Recently an Apex customer shared a story with us that we think is worth rebroadcasting. To paraphrase, it went something like this:
“I was on exit setting up my handheld jump and discovered I was unable to mate my magnet bridle to the magnet on my top flap, as I normally do. I messed with it for a few minutes until I asked a friend for help to see what was going on. Turns out that I had my bridle mis-routed around my lateral which is why the magnet wasn’t able to reach it’s usual spot…”
“A jump with that bridle routing would have certainly been fatal, and I’m not sure I’d have caught the mis-routing if it weren’t for the magnet bridle.”
To us, there is one very loud and clear message here: EXIT POINT GEAR CHECKS!
Do them at every exit, and never be afraid to be the first one to ask for a gear check. They save lives.
That said, once we heard this story it made us curious as to which mis-routed bridle configurations the use of a magnet bridle would indicate. Here’s what we found.
It is important to once again reiterate that a magnet bridle is not a “cure-all” for mis-routed bridles. As shown above it is possible for the magnets to properly mate in at least one improper configuration. However we are encouraged to see that some of the more common handheld bridle routing errors are indicated through the use of a magnet bridle, and we know of at least one case where a life may have been saved because of this technology. From what we can tell, the following are all ways to help prevent bridle routing errors:
Multiple manufacturers offer this technology, and most old BASE containers can be modified for use with a magnet bridle.
If your container is not affixed with a top flap magnet you can buy a conversion kit HERE, which is compatible with most common BASE containers. This is an easy installation which can be done by the manufacturer, or a local rigger.
Oh yeah, and don't forget: EXIT POINT GEAR CHECKS!