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The Optimum Reserve canopy by Performance Designs not only exceeds the stringent standards of TSO C23d and packs far smaller than any other reserve available, but it also flies and lands far more like a main parachute. It has the most powerful flare of any reserve we have ever tried.

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PD Optimum Reserve: Contact us if you need additional canopy information or help with choosing the correct type and size of canopy before placing the order online.

The Optimum Reserve canopy by Performance Designs not only exceeds the stringent standards of TSO C23d and packs far smaller than any other reserve available, but it also flies and lands far more like a main parachute. It has the most powerful flare of any reserve we have ever tried.

The Optimum Reserve is a rectangular 7-Cell canopy available in sizes 99, 106, 113, 126, 143, 160, 176, 193, 218, 235 and 253 square feet. It is made from a new low permeability, low bulk fabric available exclusively from Performance Designs. Please indicate stock number or upload custom order form below. Only available in orange.

These new larger sizes (160, 176, 193, 218, 235 and 253) have a new maximum exit weight of 300 pounds!

Note size and/or stock identifier. For custom colors, submit your custom order form either e-mail to gear@chutingstar.com, fax at 770-445-4099 or through PD's online custom color program at this link.

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The best reserve on the market Review by Taya
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Performance Designs puts more research and development and quality control resources into their manufacturing process than any other company out there, and it shows with the Optimum. I have jumped this canopy more than once after a cutaway and have been impressed with the opening, flight characteristics, and flare every time. After a wingsuit cutaway that resulted in line twists under the Optimum, the canopy flew straight while I easily and quickly straightened out the twists. If you're on the fence about this reserve, don't be. You can always demo it as a main to experience what everyone is raving about. (Posted on 11/13/2013)
top performing even when under a heavier load Review by Luke
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Great reserves, love the smaller pack volume. And the flare authority, even for F-111, is very impressive. Soft, stand up landings even on hot, no-wind days (loading at 1.4:1). (Posted on 8/12/2013)
Great flare & so easy to fly and land Review by Olee
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Demoed the Optimum and couldn't be happier with the easy and predictable flight characteristics. The flare is great too. Having demoed it, flying and landing my reserve is one less thing to worry about when having to cutaway. (Posted on 7/19/2013)
No better second option. Review by Randy Swallows
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I have two Optimum 143's and have had three rides on one of them. I load my reserve at a little over 1.85 ft/lb. Even at this loading, the wing is responsive, forgiving and very predictable. The flare is strong on the bottom end and has plenty of range. If I ever have another reserve ride, it will be on an Optimum! (Posted on 7/18/2013)

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Additional Info

Manufacturer Performance Designs
Cell Count 7 cell
Crew Lineset Available No
Fabric Type Low-Volume
Line Types 725 Spectra
Links Slinks
Performance Novice
Shape Square
Slider Grommets Stainless
Slider Types Standard
Canopy Type Reserve
Colors Available Orange

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