flex main lift web design, with Stainless Steel rings at the chest and
hips, is standard. The inset horizontal backstrap conforms to the body to hold the
containers tightly in place in any attitude. The larger horizontal pads with Space
foam add to the comfort.
- The reserve risers now use a Velcroless toggle system identical to the main risers
to eliminate steering line damage during use.